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Publisher's Summary

From the national best-selling author - the new novel set in the "darkly fascinating world" (SF Site) of the Black Jewels.

Dena Nehele is a land decimated by its past. Once it was ruled by corrupt Queens who were wiped out when the land was cleansed of tainted Blood. Now, only 100 Warlord Princes stand - without a leader and without hope.

Theran Grayhaven is the last of his line, desperate to find the key that reveals a treasure great enough to restore Dena Nehele. But first he needs to find a Queen who remembers the Blood's code of honor and lives by the Old Ways. The woman chosen to rule Dena Nehele, Lady Cassidy, is not beautiful and believes she is not strong. But she may be the only one able to convince bitter men to serve once again.

©2009 Bertrice Small (P)2009 Penguin

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  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

Same great story, but character voices off

Why is Jaenelle Celtic? The voices should stay consistent throughout the series. I love Sharian's Daemon, Lucivar and Saetan.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Not as dark as the trilogy

I really enjoyed this story. Theran is an ass. Cassidy is the ugly duckling. The story is one of hope and growth and bullying and finding oneself as they mature.

There is a bit too much about Daemon and his Sadist urges though - I thought it was more like an add-on to bring back old characters and had little to add to the actual story of Cassidy and her Court. There is also a little substory about Saetan which was also sort of odd in the context of Cassidy's story, but I guess Bishop wanted to keep us up-to-date on the goings on with the "family".

It's not as dark or heavy as the trilogy, but is quite similar in tone to the Invisible Ring - although it was more about internal angst and in-fighting and stereotypes than fighting versus an external enemy. I'm starting the next in the series right now - it didn't really end in a cliffhanger, but you know there's more to Cassidy's story so you'll want to read the next book in the series to find out what happens.

This is the only book in the series I've listened to in audio and, for the most part, the narration was good - he mispronounces a few words and Jaenelle is read with an "Eastern Canadian?" accent in this book which didn't really fit what I expected. But otherwise, you can tell who's talking from tone/accent and whether or not they are speaking or using psychic communications.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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wonderful book but I'm so annoyed!

This book is incredible. I loved the side story story after seeing how the darker jeweled blood lived in the other books. I Love Cassidy and Grey and Ranon. Vae too!
However, I am very annoyed with the narrator. I bought all of the other books and I can't understand how Janelle suddenly has the Schelt accent!!! For the first 3 books she has a slight accent but nothing like this. This whole book she sounds like Morghan. It irritated me so badly that I had to fast forward all of her parts which meant missing Daemon. I just don't get how the same narrator can just completely change from one book to the next.

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Accent

Again Jaenelle had an accent that she didn't have in the original trilage. I don't care for it. It seems to ditract from the cariture.

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still a great storyline

still crushed that Janelle sounds like Morgan now but same great narration of a strong story line

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Amazing, wonderful story

Anne Bishop is a wonderful story teller. her characters are Wow. I love the Black Jewel series to read and heard are a Must. All of Her books are wonderful

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The accent for Janelle was changed, bad

In the past books the narrator had used an American youthful accent for Janelle but in this book of the series he changed it to an Irish accent. It was very disappointing and really took away from the character. PLEASE fix it.

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Book 1 of my 2 favorite Anne Bishop novels

Story and overall this book is amazing. it's the beginning of 2 books about a young queen who takes a wild territory with protocol. now that we've all listened to the other Janelle books and we are experts in all things blood and protocol it's neat to see it put to use to help a lost territory. And it's seasoned with just enough love story and Janelle and Daemon to be familiar. The only draw back is that this was recorded during the time that John Sherean was doing Janelle's voice as a leprechaun! so that's disappointing and distracting. Why he would record Janelle one way for 5 books and then suddenly change her voice I'll never know. I wish he'd rerecord her parts for audible. But nevertheless this is still one of my two favorite Bishop books. Be sure to follow up with Shalador's Lady!

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  • Jessica
  • SALINE, MI, United States
  • 07-16-15

I liked the story

What didn’t you like about John Sharian’s performance?

Again the main character of "Witch" has the old crone voice and accent that he used in the last book also. It totally ruins it for me. How the narrator and the producers etc didn't catch this but let it go on for another book is amazing

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  • Rachel
  • SPARTA, TENNESSEE, United States
  • 12-01-12

Cant wait for the next one.

What made the experience of listening to The Shadow Queen the most enjoyable?

The narrator's wry tone and inflection really brought the story to life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gray is my favorite character because of his growth as a person and as a prince.



Which scene was your favorite?

The planting of the honey pear trees.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Adventure, Comedy and a little Romance