The Shadow Queen (The Black Jewels #7)
From the national bestselling author the new novel set in the “darkly fascinating world”(SF Site) of the Black Jewels.
Dena Nehele is a land decimated by its past. Once it was ruled by corrupt Queens who were wiped out when the land was cleansed of tainted Blood. Now, only one hundred Warlord Princes standwithout a leader and without hope.
Theran Grayhaven is the last of h...more
This is the latest book in Bishop's Black Jewels series. The world is split into two classes: the downtrodden landen (basically serfs) and the Bl ...more
Lady Cassidy and Gray, two people in emotional pain, find comfort and solace in each other's company as they bring a garden to life. The readers receive a glimpse of Cassidy's earthy leadership style, ...more
If I wanted to read terrifying outpourings of personal id vortex, full of gender essentialism and staggeringly bad portrayals of PTSD and everyone acting like badly mismanaged three year olds who fuck and slaughter each other at a moment’s notice, I’d spend more time at fanfiction.net, where at least I don’t have to be appalled that someone got paid to write it.
All I can say is, when I read the first chunk of the series last year during my 2L exams at the end o ...more
I had some issues with Theran Grayhaven, the descendant of Jared and Lia. He's not a very likable character for most of the novel, w ...more
In Queen of the Darkness, Saetan told Alexandra that it's not magical power that makes a strong queen, and after th ...more
Witches and Warlords are the Blood of the realm of Terreille. Queens are the highest ranking women of ...more
This was an unexpected turn in the series, ladies and gents! After many adventures of Daemon, Lucivar and Jaenelle, the focus goes back to a troubled land of Dena Nehele which desperately needs a new Queen. Lady Cassidy might not be a glamorous choice, but her gentle nature and steady approach slowly conquers her Warrior circle one by one, until Theran Grayhaven starts messing around with things he doesn't understand.
I have to say, that despite not knowing Lady Cassidy I liked her straight ...more
She tries to make it more edgy with her typical four-letter flourish but the curses diminish the credibility of her characters. You'd think they could be "hardcore" without muttering 'damn' or 'ass' every other word.
The characters are believable (more than a few from the earlier books), the story does not really drag, and there were parts I even laughed out loud at, since they were mostly hilarious (e.g. situations with Lady Vae).
All in all, it was sweet, honest and, for a change, had a protagonist whose thoughts one could actually read and experience. And Cassidy, with her imperfections, is just likeable.
I will need to read the n ...more
Again, I was hesitant because I always want to have more interaction with the SaDiablo family, and I didn't know how much they would be involved in this new book. I was pleasantly surprised! There's a fairly even mix of ...more
A follow-up sto ...more
Can I start by saying that I just love Cassie. She’s just so unlike any of the Queens we’ve met so far in this enchanting world. She’s a good solid and relatable character, she’s not perfect and she makes mistakes but I gues ...more
Crawford Award (2000)