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


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Product Details

  • Series: Black Jewels Trilogy
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Roc Hardcover; 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #669,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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.

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Anne Bishop is a winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award, presented by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts.

Customer Reviews

I do hope that Ms. Bishop will continue with more books in this series.
Radar626
I think the problem with having a collection of stories is the central characters don't often interact as much as a full novel would.
Yachi Huang
SPOILERS If you want the Deamon/Janelle love story to just go on and on in your head, you don't want to read this book.
C. Schmidlin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

113 of 127 people found the following review helpful 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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61 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Faerys Lady on March 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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38 of 49 people found the following review helpful By pfer on March 2, 2011
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Warning I can't describe my disgust without spoilers... so BEWARE....

After thousands of pages and years of fans investing in these epic characters and love story, Bishop probably felt no death scene could do them justice so she cowardly skipped it altogether. That's right, Jaenelle, the heart and soul of this universe, received a one line death, after the fact. She grew old and went to sleep one night and never woke up.

Daemon and Jaenelle should have died together. That was their fitting end. Alas, Ms. Bishop sacrificed Daemon's character in her ham-fisted attempt to bring the story full circle, this time with a Witch born of the long-lived races... probably to escape the trap she set for herself by penning Jaenelle as too human in the first place.

I always suspected Surreal was in love with Daemon and Jaenelle knew this, too, so I was not surprised that in death Jaenelle would be ruthless and manipulative in her weaving, trying to anchor Daemon to life somehow. I was also not surprised Daemon and Jaenelle never had children as her body was so badly broken in the purge that it was in character he'd protect her from childbirth, always her well-being came first to him.

So where exactly did Ms. Bishop go so wrong?

She rushed and minimized Daemon's immense love for Jaenelle at every turn of the page and she pit on Daemon's history of fidelity. She forgot how she stressed over and over he waited 1,700 years for Witch, never once being tempted to truly make love to any woman. Sadi the pleasure slave came out to torture women sexually not have one night stands to gain sexual relief. To Daemon Sadi, giving of himself sexually was sacred and reserved for Witch only. He does not do casual sex!
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