By Anne Bishop
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| Genre: Dark Fantasy
| Content: Witches, 18+
| ISBN-10: 0451461517
| ISBN-13: 9780451461513
| Publisher: Roc Trade (August 7, 2007)
| Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
| Cover Artist: Larry Rostant
| Source: Personal copy
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| Rating: 5 Stars
Jaenelle Angelline, Witch, living myth, dreams made flesh, but for all that a very damaged, emotionally unstable, young girl. Can her adopted Father, the High Lord of Hell with the help of his sons, heal the scars left by the sadistic abuse their future Queen has suffered?
Fantasy Series Book Review by Mulluane
Now that I no longer had to invest so much time figuring out the rules and customs of this world, it was time to settle down and devour the story.
There are three realms to this world. You have the mundane world where the Blood rule and humans reside. Then you have the shadowy middle realm, and finally the dark realm which Saetan rules over. It did not escape my notice that the individual actors in this drama also have three levels to their personalities. The character development was nothing short of exquisite. Each of my favorite characters alternate between light and dark with every shade of gray in between. This is not to say that there are not any truly evil folks, because there are, but the depth of the protagonists is amazing. This is a story you do not simply read. It is one you actually experience.
I've seen some complain that this second book isn't as good as the first, I've heard others say it was better. I look at it like this. The first book of a trilogy sets the stage, the second fleshes out the actors and the last fulfills the story. That is what I see happening here. We watch as Jaenelle grows into maturity and the fullness of her powers. We spend time with her coven, both Blood and kindred Blood. And we watch as a truly amazing young woman finds the strength, from both within and without, to overcome heartache and hardship that would break a lesser person.
The second book gripped me just as hard as the first, my beloved characters took on more flavor, the tragedy was just as poignant, the humor just as rich and the love just as sweet. There were even some stellar examples of poetic justice as the evil, malicious and perverted antagonists got some, if not all, of what they deserved. There was less perversion in this book but plenty of violence and more heartbreak for Jaenelle to endure, and for the ones who love her to endure with her. Jaenelle is a wonderfully complex character, innocent and mischievous one minute, wise and powerful the next, ruthless and cold when the situation demands it. Just when you get your head around her being Witch, Black Widow, Queen or Healer, she does something to bring home the fact that regardless of anything else, she is a young girl who just wants to be loved. And that is the beauty of this story.
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Dark Fantasy Book Review of Heir of the Shadows (Black Jewels Trilogy: Book 2) by Anne Bishop - Reviewed by Mulluane - on July 02 2008 - Rating: of 5 Stars