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Dunkelheit (The Black Jewels #1)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  23,283 ratings  ·  1,311 reviews
Eines Tages wird sie kommen und ihre Macht wird alles übertreffen, was bisher bekannt war: die Herrin aller Hexen. Als der Herrscher der Dunkelheit zum ersten Mal der jungen Jaenelle begegnet, weiß er, dass sich die Prophezeiung bald erfüllen wird. Doch noch kann das Mädchen seine magischen Kräfte nicht kontrollieren und schwebt in großer Gefahr – es gibt Mächte, die die A ...more
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Published April 1st 2005 by Heyne Verlag (first published March 1st 1998)
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I think this book gave me brain herpes. A good read, but horrible. The characters are caricatures. The world is nigh-incomprehensible (who includes a list of jewel ranks and titles (broken down by gender), but not a freaking map? especially when this place apparently uses interdimensional travel?!) I wish I could feel sympathetic to the characters- but they all remind me of a too-perfect job interview: "my only flaw is that I love my work... too much." The plot is well-paced, and makes good use ...more
Jul 16, 2007 Peter rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people you hate
My wife bought the first book in this series and for some reason read it. The whole time she read it she complained how bad it was. Then for some reason I read it and we finished the series. The only explanation I can come up with is that magic is real, anne bishop is a witch and we fell under her spell. Even now I fall into the black obsidian stone.
For her virgin effort at novel-crafting, Anne Bishop has laid down a strong piece of dark fantasy that is richly drawn, psychologically savage and dripping with THROB. I am suffering severe mind-boggle that this is really her first published work as this story has a high quality quotient and prose that displays real polish.

This first installment of the Black Jewel’s Trilogy introduces us to dark, sexified fantasy world called “The Three Realms” which are known individually as Terreille, Hell an
Jul 10, 2009 Heba rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who appreciate Mary Sues
Let me get straight to the point here: I absolutely abhorred this book. I had to force myself to finish it.

I was actually really excited to start it though. It's widely acclaimed by critics -- professionals and goodreads members alike -- and the plot sounded promising. Plus, the idea of a dark fantasy intrigued me. And don't get me wrong, I wasn't really disappointed by either of those elements. The storyline was okay, and the world of the Blood did prove quite dark.

No, what disappointed me was
"This time ... This time she would wash the walls in blood."

After falling in love with Bishop's way of writing when reading her The Others series, I went looking for more awesome-looking books by her. As someone who's read lots of dark books and loved many of them, I was really intrigued by a Dark Fantasy series. Especially when knowing Bishop can create quite fantastic worlds and characters. So, as soon as I saw this one, I knew I had to read it. Which is how I ended up here, with this book o
This book is incredibly awful. It's embarrassingly bad. The characters (with their ridiculous names) and the world are poorly developed. The author gives us variations of the same scenes again and again - Daemon is a sexy threat, dear old dad Saetan is old and tenderhearted, Jaenelle is very powerful and young, everyone else is amazed and afraid and/or 110% evil, full stop, no nuance. The plot? Languishes.

I never had a sense of where different "realms" existed in relation to one another, for all
Excerpts from a stream of consciousness transcript as I read this series:

"So that's his brother? Ah, right, his brother with wings. . . . Saetan Sa Diablo? For serious? . . . Magical cockring of Obedience! . . . Aww, that's actually pretty cute. Family togetherness, d'aww. . . . Ew! Ew Ew! He just circumcised someone with his teeth! . . . Oh, look, the unicorns just showed up. . . . Someone else is in a killing rage, yawn. . . . Magical cockring of honor! . . . So he has wings, and also apparent

2.5 "trashy, campy, cheesy, sordid" little stars.

In grade six, my second best friend and I discovered her mother's V.C. Andrews' Flowers in the Attic series and we snuck them out the bookshelf and read them in the park while eating chips and drinking lemonade. We found those books so enticingly wicked and could not believe all the things we read about. No more Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew for us- all we wanted to do is read adult books and unbeknownst to us that these were the trashiest books out th
Amanda Ryan-Romo
If you like feminist fantasy fiction, this is the series to read. Bishop creates a fantasy otherworld unlike any I have read (and I've read quite a bit).

Bishop’s work is highly subversive. It develops a female-dominant society based on Kipling’s reminder: “the female of the species is more deadly than the male.” Bishop does not simply put the female in the power position in a “patriarchal” structure, as Lackey does; rather, she highlights the physical and society differences between female and
As I started reading Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew it was a dark fantasy tale that the majority of my fellow readers have glommed. I also come to the realization that Anne Bishop has created a universe unlike anything I have ever read before. I wonder in the ten years since Anne created the Black Jewels Trilogy, how many authors she has influenced? If only I had read Daughter of the Blood when it was first published! This book blew me away from both a ...more
*Reread* 12/15/13 Well this was an interesting reread. The world building is actually done throughout the series so it was Awesome to reread and follow everything much clearer. It was also during a BR so it was interesting to see how confusing this is the first time around. I didn't have as much problems as my buddies the first time around but I'm glad I got the input of those as they read it for pimping purposes...haha It was still uncomfortable at times but i read every word without skimming a ...more
Things I did not like about this book:
- Proper names (the winter solstice holiday is Winsol... Satan is Saetan... Demon is Daemon...
- Lack of character development
- Redundant descriptive language
- Elaborate and pointlessly nonsensical magic schema
- Crappy plot arc
- Completely implausible antihero

Things I did like about this book:
- There was a horse character
- The child molesters got exploded
Anne Bishop's Black Jewel's Trilogy pinged my radar a few years back when old Blogger friends couldn't say enough good about it. Per usual, it took me all this time to finally get to it, but it didn't take me long to see the appeal.

High fantasy to be sure, The Black Jewel's Trilogy follows along the lines of what made this genre popular. Witches, Magic, Enchanted Jewels/rings, Mystical Creatures and Chosen ones- it has it all! And for those of us gals who need it- a dash of romance!

Book 1: Daugh
I bought this book with no concept of how much I would be drawn to the world Anne created. It spoke to my soul. Then it slammed my heart to the ground. The ending is quite possibly one of the most painful I've ever had to read. It just ripped apart a fragile little dream and smiled while it did so. After I sat in shock for more than a few minutes, I checked the publication date, thinking the second book might be available soon. No such luck. I bought the book in it's first month of release. The ...more
I’m going to do my best to avoid spoilers in this review, but a few minor ones might slip in.

First things first, this book (and I expect the rest of the series as well) is not for the faint of heart. I got misled by the cover and thought it was a young-adult book until certain sex toys were mentioned. That got me wondering… until a little bit of full castration was thrown in along with other less desirable practices; be warned this is no YA book. Many parts I found downright disturbing and that
Oct 01, 2014 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like their fantasy very, VERY dark
Buddy read with Aly, Ange, Annie & Anzu (Although I think only Aly, Anzu and I actually ended up reading it LOL)

Daughter of the Blood is a really difficult book to review and I think that's partly due to how uncomfortable it made me feel when I was reading it. This is a DARK fantasy story, if you're looking for an easy read then that's not what you're going to get here. However, if you're looking for a story that is as compelling as it is disturbing then this may be just what you're after. I
May 02, 2009 Glitterfairy rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes self-indulgent fantasy-trash a la Twilight
Shelves: fantasy
Read this if you like self-indulgent, "oh how cute I want to be her" type books where the beautiful young heroine is surrounded by males who want to take care of her. Bad things happen of course, so she needs lots of rescuing. Lots and lots of rescuing. Conversely, if you prefer well-written fantasy, go for something else - Jennifer Fallon or even Anne Rice, if you like.

There is some 'darkness' in this book, but it's clumsily executed. Again, if you want real bleak darkness go read Robin Hobb's

This Review is for the Black Jewels Trilogy

- - - Spoilers - - -

Daughter of the Blood (Black Jewels, Book 1) by Anne Bishop

Wow.. just wow
and I don't say that word a lot.
This book...
This book Is Not for the faint of heart or squeamish,
if you are a person who likes reading about rainbows, butterflies and happy endings
Do Not, I repeat Do Not read this Series.

This book is Dark, Twisted and Deep,
it's about any and all types of abuse a person can think of:
Child abuse, Male abuse, Female abuse, Ani
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
The three realms of Terreille, Kaeleer (the Shadow Realm) and Hell are ruled by the Blood, people given the gift of Jewels of different-ranking colours. They are supposed to be caretakers of the land, and are deeply heirarchical. It's a matriarchal world, but a taint, a rot, has seeped into the Blood, and now the ruling Blood - both female and male - spend their time indulging in pleasures of all manner, often cruel. Some of the races are long-lived, and the Demon-Dead in Hell still have the use ...more
T.J. Shaw
Wow! What incredible world-building! Through Ms. Bishop’s fantastic imagination, she created something completely different, intriguing, and even confusing at times. DAUGHTER of the BLOOD is a fascinating tale about a young girl learning her magic while navigating through the perils of those who would use her just for her power.

In my haste to learn about the heroine, I also read HEIR to the SHADOWS (4 stars), and QUEEN of the DARKNESS (5 stars) and must admit that I cried more than once througho
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Fantasy


Anne Bishop’s Daughter of the Blood is the first book in The Black Jewels series. It tells the story about a prophecy that was seen by a witch named Tersa. The prophecy basically states that the forthcoming witch will be so powerful that she will be able to travel the three realms (Terreille, Hell, and Kaeleer) by shear will alone. She will also have the ability to reunite the three realms that are currently being corrupted by blood Queens and their jeweled hierar
Nov 21, 2010 Regina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy and Urban Fantasy Fans.
4.75 stars. This book completely engrossed me -- I didn't want to do anything else but finish it. The beginning 10% is difficult to get through, alot of world building, keeping names straight, figuring out the magic power structure and the polictics. But after I got past that, I was just blown away. Gritty fantasy? This is it -- I hadn't known such a thing to exist before! This book is not for people bothered by violence, sexual violence or sexual deviance. This is a world where those in power u ...more
As they say, Mother Night…! I’ve never been this thrilled for quite a long while…

I run the risk of sounding like a pretentious ass, but even though I never really understood the whys and hows of this fantasy world from the get-go, my god… I absolutely loved how the author relentlessly, unfailingly, commanded this reader’s attention. Made you near-slave to the emotions of the characters. Lulled you into a false sense of seemingly finally comprehending what the hell’s going on and how the fates of
Several people recommended I try Anne Bishop's Black Jewels Trilogy based on my love of Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy series. I can see why -- both books share a similar forthrightness about the act of love, particularly love tinged with sado-masochism. However, right off the bat it became obvious that while in the Kushiel novels sado-masochism was about trust, in Daughter of the Blood it is about power.

Every character in the novel except for Jaenelle is involved in power plays large and s
Anzu The Great Destroyer
I am dropping this 25% in. I know there are many reviews out there talking how fucked up this book is. I did not drop it because of this. I did it because it's incredibly boring. It reads like a Romance novel, just with more perverted sick shit in it. And I feel like the author wanted to have all this crap in order to make it stand out. Nope.

Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
This story was very different from anything I have read before. I typically stick with paranormal romance but I had decided to try something new and I'm glad I started with Anne Bishop. Although the story could be a little confusing at times, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm glad I purchased the trilogy so I can immediately start reading the next one ;)
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Apr 07, 2015 Carmel (Rabid Reads) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carmel (Rabid Reads) by: Lupdilup Duffy
Shelves: audio, audio-2014
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Ordinarily, this audiobook would never have landed on my to-be-read pile, but after listening to (and loving) Anne Bishop’s THE OTHER series, I found myself in desperate need of more. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a High Fantasy novel, so don’t let my less than stellar review discourage you because quite frankly I probably don’t know jack about this genre. The world-building and character development continue to be where this author’s strengths lie; although at ti
I really feel that this book should come with a warning that not everyone can stomach it. This is some really DARK F***ed up fantasy (and yes the caps and swear word is there for a purpose). I've been exposed to some really dark fantasy where pillaging, rape, violence, gore, incest, etc.... and it didn't bother me much as Daughter of the Blood disturbed me. I'm going to share with you (and maybe some minor spoilers but they're pretty minor) so you can judge for yourself whether you'd pick the bo ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
Jan 25, 2014 Aly is so frigging bored rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Aly is so frigging bored by: Nalini Singh
Shelves: fantasy
Buddy read with

This book… I don’t know what to say about it. The world Ms. Bishop has created is fascinating, but very brutal. I don’t understand it enough to explain it, though I promise I’ll try.

This universe is a medieval one based on feudal values. There are people who have no magic, laden, and people who have it, Blood. The strongest of the Blood are classified in casts depending on the Jewels they get in the Offering of the Darkness ceremony[from what I understood, the
In medias res is where the story starts. Not exactly, but almost. I would abandon it if it wasn't for my friend who recommended it to me and because it's her favorite series and all, I dediced that Geez, I wanna know what she sees in it, so I continued. It took me quite long to orientate myself, but you know what? It's worth it. Don't let the confusing start discourage you!
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Anne Bishop lives in upstate New York where she enjoys gardening, music, and writing dark, romantic stories. She is the author of fourteen novels, including the award-winning Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel,Twilight’s Dawn, made the New York Times bestsellers list. She is currently working on a new series, which is an urban dark fantasy with a bit of a twist.

Crawford Award (2000)

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Other Books in the Series

The Black Jewels (9 books)
  • Heir to the Shadows (The Black Jewels, #2)
  • Queen of the Darkness (The Black Jewels, #3)
  • The Invisible Ring (The Black Jewels, #4)
  • Dreams Made Flesh (The Black Jewels, #5)
  • Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, #6)
  • The Shadow Queen (The Black Jewels, #7)
  • Shalador's Lady (The Black Jewels, #8)
  • Twilight's Dawn (The Black Jewels, #9)

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