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Twilight's Dawn: A Black Jewels Book

Twilight's Dawn: A Black Jewels Book [Kindle Edition]

Anne Bishop
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New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop's Black Jewels novels have enthralled readers and critics alike. Now, in Twilight's Dawn, Bishop returns to the Blood realm with four captivating novellas: Winsol Gifts, Shades of Honor, Family, and The High Lord's Daughter.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 850 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; Reprint edition (1 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H4XCSW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,123 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this finally the end? 4 Mar 2011
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AB has done herself proud with "Twilight's Dawn" and remains an impressive writer in the world of dark fantasy. This book contains 4 novellas set in the Realms of the Blood and as always, it is beautifully written and heartbreakingly poignant in places. Expect smiles and giggles, but also have plenty of tissues close to hand as some of these stories are emotionally battering.

Winsol Gifts
Set after the events in "Tangled Webs" Surreal and Rainier are still healing physically from their ordeals but seem in no way to be healing emotionally. The whole family feature as Daemon is caught in the chaos of Jaenelle preparing for their first proper Winsol together yet Saetan begins his withdrawal from their lives. For a powerful, intelligent man he wrongly assumes Daemon, Jaenelle and Lucivar will let him slip quietly away.

This is a mix of whimsy and heartbreak as the more emotional moments are balanced by the antics of Daemonar and his growing excitement over Winsol. Even Daemon has a hard time handling his young nephew.

Shades of Honor
Set just before "The Shadow Queen" Surreal rises to the Killing Edge as she finds it difficult to deal with the deaths that haunt her and ex-lover Falonar acting like an idiot. As Falonar's mask slips and his true personality emerges, he strives to eliminate his greatest rival; Lucivar Yaslana.

Well for those readers that always wondered what happened to Falonar the truth is finally revealed. Lucivar may show some mercy on occasion, but his brother Daemon will leave no debt unpaid.

This short story is a real tear jerker as a likeable and familiar Queen is murdered and her sons go missing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to the Black Jewels universe 5 Mar 2011
This is an interesting collection of four separate novellas set within the Black Jewels universe. It's definitely a book aimed at existing fans of the series - anyone new to this universe should not start with this book.

The first story, "Winsol Gifts", is a lovely story based around the SaDiablo family. It's mostly just about their normal lives rather than any particular major event - interesting to those of us that love the characters, but perhaps a curious way to start the book (though I suppose it's at the beginning only because it's chronologically the first story, set after the novel "Tangled Webs").

The second novella is "Shades of Honor", which also deals with some of the legacy of "Tangled Webs", as well as the story of what happens to Falonar. It's a fairly typical Black Jewels story, with breakdowns, prejudice and revenge.

"Family" comes third, and features an attack on Sylvia and her sons, ten years after the previous story. Her relationship with Saetan is bittersweet and the story did make me tear up once or twice.

Finally there is "The High Lord's Daughter", which is likely to provoke the greatest reaction from readers. It is set a fairly long time in the future, after the deaths of two major characters (including, sadly, my favourite). While it is tearjerking, the reader mourns and moves on with the surviving characters as a new romance springs up and new children are born, including one very special daughter. Because it is set so far in the future there is still a lot of potential for Bishop to write novels set while the two deceased characters were still alive, but I also find myself hoping that she writes more set in this future time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart wrenching short stories... 1 Mar 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
New readers to Bishop should not start with this book as the novellas deserve to be read within the context and knowledge of the series chronology so you can truly appreciate the gentle but tart humour and dark events that the characters wrestle with.

"Winsol Gifts" takes place after the events in "Tangled Webs". "Shades of Honor" takes place before the events in "The Shadow Queen". "Family" occurs ten years later and "The High Lord's Daughter" occurs after a main character's death. The interplay of protocol, power, status and human emotions (as always) help shape these novellas so that they explain events that previously been glossed over by references made during conversations between the characters in the books of the Dark Jewels series and show the development of the characters during the interim periods between novels and main story arcs.

I both love and hate this book as it's a brave author who will acknowledge within their worlds the reflective of nature's cycle by letting their characters age or die. While I love knowing what happens to each of the characters over the years, it is interesting Bishop decided to explore themes of loss and grief of popular main character(s) before readers have stopped demanding more books about them (I am not naming name(s) here as that would be a major spoiler)... It tugged on my heart strings and I STILL want more. Write more Ms Bishop, I haven't nearly had enough yet!

I am annoyed, however, by the previous reviewer who stated that it wasn't clear it was 4 short stories... That is what a novella is; a story longer than a short story but shorter than a novel and it states in the description this book contains novellas...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Such a wonderful addition to the Black Jewels collection, would thoroughly recommend, but you need to read the Black Jewels books first.
Published 3 months ago by joyful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book ever!
I love it one of my fav books ever! Read the ones before and they always get better and better!
Published 5 months ago by Tina Larsson
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing jewels
I just adore Anne Bishop's Black Jewels series. They are very interesting and the characters grip you. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Librarian 9
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 out of 5
"Twilight's Dawn" is Anne Bishop's second novella collection of stories set in the Black Jewels universe, the first one being "Dreams Made Flesh". Read more
Published 23 months ago by Carol Evelin
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best?
Not the best Anne Bishop book I've read, but hope it won't be the last in the 'Black Jewels' series. Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2012 by BlueSkies
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional!
I don't often write reviews but in this case I felt I had to respond to the negativity surrounding the fourth novella of this book, 'The High Lord's Daughter'. Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2011 by Rosetta
5.0 out of 5 stars bitter sweet memories
I am an avid reader and somehow this feels like an ending this book is a collection of stories that we get hints of throuought the later black jewels novels if you know the realms... Read more
Published on 12 May 2011 by Xzaren
2.0 out of 5 stars What a shame
Having loved all the other books in this series i was eagerly awaiting this one, and was very excited to start reading it, however quite early on i felt that it just wasn't up to... Read more
Published on 8 May 2011 by JC
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Jewel in Her Crown
As usual AB has created yet another wonderful set of stories in this series. Since previous reviews have detailed the 4 stories within this book I will not go over old ground here... Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2011 by Miss C P McKinlay
3.0 out of 5 stars Be warned short stories but excellent writing
just a short note to say that the book is not one complete story. Its 4 short stories. I'll read them later today but its not clear when buying the book that its 4 short... Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2011 by Professional BookWorm
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“Honor is honor,” Lucivar snapped. “It doesn’t come in shades.” &quote;
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Which was actually more terrifying? To see a man walk off a killing field covered in the carnage made by his own hand, or to see the man who had created that carnage walk off the field pristine? &quote;
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If he was getting this much temper and sass from lighter-Jeweled witches, thank the Darkness Jaenelle hadn’t come here to check his ribs. She’d probably yank one out and beat him with it. Of course, she would put the rib back and heal it when she was done, but still . . . &quote;
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