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Daughter of the Blood (Black Jewels Trilogy) [Mass Market Paperback]

Anne Bishop
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29 Oct 1998 Black Jewels Trilogy (Book 1)

The Darkness has had a Prince for a long, long time. Now the Queen is coming.

For years the realm of Terreille has been falling into corruption, as the powerful Queens who rule it have turned to cruelty.

But there is hope - a prophetic vision has revealed the coming of a Queen more powerful than any other. And once the foundations of her power - father, brother, lover - are in place, she will emerge from the darkness, bringing freedom.

For she is the living myth, dreams made flesh; not just any witch, but Witch.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton / Signet; Reissue edition (29 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451456718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451456717
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 10.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 385,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A uniquely realised fantasy filled with vibrant colours and rich textures' Romantic Times.

'Lavishly sensual ... a richly detailed world based on a reversal of standard genre clichés' Library Journal.

'Darkly mesmerising ... [a] fascinating, dark world' Locus. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Publisher

Praise for DAUGHTER OF THE BLOOD by Anne Bishop
"Mysterical, sensual, glittering with dark magic, Anne Bishop's debut novel brings a strong new voice to the fantasy field."
-- Terri Windling, co-editor of YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR

"Vividly painted...dramatic, erotic, hope-filled. A promising debut."
--Lynn Flewelling, author of STALKING DARKNESS

"Anne Bishop is a terrific writer. I loved this book!"
-- Charles deLint

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Political intrigue 7 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The first book in what is known as The Black Jewels trilogy and now to be released on Kindle internationally. This is a classic piece of fantasy writing by this established author and it's an absolute joy to read such unique world building. This is unashamedly a journey into a world of imagination unlike any other that you will take . So be prepared to feel both challenged and revolted by all the machinations you are about to encounter here.
An ancient prophecy foretells of a Witch who will appear and unite the three realms and free them all from tyranny. It's a land that's ruled by blood and magic and controlled by Queens who expect undying servitude. The Witch will be the ultimate embodiment of magic.
Saetan is guardian over the Hell realm but has learned of a young girl Jaenelle who although still a child has the ability to traverse all the realms. He's determined to teach her but she's slippery and refuses to share her secrets with him. Jaenelle is from Terreille and suffers greatly at the hands of her family as they believe she is of unsound mind and emotionally scarred. At times Jaenelle struggles to even trust herself and almost believes that what she sees is just her imagination. Institutionalised she is at the mercy of those who would do her harm and she sees no way to escape her fate.
Saetan has two estranged sons Lucivar and Daemon but time and the taint that's spreading throughout the lands has caused them all unmitigated pain. Both Daemon and Lucivar are enslaved by evil power hungry Queens but when Daemon feels the pull of Jaenelles blood magic it's clear that finally Witch has arrived! Jaenelles considerable powers are not yet fully honed and she will need protecting from those who seek to control power.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical 14 Feb 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you can get through the first 50 pages -- you'll fall in love with this book. I know *I* did!
I am not one who usually reads Fantasy novels -- I basically picked this book up because I judged the book by the cover. I'm SO glad that I did!
The characters have strenghs and faults... but you can understand who they are. Saetan seems more like a grandfatherly type than the High Lord of Hell. Daemon Sadi (the Sadist) was a true heartbreaker. Jaenelle was a sweet girl who brought love into the hearts of those who long forgot what love was.
I loved this book so much. I can not express the words to praise this book enough!
I could NOT put the book down once I started! I have reread the book 7 times already. I cry each time I read it!
I can not WAIT until the second book in this series, Heir to the Shadows comes out!!!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feelings 8 April 2009
By Customer VINE VOICE
I found 'Daughter of the Blood' both revolting and strangely compelling. Compelling enough to warrant ordering the other books! I actually had no idea this book was as perverse as it was, there were abundant references to incest, paedophilia and rape. The book was not excusing any of these things but I was pretty shocked nonetheless. And I did start to feel sick when one of the main characters (a character I'm assuming we're supposed to like) starts having feelings for a 12 year old girl. I did trudge on however and I'm glad I did because I thought the ending half of the book was excellent.

The main plot of the book is that Witch the embodiment of magic and dreams itself is about to come into the worlds as a human. She will thus lead the inhabitance of the corrupt worlds into a better age -- however, many others who live in these worlds are already planning how to manipulate and maneuver Witch for their own nefarious ends. It's rather King Arthur... only different! There is a lot of assumed knowledge. I was confused many times as to who certain characters were and how they were related to other characters in the book. Once you get used to who everyone is and how the worlds work, it's a lot easier to enjoy the plot. The story was slow going and I was bored in places but I found the whole thing bizarrely fascinating nonetheless.

'Daughter of the Blood' focuses on Daemon, Jaenelle and Saetan as main characters. Jaenelle in particular felt distant and I found her a little annoying actually... mainly because everyone in the book was cooing over her and I didn't feel as if she was that interesting. She was quite Mary Sue-ish in fact. Saetan also bored me but he got better towards the end, and Daemon was mildly curious but I did have huge problems with some of his actions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, The Trilogy is back! 4 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Remember when fantasy was published in trilogies, with a beginning, a middle and a final volume? They used to be quite popular, especially the one written by a guy named Tolkien.
So it's sure nice to see a new writer following the classic trilogy-concept. Especially since most writers today seem to be doing these never-ending multi-volume series where each entry is a 1000 pages long. And they still get their endings rushed! They obviosuly don't know anything about P A C I N G (look it up in a dictionary; Jordan, Goodkind and others) and bringing each volume in theor sagas to a satisfying conclusion.
So let's hope more new writets follow this young(?) author's example and move away from the multi-volume "epics" of today and bring back the trilogies of yore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good
An unusual book supernatural but clever, keeps you guessing and worth reading, part of a trilogy which once started you have to finish, i would recommend this book.
Published 27 days ago by shashootwiggy
2.0 out of 5 stars Satan and Lucifer as the good guys?
Okay, the names are spelled differently, but I just could not get into this at all. Perhaps if I had persevered, I could have sorted out the cast list and gotten past what i felt... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Myrrhelyn
4.0 out of 5 stars imaginative story
A bit confusing to start with but once you get to know the characters and how the writer has laid out the book it becomes a very enjoyable and imaginative story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific beginning of a great trilogy
I keep returning to these books. Now I have them on my kindle app I do not need to carry the hard copy around with me on my travels. Read more
Published 3 months ago by P Young
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark fantasy.
Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy.

The Darkness has had a Prince for a long, long time. Now the Queen is coming. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Liz Wilkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but confusing
<i>An ARC was provided by NetGallery for an honest review</i>

I loved this unique fantasy book but I couldn't explain it even if I wanted to. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gemma Kirkwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Something different for the fantasy fan
If you’re looking for something a little different with politics, double dealing and sexual manipulation then this book is going to be the one for you as readers are taken and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
4.0 out of 5 stars Black Jewels book 1
Daughter of the Blood is a really difficult book to review and I think that's partly due to how uncomfortable it made me feel when I was reading it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sarah (Feeling Fictional)
5.0 out of 5 stars Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop - A review by Jeanette Greaves
For some, it’s the moment you walk out of customs in a foreign airport. For others, it’s the studio signature music that heralds the start of a film. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jeanette Greaves
2.0 out of 5 stars quality of this edition :((((
book really really good, but quality of this edition :(((( - no comments. seems to be more like daily news paper rather than good book.
Published 6 months ago by delims
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