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The Black Jewels Trilogy [Paperback]

Anne Bishop
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  • Paperback: 1216 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (1 Dec 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451529014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451529015
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[ [ The Black Jewels Trilogy ] ] By Bishop, Anne ( Author ) Dec - 2003 [ Paperback ]

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67 of 73 people found the following review helpful
In my experience, the more impressive a book is, the harder it is to review. You want your review to do justice to a truly great book, knowing full well that a few hundred words can never truly express your feelings. Now, I find myself trying to do justice to not one fabulous book, but three of the most original, unique, and unbelievably amazing books I have ever read. With The Black Jewels Trilogy (consisting of Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows, and Queen of the Darkness), Anne Bishop has taken the literature of dark fantasy to heights I never even dreamed of. She has created a universe I can barely begin to describe, a realm of kingdoms ruled by women, in the form of witches, priestesses, and Black Widow queens, where the strongest of men are forced into the role of consort to the most vindictive of mistresses. Bishop turns good and evil upside down in this masterful literary vision, giving us heroes the likes of Saetan the High Lord of Hayll, his sons Daemon Sadi and Lucivar, and one very special and very powerful young lady named Jaenelle Angelline.
Ancient prophecies have foretold the coming of a powerful witch, one who would in reality be not a mere human female but "dreams made flesh," nothing short of Witch herself. She comes in the form of a tremendously brave little girl, whom we first meet at the age of twelve or so when she comes to Hayll seeking instruction in the Craft from none other than Saetan himself. Human beings don't just come over into the land of the demon-dead, and Saetan quickly recognizes who this young girl truly is and will become. Jaenelle is terrible at the simple magic of the Craft, yet the true strength of her powers is almost infinite. She refuses to speak about her home life, for reasons that gradually become quite clear.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
By Vittani
Hi i am reviewing the omnibus edition as people are more likely to buy it than the separate books, these are: Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows and Queen of the Darkness.
The trilogy as a whole is one of the most enigmatic trilogies ever written, it remains number two in my all time favourites but only because I read my favourite book first. If id found this one first then it is likely that this would have been my all time favourite. The trilogy is set in the realms of the blood, the blood are a race that govern the lindens (normal people), the power they can wield magically is represented and channelled through the jewels they wear, Black is the highest, white the lowest.
The realms of the blood are the dark realm (hell), the shadow realm (kaeleer) and the light realm (terrielle. Not sure if spelt right). They are parallel realms all connected, each contains the same places and at the middle is Ebon Askavi (the black mountain) the home of WITCH.
WITCH is a legend, a dream of millions of people and not all the dreams are human and what happens when dreams become flesh.
Daughter of the Blood: the first book. Like any good book it begins with an interesting prologue. A woman prophesied the coming of the strongest Queen ever known. Only two brothers believe her and they wait seven hundred years for her, one to serve and one to be her lover. She is WITCH. Three males revolve around her; they love her and wish her to rule. They are the two brothers Lucivar and Daemon, and their Father, Saetan the High Lord of Hell. But WITCH is only a child her name is Jaenelle.
Heir to the Shadows: the second book. Continues the lives of the four main characters after the brutal events of the first book. Jaenelle is hurt and no one knows if she will return to them.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCITING FIND!! 18 July 2004
By Book Addict TOP 500 REVIEWER
Humans (or Ladens) live alongside the BLOOD, men and women who wear coloured jewels which channel their psychic powers, the darker the jewel the stronger the ability to dive into the abyss to harness power. Some species live for thousands of years, and some in particular wait and pray for the coming of WITCH, the physical embodiment of dreams, a strong black jewelled QUEEN who will wash away all tainted blood. BISHOP has created a land where complete power rests with a Queen, a strong female of the blood who serves both the land and the people. However society has become warped, young witches are now abused on their virgin nights, an act which severs their link to the abyss (and therefore their power) and strong men are ringed (I'll let you guess where!!) in order to be controlled.
This trilogy centres around 3 strong men of whom 2 are ringed. SAETAN, the legendary highlord of HELL has dreamt of meeting the daughter of his soul for thousands of years and refuses to give up hope. LUCIVAR a winged (and ringed) Eyrian warlord prince refuses to be broken in his servitude, after all he knows one day she will come, a QUEEN he will want to serve. Lastly there is SADI, a beautiful ringed pleasure slave who can satisfy any need. He believes he was born to be WITCHES lover and has also waited hundreds of years for the one that he was foretold would come in his lifetime. And spectacular entrances she makes - JAENELLE is only 7 years old when she enters HELL to meet the father of her soul. She requests craft training - how can someone be so useless at basic craft when she carries 13 uncut black gems, a gift from the legendary LORN - the dragon of ancient myth who created the BLOOD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Better than "like new". Arrived promptly. Very happy with my purchase, as it was meant to be a gift and was a bit concerned about the quality before its arrival.
Published 4 days ago by Stefani
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius! An amazing page turning fantasy with deep, dark...
I am at a loss as to how I should review this work of utter genius. I am not sure exactly where to begin, explaining how much I really enjoyed this trilogy, especially without... Read more
Published on 14 April 2012 by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously good
A seriously good fantasy world with dangerous enemies and even more dangerous heros. Took a while to get into mainly as the author puts out all the different characters and all the... Read more
Published on 28 July 2011 by Ash
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic trilogy
The world created by Anne Bishop is so vivid. This trilogy is amazing. I've read several times and also read the various spin offs and short stores which are generally not bad but... Read more
Published on 18 July 2011 by Caitkin
5.0 out of 5 stars I re read them all the time
This is a unique and compelling trilogy there is alot going on it and at first glance the names of charatures can be a strange experience but then you get lost in the story and it... Read more
Published on 12 May 2011 by Xzaren
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly well done
The Black Jewels books were my intriduction to this genre while being laid up with two sprained ankles. Read more
Published on 26 April 2011 by Mare
5.0 out of 5 stars addictive novel
I'm writing a review on this novel because it is the best book I have read in a long time. The book completely transforms you to another world where weird and wonderful things... Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2010 by Susan Henson
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring and predictable
i have bought this book after reading the reviews and was dreadfully disappointed. The idea is great, but the plot is so predictable, that's just scary. Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2010 by Mrs Kathy Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book Like No Other
This series of books were one of the best that I have ever read and I found myself not wanting the Trilogy to end. Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2009 by Mrs. E. E. Walden
2.0 out of 5 stars confusing magic system
I found the magic system in these novels extemely confusing with virtually no explanations given. I felt the same about the different realms or territories. Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2009 by Linda Finlay
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