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Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels #6)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  7,536 ratings  ·  216 reviews
"Fern and Colin Radcliffe were to have a conventional marriage. But after a shocking wedding night, Fern strikes out at her new husband in a fit of passionate independence-and awakens a craving in both husband and wife to cast off society's rules and mores. They spend their honeymoon alone at Colin's isolated estate- exploring a world of pain, pleasure, and power. But thei...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by Roc
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Ashley
May 01, 2008 Ashley rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the Black Jewels Trilogy
Shelves: fantasy, not-my-copy
This book is a kind-of-but-not-really sequel to the trilogy in that it takes place after it, and I don't recommend reading it unless you've read the Black Jewels Trilogy. Obviously, it's not set on such an epic scale. The "plot" itself sounds rather silly: Surreal and her escort get trapped in a deadly(!) "spooky house" that was set up by a pompous writer who wants to get revenge on the SaDiablo family, and so, of course, Daemon and Lucivar have to do their "Evil Twin* Powers! Activate!" routine...more
Dangermousie
This book will likely make little sense to anyone who hasn't read and loved the Black Jewels Trilogy but to someone, like me, who was obsessed with those books, this is a delicious treat.

Tbh, I view all the books Bishop wrote in the Jewels world after the Trilogy ended as the best kind of fanfiction - glimpses into the life of characters I feel too attached to part with even if I pick and choose what to insert into 'my' canon.

The plot is kinda slim - Surreal gets menaced by a creepy homicidal h...more
Yui
Unlike the previous books this one doesn't have a complicated plot. It was actually quite silly and very used. Some crazy man thinks too much of himself and his arrogance and sense of self superiority lead him to take unreasonable revenge to the most powerful family in all realm. If you've read the first trilogy (not necessary to enjoy this particular book) you'll actually sympathize with the villain since it's painfully obvious what would happen to him once his own game caught up with him. I ne...more
valee
I actually read this book thinking it was the 5th book in the series. I guess the fact that I never realized I had skipped a book without noticing, even after I was done, says a lot...THIS BOOK WAS REALLY BAD. While I adored the original trilogy, I felt like I wanted to tear every single page off. The plot was terrible, exactly like a Jigsaw movie but for all audiences, really depressing. No content at all, everything was terribly shallow and superficial. I just didn't care for anything that was...more
Jessica
Anything after The Black Jewels trilogy will seem completely inconsequential in comparison. After all, what's left to do after you've already killed all the bad guys and saved the world? This book serves as a sharp reminder that even though all the bad guys are gone, that doesn't necessarily mean there aren't still problems in society, ie. neglected orphans, subpar schools, random psycho weirdos.

The plot here was subpar, I felt. There's a line from Surreal in the beginning of the book:

She clappe...more
Karina
Anne Bishop's skill with words rivals her characters' skill with magic: she weaves beautifully compelling characters and stories that enchant the mind and leave you wanting more.

And as those of you who have read my other reviews know, I rarely rave this much about an author, but Anne Bishop is my favorite by far.

When I happened upon book one of the Black Jewels trilogy, which Tangled Webs is sort of a sequel to, I could not put it down, ran out to buy the next two the very next day, and read eve...more
Amanda
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Michelle
Bishop tells us right up front in this book that "the big battle has been won, the big tale has been told," and that this is just a day-in-the-life-of sort of story. which is to say 2 very obvious things: 1)don't start here, 2)it's nowhere near as good as the books that *did* tell the big story.

but you knew that, thanks to the handy disclaimer up front. you don't particularly mind though (those of us who loved those previous entries, anyway), since Bishop is absolutely *killer* at characterizat...more
Miss Ginny Tea
Blah. Surreal as a damsel in distress struggling to survive until The Men can come rescue her. Blah. Sure, she's stronger than the man with her, but he's gay, so it doesn't count. I'm all for exploring the awesome relationship between Saetan, Daemon, and Lucivar, but to kill 20 women and children to set up the premise and then recast Surreal as a (damaged) damsel in distress just sucks.

Gee, I wonder if Bishop's working on a book in which Surreal meets a strong warlord who thinks her past is awes...more
Tom
Even though it wasn't the most intense book of the series I still really liked it! I started this in September and got side tracked. I wish I would have finished it then because this is a great Halloween read and would be a great time to pimp this book to lovers of the series. Janelle and Marian want to start a haunted house and things start going reallly wrong. It was more like a social visit to the world for most of the book until Lucivar stepped up to show who was boss and then the intensity...more
Kaci
What a spectacular visit back to the world of the black jewels! Ms. Bishop's best work is without a doubt her Black Jewels series and this long await return does not disappoint.

Trapped in a web of danger created by Jarvis Jenkell, Surreal and Rainier try to escape, while guarding the children, they unknowingly brought into the web with them.

Forced to work from outside the web to rescue Surreal and Rainier, Lucifier, Daemon, and Janelle race against a mad man to save them.
Christina
Took me nearly 4 weeks to read this. It was interesting, but I couldn't help thinking the characters were a little OOC and that put me off. But I did enjoy it, at times it even sort of creeped me out :) Definitely not in league with the Black Jewels trilogy though.
Mary
More dark fantasy from Anne Bishop. I love the Black Jewels set. The main plot is about Surreal and Rainier trapped in a spooky house layered with Black Widow spells and dangerous killers. Jarvis Jenkell is a writer who set the whole thing up as a trap for Surreal, Daemon and Lucivar.

My favorite parts of the book are little glimpses into favorite characters from previous books. Daemon and Janelle at home. Lucivar and Marion at home. Lucivar with Deamonar his son. And Daemon and Lucivar interact...more
Helen Corcoran
Anne's Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy remains one of my fondest teen discoveries, despite the inherent flaws in the books. The spines are cracked, the covers worn--I often open one of the book at a random spot and start reading from there to the end. They're three of my comfort reads. I enjoyed The Invisible Ring a lot, and eagerly awaited the news books set in the same 'verse.

It went downhill from there, sadly. Bishop's new works set in the BJ universe clearly show how quickly she's had to write...more
LKM
This book was such a fun read!!

It contains most of the usual characters from the The Black Jewels Trilogy: Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows, Queen of the Darkness, and they're all being their usual fun-cool selves.

The story itself is more of 'a day in the life of' and the little troubles they encounter more than a big book with a big problem... but it's a lovely book nonetheless

If you already know/are familiar with (and love) the characters, and are familiar with the story as well, I'...more
Carien
This is the first book by Anne Bishop that I read after reading her short story 'Stands a God Within the Shadows' which I absolutely love!

I soon discovered this book is part of a series (The Black Jewels series) and it's not the first book in the series. And let me tell you: if you're going to read any book in the Black Jewels series I can advice you to start with the first book and work your way through the books in the right order. I'm telling you this as I reread this book after reading the o...more
Hobbes
After hearing how the non-blood of the races think the Blood live Jaenelle decides to make a spooky house for some fun and scares. Her family is horrified that Jaenelle could make light of their lives and display a grotesque parody of what the landens think, and fear, the Blood are like. But she wears them down, after all, it is all in good fun. Except some one is playing for real. Landry Langston was a landen writer who is liked in both landen and Blood communities. As his popularity amongst th...more
zjakkelien
I'm a bit disappointed. As much as I like the characters of the black jewel universe, in this book that just wasn't enough. In all honesty, the story was sort of lame. We have the three most powerful people in the realm, and they almost get defeated by a weasel. Really, the bad guy is a coward who is only just Blood. And the whole of it gets done in a spooky house. Which was not really interesting, it is a stupid setting to begin with, and after the first few (view spoiler)...more
Nanu
While i absolutely LOVE Bishop's Black Jewels series, Tangled Webs is definitely not one of the books I enjoy the most. I bought it on discount, just to complete my collection, and may have re-read it once...

Bishop created an amazing world full of interesting realms, cultures, creatures and people, that a sequel about a spooky house seems to be a let down from the possibilities that have been created for us.

While I understand "the story has been told" and anything now would be people rebuilding...more
Jennifer
I am loving it so far.
It may not be as intense and emotionally-involving as Bishop's Black Jewels Trilogy, but the gang's all here! the sentiment is the same! No odd deviations from what we expect in a sequel to one of our favorites!

I wish men treated me like that...

ETA:

Finished it this afternoon.
Could not put it down.

While not as involved, emotionally torturous and bonding as BJT, it still commands one's rapt attention, start to finish.
It also does not disappoint.

I think I even managed to sc...more
mlady_rebecca
Not my normal review format. Pulling the LJ entry I made for this, long before I joined Goodreads.

I finished Anne Bishop's "Tangled Webs" last night. So now I'm all caught up on that series. Good book, although not as exciting as the rest of the series. But hey, she warned us.

Dear Readers,

In the Realms of the Blood, the war has been fought, the battle has been won, and the epic tale has been told. But life goes on, so there are other challenges to face, smaller battles to be fought, and other s
...more
Artemisa
I love Daemon Sadi. I have a real crush on this character, and every time the other characters talk about the Sadist it scares the hibby jibbys of me.

This is the perfect time to read this book. The premiss of the book is that Jaenelle is setting up a "scary house" as fall entretainment.
Then someone highjacks the idea and Surreal and Rainier get struck inside a trap.
The ideia isn't new, and the book isn't even much of a mystery, we know who is behind the trap almost since the beginning, because w...more
Célia
Apesar de este livro ter saído no final do ano passado, só agora surgiu a oportunidade de o ler. Confesso que não ia com as expectativas muito elevadas para a leitura, mas fiquei agradavelmente surpreendida.

Este livro é um regresso da autora às personagens da trilogia, as quais já não reencontrava desde a leitura do Teias de Sonhos (apesar de n'O Anel Oculto, Daemon ter uma passagem pontual). Para mim, foi precisamente esse o ponto alto do livro, o reencontro com as personagens que me fizeram ap...more
Bookworms
It was a while since I read the last book in this series and at the beginning I had some problems to find my way back in the world of the Blood. But with the help of the author and the wonderful and detailed description of their world I remembered very fast all the character and their world. And well, I know again why I love this books. Agreed with a lot of others the new black jewel books aren't that good like the first three ones. But they are good, too in ther own way. Not that deadly and dar...more
Greymalkin
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Caroline Berg
This book disappointed me so much, that it is only fair that I explain why. Perhaps it is because I went into this book thinking, "Hey! Surreal is a main character! Perhaps NOW we will find out who she ends up with!" I had been waiting since the end of the original trilogy to find out who Surreal would be with. It was obvious even then that Fallonar wouldn't work out. And then in "Dreams Made Flesh" we still had no word of who was worthy of Surreal. So I thought, a book with her as a main charac...more
Kerry
So I didn't have to wait entirely for March 4th but waiting until the 1st was bad enough! I LOVE the new Black Jewels novel with the same incredible characters and the same spine-tinglingly dark flare. Every time I get my hands on one of these books its like catching up with an old friend. One of my favorite parts of this book was seeing that the characters still have issues they need to deal with. Of course, its not the end of the world like Bishop notes at the beginning of the story, the epic...more
Caroline
As someone who gobbled up the original Black Jewels Trilogy as it was published years ago, and have been following Anne Bishop's career ever since, I'm not sure why it took me so long to actually dive into this. I've had it sitting in a to-read pile for the last year, probably to some level worried I wouldn't enjoy it as much as the original trilogy.

It's not the same as the original trilogy, in that the plot is a whole lot simpler and less intense, but it's just as fun for me. What I loved about...more
Schnaucl
I enjoyed this book. It was nice to see another story in this series. I still have some issues with how the main trilogy ended but I could mostly put them aside in this book. Some of the gender stuff also bothered me, as it always has. (The women having to civilize the savage male).

It was great to read about Daemon and Lucivar again and I particularly loved the scenes when I really felt the brotherly affection between the two of them. Never was it more apparent (and believable) than the scene wh...more
Kim
Apr 20, 2008 Kim rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the Black Jewels trilogy
This is an enjoyable sequel to the Black Jewels trilogy, with a plot that reminded me of a fun but cheesy horror movie. When Surreal receives an invitation from Jaenelle Angelline to a spooky house, she and her escort Rainier reluctantly attend, but find themselves in a trap in which every use of Craft means one less means of escape. I adored the Black Jewels trilogy, despite Bishop's tendency to create cardboard villains and her somewhat troubling depiction of gender relations. The world-buildi...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.

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“I walked down to the village with five Sceltie puppies. I came back to the Hall with four.”
“And the fifth ?”
“By now, I’m sure Sylvia has convinced the little bitch to let go of Mikal’s trousers. And Mrs Beale promised to send her recipe for puppy biscuits to Sylvia’s cook.”
“Mrs Beale agreed to share a recipe,” Saetan said slowly.
“Mrs Beale agreed that I could pay for... I’m not sure what it is except that it’s something she wanted for the kitchen but couldn’t justify as a normal household expense.”
“And you agreed to fund this in exchange for a recipe ?”
Daemon stared at his father for a long moment before he muttered, “She sharpened the meat cleaver before coming to talk to me.”
One beat of silence. Two. Then Saetan burst out laughing.”
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He closed his eyes and promised himself that he would not whimper. “You all know ?”
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May the Darkness have mercy on me.
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