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The Invisible Ring (Black Jewels, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2000
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Bishop uses her usual skill to move interesting, rounded characters through a well-drawn world. Although this is a standalone book, there are ties with the events of the trilogy, most especially the appearance of the compelling Daemon Sadi. The author still pulls no punches in describing the sexual violence and misery that are as much a part of this intricate world as the gender role-reversals and the often-agonizing demands of honor and magic. A pleasurable read for fans of emotionally charged fantasy who enjoy both complex characters and societies, and who are not averse to following characters through their struggles and achievements. --Luc Duplessis
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.?
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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What some of the other reviews have suggested is that the characters weren't as well developed and they felt a bit "let down". Keep in mind that this is a *standalone* book and so Ms. Bishop did not have 3 books to develop characters. Also, only 2 of the same characters from the trilogy show up in Ring, and I think some were expecting something along the same thing. Don't listen to them! This book takes place essentially over a few weeks or months, NOT many years as the trilogy.
Others have already written about the plot, so I won't go into that here. Ms. Bishop has a website that has an excerpt of The Invisible Ring posted, so I suggest that you go read that for yourself!...
This storyline is more straight-forward than the Trilogy. The characters in this book would seem to be easier for a new reader to understand (in that they're less exotic, everything being relative of course) and the realms are presented in a less complicated fashion, yet the book still gives an intriguing hint of of the depth and complexity of the Trilogy books. There are enough teases about Daemon Sadi, Lucivar Yaslana, Surreal, and the rest of the Trilogy characters to make reading the other books inevitable - even just to find out the outcome of Dorothea SaDiablo's machinations, not to mention learning whether or not Daemon Sadi's true love is ever born. And for the readers who've already read the Trilogy, the teases were nice reminders of what makes the Trilogy so special.
Even if you've stayed away from fantasy, this book is a good introduction to the genre, since there are enough points of familiarity for a new reader to feel confortable with. Best of all, if you enjoy this book, you have the three books of the Trilogy to look forward to!
In the INVISIBLE RING, Jared is a warlord who was tricked into serving as a pleasure slave for 9 years. Unable to bear the abuse any longer, he kills the queen witch who has enslaved him and is now sent to the slave auctions. There, the infamous and dreaded Grey Lady purchases him and several other slaves, and they begin a journey filled with mistrust, danger, upheaval, and deceit. Yet, they learn to work together, and Jared soon discovers that the Grey Lady is not what she seems.
This was an engaging story, and it was fantastic to revisit Bishop's world of dark-jeweled witches and warlords. I also enjoyed learning a little more about gorgeous, wicked Daemon Sadi (of THE BLACK JEWELS TRILOGY), who pops up here and there in several scene-stealing moments.
The only thing I didn't like is the rushed feel of the novel. For one, it briefly introduced the numerous slaves and other characters, who I couldn't always keep track of or distinguish from one another. That was distracting. I also felt some scenes were skimmed over, especially the final battle scene. But those aren't terrible flaws, and they didn't prevent me from enjoying Jared's story, which revolved around him earning his freedom, falling in love, and learning the secret of the invisible ring.
I'd definitely recommend this book for those interested in THE BLACK JEWELS TRILOGY and its follow-up, DREAMS MADE FLESH.
I will be looking for future books by Anne Bishop and I hope she writes more books about Daemon's and Lucivar's adventures - pre-Janelle or post-Janelle.
By the way, Anne Bishop's strength is her character development. They are all outstandingly written and now that I'm finished reading all the books, I am finding that I miss the characters.
The book takes place before Jaenelle's birth (and the Black Jewels trilogy) yet after Tersa's promise of Witch's coming.
It is the story of the witch and warlord who first devised the style of web described in the Queen of the Darkness. The web Daemon remembered from his past.
This book had a nice appearance from Daemon Sadi, mentions of other characters from the Black Jewels triology. It was also a wonderful story. It came from the point of view of the "normal" Blood of the land. These Blood do not all wear dark jewels, do not know if Kaeleer and Hell exist, do not know Witch is coming. It tells of the final Queen who resists Dorothea's taint in Tereille. Plus, it gives some nice background on the culture of the Blood.
Once again, Ms. Bishop has created a spellbinding story with wonderful characters who you love to love and love to hate.
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Great read. It was hard to put down.
I love her black jewel series. I now know about Jared .
I just love all of Ann Bishops novels, and have read most of her series or am currently in the process of completing what's available. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Edie Elfmont
This is about the 3rd time I've read this book over the years. Its a can't leave the house its so good. But you HAVE to read the whole series. In reading order . Read morePublished 6 months ago by alanna
Very good book! Just threw me off a little in the beginning. It's out of sequence and with new characters but still an awesome read!!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Such a wonderful and breathtaking love story. You have all you could want and more.Published 7 months ago by lamhrt73