The Shadow Queen (The Black Jewels, #7)
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The Shadow Queen (The Black Jewels #7)

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  7,209 ratings  ·  222 reviews
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 stand?without a leader and without hope.
Theran Grayhaven is the las...more
Hardcover, 429 pages
Published March 3rd 2009 by Roc (first published January 1st 2009)
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Wealhtheow
Dec 02, 2009 Wealhtheow rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Shelves: fantasy
This is not a good book. It is, however, incredibly engaging on a very specific level. If you're looking for reasonable human beings, beautiful turns of phrase, thoughtful politics or believable dialog, this is not the book for you. BUT. If you want melodramatic wish-fullfillment crack, then the only series more suited is Lackey's The Last Herald-Mage.

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
Lee
Bishop needs confidence in her new characters. I loved Lady Cassidy and Gray and wanted more of them, but felt that the constant need for Damian and Lucifer. In fact, Bishop insisted on inserting a completely needless subplot of yet another attempt to seduce Damian by a vicious witch. Why? Oh, why?

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
Lightreads
What?! With the – and the -- what?!

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
Jensownzoo
Not too many authors give me that electric thrill of excitement when I have one of their books in hand, but Anne Bishop and her Black Jewels books are always one of them. In this book, the main story is focused on a few new characters, but also contains a great deal of supporting plot threads with all the old, favorite characters from the original trilogy. Was a little disappointed that the story ended where it did (I need more, I tell you, MORE, MORE, MORE!!!) but I could see the dramatic value...more
N.K. Jemisin
No. (Sorry, that's all I can think of to say here.)
Shawnna
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Kim
Whenever I read a novel by Anne Bishop, I always find myself wondering what issues she may have with men, because the gender dynamics of the worlds she creates are so interesting. That she has much to say about relations between the genders is perhaps most obvious in her Tir Alainn series, the villains of which are guilty of just about everything that has ever been done to oppress women, from female genital mutilation to burning witches. In the Black Jewels universe, in my opinion Bishop’s fine...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
This not the book I'd start with if you're new to Anne Bishop or her Dark Jewels series. I'd recommend reading first at least the opening trilogy of Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows and Queen of the Darkness, and I think it would help to read The Invisible Ring, which forms the backdrop to this tale set in the territory of Dona Nehele, once ruled by that novel's Gray Lady.

In Queen of the Darkness, Saetan told Alexandra that it's not magical power that makes a strong queen, and after th...more
Samantha
Once again, Bishop delivers a thrilling, lush, sensual novel replete with complex, engaging characters, a healthy dose of humor and that fascinating, wonderful magic system established so well in her previous 'Jewels' books. Anyone who's enjoyed the previous 'Jewels' novels will adore this. You really do need to read all the previous books first, though - there's a tremendous amount of backstory to many of the details here. You can PROBABLY enjoy it without having read the others, but really.. k...more
Anita
Book 7 in the Black Jewels traditional fantasy series, this story would not make much sense out of order, so I highly recommend reading these in the correct sequence. This story is set two years after the end of book three (when Janelle unleashes her full power to eradicate all the bad Blood.) It also takes place a couple hundred years after book 4, where we learned the story of Lia and Jared. The setting is the same land that Lia ruled - Dena Nehele - but the bad Blood who ruled the land for th...more
Theresa
Several years ago I picked up the first book in the "Black Jewels" trilogy by Anne Bishop and was totally drawn into the vivid world she created. Using the mystique of slightly-tweaked biblical names like Saetan and Luciver and setting much of her story in a 'demon-dead' realm known as Hell, Bishop successfully blends pieces of Christian religion with her own highly imaginative, magical creation.

Witches and Warlords are the Blood of the realm of Terreille. Queens are the highest ranking women of...more
Cam
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Caroline
This story was a great mix of all of the previous Black Jewels novels and some new and very interesting characters. I loved that this resolved a lot from The Invisible Ring, as well as some from the actual trilogy. This deals with the descendants of the characters from The Invisible Ring, as well as the cast that readers of the series know and love from the trilogy.

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
Emily
Jan 06, 2014 Emily rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: magic
So, I really liked this book, though the beginning was a little slow for me. It made me regret skipping book 4 in this series as I think that would've provided the back story I needed to make the first section more interesting. Anywho, I ended up really enjoying it just the same. Right up until it ended abruptly and totally pissed me off. Looks like I'll be making my third library trip this week.
Kellie
Read exactly like her other books: seduction of the Sadist, his sexual encounters with his absurdly powerful wife, a new Queen that must be more powerful than she seems.

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.
Tapley
This is a series that I like alot, and I enjoyed this book mainly as a chance to visit with a world and characters I enjoy very much. I also enjoy Bishop's pacing - she keeps the story moving in a way that a book that shifts character perspective this much rarely does.
Annette
OMG! I have been waiting for this author to write another book in this series. She sort of ended the Black Jewel series with the last book and it didn't seem like there would be anymore. This makes me sooooo happy!
Juliana
Jun 12, 2009 Juliana rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: sff
I really need to stop reading these things.
Stephanie Beerden
What can I say? I just love Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels world. But this one holds a special place in my heart because, this time it’s not really about the main characters from the trilogy but about Cassidy, a Rose-Jeweled Queen and how she becomes the new Queen of Dena Nehele.

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
Alison
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Tina (yAdultReview)
Originally posted at Nose in a Book.

Anne Bishop remains one of my favorite fantasy authors of all time. Her worlds are usually female-focused with matriarchal societies and pretty powerful female characters. There is also rape and murder, though none of it is graphic. With Bishop, you can expect growling men who speak too softly when angry and women who wear pants to the horror of others. This is the seventh in the Black Jewels world, and I love these later novels because we meet new people whil...more
Cayleigh
The Black Jewels Trilogy being one of my favorite series of all times, I was extremely pleased when I saw The Shadow Queen was out and snapped it up and started reading. This book has two interweaving plots that focus around Cassidy, who as a Queen in the Dark Realm is asked to go to Dena Nehele and set up a court by Jaenelle. While at the same time Daemon SaDi and his family keep a close watch since Dena Nehele is in Terreille, where this family has some bad memories. So we get to see Cassidy a...more
Rae
It was good to re-read about Cassie's beginning as a Queen, now that I've read the sequel.

I think Bishop may have been planning to go somewhere different at the end of this book than where she went in Shalador's Lady since the books don't work together quite as well. One poor character went through all kinds hardships in this book and ended up changing and growing as a character, but all that was erased in the second book and he returned to square one by the end of the second book. That was disa...more
Rita
Com este livro relembro porque é que Anne Bishop é uma das minhas escritoras favoritas, a história prende desde o início e as personagens são extremamente cativantes. Com isto não me refiro apenas às já conhecidas nos livros anteriores, como Daemon, Saetan, Lucivar e Jaenelle, pois essas já tinham um lugar cativo no meu coração, mas às apresentadas neste novo volume, como Cassidy e Gray.

Esta é uma história muito bem escrita, com partes comoventes, divertidas, românticas e sensuais como só Bishop...more
Sarah
I've been a fan of this series for years. I look forward to any addition to the original trilogy and I have not been disappointed so far. With this latest installation the summary on the cover would have you assume that it does not include any of the original players or only present minimally. This isn't really true, the main story is about Cassidy and the Greyhaven line, but Janelle's story still continues and leaves room open for more. In this book Theran Greyhaven wants to save his territory,...more
Kaia
My last encounter with Anne Bishop’s BLACK JEWELS SERIES did not go well. Okay, that might be a bit of an understatement. But I suppose even my inner fangirl is a bit hard-pressed to let go sometimes, so I decided to give the series one last try.

The setup is somewhat different for The Shadow Queen. After suffering centuries of abuse and degradation under corrupt Queens, the territory of Dena Nehele is left without a Queen at all. Theran Greyhaven — the last remaining heir of Jared and Lia from T...more
Angie
We finally get back to the territory of Dene Nehele that we visited in The Invisible Ring. The realm of Terrielle was devastated by the cleansing of the realms and the ladens attack on what little blood was left. Two years after the cleansing Dene Nehale is ready to start rebuilding. The only problem is that they need a Queen. Theran Grayhaven is the heir to the Grayhaven line. He has been living in the mountain camps with the rogues his entire life. Now he is back at Grayhaven and ready to star...more
Chrissy Wissler
Bishop did it again. She’s successfully brought readers back to the world of the Black Jewels – both new and returning readers alike. The book itself is easily accessible to anyone. For those who’ve followed the series will get a real treat to read about the descendants of Lia and Jared from Bishop’s earlier novel, The Invisible Ring.
I was drawn into this book right from the prologue. With minimal words and descriptions, Bishop sets up a world we immediately understand: the evil Queens who rul...more
M M
This was an excellent short story with a second, unnecessary story-line added to it like stuffing to make it into a full length novel. Which disappointed me because I adore 'what came next' novels, and this book is a look at what happens in the land of Dena Nehele after the Black Jewels Trilogy.

The story sets out to be the anti-fantasy Romance with a less-than-gorgeous Queen and a surly, uneducated Prince who has spent so much time fighting for the freedom of his people he hasn't a clue what to...more
Beaulah Pragg
This is a very cute continuation of the Black Jewels series by Anne Bishop. An easy read. Quite sensual (especially in the scenes between Damon and Janelle) and often a bit over the top (do people ever literally roll about on the floor laughing?) but all in all, a good book that I read in two or three hours.

Having read the original Black Jewels trilogy (about a very powerful girl-child called Janelle and the three men who protect and love her through to adulthood), I recognized many of the chara...more
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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.

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