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Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels #1)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  19,561 ratings  ·  1,104 reviews
The Dark Kingdom is preparing itself for the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy--the arrival of a new Queen, a Witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself. But this new ruler is young, and very susceptible to influence and corruption; whoever controls her controls the Darkness. And now, three sworn enemies begin a ruthless game of politics and i ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 412 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Roc
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Bonnie
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
Stephen
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
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Peter
Jul 16, 2007 Peter rated it 1 of 5 stars
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.
Heba
Jul 10, 2009 Heba rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
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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
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Lightreads
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
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Zeek
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
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Tom
*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
Katie(babs)
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
Nim
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
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R.
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
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Dorri
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
Jess
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
- TOO MUCH SHIT ABOUT HAVING SEX WITH KIDS
- TOO MUCH SHIT ABOUT HATING WOMEN

Things I did like about this book:
- There was a horse character
- The child molesters got exploded
Glitterfairy
May 02, 2009 Glitterfairy rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
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Sarah
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
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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
Jean

This Review is for the Black Jewels Trilogy


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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
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Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Rating*
*Genre* Fantasy

*Review*

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
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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
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Regina
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
maricar
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
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Phoenixfalls
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
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Surin
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
Recommended to Aly is so frigging bored by: Nalini Singh
Shelves: fantasy
Buddy read with
Sarah
Angie
Annie
Anzu


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
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Simcsa
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!
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.


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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 ;)
valee
OVERWHELMING . INTENSE . BREATHTAKING .
It's been way too long since I got THIS obsessed about a book. I knew I would like the series, because of all the reviews I read and the plot description, but I never imagined it would be THIS ADDICTIVE! It was hard to fully comprehend the story... but once I did, I couldn't put the book down. THIS IS NOT AN EASY READ, it's complex and elaborated to no end. Most of all, I had trouble with the numerous rare characters, which we get to know all at the same ti
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Emily
This book was recommended to me over and over again, by various people, and they cited all kinds of reasons for this book being the best thing since perforated toilet paper. Because of that, I started reading with a feeling of excitement and was ready to dive into a good series with plenty of followup volumes to hold my interest.

It didn't work out that way. At the close of the first volume in the series I can't for the life of me figure out what the big deal about this book is. This wasn't so mu
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Latisha Bramlett
I started this book as part of a book club. I'm trying really hard to finish it, but I'm finding it extremely difficult to do so. It is like pulling teeth to even read it. I'm a fast reader. I usually can devour a book in a day or two. But, I'm finding myself looking for other things to do just so I won't pick up this book.

The author introduces too much at once. The words are difficult to understand and the mythology is too complicated. I feel like I need a huge dictionary just to get through th
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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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