Christian Fantasy Book Giveaway: By Darkness Hid

Book Giveaway Christian Fantasy

Since this is a blog for lovers of Christian fantasy, it seemed appropriate to support the genre (and the readers) by offering a semi-regular book giveaway. For this giveaway, the featured book is Jill Williamson’s By Darkness Hid, a Christy award-winning epic fantasy novel.

Here’s the description:
Half of Er’Rets is locked beneath an impenetrable shroud. On the side that still sees the sun, two young people struggle to understand the mind-communication abilities thrust upon them. It’s called bloodvoicing. Some say it’s a gift. One of the newly “gifted” wishes it had never come.

Achan has been a slave all his life. He is consigned to the kitchens of a lord and forced to swallow a foul potion every day. When an enigmatic knight offers to train Achan for the Kingsguard, he readily accepts. But his new skills with the sword do not prepare him for the battle raging between the voices in his head.

Vrell Sparrow is not who she seems. She masquerades as a boy to avoid capture by the powerful forces that seek to exploit her. But Vrell feels called to help a young squire who recently discovered his bloodvoicing gift, even if doing so requires her to work with those who could destroy her.

While Achan learns to use his new ability, Vrell struggles to shut hers down. All the voices strive to learn Achan and Vrell’s true identities—and a different kind of voice is calling them both.

If the book sounds like something you’d enjoy, I invite you to enter the contest. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post (and make sure the email address you put in the email field is valid, so I have a way to contact you if you win). I want this blog to be a service to readers and writers of Christian fantasy, so with that in mind, I’d like to know what sort of posts and discussion related to Christianity and/or fantasy interest you? Anything you would like or like not to see? Answer this question in your comment, and you will be officially entered.

The giveaway will remain open for two weeks (until 11:59PM EST, November 8th), and then I will randomly select a name and contact the winner by email. If I don’t get a response to the winning notification email within seven days, a new winner will be selected.

Disclaimers: Void where prohibited by law. Giveaway limited to the United States. Only one entry per person.


  • Nichole White
    October 19, 2010 - 1:06 pm · Reply

    I would like to enter the contest, thank you. 🙂

    As to what I would like to see that is christian fantasy related, I really enjoy reading different book reviews. For some reason they always catch my attention.

    Thank you.


  • Stephanie
    October 19, 2010 - 6:15 pm · Reply

    Hello! I would love to enter your contest. This book looks so interesting and the cover is very pretty, I love the different colors.

    Posts that interest me about Christian fantasy are usually things like reviews. I love hearing others’ opinions on books and media because it’s nice to hear what other people think. It also gives me a chance to make new discoveries and find new things to love.

  • Rachel Petersen
    October 19, 2010 - 6:17 pm · Reply

    Thank you so much for hosting! (And for making an announcement on Holy Worlds to let us know know about this giveaway.)

    Your blog design is beautiful. I’m subscribing.

    While all writing/fantasy related posts would be enjoyable, I’m especially interested in book reviews and articles on writing theory.

    God Bless!

  • Jenni Noordhoek
    October 19, 2010 - 6:39 pm · Reply


    What a cool giveaway — I’ve really wanted to read this book. 😉

    I’m interested in book reviews, that cover things like writing style and objectional content. I’m also interested in story theory, as RP said above. 😀

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway! 🙂


  • Andrew Joyce
    October 21, 2010 - 12:21 pm · Reply

    Thanks for posting about this on HW for us, too! 😀

    Like others have said, any fantasy would be nice, but specific ways for Christian fantasy writers to distinguish their books from secular writers while still writing a good book would be greatly appreciated. 🙂

    eruheran (Andrew)

  • P.N. Blackford
    October 26, 2010 - 12:36 am · Reply

    I enjoy your posts on the origins of common fantasy or historical elements. I don’t see those too often. Reviews would be great, as well as writing tips and resources for authors or avid readers.

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