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Shalador's Lady (The Black Jewels #8)

4.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,173 Ratings  ·  230 Reviews
View our feature on Anne Bishop’s Shalador's Lady.Return to the "intense...erotic...and imaginative" (Nancy Kress) world of the national bestselling Black Jewels novels in this sequel to The Shadow Queen.

For years the Shalador people suffered the cruelties of the corrupt Queens who ruled them, forbidding their traditions, punishing those who dared show defiance, and forc
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Hardcover, 476 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Roc (first published March 1st 2010)
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M—
Dec 08, 2009 M— rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
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Wealhtheow
Aug 09, 2011 Wealhtheow rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one! save yourselves!
Shelves: fantasy
Plain, non-aristo Cassidy was given one year to restore Dena Nehele, a Territory that had been ruled by twisted Queens for centuries. Their reign of terror is finally at an end, but the scars remain, on the land and on the people. In The Shadow Queen, she created a Court to help her rule and began the hard road to recovering Dena Nehele.

Just as her Court is settling down to work at demonstrating that they intend to restore honor and fair dealing to the Territory, Cassidy's old nemesis returns. K
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Sonya
Mar 10, 2010 Sonya rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2010
After being disappointed with Tangled Webs, I had given up on new Black Jewels’ stories. I went back to the series because Nalini Singh raved about the latest book, Shalador’s Lady, in her blog.

So, now I’m caught up again and I’m glad. This book had an engaging story with new lead characters as well as brief updates on old friends. This formula works for me, hopefully Anne Bishop will continue the series in this manner.

Caroline
Apr 13, 2010 Caroline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2010
I'm such a massive sucker for Anne Bishop's Black Jewels series. She has yet to produce one that doesn't make me want to devour it all in one sitting, and it always takes a lot of effort for me to force myself to spend a few days enjoying the newness of the most recent addition to the series. This follow-up story about Cassidy's Court in Dena Nehele is no exception, and I was extra-intrigued with the addition of her old rival from her very first Court, Kermilla.

This isn't full of quite as much d
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Ithlilian
Jan 12, 2011 Ithlilian rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I really don't want to bash this book because I really do love Anne Bishop's writing. Some things in this plot didn't work well for me, but I still enjoyed the novel nonetheless. The story is mostly comprised of Cassidy running the country, setting up shops, growing plants, and maintaining her court. Bishop does a great job of making the mundane details of everyday life seem interesting, and having them told by compelling characters doesn't hurt. Unfortunately, the novel is largely details, and ...more
Chrissy Wissler
Mar 08, 2010 Chrissy Wissler rated it it was amazing
"Shalador's Lady" is Anne Bishop's 8th book in her Black Jewels series, is actually the direct sequel to her 7th book, "The Shadow Queen." Cassidy has done quite well for herself, despite all the setbacks and challenges from "The Shadow Queen." In this new book, however, she comes face-to-face with her past and her greatest failure, losing her court and lands to a younger, prettier (and spoiled) Queen, Lady Kermilla.

Out of all Bishop's books, this is the 'lightest' one. In general, her books ar
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Beaulah Pragg
Apr 19, 2012 Beaulah Pragg rated it really liked it
Sequel to The Shadow Queen, Shalador's Lady follows the lives of the males loyal to the rose-jewelled Queen Cassidy (and some of those plotting against her). If you have never read Anne Bishop before, this is not the best place to start as it definitely assumes a familiarity with her world and the events of previous books. If you are interested in a dark magic / romance type story, definitely check out the original Black Jewels trilogy.

I am glad Anne Bishop wrote this sequel to The Shadow Queen,
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Jenni
Sep 03, 2009 Jenni marked it as to-read
Shut up!!! I can't wait until next year!! Early release! Early Release! EARLY RELEASE!!!
Rachel
Dec 22, 2010 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jun 14, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Bishop's Dark Jewels Books
If you haven't read another novel in Bishop's Dark Jewels universe, this wouldn't be where I'd start. Go read the opening trilogy in the series first, which starts with Daughter of the Blood, since this novel would act as a spoiler, and those are the strongest novels in the series. You'd also want to read The Shadow Queen before reading this novel, since Shalador's Lady is the sequel, and I think you'd be lost without reading it. (The Invisible Ring, which is set a few hundred years before, also ...more
Samantha
Jun 10, 2010 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Well, Anne Bishop has done it again. Another delightful tale of the Blood that's completely engaging and hard to put down, seasoned generously with the heart and wit that make these books so charming. This tome follows the tale of Cassidy, who we met in 'The Shadow Queen,' as she contines to try and rule her demense. Alas, all is not well within her court, and even as she continues to improve the land, she is betrayed from within. Will she falter, or find the strength to overcome the opposition? ...more
Hobbes
Mar 18, 2013 Hobbes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A continuation of The Shadow Queen, Cassidy ruling Dena Nehele in Terreille, trying to restore the Old Ways of the Blood and heal a land torn by war and abuse. Theran continues to hobble Cassidy's efforts at restoring Dena Nehele. He has his own ideas about what, and who, is important and Cassidy treating the Shalador people like equals, deserving of what she can give them same as the others, bothers him. He views it has another way Cassidy is a disappointment to his people. Except that he conti ...more
Laura
May 22, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, beach-read
Right off the bat, you ought to know I'm biased. I love, love, love Anne Bishop's Black Jewel's universe. The love affair began way back. I was making my usual preparations for the onset of a cold: grocery shopping for canned soups and jello and visiting the local bookstore for something light to read, fantasy, while I was bedbound. I wanted something new by an author I hadn't read before. And there she was: Anne Bishop. She had a whole trilogy ready for the reading. I took them home with a few ...more
Theresa
Aug 01, 2011 Theresa rated it it was ok
Over ten years ago Anne Bishop's first entry in the Black Jewels trilogy was released and many readers were captivated by her rich fantasy that cast Saetan, the High Lord of Hell, as a heroic character. But time has mellowed Bishop's characters and Shalador's Lady, the eighth book in Bishop's Black Jewels series, reads more like a Harlequin Romance than a dark fantasy.

The Black Jewels series is based on a unique mythology that uses familiar names from The Bible-- though they are given their own
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Rusty
Oct 18, 2012 Rusty rated it really liked it
The gentle compassion of Lady Cassidy may be her downfall or success as queen. All is well with her reign until Lady Kermilla comes to visit and Theran falls in love with her. When she prepares to abandon her reign the men who serve in her first circle her, except for Theran, band together to convince her to stay and fight. Her history with Lady Kermilla haunts her dreams and bleeds her confidence. Lady Kermilla had stolen her first appointment and reigns in her place. She is self-centered, self ...more
Aurian Booklover
Feb 03, 2014 Aurian Booklover rated it it was amazing
Lady Cassidy is visiting some of her people for the first time, and she is very nervous about it. The Shalador people have had the worst of it all, and they really need her the most. Their whole culture was outlawed by the previous Queens, and they were bound to live on Reservations that kept getting smaller and smaller. But some of their Queens and Priestesses have survived in the deepest secret, and it is not easy for them to trust a new and foreign Queen. So much of the old ways have been for ...more
Grete
Mar 26, 2014 Grete rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, kindle
(Originally Read 26th April 2010)

In Dena Nehele, Theran Grayhaven continues to struggle as First Escort to Cassidy, the Rose Jewelled Queen. Only able to see her shortcomings he clashes with the rest of the court, unable to see what they see or experience the bond that called them to serve in the first place. When an unexpected and unwelcome visitor turns up at Grayhaven, Theran is startled to find he has that bond with her and believes he has found the Queen meant to rule, instead of Cassidy. C
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Favorite Quote: “It is better to break you own heart then to break your honor.”

Shalador's Lady by Anne Bishop is the 8th book in her Black Jewels series. It is also the sequel to her 7th book, The Shadow Queen. I adore the Black Jewels series. A deliciously dark and traumatic series that celebrates the triumph of evil. Unequivocal world building sustained by dramatic and inspiring characters has gained this series it’s own keeper shelf
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I love this series. This new book by Ms. Bishop was eagerly anticipated and delivered for me. I am moved because Ms. Bishop's writing voice is so clear. I feel as if I'm right there in the Realm with them. I felt so sad for Cassie. She's such an amazing person and yet she's discounted by a guy who is just an asshole. There is no other word for it. He's a disgrace. Theran is blinded by rank and power than intent. This is a problem for me. If everyone in the realm was still educated in the old way ...more
Jen
Sep 28, 2014 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: anne-bishop
The ran is still a dick that can't accept Cassidy as queen, so with the help of the other 11 members of the First Circle and Gray, Cassidy moves her court to Shalador. Getting more and more comfortable with the man he should have been, Gray sets out to learn everything he can about being the First Escort, knowing that Theran is going to break the court at the end of Cassidy's year of commitment. Theran has bonded with Kermilla, the young queen who broke Cassidy's first court and no matter what s ...more
Kara-karina
Nov 02, 2014 Kara-karina rated it it was amazing
Shalador's Lady continues with Lady Cassidy's story which is why I had to review both books together. It also ends it very nicely! Cassidy and her loyal Warriors move the court from Grayhaven to Shalador after Theron refuses to throw his guest out of the manor, and steadily the surrounding lands start to prosper. Soon the whole of Dena Nehele is looking up to Lady's Cassidy and wants to be under her rule while Theron's stupidity is slowly driving everyone away from him and out of his city.

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Ruman
Not that I didn't love The Shadow Queen or Shalador's Lady, but I feel like it really dragged on. These two novels revolve around Lady Cassidy, a 31 year old woman, who is frankly, not very attractive. The men of Dena Nehele, the territory where she rules, are disappointed just by looking at her face. And technically, Shalador's Lady is just about Lady Cassidy going against another Queen who took Cassidy's last court with her attractiveness - It's basically a showdown. It was a good read, but no ...more
mlady_rebecca
There are some books you grab the moment you see they are out, others sit on the shelf and stare at you awhile. Anne Bishop's books always sit and stare at me awhile. I'm not why, because I've loved every one I've read. Maybe it's because they're a bit deeper and you feel like you're diving in the deep end of the pool.

Loved this newest edition to the Black Jewels series. The main focus is on Cassidy, who is still trying to grow into being a queen, but there are plenty of visits with Jaenelle, Da
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Juliana
May 16, 2010 Juliana rated it it was ok
Shelves: sff, fantasy
Why do I keep reading these? In case you were wondering, the protagonist is still So Misunderstood and thinks Everyone Will Hate Her despite All Evidence to the Contrary (okay, many of us occasionally suffer from this one, so props for the relevant Mary Sue, Ann Bishop; you make me glad I don't have to try to prevent a war while dealing with these pesky self esteem issues). Gender essentialism is still rampant. Everyone is still bizarrely dense, in that they do not immediately recognize and put ...more
Cait
May 16, 2014 Cait rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Alison
Jan 08, 2016 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am in a state of awe! This is quite simply an amazing story, and now I understand why the Black Jewels series has been raved about. I laughed, I cried, I gasped out loud... just sensational writing of a wonderful story.

Shalador’s Lady is actually the fourth in the series, but was my introduction and is pretty much a standalone novel. Although I get the impression that having read the previous novels would add value to some of the back story that I have probably missed, I had no problems workin
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Heather
Mar 27, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love Shalador’s Lady. The characters are, as always in Anne Bishop books, terribly fun. She has created a world with built-in reasons for people to be high-tempered, dangerous, and larger than life, and she wields that milieu with style. I enjoy Cassidy as a character. For a brief time I felt a little frustrated with her inability to see past what happened with her last court to the loyal court she has now, but to be honest she has been sufficiently scarred by her past experiences t ...more
Gardavson
Aug 20, 2012 Gardavson rated it it was amazing
I love, love, love, this series. Absolutely awesome. I'm a sucker for every one of the characters. I am ready to pack up and leave for Kaeleer. (Provided I'm a Blood Queen, of course) But, poor Jeanelle, how terrible she would feel when Sadi left her for me. I don't think I could do that to her. Oh, who am I kidding, I'd do it in a heartbeat.

Anyway, this is the continuation of Cassidy's story. A nice conclusion. I really liked it. I liked how things turned out. LOVE
Rosalind M
Mar 04, 2010 Rosalind M rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed seeing the continuing development of the characters and relationships from the Black Jewels series. However, there is a lot of unnecessary repetition that could have been left out without harming the pace and flow of the book. Characters repeat exactly the same words to each other and restate what someone has already told them to someone else or to themselves. It would have been a more enjoyable read with a little more editing-out of the repetitive bits.
Sarah
Oct 24, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
This book was not terribly fantastic. I picked it up on the $3.00 table at a bargain book store.

Why does it get 3 stars? Clever talking guard dogs. I love dogs, and a book which has neurotic talking dogs as a major part of the dialogue automatically gets a bonus two stars in my book.

Picked it up for the bargain, stayed for the dogs.
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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.

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Other Books in the Series

The Black Jewels (9 books)
  • Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels #1)
  • Heir to the Shadows (The Black Jewels, #2)
  • 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)
  • Twilight's Dawn (The Black Jewels, #9)

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