Jaenelle Angelline now reigns as Queen-protector of the Shadow Realm. No longer will the corrupt Blood slaughter her people and defile her lands. But where one chapter ends, a final, unseen battle remains to be written, and Jaenelle must unleash the terrible power that is Witch to destroy her enemies once and for all.
Even so, she cannot stand alone. Somewhere, long lost in madness, is Daemon, her promised Consort. Only his unyielding love can complete her Court and secure her reign. Yet, even together, their strength may not be enough to hold back the most malevolent of forces.
Listen to another Black Jewels gem.
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I recommend this book and the Black Jewels series to anyone who likes well written fantasy. You won't be disappointed. I waited until the whole series (to date) was released in audio and started with book 1 (recommended) and listened to all of the books in order. I was absolutly enthralled. Anne Bishop just became my favorite author.
John Sharian is outstanding as a narrator of this series. He does a wonderful job with all of the different voices/characters but deserves special notice for his depiction of the High Lord and Daemon. Thanks for this great audio production!!
I'm a PhD theatre student who loves not proofreading my reviews (sorry) because I have to do enough of that in school. :)
This novel had several things I had been waiting for in this series and true to her year-skipping-form, Anne Bishop delivers the reader right into the middle of a story that continued on from the last book without many glimpses back at what happened while we were gone. Without seeing that beginning, I felt like I missed out on a few things, but they were not as important as the real purpose of this glimpse in time so it didn't bother me. However, a few moments - that had an agonizing build up since first book hinted at them - seemed to fall short once they finally happened. A reunion of such magnitude could have used another page or two, I think. Instead, a few sweet moments seemed rushed to make room for more epic story.
The epic story however is wonderfully done, providing a scope of detail that relies heavily on the first two novels for backstory. I will admit the characters seemed to rely too heavy on their previous appearances, and because of this they lost a bit of their rich depth. Satan, Daemon, and even Janelle seemed to be more simple in their existance, as well as their enemies, making Lucivar shine through more than anyone else. It's for this and what I mentioned above that I took a star away from what could have been a 5 star book.
That aside, I gobbled this novel up, even sneaking listens at work. It's always fun to see an enemy get whats coming to them. The book's ending leaves the reader/listener totally curious about the outcome after the climactic events that it ended on, and as I write this, I'm downloading the next book.
Fun read. Highly recommended to listeners who have heard the first two. 4 stars.
I was very satisfied with how the series worked out. This was a very imaginative and interesting series. The morality of how things worked out is very dicey I think, but I applaud the author because it made me think about it. The narrator is excellent and this is well worth the download.
IF you love Twilight, you will probably like this.
I am not even half way through this book and I can already tell you this:
The characters are petulant and one sided. They are not lovable, hardly even likable.
The character names are horrid and not at all creative.
The world is not described at all. You pretty much have to guess as you are reading. It's as though the author knows the world so well, she forgot we don't. What a major oversight!
For me, this reads like a self important role play she tried to translate into a book. So far Terrible, do not read. I can't believe I am going to force myself to finish it. Too bad I can't return audio books.
--Note, I am not going to finish this book. It is tripe. I can't believe I am saying that, but I am.
I am a full time student and stay at home mom. I love to read mostly epic fantasy books. Anne Bishop is one of my favorite authors along with R.A Salvatore.
Sexy, Enchanting and Addicting
My favorite character by far is Surreal SaDiablo. She is a strong female who is witty and says pretty much what she want to who she wants. I love all the characters in the books but she is my favorite.
Daemon Sadi by far. John Sharian did a great job with all the characters in the book but it seemed that he was able to put more emotion into the part of Daemon.
There are several moments that moved me in the book. When Daemon went to rescue his brother and father from Dorothea and Hekatah and had to torcher Lucivar like he did. I almost cried when Daemon fail to his knees and screamed when he thought he had lost Jeanelle after her decent.
I have read all these books and I loved them but being able to listen to them gives the story more life. John Sharian did a fantastic job with the books and I can not wait to listen to the rest.
I've listened to this book a few times. The pacing is excellent, and there is never a dull moment. The reading is beautifully done, able to capture the extreme yin and yang of Bishop's books.
What a great series. I was so captured by these three books. Loved the narrator...just based on his voice, I would love a Daemon of my own! Enjoy this on a long drive, a day when there really isn't anything fun to do, or just because you can't put it down. (That's me!)
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