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Queen of the Darkness: The Black Jewels Trilogy Book 3 Paperback – 3 Jul 2014

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (3 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848663595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848663596
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A powerful finale for this fascinating, uniquely dark trilogy' Locus. (Locus)

'As engaging, as strongly characterized, and as fully conceived as its predecessors ... a perfect - and very moving - conclusion' SF Site. (SF Site)

'The ambitiously large cast of characters became real and sympathetic, and in the end I found the story irresistible' It Puts The Blog In The Basket. (It Puts The Blog In The Basket)

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War is coming to the shadow-realm. In order to save millions of lives, Jaenelle, the Witch Queen who rules the territory, must only give up one: hers.

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With Queen of the Darkness, Anne Bishop closes out one of the best dark fantasy trilogies ever written. The depth and richness of the worlds she created in this series must be experienced to be believed, especially with "good guys" including the likes of Saetan, High Lord of Hell, and his sons Daemon Sadi and Lucivar. Of course, Jaenelle Angelline is the center of attention as always; the young girl we first met in Daughter of the Blood, struggling to find friendship, acceptance, and guidance from those who - unlike her awful family - could recognize her for what she was, has grown up and now sits upon the Dark Throne of Ebon Askavi. She is surrounded by a coven of friends from neighboring realms and their males, protected by the most powerful warlords of the Blood, yet despite her own power as Witch - the almost mythological manifestation of true Blood power, dreams made flesh - sorrow continues to number all of her days. Daemon Sadi, her chosen Consort, has yet to return from the Twisted Kingdom of madness, many Kindred lives have been lost at the hands of the evildoers ruling the kingdom of Terreille, and a cataclysmic war looms on the horizon, a war Jaenelle knows will kill everyone she cares about.
I think the beginning of this novel threw me off stride a little bit, and I was never able to completely recover. As Queen of the Darkness opens, several years have passed since Daemon emerged from the Twisted Kingdom, yet he is nowhere to be found. When he is located, largely by luck or fate, and brought to the Hall alongside the likes of Wilhelmina, Jaenelle's sister, he remembers nothing of the cataclysmic events that closed out the first book in the trilogy. When Jaenelle returns, a definite rift exists between her and Daemon, and Jaenelle has little to do with a sister she once loved.
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I felt as if I was walking alongside the characters in this book (using my sight shield of course). I laughed, I cried and I cheered for Janelle and Damaen, their friends and kindred friends. What a tale of love, death, loyalty, deception and evil. Loved how Hekatah and Dorethea got their just desserts (they made me shudder).
Anne Bishop what a great series. Thank you for giving me a read that feeds my imagination and leaves me wanting more.
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I read this book in hardback a number of years ago and really enjoyed it then....the re read has not disappointed.. Read the trilogy...well worth the time. Characters and setting brilliant. There are more in the series once the first three have been read.
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By A Customer on 23 Sept. 2003
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this book is ten times better than the other two! very very very well written. You can tell that Anne Bishop really enjoyed writting this one. The ending is very good. You almost wish Anne Bishop wrote another book to tell about what happens next. If you've started reading Daughter of the Blood and Heir to the shadows, you'll love this book just as much if not more. If you haven't started reading this series...it is well worth your time.
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By A Customer on 20 Jun. 2000
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A book that had me laughing and crying with the sheer force of it's prose. An amazing series that screams passion but has the power to make you think. All the ends are neatly tied in this final twisting tale. Oh why did it have to end? A series to treasure for life!
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By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Aug. 2014
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I have been absolutely addicted to Anne Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy ever since I discovered Daughter of the Blood and after the huge changes at the end of Heir to the Shadows I couldn't wait to start Queen of the Darkness. This book was everything I'd hoped it would be and then some and I didn't want to put it down for a second. I can't believe how much I've come to love these characters and I'm was so incredibly invested in their stories that I desperately needed to know what would happen to them all. I'm going to assume that if you're reading this review you've already read the last two books so although this review will be spoiler free for Queen of Darkness I will be discussing events in previous stories. If you don't want to see these spoilers then look away now but before you go I will tell you that the Black Jewels trilogy is one of the most complex, compelling and utterly addictive fantasy series that I've discovered in a long time and if it's one you haven't started yet then you're seriously missing out!

Still with me? Well, in that case I'm going to assume you're already an Anne Bishop fan and high five you for loving the series as much as I do! At the end of Heir to the Shadows we saw Jaenelle claim her territory so that she was able to protect her Kindred friends. Jaenelle now has a court of powerful Queens, Warlords and Kindred who would all do anything for her but she takes that responsibility seriously and will protect them with her life if needed. I have loved seeing Jaenelle grow into her power, she really is an incredible character and after so much suffering in her life she has now become a strong and confident young woman.
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Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop

A review by Jeanette Greaves

Five months ago, I picked up the first book of the Black Jewels trilogy. It had been a while since I'd been invited into a new fantasy world, and I had simultaneous feelings of excitement and trepidation. A trilogy is a fairly big commitment, even to a voracious reader, and I wondered if it was going to be good, if it was going to capture my attention and make me hunger for the next books in the series. Well, to be honest, it took a while. The first book introduced a world and a society of deep complexity, and after a few chapters in which I struggled to make sense of the interlocking ranks, jewels, states of being and dimensions involved, I put it aside. The next day, I realised that I'd been caught up by the plot, and I wanted to know what happened next.

Three books later, I'm so glad that I persevered after the first few chapters. All the complexity serves to provide a rich background for a simple story – the battle between good and evil. In this case, good is represented by the need to serve the land, and the decent people of the land. Evil is represented by greed and the lust for power.

The power for good is Jaenelle, an immensely powerful Queen. From her beginnings as an unloved and abused 'difficult' child, through a dark period as a survivor of a terrible crime, we have seen her grow under the love and protection of powerful men, and the friendship of her peers. She has learned to extend her own power and protection over the Realm of Kaeleer.

Throughout this, the forces ranged against her in her home Realm of Terrieille fail to recognise her power, seeing her as a pawn in the hands of the men who are, in fact, pledged to her service.
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