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Daughter of the Blood: Black Jewels, Book 1 | [Anne Bishop]

Daughter of the Blood: Black Jewels, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"[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)

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    Amazon Customer 10-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Gross"
    What would have made Daughter of the Blood better?

    Not making it so nauseating.


    What could Anne Bishop have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    to write like her other series.


    What didn’t you like about John Sharian’s performance?

    I tend to like female narrators for books written by females. Not his fault.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Daughter of the Blood?

    too many to make a story out of.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    viviangrrl Berkeley, CA, United States 01-08-14
    viviangrrl Berkeley, CA, United States 01-08-14

    teri@asylum-sf.com

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    "long but good start"

    many characters, a bit confusing at times but i cared about the characters and am interested to see what happens in book 2.

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    Louise 09-29-13
    Louise 09-29-13
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    "John Sharian is the best narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Daughter of the Blood the most enjoyable?

    John Sharian's voice


    What about John Sharian’s performance did you like?

    Loved his voice and how he made the characters come to life


    Any additional comments?

    This type of story is a little too dark for my own taste. Although I enjoyed the heart ranching longing of the main characters, the physical torture (ring of obedience) described is too cruel to be entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne KIRKLAND, WA, United States 01-14-13
    Anne KIRKLAND, WA, United States 01-14-13

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    "I love this series, but..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator would have made this spectacular for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love this story, I've always loved this story. I own all of the books in the series in multiple formats. I love how detailed and well thought out all the characters and story lines are. There has been so much care put into creating a world that we can see, hear, and related to. These books are my go to when I'm not feeling well, or have had a bad week, or just want something comforting and familiar.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Sharian’s performances?

    Maybe. I think that if I hadn't been as familiar with the books as I am, then I would not have had an issue with him. However, having read these books for years, and having my own preconceived notions of what the characters sound like, and how things are pronounced, I think that these books were not able to live up to my own reading of them.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The book itself always makes me happy. The characters are very familiar to me and remind me very strongly of people and situations around me. The narration of this book made me very unhappy because of how strongly it deviated from my own mental images of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I definitely recommend these books to anybody with any kind of interest in fantasy and even romances. (And I detest romance books in general.)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca vacaville, CA, United States 03-06-11
    Rebecca vacaville, CA, United States 03-06-11 Member Since 2009
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    "An absolute must "read""

    What a great trilogy. I really love the action, the character development and the ability of Anne Bishop to paint a glorious picture that is so stimulating. I just can't wait to read the rest.

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    ARockawayReader 02-04-11
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    "Wonderful series, superb narrator"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this. John Sharian is terrific. His narration is never intrusive or jarring. What a pleasure.

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    Chria New Bern, NC, United States 08-08-10
    Chria New Bern, NC, United States 08-08-10
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    "Great Start - hope the series stays this good"

    I finished this audiobook on vacation and the first thing I did when I got home was download the next book. I would probably own this book in hardback, and I would definitely read it again, either in print or Audio format. I always have a problem with males reading a lot of female parts, but that aside, the reader is very good. He drew me into the characters, giving them their own distinct voices. I could definitely tell which character was whom throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Odette Montreal, Quebec, Canada 05-28-10
    Odette Montreal, Quebec, Canada 05-28-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Daughter of the Blood"

    Fantastic story. The best. Looking forward to read more of this story.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    L. Claude Lakewood Village, TX United States 06-04-11
    L. Claude Lakewood Village, TX United States 06-04-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Shaving!!!!!"

    Don't get me wrong....I like a little edge. I'm a big fan of Lords of the Underworld, everything Jeaniene Frost has done and all of the Black Dagger Brotherhood....but this, I'm 4 1/2 hours in and castration along with disimbowelment is the entertainment of the evening! The story is complex, lots and lots of characters, I don't mind that. I understand any first book in a series often has lots of characters that become storylines later on, then it's fun to go back to the beginning and read again......but not this. I got pass the rats eating off a man's gentials early on...and thought well, that's rough but okay. I was wrong, that was nothing.

    The story has some promise, which is a shame, because I really like a good story.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John WOODBRIDGE, VA, United States 02-16-11
    John WOODBRIDGE, VA, United States 02-16-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Couldn't stand it"

    I've read so many fantasy series now, and with my long commute, that has moved towards listening instead of reading. In an audiobook, if the narration is bad, the audiobook is painful to go through... in this cause, the reader sounds juvenile. Instead of using a mysterious voice, Mr Sharian sounds like he is "trying" to be mysterious... not once did I get into a character with him. On top of that, the story was different than most, but that doesn't mean it was good. George RR Martin, Robin Hobb, Robert Jordan, Joe Abercrombie, Stephen R Donaldson... they know what they are doing for characters, and they all have excellent narrators. I wouldn't listen to this again if I was paid. Worst audiobook I've purchased so far.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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