Friday, July 4, 2008

Daughter of the Blood (Black Jewels Trilogy: Book 1)

Mulluane | 12:01 AM | 2 Comments so far

By Anne Bishop

Seven hundred years ago, a Black Widow witch saw an ancient prophecy come to life in her web of dreams and visions. Now the Dark Kingdom readies itself for the arrival of its Queen, a Witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself. But she is still young, still open to influence-and corruption.

Whoever controls the Queen controls the darkness. Three men-sworn enemies-know this. And they know the power that hides behind the blue eyes of an innocent young girl. And so begins a ruthless game of politics and intrigue, magic and betrayal, where the weapons are hate and love-and the prize could be terrible beyond imagining.

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Daughter of the Blood (Black Jewels Trilogy: Book 1) by Anne Bishop

| Genre: Dark Fantasy
| Content: Witches, 18+
| ISBN-10: 0451456718
| ISBN-13: 9780451456717
| Publisher: Roc (March 1, 1998)
| Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
| (1998 Sapphire Award Finalist)
| Cover Artist: Larry Rostant
| Source: Personal copy
| Read an Excerpt
| Rating: 5 Stars
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Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels, #1)

♥ Mini Review ♥
Whenever I am asked what my 10 most favorite series are, this series always tops the list. This is because it is, without any doubt, the series I reread the most. The reason for this varies according to my mood. If I am feeling dark, it caters to that state of mind. If I need a good laugh, I go read one of the priceless scenes involving Saetan and Janelle. If I am feeling let down or betrayed, I turn to the pages featuring the devotion of Janelle's loyal friends and true family. When I long for the days when honor and protocol mattered, this series renews my faith. And the list goes on. I have never read a series quite like it. There is something here that speaks to every mood, every frame of mind, imaginable.

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This story takes place in a seductive world where Demon Undead interact with the living. A place where power is determined by the strength of the jewels you can wield once making the Offering to Darkness. A world where unicorns, centaurs, dragons and harpies are very real, ghosts haunt their own graves and dreams can become reality.

At one time the most powerful Queens were Guardians of the Land, served gladly by powerful Princes. But all that has changed. Queen Dorothea with the backing of the wannabe Dark Priestess of Hell, wish absolute rule over all the realms both living and undead. They have perverted the system by taming the males through slavery, abuse and pain, and insuring that any potential rival witches are broken before making their Offering. But the coming of Witch can change all that. The High Lord of Hell itself will consider her the daughter of his soul. Deamon, called Sadi by the Queens who try control him, has waited 700 years for her. Luciver, a winged Warlord Prince held captive in salt mines by the Dark Priestess of Askavi, lives for the day when he can protect her. But can they save her, not only from her enemies of the Blood, but from her own sadistic family.

The book is dark, its full of unusual worldbuilding, a complicated magic system, cruel, sadistic characters, hate, betrayal, death and destruction. And yet, the characters are wonderful and captivating. For all of its scenes of horror and cruelty there are scenes of heartwarming humor and unparalleled devotion. The characters grab you on the first page and never let you go. There is a learning curve, Bishop doesn't spend alot of time going *well Bob, it works like this.* She lets you absorb the worldbuilding as you go along. The end result is a fast pace, seamless plot progression and endless surprises.

This is not a book for the faint of heart. There is graphic violence, lots of sex (I won't call them love scenes, because they aren't), sadistic and perverted behavior plus language to go with all that. This is definitely an adult series and not for the younger crowd. That being said, it is not a trash novel either. Do not mistake this tale for dressed up porn. The themes are all part of the plot and necessary for the development of the story. It is cruel, sensual, exotic, dark, humorous, heartbreaking and touching, all at the same time. It is an unique experience and a change from mainstream fantasy that it will leave you wanting more.

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Dark Fantasy Book Review of Daughter of the Blood (Black Jewels Trilogy: Book 1) by Anne Bishop - Reviewed by Mulluane - on July 04 2008 - Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Mulluane is a 56-year-old proud grandmother of 4, who is passionate about her pets, blogging, traditional fantasy, and tinkering with webdesign. She is obssesively photo shy but she uses an avatar that accurately represents her dreams. ♥ You can also find her on:

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  1. I just bought this book after hearing so much about the series. In the past, I've had trouble get into some of Anne Bishop's stories because they start out with a dry overload of info about the world i.e. Sebastian. I just couldn't stay focused. I hope this book is better.

  2. I enjoyed this first book and follow books in this series.
    Good to see a review on it


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