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)
This book has great potential but wasn't the book for me.
I personally couldn't stand the narrator's voice and that made listening to it much harder that mixed with the flow of the story. It became very confusing. I found myself having to rewind and re-listen to the same passage over and over again.
The satanic references didn't bother me but I can see that others may be rubbed the wrong way by it.
This seems like a better read than listen. May have to pick up a physical copy and try it again at a later date.
I was unprepared for the sex slave story line and I had trouble thinking of Satan as the only decent character. I was invested in the little girl and wanted to know what happened to her, but overall this book left me unsure of what to think.
Anne Bishop weaves a story of magic, politics, murder and betrayal in this first installment of The Black Jewels series. This is dark fantasy where corrupted Queens rule and children are abused. Where power lies in the color of jewel you wear and sex, pain and death are entertainment for the Courts.
She has come.
The most powerful Queen is still a child of just 12 years old. Few even know what she is. She is Witch. Protected by three powerful Warlords, she is the hope for a new world.
I have to admit that I was a little overwhelmed in the beginning. There was just so much info dump with all the realms and people introduced that it bogged me down. Once I got past the beginning and things started coming together I couldn't put it down. This was just the appetizer to what I think will be a fantastic dark fantasy series. It has a cliffhanger ending and a load of questions/situations to be resolved. I'll definitely be listening to the next one in the near future.
Advise you play at 1.25x. Very imaginative; so many characters it's hard to keep track with them all. The witch child is almost too much a goody two-shoes, but still a fascinating character. Story is VERY dark, definitely not YA.
The power of the birth stone to the depth of love of a guardian father
Wow. Hmm the first 5 or 6 books of Laurell K. Hamilton stop after that. Then Kim Harrison her Rachel Morgan series. Historic romance Julie Garwood
Yes. Her others books series are just amazing. The story lines in meaningful and deep and thoughtful. And following a little girl who has big shoes to walk.
Nothing the narrater was good.
YES. One. Why did the only have one child. I wish they would have had two children. One girl and a boy. To finish the book.
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.
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