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Heir to the Shadows (The Black Jewels #2)

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  19,217 Ratings  ·  511 Reviews
Enough time has passed for the young girl Jaenelle, heir to the magical Darkness, for her physical wounds to heal, while amnesia keeps her frightening memories at bay. But with Saetan--a Black-Jewelled Warlord Prince and Jaenelle's foster-father--to protect her, she will continue to grow. Her magic will mature. Her memories will return. And Jaenelle will face her destiny ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 482 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by Roc (first published January 1st 1999)
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OH ANNE, you expectation-shattering fountain of COYlicious sauciness, you completely drenched me in surprise on this one. After spending much of Daughter of the Blood setting up a dark, violent, matriarchal fantasy realm full of sexual sadism, rape and men wearing “rings of obedience” on their ROOSTERS, you pivot 90 degrees, throw back the covers and reveal a three dimensional fantasy world full of as much goodness and evil. You really blew my expectations and you came “THIS CLOSE” to getting a ...more
THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD. Even better than the first one, impossible to put down when things started to happen, and now I need moremoremore. Gosh, what's going to happen next?!

Oh, Daemon! And Jaenelle... Ahhh.

Hello Queen of the Darkness... *rushes to pick up*

"His silent tears wet her hair. His tears were for her, whose soul wounds had been reopened; for himself, because he may have lost something precious so soon after it was found; for Saetan, who may have lost even more; and for Daemon. Most o
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Jun 13, 2015 Carmel (Rabid Reads) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carmel (Rabid Reads) by: Lupdilup Duffy
Shelves: audio, audio-2015
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

It took me a full year to build up the courage to listen to HEIR TO THE SHADOWS after being thoroughly traumatized by book 1. I really love Anne Bishop’s THE OTHERS series, and I’m a firm believer in second chances when it comes to authors, so after twelve months of mental preparation, here we go again. It’s with a massive sigh of relief that I write this review because A) no nightmares & B) this installment was a vast improvement upon the previous one. It was slow p
Aug 13, 2008 Collette rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone looking for an amazing tale.
Shelves: fantasy, bishop
Wow!! My face is still a bit damp from tears and my heart is still pounding. This is the second book in this trilogy. I read but didn't review the first although it was almost as good. I'm a lover of fantasy, humor, sex and mystery and this trilogy contains all of that. This second book was light on the sex but when you read something this amazing, it really doesn't matter to me.
This is the fantasy story of a girl and how she becomes queen of almost all she sees. In the first book we find out so
2.5 stars

Very little happened to move the plot forward. Anne Bishop’s books aren’t action packed, and I don’t expect them to be. I do expect something interesting to happen. Most of this book rehashed the same problems from Daughter of the Blood . This covered Jaenelle's teenage years, which were relatively uneventful. She recovered from the traumatic events in the prior book, hung out with her friends, and learned how to hone her craft. *yawn*

Hekatah hatched a few desperate attempts evil plan
Jun 18, 2012 Felicia rated it really liked it
Shelves: vaginal-fantasy
So...I have mixed thoughts about this trilogy, not the least of which it's kind of hard to take seriously a world where hot men are controlled by penis rings. BUT...I still like it. This trilogy seems to me to be the ultimate teenage girl's fantasy. Everything is about this main character and her growing up to be the savior of the world, all the men are safe and doting (controlled by penis rings if they're super hot, lol), older women are the ones who are evil and jealous and want to control the ...more
Dec 30, 2013 Tom rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
*Edited* 12/30/13 reread. Totally loved it as much as the first time! Some of the scenes that shouldn't have been as intense since I already took the ride were just as intense for some reason! Thanks for the BR and a reason to do the reread BW and Esra!

Wow!! This book totally consumed me! I haven’t read a fantasy with so many pieces woven together without getting overwhelmed with the politics. I guess I was just in the PERFECT mood for this book. I don’t think I skimmed a single adjective. There
In Book 2 of Bishop's Black Jewels Trilogy, With Daemon's help, Janelle has been brought back from the psychic wasteland she had descended into after a vicious attack. Her body has healed and aged a only couple years but her spirit, that which makes her Witch- Dreams Made Flesh and the very embodiment of magic, is fully mature. She is coming into her powers but some things are missing, chief among them- Daemon. (Thinking he killed her body in the process of recovering her mind, Daemon never left ...more
Jul 31, 2013 Jenny rated it did not like it
Omg this series is just one big clusterf@ck. I mean honestly, this book had SO MUCH going on and because of that, the story was all over the place. It was hard to concentrate, so I lost interest real fast. There were so many loose ends and things weren't consistent and all the main characters were acting so different in this book compared to how they were in Book 1. Saetan was a bumbling idiot in this book. You're the dark lord! How are ppl able to trespass onto your property without you ...more
3,5 stars

I am an amazing procrastinator. I truly am. It's been two weeks since I finished this book, and yet I still haven't reviewed it. Maybe lazy would be a more fitting adjective. I can be such a sloth sometimes.

This book definitely lacked something when compared to the first installment. Oh well. Second-book-syndrome is a reality. Yes, that's exactly what this is. Sequel-syndrome at work.

Please refer to my review of the previous book for information on the world-building.

"Heir to the Shadow
Buddy read with Aly

Daughter of the Blood may have been an incredibly dark and at times shocking story but I loved every minute of it so although I had to brace myself beforehand I couldn't wait to continue reading Jaenelle's story in Heir to the Shadows. I was expecting an intense read when I picked up this book and I wasn't wrong but I was also pleasantly surprised to find it isn't quite as dark and disturbing as the first book. Although this sequel wasn't quite as painful to read it does still
Mar 11, 2014 Claudia rated it it was ok
Daughter of the Blood is fun and intriguing; Heir to the Shadows is just cheap wannabe storytelling. My main complaints are:

1. The story is a lot more scattered. Bishop keeps track of the main storyline (which is compelling at the beginning of the book and at the end) but I am not sure about the many, many unnerving and quite laughable subplots. These subplots are not well-integrated in the narrative, they don't enrich our understanding of the characters' psychology, and they have a "fill-up sp
Sep 05, 2015 Cris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Much more enjoyable than the first and quite considerably less dark. It's still dark, but it's full of great characters who get to interact more within the book. Great snarky, sarcastic banter and you know how much I love that!

(video review to come!)
The second book in the Black Jewels trilogy picks up almost immediately after the conclusion of Daughter of the Blood, then quickly starts jumping forward in time in intervals of days, months, and even years. The story makes these jumps throughout, and unfortunately, Bishop does not accomplish them smoothly. The jumps are necessary to keep the plot moving, but every time there was a jump forward in time I felt a moment of dislocation, as there are very few clues in the text about what happened ...more
Jun 29, 2010 Janine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I found Heir to the Shadows a little less gruesome than the first book, Daughter of the Blood, but I also found it a little more tedious. As Saetan is fond of saying, "Everything has a price," and the price of enjoying this book is tolerating repetition—none so much as Jaenelle's "midnight voice." After a while (as my mind began to wander to thoughts of drinking games, etc.) I began to wonder whose voice would be more shiver-inducing: Jaenelle's or Bill Compton's? His cold, dark voice is quite a ...more
Jun 19, 2014 valee rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It hurts to rate a book in this series with 4 stars, but the author didn't give me a chance to do otherwise...

While the second half of the book and its ending were amazing and everything I wanted, the beginning was just too slow. I hate to have main characters in a series which don't get an appearance, and in this book one was invisible half the book and the other one never had the possibility of saying more thant 2 words. THIS ANNOYED ME BIG TIME.

Another thing that did not work for me was the y
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
May 15, 2009 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favourite, 2007
Jaenelle, the living embodiment of magic, the prophesied Witch, is a young girl of twelve tormented by the horrors she endured at the hands of her relatives - from which Daemon Sadi rescued her. Her physical wounds are healing, but mentally she may never recover.

As she rests in the home of the High Lord of Hell, she learns trust and love and befriends other creatures - who come to her for help as their realm is invaded, their land taken from them. She will never be alone though, with Daemon and
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Here is what Goodreads says about Heir to Shadows:

Enough time has passed for the young girl Jaenelle, heir to the magical Darkness. Her physical wounds have heal, ed while amnesia keeps her frightening memories at bay. But with Saetan--a Black-Jewelled Warlord Prince and Jaenelle's foster-father--to protect her, she will continue to grow. Her magic will mature. Her memories will return. And Jaenelle will face her destiny when she remembers Daemon, Saetan's son, who made the ultimate sacrifice fo
Tami (synchro from BL)
So this is a bit like "The empire strikes back".

...the episode nobody likes. (I am exaggerating, but know what I mean)

This books is not exactly boring. But it has too much of the same, too much repetition, too much text for not enough happening.

I didn't like the "Daemon is rotting in madness, but we have better stuff to do" theme. Also the sloooooow healing of Jaenelle's emotional hurts were not that interesting. Really not.

And what really really gets on my nerves? How imcompetent t
Jul 24, 2014 Bibliotropic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Full review here:

Heir to the Shadows turned my opinion of this series from “okay but I may or may not continue with it” to “I really want to finish this trilogy and read the other side novels and short stories.” Aside from occasionally irritating repetition in the text (but hey, everything has its price), the writing has improved noticeably between the first book and the second, the characters have had ample room to grow and develop, and the book’s stor
Jillian Ashe
Feb 23, 2015 Jillian Ashe rated it it was amazing
It was a rainy Sunday so I spent literally all day reading. This book is probably my favorite out of the series. I love Jaenelle and Lucivar's relationship. I love how she comes into her power, and really shows the bad guys what she's made of.

The darkness and mystery, and how beautiful the story is always pulls me in and refuses to let me go on with my life. I'm now having to do homework before I can read the third book and I'm kind of desperate to get to it. If you like Dark Fantasy, you will a
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Daemon! OH Daemon! How could this happen? I don't care what anyone else says, Daemon is my favourite of the line. Yes, okay, his father Saetan is very sexy and his brother Lucivar is hot. Still, in this second story, I felt sorry for all the SaDiablo members. I did like reading about Jaenelle growing up. Her time with Lucivar brings a smile to my face. All these blood coming together for a time when Witch will make people pay, it's pretty heady. At times, I find this story to be young adult and ...more
Shannon C.
Jun 21, 2015 Shannon C. rated it really liked it
Dark, gritty fantasy series with appealing characters and original world building. I liked this book, but didn't like one of the main parts of the storyline. Daemon was one of my fav characters from the first book and the story was often told from his perspective. I really missed his absense in book two. What would have been a great book was only good without this key character having a leading role. I understand he comes back with a lead role in book three so I'll keep reading.
Mar 07, 2009 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book more than the first but I still have issues with the novel. Bishop includes so many characters in her books that she seems to lose track of them. For instance, the sister the main character cared so dearly about in the first book isn't even mentioned in the second book. It's just a point of annoyance. The story is still interesting even if the telling is sometimes lacking.
Tangled N Books
Jun 20, 2016 Tangled N Books rated it really liked it

The healing took a long time to happen. I didn't enjoy the start of the book. The rest of it was Daemon-less. However it jumped from age 14-20 so it was rather interesting. And watching her establish her court was very satisfying. Haha unicorn
Aly is so frigging bored
Jul 22, 2014 Aly is so frigging bored rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Buddy read with Sarah
It wasn't as violent and bloody as the 1st book, but it doesn't say much :)) I'm so curious to read book 3!
Mar 09, 2016 Diana rated it it was amazing
The first five star read of the year!
Miranda Honfleur
Aug 18, 2016 Miranda Honfleur rated it really liked it

I had mixed feelings about this one - part Disney princess tale, part teenage wish fulfillment, and part gripping dark fantasy. Readers will find the content still dark, but not nearly as dark as Daughter of the Blood (#1). Heir to the Shadows takes us through Jaenelle's recovery after the events of book one, from age 12 to 20, in Saetan's care. And this is largely Saetan's book, which is a minus, and I'll explain why.

After an explosive early chapter, Saetan is largely a paper tiger - a
Apr 30, 2009 Katie(babs) rated it it was amazing
The second book, Heir to the Shadows, is a very, very different book from the first in the series. Daughter of Blood was so graphic in its telling. It was truly an uncomfortable read. But Heir to the Shadows is a bit more calm and hopeful. Hopeful in the sense that even thought certain characters are still separated from one another (Daemon and Jaenelle) and their enemies are still free and planning to destroy them, Anne gives her readers hope that when all is said and done, there will be peace ...more
Mar 08, 2011 Leontine rated it it was amazing
After the excruciating ending of Daughter Of Blood Jaenelle needs to piece back her crystal chalice and this takes time...a long time. While she tries so hard there are three men fighting for her, Saetan who unmercifully demands the Guardianship of Jaenelle before the Dark Council. She is after all the daughter of his soul. Lucivar who holds evidence of Jaenelle's torment and howls his pain to the winds and then there's Daemon. What he did for Jaenelle demanded a price and he's barely holding on ...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 bestseller 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)
  • Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels #1)
  • 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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