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The Hidden Sun (Bariwon #1)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  182 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
The kingdom of Bariwon is at a crossroads. Ever since Eliana was born, she has been primed to become the kingdom's leader. But she is not to rule Bariwon alone. A contest of sorts, called the Shoginoc, is to be held when Eliana turns twenty one. The victor gains the right to marry Eliana and become king of Bariwon. Rumor has it that the favorite to win the Shoginoc is Daim ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Eloquent Books
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Elizabeth Mueller
Sep 27, 2010 Elizabeth Mueller rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all my friends
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Tristi Pinkston
Whoa...I've just finished reading this at 2 this morning--I couldn't put it down. Really.

Okay, here is my steaming review:


I would leave it at that because that's how I felt after the experience of reading this wonderful novel.

Deception. Intrigue. Love.

A lovely princess dares defy the laws of the kingdom by a single act. From there, it's a wild roller coaster ride. No, it's not a pretty princess book. By far, but there is a true love story hidden within these pages.

I literally gripped the bo
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
THE HIDDEN SUN is deceptive both in terms of its cover and its content. The cover is pretty typical fare for a fantasy novel involving knights and kingdoms. The book’s synopsis, on the other hand, outlines a story that seems much simpler than it actually is. I was expecting a fantasy novel full of heroes and royalty, a sweeping epic romance set among the background of political intrigue. THE HIDDEN SUN had all that…but it was also so much more. Author J. Lloyd Morgan twists and turns the plot in ...more
Jul 19, 2015 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book's many overlapping stories and plots were absolutely amazing. I would like to point out that the blerb about the book is not at all accurate, because although it makes it sound as though the story is about the princess and her personal guard and their attempts to make a relationship work, but in reality that problem is solved about three pages after it is introduced, and the book is actually about trying to dethrone the tyrant who overthrew the kingdom. They never actually really accom ...more
I saw the second book in this series by J. Lloyd Morgan in the library and loved the grabbed my attention enough that I went in search for the first so I could read them both. I was SHOCKED by how much I enjoyed it. It really took me by surprise. This is the authors first book he's had published and I found him to be a beautiful story-teller. I absolutely loved the plot and characters. There were just a few little things that I didn't care for (Point of view changes at certain times f ...more
Mar 24, 2013 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In full disclosure I won book two of this series in a Goodreads giveaway.

Personally I enjoy fantasy books, I don’t mind some romance in them, but I don’t normally read romance novels set in a fantasy world. As the second book in the series, the one that I won, was described as “With a touch of romance, this action-adventure story is amazing” I figured that this series would be okay for me.

After the first few chapters, the romance seemed very heavy and I felt like the kid at the start of the Prin
I have left off reviewing this fantastic book for too long. The first I heard of The Hidden Sun was when my dad mentioned that a guy he knew from high school had written a book, and that if I needed something to read, I should read it. Being the voracious reader that I am, of course I picked it up. And I could not put it down.

I think the plot summary does a good job of summing up the first part of the book:

"A faraway kingdom.

A beautiful princess.

A courageous hero.

A ruthless villain.

An impossible
Kathryn Cooper
Jul 13, 2012 Kathryn Cooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was great! I have to warn you that I yelled a third of the way through and almost didn't finish reading it. Just know when you get to the part where you are BEYOND ANGRY at what just happened, keep reading. It gets better.

I have never read a book from so many different perspectives before. At first it was annoying, and I couldn't keep track of what was going on. But eventually I kept up with it, and I think it added something special to the book. It was like an omniscient point of view
Dawn Vanniman
Oct 08, 2011 Dawn Vanniman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the author in return for an honest review.

THE HIDDEN SUN is a wonderfully crafted fairytale. There's a Princess, forbidden love, an evil overlord and a happy ending. What more could you ask for?

The plot moves along quickly and has great twists and turns. I was a little worried that it would be high fantasy at first, but it wasn't at all. It was a lovely story and one that I could easily imagine the author telling his four daughters.

The characters were well-written with
Harry Krebs
Feb 03, 2014 Harry Krebs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE HIDDEN SUN by J. Lloyd Morgan is a classic tale of good-versus-evil in a faraway kingdom that spans two generations. The evil governor Abrecon will go to any length to have his son wed the Princess Eliana, and take control of the kingdom. But Eliana is in love with her guardian, Rinan. The conflict spans years culminating in the Shoginoc, a combative style competition that will determine the direction of power.

Although mainly intended for the young adult audience, THE HIDDEN SUN had me hooke
Tamara Ward
Aug 31, 2011 Tamara Ward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can’t decide whether I liked the characters or the plot of The Hidden Sun the best. Morgan’s plot clips along at a quick pace and includes a good number of unexpected turns – truly – events in the book I never saw coming. Plus, the characters (with very unique names) suck you in and don’t let go – you’ll get attached. I enjoy reading YA, and most of the YA books I come across these days include supernatural elements or the use of magic. You won’t find this in The Hidden Sun while you will get ...more
Jul 20, 2012 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good story. Every 21 years a new king and queen are chosen to rule the kingdom of Bariwon. The current ruler or rulers step down and their heir becomes the king or queen. The former ruler or rulers become councilors to the new rulers. The new queen falls in love with one of her Royal Guardians and marries him secretly. I liked this story and am looking forward to reading others in this series.
May 03, 2012 Jenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED this book from beginning to end because it keeps you on your toes. I appreciated how the character names were just different enough, but not so complicated I couldn't keep track of them. Great, clean story that makes you think about a few things. I'd be very comfortable with my 12 year old son reading this.
This was just painful. I finished it because I actually do like finishing books I start. It was very predictable and then it time warped a lot without really any warning. The characters weren't developed well enough to like any of them to care about what happened and I couldn't get past the cheesy (dumb) character names. The worse part? There's a second book. Definitely NOT reading any more.
Mandi Slack
Sep 23, 2011 Mandi Slack rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this novel. I gave it 4 and 1/2 stars...Read my full review @

J. Morgan
Aug 22, 2011 J. Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I wrote it, so I think it is pretty darn good. :)
Oct 06, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

I'm not ashamed to say that I am most ardently a person who judges books by their covers. I can't help it, and, honestly, I should probably stop. I've come across quite a lot of books with utterly gorgeous, eye-catching covers that completely disappoint, and I've read many books with average, mediocre, and even terrible covers that are magnificent. The Hidden Sun didn't have a terrible cover, but it didn't have one that made me sigh, either, and I will admit I read it mostly because I
Katelyn (Tales of Books and Bands)
This story came as such a wonderful surprise to me. I am fascinated with stories of far away kingdoms, princesses, and knights (or in the case of this book, guardians). Every author who writes about these far away places seems to bring something new to the table and that is most certainly true with J. Lloyd Morgan!

The characters in this book were rich, vibrant, and so full of life. There are so many characters that you are introduced to in a short amount of time but J. Lloyd Morgan does a phenom
Michael Araujo
Jan 01, 2014 Michael Araujo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I ever pick up a book that involves royalty, it always involves fantasy as well. Any sort of element from fantasy and I’ll be good. But this time the one I picked up was just royalty and politics. And oddly enough, I really enjoyed it. Getting straight to the point here, The Hidden Sun is a story that spans through a couple of years and shows what happens when the wrong person takes charge. When love becomes forbidden and a secret. What happens when your home is now the worst place to be. It’ ...more
Councellor Silverwings
Oct 17, 2011 Councellor Silverwings rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Age
We’ve had the wonderful opportunity of sharing J. Lloyd Morgan’s first novel “The Hidden Sun”. If we were asked to describe this book in one word we would have to say a breathless “Wow”. His eloquent writing method using multiple character relationships interwoven with riveting action scenes give this novel a unique “one of a kind“ style compared with some of the books being released today. It’s an invigorating change to the “one hero, one villain, one story approach and one we thoroughly enjoye ...more
Have you ever had one of those books that you picked up and couldn't put down? Where you were so engrossed in the book that you stayed up all night to read the book in just one sitting? For me, this was that book. It was such an incredible story, that I stayed up until 3am so I could find out what happened!

Eliana, the daughter of the current leader of Bariwon is coming of age where she must marry and must produce and heir. Unfortunately for Eliana, she's fallen in love with her royal guardian Ri
Ali Cross
Aug 04, 2010 Ali Cross rated it liked it
The Hidden Sun is an intriguing read; it rather surprised me on a couple levels.

First, what I didn't like: The book has a number of technical issues. Point of view changes, tense changes, poor editing and a whole lot of telling with very little showing.

Having said that, J. Lloyd Morgan is a remarkable storyteller who, despite all that was wrong with the BOOK, managed to keep me wholly engaged in the STORY. All that other stuff can be fixed, but The Hidden Sun definitely has the stuff that matte
Rekha Seshadri
I'd give this 3.5 stars.

The Hidden Sun chronicles the lives of the royal family that govern the land in accordance with the Tome of Laws The magistrates pick out the future spouse of the heir or a new ruler if there is no heir at a Shignoc takes place every 21 years.
Princess Aliana must go through an arranged marriage when she turns 21 like the others before her. Her love for Royal Guardian Rinan could mean a new ruler for Bariwon, if she gives up the throne. Priest Sherwyn and Nursemaid Amemone
Nov 25, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My daughter and I read this book together for a book club at her middle school....Have to admit when we started to read the names and places worried me a bit because I had trouble saying them...but no need to worry there was a handy pronunciation guide at the beginning of the book and we soon fell in love with the characters....I won't go into to much detail so as not to ruin the book for anyone who has not read it; but I have never read a book that handled the main characters like J. Lloyd Morg ...more
Oct 26, 2011 Kaitlyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This cover is totally worthy of a fantasy novel. There’s the castle and surrounding grounds, plus gold font. It really works.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from The Hidden Sun, but it sucked me in from the very beginning. Like with any fantasy, the names take a bit of getting used to, but there was a nice pronunciation guide in the front of the book. After about 30 pages, I didn’t even stumble over the names anymore.

The corrupt leaders had me fuming throughout the book. This is a novel tha
Tamara Ward
Aug 11, 2012 Tamara Ward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't decide whether I liked the characters or the plot of The Hidden Sun the best. Morgan's plot clips along at a quick pace and includes a good number of unexpected turns - truly - events in the book I never saw coming. Plus, the characters (with very unique names) suck you in and don't let go - you'll get attached. I enjoy reading YA, and most of the YA books I come across these days include supernatural elements or the use of magic. You won't find magic in The Hidden Sun while you will get ...more
Jan 26, 2011 Lavinia rated it really liked it
I found this book on the Goodreads giveaway section and thought it looked interesting. After I didn't win, I looked it up online and lo and behold, I knew the author! The Morgan's live(d) behind Orem High School, and Jason graduated in 1987. Anyway . . . that gave me even more incentive to find and buy this book. I was impressed with the twists and turns in this book that could have been just another princess story. I read that the author got the idea for this book from making up stories for his ...more
Kelly Nelson
Jan 19, 2012 Kelly Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With a touch of romance, this action/adventure novel is amazing. A great book for both kids and adults. I had it read within twenty-four hours. I couldn’t put it down. And now my daughter is half-way through and loving it! The author weaves an intricate tale spanning two generations. You are cheering for the characters throughout as they battle the effects of one wicked king in their fight to restore liberty and justice to the people of Bariwon. This book visited my thoughts long after I closed ...more
Tammy Johnson
Aug 04, 2012 Tammy Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I had heard a lot of good things about it. But I didn't realize how much I'd like it until I read it. There were pleanty of surprises along the way.

I read in the author's bio that he was a TV director. I can see how he incorporated that experience in the book. I loved his device of ending with mini cliffhangers throughout the book. It made me want to read more.

I found this book refreshing compared to a lot of the same old, same old books. The author took some risks in writing
Dec 22, 2013 Linnae rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eliana (queen to be) and Rinan (Royal Guardian) are in love, but getting married would mean bucking several laws. With the help of the sympathetic castle priest, they find a way. Except things happen beyond what anyone could have predicted. As a result, their son must be brought up in secrecy and obscurity, until the day he can rise up to reclaim what was once his by birthright.

Faster-paced than most fantasy--Morgan kept things moving along, throwing curveballs in there every now and then to spi
What frustrated me the most about this book was the feeling of skimming. The first quarter of the book had giant leaps in between scenes and although I eventually understood why there was so much introduction, it was annoying. I liked Rinan and Eliana and wanted to enjoy more of their personalities. Many of the characters were likable throughout the book and that kept me moving forward. It could have been two books--one about Rinan and Eliana and another about Rayne and Sunshine.
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Author J. Lloyd Morgan is a bestselling author and an award winning television director. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Communications and a minor in English. In 2014, Morgan earned his Master’s degree in Creative Writing. Morgan has lived all over the United States, but now resides in North Carolina with his wife and four daughters. Aside from writing, Morgan is an av ...more
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