The Black Jewels Trilogy: Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows, Queen of the Darkness (The Black Jewels, #1-3)
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The Black Jewels Trilogy: Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows, Queen of the Darkness (The Black Jewels #1-3)

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The award-winning trilogy, now in one volume—with a new introduction.

Anne Bishop’s critically-acclaimed Black Jewels Trilogy is the saga of a young but still-innocent Queen more powerful than even the High Lord of Hell—and the three sworn enemies determined to win her and gain a prize that could be terriblebeyond imagining…
Paperback, 1204 pages
Published December 2nd 2003 by Roc Trade
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Update June 2012: I just had to re-read this amazing series and found myself buying all three books for the Nook because I needed my Black Jewels fix! I see why when I first read it back in 2009 why I needed a lot of caffeine because of staying up to finish them. This is such an incredible world to get lost in with characters who remained with me long after the last page is turned.

So many wonderful themes in this series--love and loss, forgiveness, betrayal, laughter and the power of dreams to c...more
My brain melted, and not in a good way
"Have you read this?" a colleague asked recently, "It's so wonderful!"
It so happened I had read the Black Jewels Trilogy, long ago. I remembered it as a Masterpiece of Unremittingly Awful. Could it be as bad as all that? Surely not.

Oh wait. It was. mindbendingly dreadful on so many levels.

The premise is potentially interesting: in a set of interlinked worlds/realms, a power-struggle is growing. In the Realm of Terreille, the Blood -- people with magical...more
Tamora Pierce
My fans have been after me to read Anne Bishop for years, so I started with DAUGHTER OF THE BLOOD because I liked the idea of the young girl predestined to be the greatest of the great. Then I really got into the world-building, the idea of men being accustomed to being the second sex, socialized to believe their purpose was to protect and serve women. Then I encountered the very difficult Daemon, and his vicious Queen, and found that relationship seriously dark. I was interested in how Surreal...more
I feel awful for not really thinking this trilogy is anywhere near decent, seeing as it's one of my best friend's favourite books ever, and that she was the one who gave it to me, no less.

But I can't help it. The Black Jewels Trilogy is basically a Mary Sue fanfic that got lucky.

There are some good things going for it -- the storytelling device of never having any of the events shown through the protagonist's eyes is truly fascinating. The world-building and magical system that Bishop has in pla...more
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1. Do you regularly injure yourself and/or indulge in illogically perilous activities?
Yes – You are female. Proceed to next question.
No – You are male. Sucks to be you. Please relocate to vicinity of most irritating female possible.

2. Do the men in your life over-react or fuss domineeringly if you get so much as a splinter?
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JG (The Introverted Reader)
I have an omnibus edition, so I guess I'll write a review for each book as I get to it.

I am embarrassed by how long this is, but here is the third and final piece of the never-ending book review. See the end:

Daughter of the Blood--4.5 stars

In a society that seems to be loosely based on the habits of black widow spiders, the strong females have eliminated all but the weakest males and females, leaving only a few strong males to strengthen their bloodlines. This has been going on for centuries. Bu...more
Another one probably best read as a teenager (although there is some pretty dark sexual stuff in here). The lower rating is mostly because the writing isn't terribly good (and the characters' names made me roll my eyes every time I read them...which was a lot). There's a lot of buzz around the supposed reversal in traditional gender roles in this book, but it comes off more like an exercise from a "Women's Studies 101" course at a community college. That is to say, there's not a lot of thought o...more
I gave this book a chance but decided not to finish it. I'm not saying that other people won't like it, but I did not get into it.

The author's writing skills were there. Characters, dialogue, and scene-setting were all well done, but narrative flow and explanation of plot were not apparent to me. I just could not entirely figure out what was going on. The book made me wonder if I was a lack-wit because I was lost and unaware of where things were heading.

Another turnoff for the book was that it...more
I have read and re-read all the stories in Anne Bishop's Black Jewels series, several times, and I love it! I love the different perspectives that were created for this world: gender power plays and balances, different peoples and cultures, fantastic creatures and talking animals and the way the Judeo-Christian belief system was turned on it's ear! I just loved it all!

Considering the reviews here on, it seems you either love the story or hate it, or maybe you'll just love to hate...more
Patrick Burgess
Nov 10, 2009 Patrick Burgess rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: feminists... dark fantasy lovers... original fantasy lovers... you
Shelves: reviewed
Sensual, Dark, Complexly Imaginative

It seems like people either absolutely love the Black Jewels books or they (if not hate them) are supremely unaffected by them. I'm one of the former. Generally, I find excessive eroticism and romance in fantasy or science fiction distracting from the main plot because, come on, be honest, sex, hormones, and emotions are always very distracting in any context. In the case of the Black Jewels, Anne Bishop has expertly woven the erotic with the unusual, the dist...more
So. This book and I, we spent a day and a half intimately entwined together. Hours passed and I forgot to eat, drink and sometimes blink as I tried to finish this book. It’s infinitely readable and it has all the elements that would appeal to lots of readers. I liked it well enough that I finished it in a day and a half but when I was done with it and I had time to think about everything I had read, I was left with some troubled feelings. Particularly where gender construction was concerned.

I enjoyed reading this book but I did have a few problems with it.

Some parts of it are interesting, and I really think that Bishop would have had a really compelling world if she had taken some more time to explain a bit more about the jewels/realms/races and how these worked, the effects of them etc. Instead it was almost like no jewels mattered except for the black and the realms and races were just mentioned in passing. Also, why have 12 jewels if you aren't really going to do anything with...more
Okay. Deep breath.

I was super excited to read this series - a dark fantasy, with some romance thrown in? Sounds awesome. On top of that, almost every review I read at the time had praised this book and had me drooling.

Well... maybe it's just me then. But I thought that this trilogy, as a whole, was terrible.

The world we're thrown into in The Black Jewels series is like some sort of BDSM magical kingdom. Well okay, that's fine - I'm no prude. Yet, I couldn't help but find certain aspects, such as...more
Dark adult fantasy about feminine power set in a declining matriarichal society. Some big ideas--the universe is upside-down: darkness is good, the High Lord of Hell is a sympathetic protagonist--but don't be frightened off. The tale is spun so well and characters are so compelling that this trilogy is un-put-downable.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jun 14, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans
The story drew me in from the start. I was intrigued by the magical matriarchal society, with a shifting power dynamic determined by caste, rank and class depending greatly on magical power--and the title heroine, Jaenelle, long prophesied and awaited, throwing a joker into this deck.

Bishop is adept at making the child protagonist of the first novel intriguing and yet act her age, in creating a winning group of peers for her in the second novel about her adolescence, and drawing it all into a sa...more
Lisa Janda
Another book taking up valuable space on my shelf. You want dark, slightly sadistic sex scenes? All yours. You want convoluted names that will make your eyes bleed? Check. You want part of your life back after suffering through this? Sorry, it's gone.

Other people have liked this, obviously, as the writing is not terrible and it has its good points, but they are either lost on me or I'm too numb to mention them.

Not to my liking but hopefully the library is in need of a copy.
Praises first:

Ms Bishop writes well, even though she indulges in some stereotyped phrases she repeats too often: the abundance of "too" "too softly" and "snarl(ed)" tends to annoy after a while.
Her dialogues can be witty and she can sketch personalities and physical details vividly enough; her main characters are easy to like.

Flaws, then:

A young, extraordinarily gifted girl, misunderstood by her own family, gets some powerful friends and becomes a most powerful queen.
This is the basic plot stret...more
I finished all three books in 5 days. It probably would have taken me longer, but I was avoiding my mother and a snowstorm - both of which visited during the holidays and sequestered me into my room. I wanted to like this trilogy a lot because my friend swears by it and rereads it once a year. I'm glad I read it, but this isn't something I'm going to read again. The first book was very good - I liked Jaenelle as a child character. Like other reviewers, I found the names weird and distracting and...more
The Dark Jewels Trilogy (and it's many spinoffs) is probably a lot darker than many of my friends would probably prefer. It does deal with a lot of sexual topics so I found myself skimming a fair bit of pages, but I found it on the BYU library bookshelves, so it can't be too bad, right?

Anne Bishop does a fantastic job at building the complex social structure in these books. There's not as much detail on how the magic of this world works, which I would have found interesting, but she is wonderful...more
Barb Lie
Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop
I have done a review on each of the books in this trilogy. However, if anyone buys the complete set, this is the combined review of all three books.

This trilogy is one of my favorite series. I loved this trilogy, the characters we come to love, and the secondary characters and legendary animals, we love almost as much. This is a super trilogy, but the first book, which Bishop introduces us to this world, and to the characters, has a lot of darkness in it. This...more
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Lisa Bee
Magical cock rings. Benevolent talking unicorns. Super confusing world building. A heroine, Jaenelle, who is the most wonderfullest, magical being EVAR to grace the world. Lame mustache-twirling villains. And so much snarling...I counted the word used three times on one page. Honestly, if I heard Jaenelle's eyes described as "sapphire," her voice described as "midnight" (WTF does that even mean?), or if she "fluffed" her hair one more time I was going to cut a bitch. Or have one of the ever-pres...more
Oh, I think is my very favorite fantasy series - if not my very favorite set of books altogether! I just love it so much! It still makes me laugh and cry even after all these years of re-reading it! It is such a darkly beautiful story. And I am looking forward to the newest addition, though I have a bit more re-reading to do before I will be reading that! As for this omnibus edition itself, this was my first time reading it here and I must say, it had one major plus of containing the whole trilo...more
Nancy Yamaguchi
I started out really enjoying this trilogy, and certainly wanted to like it, what with the great reviews and comparisons. The concept of the colored jewels and relationship to magical ability was clever, and it was also interesting to have the demons of the underworld be sympathetic characters--the most sympathetic, in fact. But the series started wearing a bit and becoming repetitive/predictable. How many times did that guy "smile his lazy arrogant smile," for example? How many times does Jaene...more
These were absolutely wonderful! Daughter of the Blood got off to a slower start from me, but from about midway through that until the end, I was hooked. The rape themes, especially the Briarwood portions in Daughter of the Blood, were pretty tough to get through at times but- that's a dark subject that SHOULD be hard to get through. Bishop's imagination is quite something and once I fully understood the world of magic she built I was enthralled.

Definitely a fantasy must-read. Definitely.
Jun 19, 2008 Ty rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ty by: Riana Spencer
On page 707 and it is Boring......Finished the book. Was not impressed. The plot seemed random and pointless at times. The characters were unimaginative and the book has the sexual sophistication that only a 16 year high school girl would be impressed with. While mostly lacking any type of depth I was fascinated with the reversal of the dominance between the sexes. At times this exposed certain behaviors that would have escaped my notice.
wendy Burrows
Apr 17, 2007 wendy Burrows rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any fantasy fiction fan
Shelves: favorites
i love this book, i love this book, i love this book. Anne Bishop is amazing and this is her best work in my opinion. She has a wonderful ability to give the reader the background of a very intricate, detailed world through dialogue and flashbacks, I never once realized I was getting the back story when reading this book, but still understood the complex world. I just love this book, the characters will grab you and you will want more.
Karen Healey
I feel it incumbent upon me to note that my rating reflects how much I enjoyed a book, not how good it was. I love this trilogy like little else, but the reasons that I love it have little to do with coherency of plot or style or character development and everything to do with talking unicorns (!!) and awesome naming conventions and INCREDIBLE FEATS OF OUTRAGEOUSLY OVERPOWERED MAGIC.
While I was reading this book, I hated it. With the amount of times I rolled my eyes, I'm surprised they're still attached to their sockets. Other reviewers mentioned the names being totally ridiculous, which is absolutely true. I couldn't believe a couple of the names, and at first wondered if they were real, and I'd hoped that they wouldn't be in the book very often (they were, but I got over it). The characters, despite being thousands of years old and supposedly wise, acted like spastic, mel...more
♆ BookAddict ~ La Crimson Femme
I bought the entire trilogy into one book so I can flip back and forth through all three books to read my favourite parts. My only beef with the three books put together is that it is still PAPERBACK! I need this to be hardback so it doesn't fall apart. This is one of my favourite trilogies which I read over and over. Love it.
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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)

More about Anne Bishop...
Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels #1) Queen of the Darkness (The Black Jewels, #3) Heir to the Shadows (The Black Jewels, #2) Written in Red (The Others, #1) Dreams Made Flesh (The Black Jewels, #5)

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