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5 stars for the complete trilogy!
on 17 January 2006
I've heard some reviewers say this isn't The Black Jewels trilogy and they are right - it isn't. Somehow, The Black Jewels is a work of art that stands out well beyond this but by no means should this triplet be dismissed. If you read the first book and think it a simple but enjoyable 'fairy' tale, I advise you to think again. Read the second and third book and you realise that Anne Bishop has created another entire separate work of art in its own right. Though I will never be able to love this as much as The Black Jewels, this trilogy probably had a more profound affect on me. It would take a hard soul to keep from crying, especially during the second book and at the heart-stopping pangs at the end of the third. Anne has taken a simple concept, woven a rich history out of it and created characters you would be proud to call your friends and that will remain with the reader always. Anne's writing often concentrates on the strength of the female and this trilogy is no exception but in this, she has taken events of darkest history and shown what a poorer world it would be, what male and female would be without the balance of the other. As far as the fantasy element of her work goes, she's queen of the genre.