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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two books in one novel, 22 May 2009
This review is from: The Shadow Queen (Black Jewels Novels) (Hardcover)
First I have to say I'm a massive fan of the original trilogy, they're one of my favourite comfort reads, however...

I've noticed that with Anne Bishop's subsequent sequels I've been a little disappointed. This was certainly the case with this book. Upon discovering that this book was about a court separate to the Witch's court, I thought Ms Bishop might take the chance to show the workings of a normal, non-extraordinary court. Sadly she didn't. The part of the story set in Terreille focuses directly on the Queen, her 1st escort and her gardener. It's a rather predictable romance thinly veiled as a story of self discovery.

For all that I've complained about the Terreille based characters and plot what really irritated me was that half the book was dedicated to Daemon and his still damaged psyche. Although of course gripping in the original trilogy I am quite frankly over it. I get it, he's damaged... Jaenelle is damaged, Saetan is damaged etc. etc. etc. I was looking forwards to something new, a view of the realms from a different point of view, a look the state of the world from an 'ordinary' Bloods perspective. Sadly half the book wasn't even touching on the subject, and the other half skimmed over the surface in favour of a sweet but predictable romance.

So why 3 stars and not less? Because even with all the flaws, if you're a big enough fan you'll probably enjoy the chance to read anything new about this world, just don't expect anything earth shatteringly novel or nuanced.
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