From Darkness Won (Blood of Kings, #3)
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From Darkness Won (Blood of Kings #3)

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Achan steps into his role as Crown Prince and prepares for war. But war against whom? Could Esek still be alive? Has Lord Nathak taken Esek’s place? Or is the mysterious Hadad the true enemy Achan must confront?

Vrell has her own agenda of serving Prince Oren as a healer, but when she is stormed and lost to the Veil, Achan does all he can to bring her back. His conversatio...more
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Published (first published March 30th 2011)
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Michelle Griep
Sweet pickled pig snout! This is one fantabulous read. I’m talking non-stop action, the kind that blurs the words on the page because you’ve forgotten to breathe. Yes, it really is that good, so don’t let the daunting 660 pages scare you away.

In this, the third and final installment in the Blood of Kings trilogy, author Jill Williamson delivers a satisfying wrap up to Vrell and Achan’s long suffering relationship. Oh yeah, that and she also manages to vanquish evil and restore light and truth to...more
Panda Incognito
This is one of those books that is just so awesome that I do not consider myself capable of adequately reviewing it, and yet I feel that I do a disservice to not write a review for a book I love this much. Thus, after reading this book for the second time, I am undertaking to write in no particular order five reasons why this is my favorite book ever.


1. Witty banter.

This book has some of the most amusing dialogue of any I have ever read, and I routinely have to set it down and just laugh over t...more
Hollie
I really find it interesting, and often funny, to skim the reviews and see people's many different takes on the overt christian proselytizing in this series. Some people don't even mention it, perhaps they are the christians. Some really abhor it and condemn the entire story for it. I'm actually surprised to find how many, like me, find it distasteful, but not enough so the turn away from an enjoyable and well written fantasy series. When I first encountered this phenomenon in the Legends of the...more
Kerry Nietz
I fully agree with author Kathy Tyer’s summation of From Darkness Won: It is a satisfying conclusion to the Blood of Kings trilogy.

Here Williamson manages to tie up all the loose ends while expanding on themes and ideas she introduced in the two earlier books. There are great insights, some truly touching moments, high action, endearing humor, and a couple of unexpected—yet appropriate—twists. There was even a section that took me back to my favorite childhood shows, The Bionic Woman and the Si...more
Riannon
I didn't think From Darkness Won was as good as the one that preceded it. It is still a pretty good book in its own right, but the action wasn't as exciting, the book is not as cohesive as a whole, the characters' going their separate ways interrupts the flow of the novel a bit, and much of Vrell's fickle and contrary behavior seems more like a plot device to drag out the suspense than anything. The ending was good, but I felt like a lot of things could have been edited down to make them more co...more
L.K. Malone
Again, I read all three books in this series within just a few days, so they kind of bleed together. I loved the series as a whole and highly recommend it. The love story was satisfying, the adventure thrilling, and the battle scenes were so vivid I felt I was in the middle of them. I knocked off a point on this one because it wasn't as tight as the first book, again, I think probably because the author was probably writing under deadline. Still a great read and highly recommended.
Timothy Stone
From Darkness Won is the third and final volume of The Blood of Kings trilogy by author Jill Williamson. Achan Cham, who was earlier revealed to be the real Prince Gidon Hadar has now assembled his army and is preparing to invade Armonguard, the capital city of the country of Er'rets, and take his rightful crown away from the usurping forces of the demonically-controlled Lord Nathak and Prince Esek.

But his task is more difficult than things would seem to be at first glance, for the very demonic...more
Stacey
This series was such a great escapist/pleasure read. Many surprises. I bought this on my kindle and did not tell Eli, because I felt like it got increasingly mature--not inappropriate by any stretch of the imagination, it was all clean, just stuff he did not need to read about yet. It was a great Mother's Day treat to have a little time found in between and around my school time, to finish this trilogy.
Bill Tillman
Jill has outdone herself with third book of the 'From Darkness' series. I was even moved by all the mushy stuff at the end, wedding and coronation were especially splendid. An excellent page turner with surprises around many a bend. A MUST READ.
Karen
I continued to enjoy this series. Don't really have a ton to say about it though. I liked the religious tie-in, and of course, everything worked out just right in the end.
Becky B
Hooray! I have finally finished!!! This feels like a massive accomplishment, and I'm very relieved to finally have Vrell and Achan all sorted out and Darkness vanquished. It was a long hard road to this point. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

This 3rd and final book in the series backtracks slightly from where book 2 ended. The book then proceeds to mostly alternate in telling the tale from what's going on with Achan and wherever he is, to what's going on with Vrell and wherever she is. Yes, that...more
Valerie Comer
This is a fitting finale for an extensive three-book fantasy series. Make sure you read these in order, though, or you'll get confused!
Shelley
A great ending to a great series. I love her characters and writing.
Stacy
fantastic book!
Stephen
WOW What a series, Could Not Put It Down From the First Book To This One! I finished From Darkness Won minutes ago and the transition back to the real world is still not complete; part of me is still in the land of Er'Rets with my friends. But are we mourning or celebrating? This book had so many wonderful scenes... I got emotional more than once. In fact, I don't remember the last time I was more emotionally attached to the characters of a novel. It's a bit scary, to be honest. What a satisfyin...more
Daniel
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Venus
(hefty sigh) Cripes, the journey is over! All that happens in these three super long books really built to an incredibly satisfying point, and I think that can only be properly managed with such length. But this was a fantastic story. The character development was top-notch--props to Jill for a job well done. The romance, though a bit dragged out, was pretty rewarding by the end, too. Rarely do you find something so perfectly paced, and by no means insta-love, leaving room for the characters to...more
David Bergsland
This review is for the entire trilogy: This is a Christian fantasy worth reading. I could hardly put it down. But, I'm certainly glad I did not see the covers at a size large enough to understand. It may be marketed as a YA Fantasy, but it is a much better story than that. The scruffy American teenagers shown on the covers do not even hint at the scope of the tale within the books.

The trials of a stray thrust into leadership & a noblewoman given a dose of reality are placed in a context whic...more
Brynn Baker
From Darkness Won
Written by Jill Williamson
Reviewed by Brynn Baker

From Darkness Won by Jill Williamson is the third book in the series of, The Blood of The Kings. This fantasy story will leave you on the edge of your seat. Set in the country of Er’Rets, that is divided into two parts, light and darkness, the two main characters, Achan Cham and Averella Amal (also known as “Sparrow” or Vrell throughout the book), switch off telling the tale of war, death, love, and sacrifice. But this book is no...more
Lori Twichell
I loved the first two books in Jill Williamson’s, Blood of Kings series. In fact I stayed up late at night paging through the books screen by screen on my little cell phone. I devoured the books. There is no way to sit back and enjoy the ride at a slow peaceful pace with these books. The plot flows at a breakneck speed, making it hard to keep up sometimes. Much like life, you just need to hold on with both hands and take a moment to look around and breathe a bit before it all starts again.

I was...more
Adam Thompson
After completing this series, I had mixed, but mostly positive feelings. As I re-read my favorite parts, the positive feelings increasingly outweigh any negative feelings. I think it's a strong Christian fantasy series (if you don't want/like strong Christian messages, you probably won't like the series). I think this book was a good conclusion to the series.

Pros:
-- The characters are well developed and lovable.
-- Great action.
-- I liked the magic elements of the fantasy world. They seemed belie...more
Connie
I was so pumped after reading the first and second books, i could wait for the third book, so I guess I expected it to even more epic than the first two. It was good, but could have been better. I think the first half was great, but towards the end, I thought it was too...perfect. What I mean is, everytime Achan called on Arman, He would answer. Williamson is basing her stories on a Christian aspect, so Arman would represent God. As we all know, God does not always answer, even in times of despe...more
Leonie
By darkness won was a great book with strong characters. I especially liked that Vrell did whatever SHE wanted to do instead of immediately falling for Achan and becoming a weakling who just runs after her boyfriend wherever she goes.
Although this was clearly a Christian fantasy book (Arman has a son Caan who dies for his people and is resurrected 3 days later), it was still a great book to read if your you're an atheist, Moslim or Jew since there was more to the book than just Arman driving bac...more
Travis
From Darkness Won is similar enough to the rest of the series that this review can pretty much be substituted for any of the other books: I wanted to like it a lot more than I did. On the plus side, the characters are quite likable (Particularly Vrell and Achan), the banter between characters can be quite funny (again, particularly that between Vrell and Achan), and the story has an earnestness that's hard to not like. Unfortunately, I think the book is far too long, tends to take itself a littl...more
Caitlin
It has been a year since I have read this series and I still think about it today! I love it! I just wish I could experience all the feels all over again. Though I remember the last book in the trilogy not being my favorite I still loved the whole series. I love the adventure and just how easy it was to get into the book.
Though there were a few things I didn't like (all of them in the third book). I didn't like some of Vrell's choices and actions. I also think that the Epilogue wasn't necessa...more
Erika
Great trilogy! Unfortunately I got behind in updating my books so I have to try to remember it to write a review. Suffice it to say that the trilogy was a lot of fun. Great Christian novel in the fantasy genre. I will definitely read more books by this author.
Steve
I cannot say enough about this series of books. I have found them to be engaging, depressing, elating and just downright joyous! I think that these books are a demonstration of just what an awesome writer Jill Williamson is. They show an alternate world view of living the Christian life better than almost any books I have ever read. I cannot recommend these books more highly than to say I think that everyone who enjoys great storytelling on an epic scale should read them. I stayed up way too lat...more
Jayde Deleeuw
I want to cry now that it's over! "From Darkness Won" was a fairly satisfying ending to the Blood of Kings Trilogy. I felt as though it could have been better as I was a lot more captivated by the first two books. It was still full of adventure and excitement, but I thought it was a little more corny than the other two and a lot more predictable.

The first book was absolutely intriguing as you honestly didn't know what was going to happen next, yet this book was a lot more obvious. That being sa...more
Dave Rench
Series is appropriate for a 15-16 yr old boy. First half of the book got extremely old as Vrell continued to be stubborn and not tell Achan her true identity. About halfway through the book though, she lost her memory and had to slowly remember the last year of her life. Brought her back to reality instead of a spoiled rich girl. Made the relationship parts of the book more palatable, while waiting for the fighting to resume. =)
Best part of this book was the "becoming a man" ceremony given to Ac...more
Chris
Achan and Vrell have come far. They've fought Black Knights in Darkness, freed prisoners from icy cells, escaped the wrath of a bloodthirsty usurper... but now they've found themselves in the midst of a war. Everything hangs in the balance, and if the Crown Prince cannot take the throne at Armonguard, Darkness will consume all the land.

Our final foray into the land of Er'rets couldn't have been better. I don't know how she did it, but somehow Jill Williamson managed to write the perfect last boo...more
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Jill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms and the award-winning author of several young adult books including By Darkness Hid, Replication, The New Recruit, and Captives. She got into writing one day when someone was complaining about teen books and she thought, “I could do that! How hard could it be?” Very, she soon learned. But she worked hard, and four years later,...more
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