Seven hundred years ago, a Black Widow witch saw an ancient prophecy come to life in her web of dreams and visions. Now, the Dark Kingdom readies itself for the arrival of its queen, a witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself. But she is still young, still open to influence - and corruption.
Whoever controls the queen controls the darkness. Three men - sworn enemies - know this. And they know the power that hides behind the blue eyes of an innocent young girl. And so begins a ruthless game of politics and intrigue, magic and betrayal, in which the weapons are hate and love - and the prize could be terrible beyond imagining.
©2007 Anne Bishop (P)2010 Penguin
"[H]er protagonists are compelling, sympathetic characters who overcome terrible adversity. If you like Anne Rice or Laurell K. Hamilton, try this one." (Amazon.com review)
"Lavishly sensual and overtly erotic, Bishop's fantasy debut features a richly detailed world based on a reversal of standard genre cliches of light and darkness." (Library Journal)
I have always loved the Black Jewels trilogy but the narrator was lacking. He distinguished voices but did very little in the way of emotion or inflection. When a character shouts, you should shout, but he just put a little emphasis and kept right on chugging.
All in all, a passable performance. Fantastic story as always.
Not safe for work.
A cute story, the names of the men are a bit annoying- makes it a bit difficult to feel the story.
I have recommended this book series to several friends and they have all loved it and thanked me profusely for giving them the gift of introducing them to this amazing and beautiful world. I can't say enough good things about it, words are not enough, you just have to read it for yourself!
I've said this before but I'll say it again. The first 4 books in this series John Sharian, the narrator, does a great job with the voices. Then on the 5th book we are met with a terrible surprise. He changes the voice of Janelle, the main character, into a Scottish accent for no reason. The problem is he can't do a Scottish accent. So enjoy the first 4 books, it will get you through the main story, but be prepared that after those you will have to actually read the rest. Otherwise you won't be able to enjoy the series anymore. It's very disappointing.
The book started slow and built to the end with the same thing as always. Love it so much more at the end
I'm sure you will never get there if you don't keep reading lol
I listened until the beginning of Chapter 3 and had to turn it off. I can't exactly put my finger on what put me off - I'm ok with dark themes and adult themes so that wasn't it. The story just didn't grab me. I didn't feel as though the protagonists were sympathetic at all. I thought the narration was OK, though perhaps a different narrator could have gotten me wrapped up in the story. I'm afraid I'm asking for my money back on this one. I just didn't like it and can't see myself going back to it to try again.
I do think any potential listeners should go ahead and listen to and judge for themselves because they may find they love the story!
If you are inclined to be unable to separate the liberal use of biblical names in a fantasy created world, this book is not for you. However, if you can, this audio book is a delight. This story is not light hearted. It has real world themes of abuse both physical and emotional. However, there are also themes of forgiveness, healing, and love. I have both read and listened to these books. I have not been disappointed in either interpretation. The narration is not on the level of Jim Dale or Kate Reading but you can't have it all. For me, the story still makes the audio book.
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