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Heir to the Shadows (The Black Jewels #2)

4.35 of 5 stars 4.35  ·  rating details  ·  15,887 ratings  ·  398 reviews
Enough time has passed for the young girl Jaenelle, heir to the magical Darkness. Her physical wounds have healed 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 wh ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 518 pages
Published 2003 by Voyager (first published January 1st 1999)
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Stephen
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
Collette
Aug 13, 2008 Collette rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tom
*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
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Zeek
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
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
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
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Felicia
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
Mariana
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
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Sarah
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
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ClassicMaiden
"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 when she remembers Daemon, Saetan's son, who made the ultimate sacrifice for her love...."

My Thoughts:

(Please don't read th
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Jillian Ashe
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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Jenny
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 noticin ...more
gigi pryce
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
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Janine
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
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
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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Aiyana
Even more vicious, clever, and disturbing than the first novel. This book takes a lighter tone overall (though all the TRIGGER WARNINGS from the first one-- rape, child abuse, torture-- still apply). I have read this book over more times than I can count, and I still laugh, gasp, and fist-pump at the same spots as always. My favorite character from the first one barely made an appearance, sadly, but I have a new favorite now, and I won't name her; I'll just say "kiss, kiss" and smile wickedly... ...more
Bibliotropic
(Full review here: http://bibliotropic.net/2014/07/24/he...)

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
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Liz Wilkins
Publication Date: Available now from Jo Fletcher.

Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy.

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.

Well the first book i
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Shannon C.
Dark, gritty fantasy series with appealing characters and highly 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!
Kara-karina
I am happy to say, that Heir to The Shadows is a much much easier book to stomach than Daughter of The Blood.

Away from the horrors of her childhood, hidden in a different realm, Jaenelle recovers from abuse and deep trauma, and slowly becomes a formidable young witch. Her memory comes back to her in parts, and Saetan does not push her to remember everything quickly which is why she doesn't remember Daemon - her friend and future consort straight away.

In the meantime, Saetan and Jaenelle are batt
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Aly is so frigging bored
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!
Kira
2 1/2 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 pla
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valee
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
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Claudia
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
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Leontine
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
Melissa
Bishop keeps the trilogy alive with this second book. The continuing story of Jenelle is moving and emotional. The battles, though not spectacular, and the physical enemies, though week, are not the point of this book. It is the inner psychological battle of the young witch, where she is her only formidable enemy. This series continues to impress me. I love the rich culture of the world created by Bishop. I'm fascinated by what goes on in each of the Realms and how they've changed yet still echo ...more
Phoenixfalls
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 i ...more
Mary Davis
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Katie(babs)
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
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
The synopsis for Heir to the Shadows was very promising but unfortunately this story did not meet my expectations. It was very slow-paced and I was under the impression that the story between Jaenelle and Daemon would somewhat dominate in the sequel. I was disappointed to discover that they do not actually meet again. She briefly touches his mind but he plays a small role in the actual story. I also am beginning to have a difficult time with Bishop's male characters becoming so dramatic every ti ...more
Donna  Happy Booker
I absolutely love this series. At times, it can be a bit confusing when the author jumps years ahead in time without warning and some of the subject matter can be quite graphic and disturbing and certainly meant for adults, not YA readers. Overall, this is quickly becoming one of my favorite fantasy series, the characters draw you in and you become emotionally invested in them and the things they go through and you celebrate with them as well as cry with them. I guess some Christians MAY feel un ...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.

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)
Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels #1) Queen of the Darkness (The Black Jewels, #3) Written in Red (The Others, #1) Murder of Crows (The Others, #2) Dreams Made Flesh (The Black Jewels, #5)

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