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In this violently passionate, "darkly fascinating world", the Blood rule: a race of witches and warlocks whose power is channeled through magical jewels. Ambitions unfurl in this second novel of series, as the realm's dreams of a liberator have finally been made flesh: Jaenelle, singled out by prophecy as the living embodiment of magic, is haunted by the cruel battles the Blood have fought over her - for not all of them await her as their Savior.

Nothing, however, can deflect her from her destiny - and the day of reckoning looms near. When her memories return. When her magic matures. When she is forced to accept her fate. On that day, the dark Realms will know what it means to be ruled by Witch.

Listen to another Black Jewels gem.
©1999 Anne Bishop (P)2010 Penguin

Critic Reviews

"Bishop subverts readers' expectations; the 'darkest' powers reside in virtuous characters, demons and vampires are kindly, and Jaenelle's adolescence is more comically normal than horrific. Her vibrant characters and descriptions will keep readers hooked, anxiously awaiting what promises to be a riveting conclusion." (Amazon.com review)

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Everything is in place for an earth-shaking payoff

It took me a full year to build up the courage to listen to HEIR TO THE SHADOWS after being thoroughly traumatized by book 1. I really love Anne Bishop’s THE OTHERS series, and I’m a firm believer in second chances when it comes to authors, so after twelve months of mental preparation, here we go again. It’s with a massive sigh of relief that I write this review because A) no nightmares & B) this installment was a vast improvement upon the previous one. It was slow paced, and was more about the dialogue than the action, but we’re definitely getting somewhere.

This novel concentrated on Jaenelle’s road to recovery; after two years in a coma, she must battle her way back to sanity, and then take the necessary steps in order to become the Queen she was meant to be. The story followed Angelline from the age of twelve to twenty, so it’s best to minimize the number of sessions spent reading this book in order to avoid confusing the timeline. Lots of character development takes place, both where the protagonist was concerned as well as the secondaries, and all of the chess pieces were brought to the fore, including the kindred—wolves, unicorns & dragons!

Even though THE BLACK JEWELS series now has nine volumes under its wing, it was originally a trilogy, so this installment felt like it was the limbo between books 1 & 3 which explains its lack of major intrigue. By the end of this novel everything was in place for an earth-shaking payoff, except the love interest. Daemon Sadi was off in cuckoo land, but other than that I was able to better appreciate Bishop’s Dark Fantasy because this story was minus the truly heinous tidbits; however that doesn’t mean that the author dons kid gloves. Every character is still fair game.

John Sharian’s narration didn’t creep me out nearly as much as it did in DAUGHTER OF THE BLOOD. I still question the producer’s decision to go with a male voice for this series, but Angelline’s entourage is a sausage fest, so with the more disturbing aspects behind us, he’s growing on me. Sharian’s ominous tone actually worked to his advantage when he mimicked Jaenelle’s ‘midnight voice’, and I thought that he was reasonably adept at keeping the plethora of personas separate, although he does goof on occasion, and slips into his staple timbre when he shouldn’t.

HEIR TO THE SHADOWS was almost good. I’m eager for Anne Bishop to bring it home with QUEEN OF THE DARKNESS. ~3.5 stars

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  • Rebecca
  • vacaville, CA, United States
  • 03-23-11

Another Great Dark Jewel...

The continuation of the Dark Jewel series. Just as good, just as suspenseful and wonderfully entertaining. Sit back and enjoy...

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darkly fascinating

very good narration and flow. nice follow up to daughter of the blood. look forward to the next one

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Still has me hooked

Would you listen to Heir to the Shadows again? Why?

I would gladly listen to it again. I love rereading my favorite books, and as a busy college student this allows me to immerse my self in the world more often. I started listening when I commute or have downtime instead of playing stupid games on my phone, or Facebook. A much more enjoyable use of my time.

What did you like best about this story?

I love Anne Bishops world but John Sharian's narration is what really makes me like the audio book version. He adds another level to depth to some of my favorite parts that makes me enjoy it even more.

Which scene was your favorite?

I have to pick? Ah, any of the craft lessons with Saetan, the tone he adds to the aftermath of discovering exactly what she can do is amazing.

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

Oops, I did it again.

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guilty pleasure

so it's not a literary masterpiece, but it's sooo good. have lost count of how many times I've read this series.

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Heir was...

Heir to the Shadow was even better than the first (Daughter of the Blood). I must download the third immediately. Immediately, I say.

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Dark Jewels in my heart

I own this book and audio and I just love the world that Anne Bishop has spun. I've read this book over 30 times and I never want the words to end. It was interesting hearing the narrator read. I'm not to fond of how he pronounced many words because it changed the story I see in my head. It took a lot to adjust to how he reads but all in all not a bad job. I'll never tire of the Dark Jewels.

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A Jewel of A Series

Would you consider the audio edition of Heir to the Shadows to be better than the print version?

I love the whole series. John Sharian really does a wonderful job on the characterizations.
Listening to the stories makes me want to see Kaleer and Ebon Askavi and meet the Sa Diablos.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Daemon SaDi. I like the way he's portrayed as protective of all the people he cares about but also how he would not hesitate to defy the Aristos who tried to keep him subservient.

What about John Sharian’s performance did you like?

He has a talent for voices. Everyone was different and surprisingly they fit each character.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When one of the Kindred tiger kittens forged a friendship with a little girl and then rescued her after her mother was killed when their village wad raided.

Any additional comments?

I was saddened when this series ended but I am so glad that I got a chance to experience it audibly. It's wonderful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good story but ......

The basic story is great and very entertaining, but I'm not a fan of many author's excessive use of sexual depravity and abuse these days. By the end of this series you'll be very tired of hearing "he said too softly". Not sure what that means either.

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My favorite series!

I love the Black Jewels trilogy--the story is enchanting! I've read it over a dozen times. It is worth the listen, give it a try!!!