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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

Critic Reviews

“Surges with spellcraft and engaging romance.” (Publishers Weekly) 

“In this stand-alone novel set in the evocative Black Jewels world, Bishop tackles surviving various horrors head-on...It’s a difficult subject, but one that Bishop writes about sensitively, with compassion and without blinking or pulling punches.” (RT Book Reviews)  

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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.

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ended abruptly

I really liked this story but there were 2 problems: dude gave Janelle an Irish accent and it really ended too early. There was so much more I needed to know. expected to know. it is like the author got tired of writing and just stopped. I'm left feeling disappointed and curious. I just wish there was more.

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Narrator is disappointing.

Yet again Mr. Sharian kept Janelle with an accent and it changes her demeanor. Some of the other voices are inconsistent as well. Seems his heart isn't in it. Enjoyed the story overall. Just distracted by the narration.

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Great story and narrator, but something is off

Cassie's story might be my favorite of Anne Bishop's Black Jewels books. It's nice to get the story of a lighter jewel and the expectations of that witch, especially a light jeweled Queen.
John Sharian is a great narrator but the sudden change of Jaenelle's accent gave me whiplash. His other character voices are great but this one really threw me off. His struggle with her accent in places also changed the way Witch sounds in more serious parts and took me out of it a bit. Luckily this isn't Jaenelle's story so there's not a ton of her dialogue.

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Another great book

Love the storyline. Love that we see a different character's story, but still incorporate a healthy dose of Jaenelle and Daemon. Still annoyed at the change in voice for Jaenelle... it doesn't suit her imo

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The Shadow Queen

Anne Bishop's Black Jewels novels are some of my favorites. I can "hear" character voices as I read from the descriptions she has provided for the individuals. Which is probably why I was disappointed in John Sharian's performance of voices and accents. In all my reading of these books I never imagined a skewed irish-type accent for anyone.

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Accent changed?

I loved his the narrator did the voices in the other books of the series, but I don’t understand the choice to change Janelle’s dialect to have an Irish lilt, when that was never present before this book...I’m not sure it was totally the narrator’s choice, but it bothered me the whole time. It also seemed like the narrator had more of an overall flat voice for this story, like he wasn’t as into it. It felt more like someone was reading aloud in class than being told a story by a professional—which is usually the caliber that John Sharian performs. Maybe this had more to do with the director than the narrator, but it really made it a rough listen in comparison with his other work in this same series.

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First time

This is my first time listening to a book. I have every book in the Black Jewels series. I read them so often that I've had to constantly buy the books again and again due to wear and tears. I enjoyed being able to still experience the book while doing laundry and cleaning house. a much better experience than listening to music.

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Please change Janelle’s voice back!

Not only is the change in accents from previous books different and strange, the tone is very off-putting. I cringe every time. Otherwise good series and performance of other than the main one.

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Narration was HORRIBLE

I own this book and have read it may times. The narrator was absolutely horrible. The voices he used did not fit the characters. If you enjoy Anne Bishop books like I do NOT listen to this version.

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  • Isabella D'moore
  • 09-27-19

Anne Bishop's stories are always fantastic

I confess I already own a complete set of all Anne Bishop's books in print. So I'm biased I think they are all fabulous.

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  • Moiraine Sedai
  • 05-04-19

Excellent

Where are ALL Ann Bishop's books? I have read them all, now I need to hear them. Just off for the next one I can find!

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  • donnelle
  • 05-30-19

My kind of trash

Familiar story for me. The narrators accent for Jaenelle was awful and jarring. otherwise good. This is one of my favourite books in the Black Jewels trilogy. It's just a shame the follow up shaladors lady isn't available