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.
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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!!
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This is a trilogy that turned into a full-on series, and it took me 2 novels to warm up to Anne Bishop’s THE BLACK JEWELS world, so after finally getting my ah-ha moment, I will be stopping here. Yes, the next installments have the potential to be even better, but they could also be a return to books 1 & 2, and I don’t care for those odds. Anyway, I really did enjoy QUEEN OF THE DARKNESS; Daemon at long last stepped into his role as consort, Jaenelle showed the Blood who’s boss, and other characters such as Lucivar & Saetan got their happy ending.
Angelline is now the undisputed Queen of Queens, although not everyone has accepted that fact yet, namely her wayward family because she hasn’t fully demonstrated what she’s capable of. That being said, I found it odd that she sat on the bench for the first quarter of this story. I went into this title thinking that it was her time to rule, and that that aspect was going to be this volume’s focal point. The author does get there eventually, and it is one of the best parts, but still I was expecting something a little flashier.
I was so very happy when Jaenelle & Daemon’s relationship made it to the romantic stage that I think that I may have whooped out loud. However, given both of their pasts (i.e Angelline’s history of rape and Sadi’s years as a pleasure slave), I’d envisioned lengthy dialogue between them prior to the two jumping in the sack together. There was a fair share of tiptoeing and doubt, yet once they admitted their feelings for each other they didn’t leave the bedroom for days. It was just too all-or-nothing. I personally appreciate the in-between stuff.
As with the writing, it also took me several novels to come to terms with John Sharian’s narration, and not because he doesn’t have the voice for it, but rather due to the age and gender of the heroine. The cast is primarily male, so from a purely logistics perspective it made sense. Nevertheless, he really let loose for the conclusion! He matched Daemon’s sadistic nature in both emotion and intensity, and the execution of Jaenelle’s master plan just wouldn’t have been the same without his delivery.
QUEEN OF THE DARKNESS made me understand what everyone’s been raving about!
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.
I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.
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.
All I wanted was Jeanelle and Daemon. First I had to wait five hours for Jeanelle to show up. Then another five for both of them to finally come together. And then it was over! Not the story, but the end of my hopes and dreams. I wanted more of them. I still want more of them. I am not happy:(
I loved the narration and the story was phenomenal. It's a dark, emotional read, but worth every minute. What would you do for those you love? It's not just the main characters but even the secondary characters that are so extraordinary.
it may seem adolescent to some readers but I have read a little of everything including classic literature. There are alot of moments that are purely comic relief, (those are my favorites actually) the rest can seem a little over dramatic. As I get older and look around myself, I realize that's really not accurate. If anything compared to the evil in our world, Anne kindly watered it down.
There is no doubt that Anne Bishop is a master storyteller. She creates such vivid characters and fantasy worlds that are easily imagined. They are very much like our world and yet vastly different. A tug here and a tug in another direction and...Voila!
In this last book of the original trilogy, Daemon has finally returned home to take his place as Consort. Finally, I say!! However, it's not as simple as all that. Daemon is still coming to terms with Janelle being alive and her powers as Witch. Not to mention, the fact that she is a woman now and not a girl. Janelle is still, in a way, an inexperienced young woman and doesn't quite know what to do with Daemon. It takes time and baby steps but they eventually become Queen and Consort as they were meant to.
Meanwhile, Hekatah and Dorothea are still scheming and trying to destroy the young Queen and her powerful allies. A war is brewing and Witch has the power to stop it. After friends, followers and loved ones get murdered and kidnapped, she starts to spin her web. Witch will eradicate the evil in the Blood. But at what cost?
I really enjoyed this series. Too many favorite characters to name! This last book had a lot more humor than the first 2 and that was a pleasant surprise. Don't get me wrong, when Witch comes out to play- it's serious business. She's creepy and scary and it's so cool!! I listened to the audios for all 3 books and they are very well done. However, I needed a glossary to keep things straight.
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