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 enjoyed Ann Bishop's style of writing. Very expressive choice of words. I got lost in the listening experience. Wonderfully narrated story. Engaging and entertaining.
As I'm delving more into audio books I'm realizing I should probably avoid books I've read several times. The Black Jewels trilogy are books I've read a couple of times a year for several years. I found myself distracted by the reader's interpretation or inflection of certain lines (that's not how she'd say that, that's not a deep enough rumble for Saetan, etc). But overall it was acceptable and I still felt immersed in the world Bishop has created.
I will still listen to the rest of the trilogy with the hopes my imagined voices and the reader's voice become more aligned.
No, I would not recommend to a friend. Too many plot holes for my tastes and Anne Bishop whether really male or female seems to be working through some childhood trauma with all of the sexual perversion she includes in her stories.
I liked Lucivar, what there was of him, he seemed a decent type, but he wasn't in it enough to say for sure. So, I'd have to choose Daemon.
I thought he pulled off the Daemon voice quite well -- as deep and masculine as that character's voice was he was able to put a certain quality of inflection to show confusion, kindness, anger, etc. Strangely, he didn't do too badly with the young girl's voices either. But his mother's voice Tersa(?) left a bit to be desired.
STOP SPOILERS:I was baffled by the lack of interest anyone had in Briarwood. Why did no one ask Jaenelle about this place? Why did no one ask Jaenelle about the haunted look she would sometimes get on her face? Why did Daemon not explain to Alexandra why he was worried about Jaenelle at Briarwood or Uncle Bobby? Why did it take Saetan until the end of book to become concerned enough to actually check into her family living situation, if he cared so much. Heck, Daemon visited him why didn't he ask him about the family dynamics. I do think Anne Bishop is an excellent writer. I actually really, really enjoy her Others series maybe it's a product of her maturing as a writer.
I'm a caffeine zombie suffering from constant book hangovers.
I highly recommend this series to anyone whom claims to like the fantasy genre, after all it does happen to be my favorite series. this book was so good it pitched me headfirst like Alice down the rabbit hole in pursuit of anything that could be remotely like it. I am happy and sad to say few series have come even remotely close.
when you find out why Janelle is shielding her two families from each other and the toll it ends up exacting on her in the end.
hard to say John Sharian's is one of the best readers I've come across so far and was not disappointed in what he brought to the table however I also want to more focus on giving most of the the credit where credit is due Anne Bishop.
pretty much all of it. I loved the humor and the lyrical dance the author played out with her words in predictions and outlooks especially for the tormented characters suffering within the twisted kingdom like Tersa. I found it fascinating that Jaenelle was a pawn in a political game although little did they know she embodies so much more and houses more than that inside. also that the whole entire government albeit corrupt is kind of tipped on it's side throughout the realms actually being ruled by women (corrupt or no) and then backed by men by power caste and that it isn't by law and rules that they follow but by their hearts and their morals and the powers that resonate within them and resound by those around them. that some are willing to break formation when not in agreeable in their hearts. regardless of the deadly and sickening consequences. instead of submit to a bad rule. I greedily devoured this book and i can't gush enough about this series.
I have found in many series it is hard to maintain these three things and keep synchronization, plot, character development, and world building. but Anne Bishop manages to do this to nigh perfection. the characters are strong non two dimensional beings you want to cry with laugh with cheer with and yes even fight with. the world is so intricate I don't know where to start. even the hierarchy within the book is extensive to no end. and the story line. nothing but Unique refreshing things brought to the table. and if you've got a stomach for the intense vibrant emotional roller coaster ride of an adventure Anne bishop punches. I highly recommend you read this book. of all her series this one has no comparison.
Border Collie Mom
Have read this series many times, but this is my first audio of it. The narrator is certainly competent and manages the voices well, but his voice is missing the darkness and depth that Saetan and Daemon should really have.
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.
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