Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Queen of the Darkness (The Black Jewels, #3)” as Want to Read:
Queen of the Darkness (The Black Jewels, #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Queen of the Darkness (The Black Jewels #3)

4.37  ·  Rating Details ·  20,001 Ratings  ·  461 Reviews
It began with the mystery of Daughter of the Blood. It continued with the magic of Heir to the Shadows. Now, the stunning conclusion to The Black Jewels Trilogy. "Darkly mesmerizing...fascinatingly different...worth checking out." --Locus
Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Roc
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Queen of the Darkness, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Queen of the Darkness

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
This is by far one of the most emotional stories I've ever read; I'm not sure my heart has ever ached quite this much while reading or if I've ever cried like this because of a novel.

Such a good and painful read. And a truly wonderful series that's so very worth reading.

I need a moment to breathe now.

"Someone began screaming.
A scream full of panic, rage, denial, pain.
It wasn't until Lucivar and Saetan grabbed him and held him back that he realized the person who was screaming was himself."
Oct 31, 2010 Marcie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars: I am completely baffled by why these books get such rave reviews. I have to admit there is *something* compelling about the world and characters that Anne Bishop weaves together, though I don't know that I'll ever quite be able to put my finger on what that something is.

The majority of the writing is melodramatic, unimaginative, and contrived. I don't know if it has steadily gotten worse since the first book or if I was just more charitable when I started out. I was already growing ti
Jun 18, 2012 Felicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vaginal-fantasy
OK! Trilogy done, really satisfying! Def one of my favorite female-centered thick-tomed fantasy series. I really enjoyed the growth of the main character in this book, and the agony and tension between the main character and the love interest was a point (see below)

I had a FEW quibbles along the way, namely:
-Why, if everyone is SO UBER with magic and detection was the spy allowed to stay in the house to try to kidnap her sister? Why did she let her family stay so long AT ALL?
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Feb 25, 2016 Carmel (Rabid Reads) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
4.5 Stars - Full review to follow.
Jen (Red Hot Books)
I thought for sure that this installment would be the book that launched this series into the stratosphere of epic-awesomeness where my book friends would rank it. Alas, I am doomed to be the odd man out here. I can definitively say I do not love this series. There were things I liked, characters I cared about. But whatever it is that makes other reviewers swoon, simply escapes me.

This is the book where Daemon and Janelle finally come together. It’s still not easy. It takes years and their reuni
n Book 3 of the Black Jewels Trilogy, The two evil Witches who have wreaked so much havoc in all their lives, Hekatah and Dorthea, continue their scheming to bring down Janelle, the once and future Queen of the Blood, and her kingdom.

Daemon has returned and is finally united with Janelle, as well as his brother Lucivar and all the powerful friends she's made along the way- including the magical creatures who only bow to her.

The book ends with one climatic battle, fought mostly in the psychic rea
Aly is so frigging bored
Feb 03, 2015 Aly is so frigging bored rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Buddy read with Sarah
Jul 26, 2014 Ursula rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have nothing against guilty pleasures, or the r-rated themes, but there was no pleasure anywhere unfortunately. The characters are as flat as pancakes. There's no action. Why does anyone fall in love with each other? Who knows! They just do! Even when the heroes throw out ways to stop the upcoming war the heroine/author retorts that the war will be kept fighting by the enemy because - there is no reason. Just because! Because it was started! The two main villains plan about 5 evil schemes and ...more
This concluding novel of the Black Jewels trilogy is the strongest of the bunch. Bishop manages to keep all of her male leads on screen this time, and all the character-building that went on in the previous two books means that I cared about what happened to them all from the start. The world-building is still the weakest aspect of these books (though I finally got, in this third volume, that the only access from Terreille to Kaeleer and vice versa is through portals, so there's very little comm ...more
Pandem Buckner
Feb 29, 2008 Pandem Buckner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Pandem by: Eviastarroy
Shelves: romance, fiction, fantasy
"The Realm of Terreille will be torn apart by its own foolish greed. Those who survive will serve, but few will survive."

So said the mad seer Tersa in the prologue in the first book of this trilogy, Daughter of the Blood, and this is when it finally happens.

Everything changes, everything gets torn apart in this book. It's heartbreaking, exciting, saddening, exhilarating, hilarious, agonizing, and breathtaking. . .it's, to use the term, a true thrill ride. It's an awesome, incredible book, and I
Buddy read with Aly

I have been absolutely addicted to Anne Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy ever since I discovered Daughter of the Blood and after the huge changes at the end of Heir to the Shadows I couldn't wait to start Queen of the Darkness. This book was everything I'd hoped it would be and then some and I didn't want to put it down for a second. I can't believe how much I've come to love these characters and I'm was so incredibly invested in their stories that I desperately needed to know wh
Jun 24, 2014 Paige rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jan 04, 2014 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
*Edit 1/4/14 * Man I can't believe I didn't do a review for this one! I came on expecting to just add my thoughts and *DOH* no review. Well let me just say. I first read this series in Sept of 2013 and was rereading by Dec 2013. I have reread a couple series but this is the first that I read every single word and savored them! I'm already looking forward for another 6 months to go by because I will spin my web and try and suck another friend or 2 into the series so I can reread AGAIN! Absolutely ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
May 15, 2009 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2007
Now a young woman, Jaenelle Angelline reigns as Queen of Ebon Askavi, but as isolated as she remains she still needs the help of her friends, her surrogate family, her protectors. Daemon, her promised Consort, will sacrifice himself if it means keeping Jaenelle from annihilation as she works her powerful magic to restore balance to the land.

I've already talked about character development and gushed about how much I love these books, so I'll just say a few words more.

I did see a few things that
May 12, 2009 Katie(babs) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Queen of the Darkness, the third and final book in Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels Trilogy is comparable to that of the movie, Return of the Jedi. I can’t help but compare this series to the original Star Wars Trilogy. With Queen of the Darkness you know it will be an explosive accumulation of everything that happened in the past two books.

Queen of the Darkness is where Jaenelle has come into her own and is now a very powerful queen in her own right. With all this responsibility placed on her shoulde
Jul 22, 2010 Teghan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
An excellent conclusion to a really weird series.

I read all three books in about 3 weeks, they were that well written and that well paced. Anne Bishop dares you to stop reading.

I still can't decide whether I liked these books or not. They were very out of my element and a lot of the themes distresses me greatly. However they were a great way to kill a few weeks at a boring summer job.

The end was a tad anti-climactic I felt, but the build up to it was nail-bittingly exciting.

Upon finishing the
Jan 07, 2016 Annathelle26 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
Finally. with this book, we reach the conclusion of this series.
As the two previous books had effectively prepared the readers, in the end of this story, everything falls apart in a rising, thrilling climax. I had big expectations of the final confrontation, and I felt that the book didn't disappoint. The darkness and chaos of Tersa's prophesies is finally revealed to the reader.
I certainly expected there to be losses; it is something that happens most times in fantasy literature and adds reali
Sep 07, 2016 Darkphoenix rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Black Jewels Trilogy was every bit as frustrating and exasperating as it was amazing. I am going to refer to it as a trilogy because, for the most part, this will be a review for all of the three books in the series. I read Written in Blood by Anne Bishop and liked it enough that I wanted to read other books she had written. That Daughter of the Blood was her debut novel is truly astounding for the sheer scale of the world she had built and the richness of the characters who inhabited it.

This is 4 stars because I really liked it, not because it's really good. This series is basically totally bananas and ridiculous. It's also very engaging, and I have come to really like the main characters and their relationships with each other.

That said, I am SO GLAD this book didn't end on a cliffhanger, as I feel I've gotten a sense of closure and don't need to continue with the series. I get so sucked into the books as I'm reading them, but there are so many other (better written) books ou
Tangled N Books
Jun 24, 2016 Tangled N Books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What's great about this series is the anticipation. Each book is set up where you're looking forward to something. This book is mostly told through Daemon and Surreal's perspective. Whereas last book focused on Janelle and Lucivar (her adolescent years and her kinship with Lucivar). This story centers on Janelle and Daemon finding their love again. Years tore them apart and they learn how to be with each other after so much has separated them. I never expected Daemon to break that much. It
I really liked this conclusion to the trilogy but I felt the ending was way too rushed and also to open. The info dump and skipping of some pages was present here once again this being my one complaint except for the open ending. The other books doesn't seem to actually be a continuation of the triology. More like prequels and short stories to what happened between books and years. Also some short story about what happened after this book. But no real sequel which disappointed me. I thought it s ...more
Jul 13, 2009 Tracey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone that loves a good fantasy
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I just loved this trilogy, but I would say that Daughter of the Blood is the best one!!!
Adam Smith
After eight long years lost in the madness of the Twisted Kingdom, Daemon Sadi has finally been reunited with the queen he has yearned for all his life, but just when it seems like they will be able to build a new life for themselves dark murmurs force them to face the past they left behind. War is coming. A war that may mean the utter destruction of the Blood. A war that only Witch at the height of her power will be able to stop. But is it worth the price they will have to pay?

Book 3 of the Bla
Aug 19, 2014 Bibliotropic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Full review here:

When I get right down to it, I have to confess that my initial opinions of this series were a touch unfair. Where I thought things were poorly done, there was often a reason and a reveal later on. The writing improves dramatically as the books go on, and in Queen of the Darkness, the repetition that bothered me so much in the previous two books is far less common. Seeing Jaenelle develop from a frightened and abused young girl to a power
Poor Daemon, surrounded by assholes on all sides.
Lots of action and emotional upheaval is good, but in what will probably be known as Bishop-style, too much shit is shoved into one little book, which makes for a confusing and disjointed read. This could easily have been 2 books and would have been much more enjoyable. I really loved the love story between Janelle and Daemon. Thank God for Surreal, amiright? But, and this is a BIG but, after the climax, it feels thrown together and hastily tied
So it's supposed to be this whole feminist role-reversal thing, but doesn't commit to it as well as Ruins of Ambrai does. Names are patrilineal, and the whole men-protecting-women thing seems less feminist and more "oh those poor women, we must be strong and such because they are so weak lala it's the Victorian age all over again". Which slightly pisses me off. So it doesn't go into my "feminist" shelf. Or should it? To mark that it tried?

But besides that, it reads fast (and the parts that don't
Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru

Jaenelle Angelline now reigns as Queen-protector of the Shadow Realm. No longer will the corrupt Blood slaughter her people and defile her lands. But where one chapter ends, a final, unseen battle remains to be written, and Jaenelle must unleash the terrible power that is Witch to destroy her enemies once and for all.

Even so, she cannot stand alone. Somewhere, long lost in madness, is Daemon, her promised Consort. Only his unyielding love can complete her Court and secure her reign. Yet
Barb Lie
Nov 13, 2011 Barb Lie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites

“Queen of the Darkness” is the 3rd book in Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels trilogy. After I finished this book, I was totally hyped and couldn’t come down fast enough from an emotional read. Not since Sword of Truth, has a series affected me so much. If you have read my previous two reviews, you already know how I feel about the Black Jewels series. The first book was the darkest, but you became hooked pretty fast, and recognize that Anne Bishop has created a world like non other, and her imagination
Mar 21, 2013 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I finished the Black Jewels Trilogy. I enjoyed the neat tying up of loose ends at the conclusion for the most part, though considering the detail the author put into other scenes in the book, you would think the, for lack of a better term, "sexy times" when the characters FINALLY hook up would be a bit more detailed. It was tactfully done (or *cough* avoided) as far as that goes. I guess my one beef with the end of the book, and really the series, would be the strangely incompetent arch villa ...more
Sep 13, 2012 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Honestly the last of the black jewels trilogy was the BEST ONE. It had Jaenelle asserting and coming to terms with her powers, both Lucivar and Daemon together (YES!), and some witty dialogues that made me chuckle. The sexual tension was there but it remained pleasant and not as vulgar and disgusting as the rapes and abuses in the first novel (i was shocked, really). We finally got to enjoy the whole SaDiablo family reunited and continued to DETEST those two bitches (sincerely) who just can't le ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
  • Kushiel's Avatar (Phèdre's Trilogy #3)
  • Lady of Light and Shadows (Tairen Soul, #2)
  • The Skull of the World (The Witches of Eileanan, #5)
  • Cast In Secret (Chronicles of Elantra #3)
  • Restoration (Rai-Kirah, #3)
  • The Oracle's Queen (The Tamír Triad, #3)
  • The Misted Cliffs (Lost Continent, #2)
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)

More about Anne Bishop...

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)
  • 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)

Share This Book

“When a man wears his pants that tight, they tend to pinch his balls, and that tends to pinch his temper.” 72 likes
“Not fault of teaching spider if little spider pay more attention to catching fly than doing lesson.” 36 likes
More quotes…