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The Black Jewels: Trilogy: Daughter of the Blood / Heir to the Shadows / Queen of the Darkness Paperback – December 2, 2003
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Praise for The Black Jewels Trilogy
“Mesmerizing…a fascinating, dark world...definitely worth checking out.”—Locus
“Lavishly sensual...a richly detailed world.”—Library Journal
“A uniquely realized fantasy filled with vibrant colors and rich textures. Ms. Bishop holds us spellbound from the very first page.”—RT Book Reviews
“[Anne Bishop’s] poignant storytelling skills are surpassed only by her flair for the dramatic and her deft characterization...a talented author.”—Affaire de Coeur
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop is a winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award, presented by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, for The Black Jewels Trilogy. She is also the author of the Ephemera series, the Tir Alainn trilogy, and the Novels of the Others—including Etched in Bone, Marked in Flesh, Vision in Silver, Murder of Crows, and Written in Red. She lives in upstate New York.
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It is a story following the life of a young girl through terrible events in her life to her adulthood and the people around her that hinder or encourage her along the way. I found it a very strong female lead character driven book although the way it was written I found very unique and honestly it wasn't until my 10th reading that I realized that it is never written from the main characters point of view, just everyone around her and yet still had a very rich and strong main character. There are parts of it that I found hard to read due to tough emotional things but didn't take away from the story at all, in fact it added to it. I also loved the way the world was developed throughout the story I actually felt like I was there and that can be a tough thing to do in stories, you either have it too detailed in which case it gets boring and you start skipping sections or not detailed enough in which case as characters are interacting with the environment you are confused about what is going on.
Long story short, if you like strong female leads who aren't whiny or "woe to me" this is a read for you! As I said before I was happily surprised as has been everyone I've made read the books :-)
If you are considering this book and love fantasy, witchcraft, dark stories & deep characters--look no further. I purchased all three books in one and it was the best decision!
The character development is amazing. Not for one minute did I feel like this story was slow. It was perfectly paced mixed with explanation and action. I always give myself the first 100 pages of a book to decide if I'm going to finish it and I have to admit that this book is dense. I kept a list of characters, realm names, and their peoples' races to keep my facts straight which definitely helped. I love the uniqueness of the three books and that it's not all ONE storyline as previously mentioned there are many different characters in realms and the mystery is finding their connections.