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From Darkness Won

(Blood of Kings #3)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  1,677 ratings  ·  140 reviews
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 conversati
Kindle Edition, 661 pages
Published March 30th 2011 by Marcher Lord Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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EEP! *huggles book* Achan and Vrell! <3 And this whole, epic story!! I love it!!! From Darkness Won concluded this series beautifully. The entire ending was sooo perfect, and one of my favorite parts! It almost made me cry it was so sweet and happy and gorgeous. ^_^

As for the book as a whole, there was a lot of action and battles. Fighting. Running. Imprisonment. Digging out the truth; that sort of thing. It starts soon after where Book 2 leaves off, and we have Vrell still continuing her charad
Panda Incognito
2020 Review:

Thanks to COVID-19, I finally got around to rereading this series that I loved in high school. Amazingly, it is just as good as I remembered, and since I've grown out of being able to appreciate the characterization, plotting, and writing styles of most of the Christian fantasy books that I enjoyed when I was younger, I am very glad to still find this series just as wonderful and immersive as I did the first time.

I liked the finale less than I did before, because there's too much de
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I must say that this book had the perfect ending. It was just perfect. Such a fantastic ending to a spectacular trilogy. I hope to read more by Jill Williamson soon.

Achan has finally stepped up to his role as the Crown Prince. But so many questions lay still unanswered. Is Esek still alive? What is Lord Nathak hiding? Is the man called Hadad the real enemy? Achan just hopes that his army will be able to take Armorguard. Vrell has decided to follow her own destiny and work as a healer in Prince O
Deborah O'Carroll
Originally read July 25, 2011

The stunning third book of the Blood of Kings Trilogy had me frantically speeding through pages, fully immersed in the story as I finally neared the end of Achan and Vrell's tale. I was anxious that the last book be as exciting and intriguing as the other two, and Jill Williamson definitely did not disappoint in this thrilling and marvelous conclusion. Though Vrell got slightly annoying, she mostly returned to herself (mostly...). The action and description brought m
R.J. Rodda
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, fantasy
A thoroughly satisfying conclusion to a thrilling fantasy series. This got my heart pounding whilst my head was enthralled with the level of detail displayed here. The world-building is thorough and enjoyable (I loved the use of "Pig snout" and "Blazes").

This is the book where the final battle against Esek and the Hadad takes place. To assist with this old characters pop back into the story. I was glad to see Noam again! Part way through I wanted to throttle Vrell but as the story progressed I
Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Michael Otto
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The continuing story of Achan & Vrell plus a host others. War for the crown has broken out. Can Achan find a way to win? Will Vrell ever give up her secrets? Will Archan be able to live up to the title of this book and win against the Darkness and bring Light back into the kingdom? The Arman Achan has come to know in the previous book help out? Find out the answers in this thrilling conclusion.
Lila Kims
I'm so sad this amazing series is over, but I'm also SO happy with how it all ended. It's just stunning. Absolutely STUNNING. I was not only entertained by it but also encouraged by the Lord, and that is truly special.

Everything about this trilogy grabbed my heart and wouldn't let go. The characters are so well-developed I could have sworn they were real people (Achan and Vrell and Shung and Sir Eagan and Duchess Amal and Sir Caleb and Kurtz and little Matthias and ALL OF THEM <3), and the world
Nina Friess
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book dearly tried my patience. I am not fond of the "love forgotten through memory loss" trope in any way.
But that aside, this trilogy was great. I've seen a lot of mindspeaking magic systems, but this "bloodspeaking" one had some new facets that I really enjoyed.
The entire story had a *lot* of fantasy tropes, but Jill Williamson was able to write them in a way that I didn't mind it. She kept the fourth wall intact the entire time, and while I don't love Achan and Vrell as much as some ch
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Anne Hamilton
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, christian
This third book in the trilogy brings the series to a satisfying resolution.

At the start of the book Achan, now Crown Prince, still does not know that Vrell Sparrow and Lady Averella Amal are one and the same. While this is tiresome, it didn't irritate me quite as much as it did in the last book. Either Vrell is starting to be more credible in her excuses and self-rationalisation or I've got used to the characterisation. Vrell has discovered that her father is not the man she always thought. Com
[3.5 out of 5 stars]

My reviews for the other books in this trilogy absolutely apply to this one, with just a few differences:

(1) I was VERY annoyed by how some issues were handled. I'm mainly thinking of the wedding and the days leading up to it. Umm, the details were very... untasteful? Enough so to really get under my skin, mainly because this is a Christian book.

(2) As I read this last installment, I realized how Vrell is the only character I ever truly took seriously. At all. And I think tha
M.H. Elrich
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this conclusion to the Blood of Kings series! It was long, but worth the time and effort of reading it. My only complaint is how stubborn Avarella could be! However, I suppose if I feel anything for the characters, it means that the author did a good job. Anyway, definitely a recommended read.
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
Erika Mathews
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Originally I rated this series 4 stars. A few days later, I'm upping it to 5. Why? Because there's a depth to this book unlike many others. Many stories stick around in the mind after reading them, but few continue to thrust themselves upon my thoughts days after finishing them, begging me to reread them. This story is one that does. After spending over 1500 pages with Achan and Vrell, they have come to life.

But more than that - there's a depth. Yes, this is fantasy. But Christian fantasy like
Michelle Griep
May 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good. Such a perfect not tacky and totally wonderful ending. *SIGH*

Achan is struggling with his feelings for Sparrow and his engagement to Lady Averella (*snorts* poor Achan) while Sparrow suddenly gets lost to the Veil-- and she doesn't seem to recall Achan.

Things I liked:
-The story got even thicker!
-Most plot lines and subplots got a good heaping of more information, and wove together beautifully by the end.
-I loved getting to revisit Sitna and a lot of the characters from the first boo
Abby Jones
May 30, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this series more than I have any other so called "Christian" speculative fiction. The characters grew, were interesting, and everything wrapped up into a nice happy ending. Things weren't happy-go-lucky for all the good guys and the bad guys were pretty evil.
I have just a few complaints:
1) The lack of major deaths of anyone we really cared about left me feeling bored with the last book. I never really felt like anyone was in danger. And when one person did die, it was convenient not h
Kerry Nietz
Apr 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
L.K. Malone
Dec 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
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. ...more
Valerie Comer
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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. ...more
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A great ending to a great series. I love her characters and writing.
A.M. Reynwood
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't remember how long I've had Blood of Kings on my to-read list, but it is good that I finally got my hands on and sunk my teeth into it. The story has a classic model, It's a classic model, and I loved it.

What was different, at least for me, was the strong spiritual vein laced throughout, guiding the story along. Much of Achan's struggles weren't just with surviving being hunted by his old master ─ and in fact that was but a small part ─ but with accepting his roll as crown prince and fut
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Gracie O.
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was a great wrap up to The Blood of Kings Trilogy.
I enjoyed this Trilogy! I was both happy and sad to come to the final chapter. I loved how the author had an in-depth story world; every book had more and more detail than the first. I loved Achan's sense of humor, his courage, and his devotion to Sparrow. I liked the big cast of characters and their different personalities, although I sometimes had to go back and re-read to figure out which character was which. It was so exciting to watch A
Denali Christianson
I thought I loved this series before...
I believe From Darkness Won belongs in the category of "masterpiece on all counts." The entire book crackled with tension. The plot moved forward at lightning speed, and the character development reached an all time high. I totally related to all of the characters, Achan, Vrell, and Sir Caleb especially. The dialogue flowed nicely, and the book bonded to my hands for an almost all-nighter - on more than three nights in a row. In other words - don't read thi
Mary Wolff
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I got the first book in this series free, and really enjoyed it when I finally got to it. It was so good that I had to buy the second book when I couldn't stop wondering what happened next. Same thing with book 3. The books aren't cliff hangers, so you aren't left frustrated, but the characters are so well developed that you can't forget them! Truly enjoyed all three books, and have a new favorite series and read a new author who really impressed me. Not my usual genre either, which make
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Jill Williamson is an award-winning fantasy and science fiction author of over twenty books including By Darkness Hid, which won several awards and was named a Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror novel by VOYA magazine. She has also written several books on the craft of writing and teaches at, one of Writer’s Digest’s “101 Best Websites for Writers.”

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