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Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop
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Aug 01, 11

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Read in March, 2011

Fast-paced and emotionally charged, the conclusion to the Black Jewels trilogy is a good read with a satisfying ending. Again, we see the Kindred featured at even greater length--and well deserving of the attention paid to them. The animalistic perspective seems to round things out in this more strategic-themed plotline.

On the down side, I tend to think that the writing was a bit bogged down in the overabundance of characters that had been introduced and accumulated leading up to this book--which thinned the development of most of the peripheral people who'd shown the promise of being interesting. Janelle's parents and grandmother play a part in the beginning of this book, but they continue to feel flat and their motivations seem unbelievably murky. As a result, they come across more like convenient plot devices than legitimate personalities.

Still, the book offered fitting closure on the Black Jewels world without closing the door on the possibility of it being revisited.
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