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To Darkness Fled (Blood of Kings #2)

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  1,579 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
Enter darkness...

They have no choice. Chased by an evil prince, Achan, Vrell, and the Kingsguard knights flee into Darkness. They head north, for Tsaftown and Ice Island, where they must free an army that can help them fight for Er’Rets.
Darkness sickens Vrell. How long can she keep her secret without being caught? Achan already suspects her of lying. If she is not care
Paperback, 681 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Enclave
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C.B. Cook
Apr 10, 2015 C.B. Cook rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, fantasy
I read a lot faster than Jill Williamson talks. This is my first time listening to an audiobook, and I kind of enjoyed it, but I'll be glad to get back to reading. I rated this one star lower than the first book since I didn't connect with it as much, but I guess I can blame it being an audio book for that...

The Good
-Shipping. All of my ships from the first book are holding true.
-Duchess Amal. She had a slightly (slightly!) larger part in this book than in the first, and she’s my favorite femal
Audrey Caylin
4.5 stars

This book has one of the most masterfully executed plots I've ever seen. With unexpected twists and turns, I found myself talking to my Kindle as though the characters would be able to hear me ;) I loved the development of them and would love to read the entire novel again from a writer's perspective to pick up some tips -- that's how good it was.

I did chip off half of that five star rating. First, because of a scene where Achan didn't convince me enough of how he'd changed. However, I
To Darkness Fled by Jill Williamson - the book that kept me up until, well ... we'll just leave it at the wee hours of morning. *wink* I have been on rather a bad schedule, but truly, this story was so superb I just ignored the time! I wanted to keep reading and reading until I was finished. And then I thought, "Why did I do that? Now I have to wait forever for the next book!" So yes, it's like you want to read the book straight through without stopping, but then you regret it because you don't ...more
Gabriela Paige
Sep 19, 2015 Gabriela Paige rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book left me feeling…(What should I say?)…shocked, nervous, worried, excited, and just amazed. Totally amazed.

This book started just after book 1, I mean right after book 1 ended. Achan, Vrell, and three Kingsguard Knights (Sir Gavin, Sir Caleb, Inko) have fled from Mahanaim where the Council has voted Esek to be King, though it was brought to light that Achan was the real Prince Gidon Hadar and heir to the throne. Fleeing from Esek, the imposter prince, they head to Tsalfown. From there th
Michelle Griep
May 12, 2010 Michelle Griep rated it it was amazing
Yee-haw! What a ride. Author Jill Williamson serves up a non-stop, action-packed adventure in this second installment of The Blood of Kings trilogy. To Darkness Fled is a snappy Narnia/Tolkien mix with a bit of a contemporary flair. Intrigue and danger combined with humorous dialogue and sassy wit make for a satisfying fantasy read…way satisfying.
Many of the same characters I grew to love in the first book, To Darkness Hid, are alive and well in this story. The bonus is that new secondary char
Oct 26, 2011 Michael rated it it was ok
The first book in this series was interesting, a solid entry into the fantasy genre. This book, however, is ruined by its attempt at proselytizing Christianity. The writing was lazy and distracted from the story. I'm all for a writer fleshing out his world with religion, but don't simply lift Christianity whole-cloth, with nothing but a few changed names. I tried to ignore the preaching, but at the point Jesus Christ showed up, I just couldn't read any more.
Wow, Ms Williamson really hit her stride with this one. There is more of the Christian aspect in this book, and the lead teenaged characters do a lot of growing up-setting the stage for the third book. Some of the plot is obvious to the reader, but is delivered so smoothly that you don't mind being led there-in the light-so to speak.
I am anxiously awaiting the next installment.
This series so far has been pretty fun to read. It kept me up at night. I thought book 1 was better though. Book 2 was pretty disappointing in regard to romance. Not necessarily in the "who falls in love with who" sense, but the mentality and thoughts the characters were okay with having.

Pros: There was great action. Lots of sword fighting and suspenseful moments. I appreciated the humor. Fantastic character development. The author did an awesome job incorporating her allegorical themes! I enjo
May 13, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it
In this second installment of The Blood of Kings trilogy, our heroes Achan and Vrell gather an army with the help of the Old Kingsguard Knights. The romantic tension between Achan and Vrell intensifies. I didn’t feel that this book was as good as the first. The religious message got a bit heavy-handed, and the plot barely moved forward at all. Sure, progress was made, but it was progress that was outlined by Sir Gavin as their “future plans” in the end of the first book. There were only two smal ...more
Apr 24, 2014 Lobug rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I saw before I read this that other readers disliked it strongly, saying it is excessively preachy. I was looking for that and didn't see it. It seemed a natural progression to me to include more on the religion, as the first book led up to it. Not having it in there would have been utterly inconsistent.

There was less action and more dialogue in this one than in the first, but I didn't see that as a bad thing. In both books, a LOT happens in a short time, but I suppose it would if you were invo
Sep 18, 2013 Sue rated it it was ok
Shelves: youth, fantasy
I enjoyed the first book in the series; the characters were interesting. I wanted to like this second book, but about half way through it became a chore, at 3/4's I really just wanted to give it up. I thought I was reading a fantasy book, instead, it was constant preaching. I don't mind a little religion or belief structure in a book, but this was over the top, forcing it on the reader, page after page, chapter after chapter. It also happened to be a way of interpreting the scripture with argume ...more
Jun 04, 2010 Carman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is one of those books that leaves me nearly speechless, I loved it so much. Jill Williamson is a truly gifted writer. She has the ability to write a story that completely captivates you. She weaves her story lines brilliantly. It is so masterfully done that you never know what is going to happen next, but you can’t wait to find out what it is! I believe that Jill is one of my top 5 favorite authors of all time. In my opinion, this book (and the one that precedes it) should be moved to the t ...more
Rebekah Rodda
Sep 04, 2016 Rebekah Rodda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, christian
Overall a very engaging read. This felt like a necessary book (sometimes the second book in a trilogy doesn't!) with lots of action and some key secrets revealed (finally Vrell!!). I really enjoyed the humorous banter and found the story absorbing. I do find the Vrell character somewhat unbelievable and could not understand some of her decisions although they were better explained further on. I can't wait to read the final book.
Apr 06, 2010 Rose rated it it was amazing
What a great book. I really liked book one and this second book in the series did not disappoint. It was like what 'Empire Strike Back' was like in Star Wars. A great middle story that left you at bit on the down side but sets things up to the next installment. I can't wait a year to find out what happens!
Jun 14, 2010 Lisa rated it it was amazing
I know - I only give fives SELDOM, if ever.
Man, oh, man, was is a good series. Really Good. It's going to be a long winter if I have to wait for the third one until next April. Can I be your crit partner if I promise not to crit,Jill?
Lady of the Lake
Fantastic second book! I was worried that after waiting and anticipating this... it would not could not be as good as the first.... BY DARKNESS HID...But thankfully all worries were for naught! This is a great read!
Apr 09, 2010 Jessie rated it it was amazing
Jill Williamson did not disappoint me with the second book. In fact, I only got one hour of sleep last night trying to finish it. The story takes delightful turns, and at the end, it is hard to believe how tight and seamlessly it flowed. Loved it. Loved it.
Bill Tillman
An excellent read, but please read Darkness Hid first, its a trilogy after all.
Elisabeth Wheatley
I was hoping this would be as good as the last one and yep, it was. There was a little more exploration of the religious themes, but nowhere near the overwhelming levels I have encountered elsewhere. (By “overwhelming,” I mean uninterrupted monologues that elaborate theological teachings for a page or more straight. Here the Christian elements are brought in as part of the story AS THEY SHOULD BE.)

The plot:

I think this baby is 700+ pages in print. It is not for the faint of heart, but the story
Mar 23, 2013 Erica rated it it was ok
Painfully pious.

As a disclaimer, I understand that authors write about what they know and because of that, I can usually get through Christian influenced stories.

The first book was entertaining, the parallel to her Christian faith made sense in the first book, it fit into the world.

This book took proselytizing to a whole new level without any actual study of the religion of Arman. Nope. Just accept him. Don't ask questions, don't ask why, just accept him and you'll win. Three-in-one, straight
Abby Jones
May 16, 2015 Abby Jones rated it really liked it
I couldn't decide between giving this three stars or four, so I went with four because overall I liked this book, there were just a few points that I wasn't as happy with:
- Sparrow (lead love interest) makes choices that are plan stupid. I get some of them, but others just feel like they are made for the convenience of the story not because anyone would make that choice. When I finished the first book I had to start book two right away. When I finished this book I thought I might take a break ca
Apr 04, 2014 Stephen rated it it was amazing
I'd read By Darkness Hid, and enjoyed it immensely, so I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to read the sequel. To Darkness Fled didn't disappoint. I wasn't able to put it down. If it hadn't been a PDF file, I would've been flipping the pages; as it was, I kept hitting the arrow key to find out what would happen next! The story picks up where By Darkness Hid left off, with Achan Cham and Vrell Sparrow in a boat rowing through the Darkness with several men who've pledged Achan their service ...more
Julia Nashif
May 28, 2014 Julia Nashif rated it really liked it
Who is on the cover?

I got to admit, that's the main thing I have against this book. The person on the cover is blonde. Achan has brown hair. Vrell, apparently, has black. I didn't know that till half way through the book though. Has it always been black? Have my eyes just assumed it said blonde? My eyes do stuff like that so often it's not even funny.

Some reviewers thought the spiritual aspect of the book was too forced, but I didn't find it that way at all. In fact, it brought be closer to Chri
Kerry Nietz
Aug 22, 2010 Kerry Nietz rated it it was amazing
Middle books in a trilogy are tough to write. As an author you are saddled by the fact that this book isn’t the last in the series, and everyone knows it. You have to tell an engaging story and please your fans while still saving the big climax for a later book. Tough!

Thankfully, To Darkness Fled succeeds wonderfully as a middle act. It is every bit as an engaging as the first book, with lots of action and intrigue to speed you through what would otherwise be a long haul for most readers. (The b
May 10, 2014 Barb rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely wonderful fantasy series! Kudos to Williamson for creating such a rich world full of realistic characters. Her protagonists, Achan, the orphan who finds himself heir to a contested throne, and Vrell, a young noblewoman who has disguised herself as a stray boy to avoid the advances of the pretender to the throne, are both winning characters with all sorts of unspoken chemistry between them. They are protected by a group of knights who are so completely different from each ot ...more
Aug 26, 2010 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not nearly as powerful as the first in the series primarily because in the first the Christianity was subtle. It wasn't overpowering. Toward the end of this one it got to be too obvious, too much. Subtlty was working much better. Still, the base story is moving and twisting and excellent plot/character development.
Jan 02, 2013 K rated it it was ok
This book was extremely dull and I found myself just flipping pages. The story is good enough that I want to like it but it is so long and the theology is so blatant and makes the flow stilted. I am disappointed because I did like the first book.
Jan 27, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing
At the moment I really want to smack Vrell for being a fool and hug poor Achan...
Feb 01, 2014 MC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the first book of author Jill Williamson's seres, The Blood of Kings, In Darkness Hid, Achan Cham discovered his heritage as the true king of Er'rets, chosen by the One True God, Arman, to rule over the land. At the same time, Lady Avarella, heir to the Duchy of Carmine, was hiding as a boy named Vrell Sparrow. The two meet and flee, together (with Achan thinking Vrell really is a boy, and not knowing her secret) with those Kingsguard Knights loyal to Achan, into the lands covered in Darkness ...more
Jun 16, 2017 HazelNut rated it it was amazing
Achan and Vrell <3

Lots of action and adventure, definitely kept me invested and turning pages to find out what happened next. :)
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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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