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Twilight's Dawn: A Black Jewels Book (Black Jewels Trilogy) Hardcover – March 1, 2011

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From Publishers Weekly

Bestseller Bishop fills out her popular Black Jewels dark fantasy universe (Daughter of the Blood, etc.) with this entertaining novella collection. Daemon Sadi, a black-jeweled Warlord Prince, deals with friends, family, and holiday celebrations in "Winsol Gifts," while his brother, Lucivar Yaslana, has to thwart a traitor and his deadly trap in the richly entertaining "Shades of Honor." A mother and her sons are threatened by a dangerous, twisted enemy in "Family," while Daemon becomes a father and finds a new lease on life and love in "The High Lord's Daughter." Fans of the series will enjoy revisiting some favorite characters and mourn the loss of others; new readers may be initially confused by the myriad names and titles, but Bishop's accessible writing style and interesting world-building will soon draw them into her web. (Mar.)
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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.

Product Details

  • Series: Black Jewels Trilogy
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; First Edition edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451463781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451463784
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christina L. Grenhart on March 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this collection of short stories. The first story was a bit of a miss for me, but it began to set a lot of things up that would follow.

Shades of Honor was great, hands down. Family was even better. It definitely could have been longer, but it did a lot toward setting up Daemon as the future High Lord of Hell, and I love what it did for Saetan and Sylvia's relationship. And then comes The High Lord's Daughter. Protip: Spoilers abound after this point in the review.

I have to say, after reading this myself, I think all the spazzing about The High Lord's Daughter was, and is, completely unnecessary. First, on a genre basis: the Black Jewels series is fantasy, not romance; you don't always get a happy ending in fantasy. Second, based on the book canon: Daemon was deeply in love with Jaenelle. She was, in a lot of ways, his soul mate. But people can love again, and because she loved him just as much, she gave him the opportunity to do that. Everyone knew she would die before him, so being upset that there is no "Happily Ever After" seems ridiculous. There is a happily ever after: he loved her right until the last. That is a beautiful and wonderful thing. And even happier is that he got to move on and find another person.

And it takes him at least four years after her death to even remotely move on. Part of that moving on included multiple sexual partners. Since when is there something wrong with that? Especially in this particular fantasy world. It seems like anyone who goes "There is no happily ever after! Jaenelle doesn't live forever with her One True Love! It's broken forever" is viewing this book in a vacuum, or throwing out all the world-building Anne Bishop has done. People in this world have sex a lot - their society is very sexual.
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I have been an avid fan of the Black Jewels Saga since high school. The rich world-building, detailed, exotic, sensual characters, and ever intriguing plot has made this my most read, most enjoyable series in my library. I gladly advocate this series to any I meet who may appreciate Anne Bishop's work.

I very carefully avoided reader's review's and posted expectations prior to the release of Twilight's Dawn. The only thing I read was the posting on Anne Bishop's website. I wanted to approach this book with nothing but my own expectations, hopes, and desires for the Characters I have grown to know and love.

I was not disappointed on any level.

The Black Jewels Saga is not a romance series. It is a work of what I would consider true fantasy. In true fantasy there is comfort, Joy, anger, rage, sorrow, hatred, and love. Those true fantasy writers, like ms. bishop, imbues her world, and her characters will all this and more taking her readers along for the ride.

Many who have posted customer reviews here on amazon have picked apart the individual stories in this book without saying much about how each story combines beautifully with the ones that follow to welcome the next generation of the Sadiablo Family while allowing some of our most beloved characters to become a whisper in the Darkness.

Winsol gifts starts the story with a rare moment of peaceful domestic comfort from the veiw of the one character who has known it the least. Daemon. It proceeds to move both Daemon as a character, and the overall plot of the series by cementing his roles as the Head of the Sadiablo family and the Warlord Prince of Dhemlan. All the while illustrating how incredibly important ALL of Daemon's family are to him. And to each other.
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I love Anne Bishop, I have been reading her books for over half of my life. This was by far the worst book I have ever read from her. All of the reviews and the comments about the book before purchasing made it sound like Janelle and Daemon were finally having a family. Two of the stories were great and amazing, but the last two just fell so short. I've spent most of my life in these books with the stories she's created. I was so disappointed I've been crying for 10 minutes.
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Loved the first story - all the humor and liveliness of previous BJ books (excluding Invisible Ring, which I prefer to forget whenever possible). Second story surprised me - we all know Falonar was killed by the Sadist - but the unfolding of the drama is well done, although Lucivar is way, way too forgiving. It doesn't really ring true from what we know of him.

Third story - well, Tangled Webs has grown on me over the years (pun intended) but let's face it, mystery writing isn't Ms. Bishop's forte. And this one is even weaker, with holes an Eyrien could fly through with wings fully extended. Does anyone think this is a satisfactory ending for Sylvia and Saetan? Sheesh, I hope not. Bishop plays around with her own canon, and she could easily have pushed it to a more satisfying conclusion.

Fourth story - ahem. Cough. It's the first time I've felt Bishop was forcing her characters to do something they didn't really want to. I write a lot of fanfic and know that quite often characters take on a life of their own and won't cooperate with their creator. She might have always intended Surreal and Daemon to get together. But this felt wrong as a pairing and the characters are fighting her all the way through it. Surreal, the kick-ass assassin/whore, suddenly turning into a version of Marian? Content to play second fiddle, Daemon-you-have-all-my-heart-and-I'll-wait-forever? Why is she suddenly turning into the Dea al Mon version of a Stepford Wife? It's hard to believe there's no Warlord or Prince in the BJ universe that would appreciate her prickly, hot-tempered, aggressive personality just as she is.

I like the sweet sadness of the 'passing of the mantle' from Saetan to Daemon. But I adore Saetan, and without him I don't find the others have enough to play off of. Daemon is an incomplete version of his father, and released from Witch's Triangle, is a lot less interesting as a stand-alone character than Saetan, or even Lucivar.
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