Given the chance to train as a squire, kitchen servant Achan Cham hopes to pull himself out of his pitiful life and become a Kingsguard Knight. When Achan's owner learns of his training, he forces Achan to spar with the Crown Prince--more of a death sentence than an honor. Meanwhile, strange voices in Achan's head cause him to fear he's going mad. While escorting the prince to a council presentation, their convoy is attacked. Achan is wounded and arrested, but escapes from prison--only to discover a secret about himself he never believed possible.
In Darkness Hid, the author weaves a story of two characters, Achan and Vrell, together to pull the reader into an exciting tale of mystery and adventure. Both Achan and Vrell have abilities and secrets they are struggling with in different ways, and both face challenges that test their character. I found both these characters likeable and relatable. There is a hint of romance, which, hopefully, will be developed more in the series.
The overall theme of the story is one of self discovery and accepting who God made you to be. While the discussion of one God vs. many at times felt awkward in the storyline, it became better defined toward the end. I loved the imagery of the city half bathed in darkness, half in light.
While I enjoyed the story and understand the need to leave a cliffhanger for readers to look forward to the next book, the ending left me unsatisfied. The book stops abruptly during an exciting escape, very irritating. Even so, I recommend this book and look forward to reading the next installment!
Favorite quote: She had never wanted to set foot in darkness, ever. Now, without knowing it, she had wandered right into it.