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)
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!
I had high hopes and gave this book a really good chance. It is very cryptically put together and hard to follow, not in a terribly good way i thought. They characters don't really make sense, they do things that don't seem right based on the previous statements. The only things happen are fairly trivial and all the important stuff is told as history. The characters all have dark names like ' the high lord of hell' and 'prince of darkness' but we never see much of this side of them. The 'high lord of hell' is a bit too much like everyone's favorite uncle. The world is unfortunately not very clearly explained. There is a lot of sex that tries to be rough and hot but falls short of the mark with lack of conviction.
I hate to give this book a poor review as it had promise at the beginning, but somehow it failed to deliver. I made it almost to the end, if i missed something amazing at the end then so be it.
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.
This story needs a primer, cliff notes or a prequel. It was catching, involving and very sinister. But I kept getting lost in the locations of the story of who could go where and where that was in relation to other places. I know, confusing. I feel bad about that because it really is a great story.
Not making it so nauseating.
to write like her other series.
I tend to like female narrators for books written by females. Not his fault.
too many to make a story out of.
many characters, a bit confusing at times but i cared about the characters and am interested to see what happens in book 2.
John Sharian's voice
Loved his voice and how he made the characters come to life
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.
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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