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Tangled Webs (Black Jewels Novels) [Mass Market Paperback]

Anne Bishop
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; Reprint edition (3 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 045146222X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451462220
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous addition to AB's twisted world 6 Mar 2008
By Book Addict TOP 500 REVIEWER
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In "Tangled Webs" Jaenelle and Marian are immersed in the creation of a "spooky house", a project intended to educate the local Landens and amuse those of the Blood. Yet someone else is rather aggravated by this idea, and in fact concocts their own haunted house with the plan to snare and kill the powerful SaDiablo family. When Surreal and Prince Rainier find themselves trapped in this house trying to protect a group of children from demon dead attacks and booby traps they are unable to use their Craft, as each time they call upon the power of their jewels they reduce their avenues of escape.

It's pretty clear from the beginning who the bad guy is in this book, and unfortunately raised away from the Blood, he has no idea who he is dealing with. Disappointed only Rainier and Surreal responded to his invitation, he is in total ignorance of the depths of power and ruthlessness Surreal's family and friends will act with to ensure her safety. Whilst Jaenelle weaves her own spells and Sadi begins his own dance of retribution, Lucivar enters the house close to the killing edge. The nasty beasties inside the house don't stand a chance.

AB's "Tangled Webs" is as flawlessly written as her wonderful "Black Jewels" trilogy, and again contains the exquisite savagery, loving fussiness and subtle humour expected in lead characters Jaenelle, Daemon Sadi, Saetan and Lucivar. There are (as always in AB's books) some intensely poignant moments, yet these are never at odds with the almost breathtaking viciousness the protagonists display at times. It's a wonder AB manages to keep these characters likeable considering some of their more brutal methods of ensuring a debt is fully paid.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for Fans of the Black Jewels Series 11 May 2008
I love the Black Jewels series, I love the world and the mythology. I'm familiar with the trilogy, and the anthology, and I've read the previous standalone novel. I don't think I could recommend this book to anyone unless they had at least read the trilogy. You need the background, I think, to get the most out of the story. (If you haven't read the trilogy and like dark fantasy I heartily recommend it. :)

I think the Dear Reader at the beginning of the book is important, it says what this story is, a tale set after the epic battle has been fought. It's a what happened next. It's a catching up with old friends, who now deal with family problems instead of major catastrophes. This is very much a character driven story rather than plot centred.

Tangled Webs follows the Sa Diablo family in the aftermath of the events of the trilogy and takes place after the short story in the Dreams Made Flesh anthology. The story is told from multiple points of view. We catch up with Lucivar and Marian, Daemon and Jaenelle, Saetan, Surreal and Rainier. Jaenelle has decided she's going to 'build' a spooky house to scare the Landen families as they don't understand what being Blood really means. At the same time an author is looking for a new story to tell, and in Jaenelle's spooky house he sees a way to manipulate events to spark his own creative drive.

The beginning of the story is more a series of vignettes about the various family members. How they're coping (or not coping) with normal family life. For me this took a little getting into and the spooky house doesn't really come into play until you're well into the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By xenofan VINE VOICE
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I stayed up until almost 5am last night finishing this book, but I'm still somewhat undecided quite what I think to it. It's certainly okay, and I did enjoy reading it, but now that it's done with, the impression I'm left with is pretty "meh". Altogether, it's a very forgetable book - enjoyable whilst it lasts, not worth much afterwards, in my opinion.

Tangled Webs felt like a book written simply to indulge the authors idea to play around with the characters once more. The plot itself is very weak and simple, and whilst the characters are as wonderful as ever, there seems to be a frequent usage of sex that I don't recall being so heavy an influence in the other books. The sheer amount of sex bothered me to such a point that at times I found myself thinking "Not again" and hoping the characters would just hurry up and get on with moving the plot forwards.

The nice thing about Tangled Webs is that it's an easy book to read. The pages passed by very quickly, and I was certainly absorbed by the characters, if nothing else. Though the spooky house didn't have the effect on me that I think the author would have liked. What really bothered me was the original premise of this story. Jannelle's idea to create a spooky house was fun for about a chapter at the most, but then I felt the whole story felt a bit immature.

Ah well. Tangled Webs is still a fun read, and it certainly did pass the day pleasantly. I think it's a rather poor contribution to the Black Jewels series though, and I feel a bit letdown by that.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lets down the Black Jewels series
I'd ummed and erred over ordering this book, as I am such a big fan of Anne Bishop's Black Jewels series, but there were a number of negative reviews. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Kevralyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Tangled Webs: A Black Jewels Novel
this is a really good book and like all Anne Bishops books well written and worth buying Surrel and Rainer get trapped in a dangerous Spooky house which was meant to kill as many... Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2011 by Ms. L. A. Nightingale
4.0 out of 5 stars OK follow up for the black jewls trilogy
An enjoyable read, if not quite in the same league as the black jewels trilogy. This is a stand alone book that is set after the first 3 books with the same characters. Read more
Published on 22 May 2009 by Jasmine Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable read
Fans of Anne Bishop and her Black Jewels series will love this book. It contains all of the characters that we've come to know and love, Saetan, Daemon, Lucivar, Jaenelle and... Read more
Published on 8 April 2009 by Alexandra
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly disappointed
I really really really wanted to like this book. I have read the Black Jewels trilogy more times than I can count and even broke my self imposed ban on short stories to read (and... Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2009 by K. Huson
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but not what expected!
I love the Black Jewels Trilogy and Dreams Made Flesh and when I heard there was to be a book with Surreal as more of a main character I couldn't wait! Read more
Published on 27 April 2008 by J. Kirk
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worthy of a dark jewel status!
Another addictive addition to the Black Jewels 'triology'! Contains all the humour of the previous books, though I was slightly disappointed to find that this book focused more on... Read more
Published on 18 April 2008 by Cowgirl Sally
5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyable although rather short
Personally I enjoyed this very much and was glad I ordered it, although it did only take me a half day to read through as it is rather short. Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2008 by Mara Greenwood
2.0 out of 5 stars Anne Bishop has lost the plot
As an avid fan of Anne Bishop I have read all the previous Black Jewels books dozens of times and was really looking forward to this latest installment. Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2008 by Paatela Kati
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