Invisible Ring (Black Jewels Novels) Paperback – 1 Jun 2008
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a[Bishop exhibits] overall sublime skill as a writer blending the darkly macabre with spine-tingling emotional intensity, mesmerizing magic, lush sensuality, and exciting action, all set in a thoroughly detailed, invented world of cultures in conflict.a
a"The Invisible Ring" will serve as an enticement, whetting the appetite to explore more of the realms in the Black Jewels trilogy. It and its predecessors are genuine gems of fantasy much to be prized.a
aCaptivating storytellinga]I found myself not so much reading the book as devouring it.a
?[Bishop exhibits] overall sublime skill as a writer blending the darkly macabre with spine-tingling emotional intensity, mesmerizing magic, lush sensuality, and exciting action, all set in a thoroughly detailed, invented world of cultures in conflict.?
?"The Invisible Ring" will serve as an enticement, whetting the appetite to explore more of the realms in the Black Jewels trilogy. It and its predecessors are genuine gems of fantasy much to be prized.?
?Captivating storytelling?I found myself not so much reading the book as devouring it.?
About the Author
Anne Bishop made her first short fiction sale in 1988. Her most recent work has appeared in White Swan, Black Raven and 365 Scary Stories. She lives in upstate New York.
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Bishop manages to bring the characters and world to life in fewer pages than most writers and the book feels complete in itself, although it hints at the trilogy at some points.
It is perhaps not one of the great masterworks, but it is still a good book and definitley worth reading.
Lia, the young granddaughter of the Gray Lady is posing as her at the slave market. A young virgin Queen who has yet to make her Offering to the Darkness, Lia is in danger of never reaching her full potential until she finds unexpected allegiance from Jared, a red jewelled Warlord who has served as a pleasure slave for nine years.
I liked the dynamics of all the relationships found in this story line; particularly between Jared and Lia and Thera (a green jewelled Black Widow) and Lia. The story line is as exciting as to be expected from this author, with clever twists which thoroughly entertain. A big fat plus for this book is the appearance of Daemon Sadi. One moment he can coolly reveal the exquisite savagery he is renowned for, and in the next he can open his heart and bring the reader near to tears as he reveals his love for a Queen yet to be born. The Dark Realm and the demon dead are briefly mentioned (unfortunately no appearance from Saetan) but interestingly in "The Invisible Ring" this talk of the Dark Realm is brushed aside as legend.
Although this book is a standalone novel set before the events found in "The Black Jewels Trilogy", I would highly recommend that you read TBJT first. These three books definitely offer more insight into the Realms of the Blood; including the courtly protocols which govern those that remain honourable. That said "The Invisible Ring" is yet another fabulous addition to the wonderful world AB has created and contains (as always in this author's novels) her subtle humour, her gory imagination, and an ability to move her readers to near tears with a particularly beautiful or deeply touching scene.
I won't give the storyline away but its got action and heart so as a fan of the Black jewels novels its a good read. and still has elements of the charectors we love in the trilogy in it. it also lets you into the way Daemon lives by the code of honor and helps people whenever he is given an oppertunity.
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just got my copy this morning....couldnt put it down till i had read itPublished 19 months ago by margaret causer
A good novel, set in the same land as the black jewels trilogy but before. Enjoyed it a lot!Published 19 months ago by Emma Ovington
I've read every Anne Bishop book I can get my hands on, although the Black Jewels trilogy is definitely my favourite. Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2011 by J H Sked
Very good book! We all wanted to know a little about before the series start, and here we have it. After my run in with the first series I checked to see for more books, and here... Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2010 by Rebecca