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Daughter of the Blood (Black Jewels Trilogy) (Black Jewels Trilogy (Paperback)) Paperback – 5 Jun 2007

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; Reprint edition (5 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451461487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451461483
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,760,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Lavishly sensual ... a richly detailed world based on a reversal of standard genre clichés' Library Journal. (Library Journal)

'Darkly mesmerising ... [a] fascinating, dark world' Locus. (Locus)

'A uniquely realised fantasy filled with vibrant colours and rich textures' Romantic Times. (Romantic Times) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The Darkness has had a Prince for a long, long time. Now the Queen is coming. For years the realm of Terreille has been falling into corruption, as the powerful Queens who rule it have turned to cruelty. But there is hope - a prophetic vision has revealed the coming of a Queen more powerful than any other. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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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I never read this author before and stumbled across it as I was reading some other top 500 reviewer , its a most compelling read I have read in a long time me being not the brightest took a few chapters to understand the jewels and meaning but as pages turn it becomes very clear to understand even 4 me, I loved the main charters the story line was also nothing I have read before there's plenty of action that grips the reader and also a heart rendering tale of love, family and loyalty . I just glad I don't have to wait fore the books to be published on to my next ;-)
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By Customer VINE VOICE on 8 April 2009
Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on 14 Feb. 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you can get through the first 50 pages -- you'll fall in love with this book. I know *I* did!
I am not one who usually reads Fantasy novels -- I basically picked this book up because I judged the book by the cover. I'm SO glad that I did!
The characters have strenghs and faults... but you can understand who they are. Saetan seems more like a grandfatherly type than the High Lord of Hell. Daemon Sadi (the Sadist) was a true heartbreaker. Jaenelle was a sweet girl who brought love into the hearts of those who long forgot what love was.
I loved this book so much. I can not express the words to praise this book enough!
I could NOT put the book down once I started! I have reread the book 7 times already. I cry each time I read it!
I can not WAIT until the second book in this series, Heir to the Shadows comes out!!!!!
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...from Simon Brooke. It reads like a different book altogether. It is unfortunate that the love, the beauty and the important lessons of faith and trust have been lost to him. It is also unfortunate that the explanations of society, provided at the beginning of each in the trilogy, were not completely understood.
Daughter of the Blood introduces a world that was once pleasurable and peaceful, split into Realms. Sadly, ambition and the desire for power have caused widespread corruption among the Blood - the ruling class who are blessed, sometimes cursed, with supernatural power. At the core of this corruption are two women who are willing to do anything to cripple society into accepting their way, without care for the consequences to the land, drawing in younger women as apprentices and encouraging all the negative aspects of life as acceptable ways of socialising and ruling. The only hope for all the Realms is a prophecy of the coming of Witch - the dreams made flesh, holding all the power and compassion to heal the rifts, and the only Queen who can hold the loyalty of the three most dangerous males in existence. It is she who will heal the people, remove the taint and restore the land.
Jaenelle may only be 12 when we first meet her, but she has no illusions about who she is, what she is. Due to the power and knowledge she holds, her family have no understanding. They see a disturbed child rather than a wonderful one, a child with no power, no sense of reality. The stories of 'mythical' creatures and small behavioural quirks lead to Jaenelle becoming a victim of the corruption among the Blood and, more importantly, the centre of a plot to eradicate all opposition by our antagonists.
Yes, the men she draws to her could have prevented the explosive ending...
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