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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (6 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848663552
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848663558
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,878 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.

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marta Cox on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book Addict TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Dec. 2009
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I reviewed the three books in the Black Jewels series as a trilogy when I first read it over three years ago; and since rereading it for the fifth time or so I'll try a little harder to explain why this book (and its two sequels) is so wonderful.

"Daughter of the Blood" begins with a prophecy that "Witch" will come to the realms, a prophecy that keeps alive the dreams and survival instincts of three strong males for over seven hundred years before she makes her appearances to each. To Saetan, the High Lord of Hell she will be the beloved daughter of his soul, to his son Lucivar she will become a cherished sister and to his other (living) son Daemon Sadi, she will become the lover he has dreamed he was born for.

AB has created a world of three realms; Terreille (the land of the living), Kaeleer (the isolated Shadow Realm now believed to be nothing more than myth) and Hell (the Dark Realm in which the demon dead dwell). In each of these lands different species reside; normal humans (Ladens), several long lived races such as the winged Eyrians and various ranks of the Blood, which include humans and long lived races able to wield the powers of a jewel; the darker the jewel the greater their power. The Blood are the caretakers of the Realms, created to protect the land and people by using the powers available to them through a coloured jewel which denotes their psychic strength. At the top of the hierarchy is the Queen, to whom all serve; normally a witch who wears a dark jewel; however only two males have ever worn the most powerful jewel of all; the black (Saetan and Daemon).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Customer VINE VOICE on 8 April 2009
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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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