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Invisible Ring (Black Jewels Novels) Paperback – 1 Jun 2008

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  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; Reprint edition (1 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451462068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451462060
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 817,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
aRambles
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
aThe Zone
aCaptivating storytellinga]I found myself not so much reading the book as devouring it.a
a11th Hour

?[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.?
?Rambles

?"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.?
?The Zone

?Captivating storytelling?I found myself not so much reading the book as devouring it.?
?11th Hour

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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Set in the same world, with some overlapping characters, yet completely free-standing, The Invisible Ring is an excellent complement to the trilogy. It is a quite original world, certainly up there with Hobb, Fancher or the like, although it has a little more sex and violence than you normally see in fantasy.
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.
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Set many years before the events in Anne Bishop's truly memorable "The Black Jewels Trilogy" in this book Dorothea conspires to murder the Gray Lady; the last remaining dark jewelled Queen that hasn't fallen under the shadow and disease Dorothea has spread amongst the realm.

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.
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Another excellent book by this fantastic author. I was totally entralled by this book. I love the way the book had a massive twist in the middle. I think Ms. Bishop has created a wonderful world of magic, passion and honour. It is one of the best fantasy books i have ever read.
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This is a stand alone book as far as the black jewls trilogy goes but as a prelude to the shadow queenThe Shadow Queen (Black Jewels Novels)its a great way to get the back story

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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By Mara Greenwood VINE VOICE on 20 Oct. 2007
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Personally I enjoyed this just as much as the Black Jewels trilogy. Ok so Lady Lia didnt have the same strength as Jaenelle but then I dont think she was really supposed to - but as far as depth of character goes, I liked her and the other characters in this book and cared about them just as much as those from the original Black Jewels trilogy. For anyone who enjoyed the original books, I would highly recommend both this book and Dreams Made Flesh. Both are excellent compliments to the series.
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i absoloutly loved this book i have all the black jewels novels and think there fab this one had me laughing and crying and sitting at the edge of my seat a must for all those that love books to do with magic, love and adventure should get all the books and read one after the other

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By A Customer on 30 Sept. 2004
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After reading the incredible Black Jewels Trilogy in the quickest time possible... reading wherever and whenever I had a spare moment - I couldn't wait to search out the next Anne Bishop book. I chose The Invisible Ring because it was a Blood Realm book and I wanted to continue on the same theme. I'm sad to say it was a real let down after the trilogy. I found the characters and story to be an extremely watered down version of those in the trilogy. After the depth and detail I had previously enjoyed I kept turning the pages to see if it was going to pick up at all, but it never did. A couple of brief visits from Daemon Sadi brightened things up but hardly did his incredible character any justice at all. Lady Lia is an insignificant shadow in comparison to the Queen of Darkness and her 1st circle.
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