The list author says: "If doesn't carry me away to the point of almost missing my stop on the metro it isn't on this list. I generally look for five things: 1. Witty Dialogue 2. Humor 3. Romance 4. Magic 5. Happy enough endings (I'm not looking for a melodramatic "and the sun shone again for the first time in 1,000 years" type of thing. But if everyone dies it's not on this list). I generally use a single book to generalize about an entire series, unless the quality of the writing from book to book varies significantly."
""Magic Bites" read like a mystery novel until about half way through. The second half, not to mention the rest of the series, more than make up for this little detail, but perserverance is in order. 4/5 for slightly diminished awesomeness."
"The good: Cool heroine,amazing bad guys (they have lawyers, seriously), romance,action,very quotable lines, and laugh out loud situations. The bad: Info dumps and slightly over the top first person narration. Still not enough to detract significantly from the story. 4 out of 5"
"This is a compilation of Novellas set in the world of the black jewels trilogy. It provided a more satisfying ending to the original series and other juicy tidbits that made it a great read. 5 out of 5"
"A very nice offshoot in the black jewels universe. Same dark fantasy, romance, and humor that make Anne Bishop a staple. 5/5 "The Invisible Ring" is worth reading for background before The Shadow Queen though it didn't "carry me away" as it were."