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Daughter of the Blood

(The Black Jewels #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  31,751 ratings  ·  1,979 reviews
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The Dark Kingdom is preparing itself for the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy--the arrival of a new Queen, a Witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself. But this new ruler is young, and very susceptible to influence and corruption; whoever controls her controls the Darkness. An
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 5th 2007 by Roc (first published March 1st 1998)
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Lexi If you are asking whether it is pornography with detailed sex scenes, I would agree with the other respondents that the answer is no. But I disagree…moreIf you are asking whether it is pornography with detailed sex scenes, I would agree with the other respondents that the answer is no. But I disagree that the serious sex scenes are brief or not graphic. The entire book is based on sexual power. There are scenes that describe to varying degrees: rape, prostitution, castration, murder during the course of sex, pedophilia, cannibalism (within a larger context of sexual abuse), using sexual pain to force obedience/as a form of control, etc. As another respondent mentioned, many abusers are "punished" in the series, but one of the main heroes does and has done many things that are sexually abusive himself. In the first book at least, he is not punished for those actions, which are justified in the context of the book, because he is being treated unjustly by the women he abuses and kills. So if, for example, you are asking because you are wondering if it is appropriate for kids, then I think the answer is "This book is not appropriate for kids, and may not be appropriate for teens depending on your beliefs as a parent."(less)
Chantal Horan Yes, these books are packed with action, hilarity and awesomeness. If you're a fan of intrigue and fantasy, this is the book for you.

You're worried…more
Yes, these books are packed with action, hilarity and awesomeness. If you're a fan of intrigue and fantasy, this is the book for you.

You're worried about (A) the length of the series and (B) the age of the female lead?
A. Yes, there are 9 books in the series, but it's not just one continuous story. The first 3 books are one sequence of events and the others just continue the story - just think of it as a trilogy, and the rest as bonus if you like it.

B. There's a couple different races, and some of them are long-lived; the main girl character you mentioned isn't one of those. Her being a child in the beginning is important, and it's a joy to watch her grow up.

Quick guide (following Bishop's recommended reading order):
-Books 1, 2 & 3 make up the main trilogy
-Book 4 is a stand-alone novel set in the past
-Books 5 & 9 are short stories featuring the main characters before and after the events in the main trilogy
-Book 6 features 2 of the supporting characters as the leads (the original leads do make appearances)
-Books 7 & 8 introduce new leads that follow the events in Book 4

Hope that helps :D(less)

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Jul 16, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people you hate
My wife bought the first book in this series and for some reason read it. The whole time she read it she complained how bad it was. Then for some reason I read it and we finished the series. The only explanation I can come up with is that magic is real, anne bishop is a witch and we fell under her spell. Even now I fall into the black obsidian stone.
Aug 12, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think this book gave me brain herpes. A good read, but horrible. The characters are caricatures. The world is nigh-incomprehensible (who includes a list of jewel ranks and titles (broken down by gender), but not a freaking map? especially when this place apparently uses interdimensional travel?!) I wish I could feel sympathetic to the characters- but they all remind me of a too-perfect job interview: "my only flaw is that I love my work... too much." The plot is well-paced, and makes good use ...more
For her virgin effort at novel-crafting, Anne Bishop has laid down a strong piece of dark fantasy that is richly drawn, psychologically savage and dripping with THROB. I am suffering severe mind-boggle that this is really her first published work as this story has a high quality quotient and prose that displays real polish.

This first installment of the Black Jewel’s Trilogy introduces us to dark, sexified fantasy world called “The Three Realms” which are known individually as Terreille, Hell an
Apr 05, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who appreciate Mary Sues
Let me get straight to the point here: I absolutely abhorred this book. I had to force myself to finish it.

I was actually really excited to start it though. It's widely acclaimed by critics -- professionals and goodreads members alike -- and the plot sounded promising. Plus, the idea of a dark fantasy intrigued me. And don't get me wrong, I wasn't really disappointed by either of those elements. The storyline was okay, and the world of the Blood did prove quite dark.

No, what disappointed me was
Sep 26, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
This book is incredibly awful. It's embarrassingly bad. The characters (with their ridiculous names) and the world are poorly developed. The author gives us variations of the same scenes again and again - Daemon is a sexy threat, dear old dad Saetan is old and tenderhearted, Jaenelle is very powerful and young, everyone else is amazed and afraid and/or 110% evil, full stop, no nuance. The plot? Languishes.

I never had a sense of where different "realms" existed in relation to one another, for all
Oct 01, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Welcome to my DNF graveyard: a fun and cheerful place to be.

The social system of the world of the book is matriarchy. It seems women in power decided the best use for the men is to keep them as sex slaves: I have yet to see a single free man in the part of the book managed to read; there are some outside of the world though. The injustice is everywhere, but there is a prophecy concerning a coming of The Queen who Will Make Everything Right. Every man - free and enslaved fall in love (not Platon
2.5 "trashy, campy, cheesy, sordid" little stars !!

In grade six, my second best friend and I discovered her mother's V.C. Andrews' Flowers in the Attic series and we snuck them out the bookshelf and read them in the park while eating chips and drinking lemonade. We found those books so enticingly wicked and could not believe all the things we read about. No more Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew for us- all we wanted to do is read adult books and unbeknownst to us that these were the trashiest books out
Feb 15, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Things I did not like about this book:
- Proper names (the winter solstice holiday is Winsol... Satan is Saetan... Demon is Daemon...
- Lack of character development
- Redundant descriptive language
- Elaborate and pointlessly nonsensical magic schema
- Crappy plot arc
- Completely implausible antihero

Things I did like about this book:
- There was a horse character
- The child molesters got exploded
Aug 05, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Excerpts from a stream of consciousness transcript as I read this series:

"So that's his brother? Ah, right, his brother with wings. . . . Saetan Sa Diablo? For serious? . . . Magical cockring of Obedience! . . . Aww, that's actually pretty cute. Family togetherness, d'aww. . . . Ew! Ew Ew! He just circumcised someone with his teeth! . . . Oh, look, the unicorns just showed up. . . . Someone else is in a killing rage, yawn. . . . Magical cockring of honor! . . . So he has wings, and also apparent
☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
VERY perverse, twisted, brilliant, engaging and provoking bit of fantasy reading... It was definitely worth reading!

Not for the faint of heart, not for the squeamish either. Lovers of angst will appreciate it. People with kid sex triggers won't, at all.

The book receives 5 stars for the original world built from scratch. A beautiful and terrible world submerged in darkness, where almost everyone is twisted to some extent..., many beyond all possible and impossible boundaries.

I will go on with th
Amanda Ryan-Romo
Aug 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
If you like feminist fantasy fiction, this is the series to read. Bishop creates a fantasy otherworld unlike any I have read (and I've read quite a bit).

Bishop’s work is highly subversive. It develops a female-dominant society based on Kipling’s reminder: “the female of the species is more deadly than the male.” Bishop does not simply put the female in the power position in a “patriarchal” structure, as Lackey does; rather, she highlights the physical and society differences between female and
Robin (Bridge Four)
Daughter of the Blood is a brutal and twisted tale and isn’t going to be for everyone. Heck I think that with a lot of the things touched on in this book nine times out of ten it wouldn’t be for me, but Anne Bishop’s writing and ability to weave a tale kept me captivated. There is so much brutality in this against Men, Women and children that it goes really dark at times. The story also touches on child molestation and a bit of human trafficking neatly disguised as something else. There are time ...more
Oct 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I started reading Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew it was a dark fantasy tale that the majority of my fellow readers have glommed. I also come to the realization that Anne Bishop has created a universe unlike anything I have ever read before. I wonder in the ten years since Anne created the Black Jewels Trilogy, how many authors she has influenced? If only I had read Daughter of the Blood when it was first published! This book blew me away from both a ...more
Jun 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like their fantasy very, VERY dark
1st read - January 2014
2nd read - September 2018

Buddy read with Aly, Ange, Annie & Anzu (Although I think only Aly, Anzu and I actually ended up reading it LOL)

Daughter of the Blood is a really difficult book to review and I think that's partly due to how uncomfortable it made me feel when I was reading it. This is a DARK fantasy story, if you're looking for an easy read then that's not what you're going to get here. However, if you're looking for a story that is as compelling as it is distu
Major mixed feelings on this one. I bumped my original 3 stars down to 2 after a bit of thought.

On one hand- I kept reading because I was so curious about where the story was going. On the other- this book made me squeamish and uncomfortable. When reviewers say this book is dark what they mean is it contains some really unpleasant aspects of violence, rape, incest, and pedophilia. Most of the characters were pretty awful human beings. Women rule men in this world and they do it by brute force.
Anne Bishop's Black Jewel's Trilogy pinged my radar a few years back when old Blogger friends couldn't say enough good about it. Per usual, it took me all this time to finally get to it, but it didn't take me long to see the appeal.

High fantasy to be sure, The Black Jewel's Trilogy follows along the lines of what made this genre popular. Witches, Magic, Enchanted Jewels/rings, Mystical Creatures and Chosen ones- it has it all! And for those of us gals who need it- a dash of romance!

Book 1: Daugh
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2007
The three realms of Terreille, Kaeleer (the Shadow Realm) and Hell are ruled by the Blood, people given the gift of Jewels of different-ranking colours. They are supposed to be caretakers of the land, and are deeply heirarchical. It's a matriarchal world, but a taint, a rot, has seeped into the Blood, and now the ruling Blood - both female and male - spend their time indulging in pleasures of all manner, often cruel. Some of the races are long-lived, and the Demon-Dead in Hell still have the use ...more
Marta Cox
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book in what is known as The Black Jewels trilogy and now to be released on Kindle internationally. This is a classic piece of fantasy writing by this established author and it's an absolute joy to read such unique world building. This is unashamedly a journey into a world of imagination unlike any other that you will take . So be prepared to feel both challenged and revolted by all the machinations you are about to encounter here.
An ancient prophecy foretells of a Witch who will appea
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Reread* 12/15/13 Well this was an interesting reread. The world building is actually done throughout the series so it was Awesome to reread and follow everything much clearer. It was also during a BR so it was interesting to see how confusing this is the first time around. I didn't have as much problems as my buddies the first time around but I'm glad I got the input of those as they read it for pimping purposes...haha It was still uncomfortable at times but i read every word without skimming a ...more
Finished this first book from the Omnibus and damn that ending was intense. Also, quite sad. This world is very brutal.

I find it interesting how very "adult" this series is since my first intro to Bishop was The Others and that whole series is PG-13 at worst. I wonder if this is a product of its times, since it was written back when LKH was still popular.

I'm a fan though, and I wish there was more dark adult fantasy like this out there.
Jan 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book with no concept of how much I would be drawn to the world Anne created. It spoke to my soul. Then it slammed my heart to the ground. The ending is quite possibly one of the most painful I've ever had to read. It just ripped apart a fragile little dream and smiled while it did so. After I sat in shock for more than a few minutes, I checked the publication date, thinking the second book might be available soon. No such luck. I bought the book in it's first month of release. The ...more
Oct 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m going to do my best to avoid spoilers in this review, but a few minor ones might slip in.

First things first, this book (and I expect the rest of the series as well) is not for the faint of heart. I got misled by the cover and thought it was a young-adult book until certain sex toys were mentioned. That got me wondering… until a little bit of full castration was thrown in along with other less desirable practices; be warned this is no YA book. Many parts I found downright disturbing and that
May 02, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes self-indulgent fantasy-trash a la Twilight
Shelves: fantasy
Read this if you like self-indulgent, "oh how cute I want to be her" type books where the beautiful young heroine is surrounded by males who want to take care of her. Bad things happen of course, so she needs lots of rescuing. Lots and lots of rescuing. Conversely, if you prefer well-written fantasy, go for something else - Jennifer Fallon or even Anne Rice, if you like.

There is some 'darkness' in this book, but it's clumsily executed. Again, if you want real bleak darkness go read Robin Hobb's

If you have any trigger, this book is likely to have it. Sexual violence (against both men and women), torture, rape, incest, was all in there. It served a purpose in the story, but holy Moses, it was hard to read.

Daughter of the Blood is very difficult to get into and not just because of what I mentioned above. The first 15% is a maze of names, places and world building. It takes a while for the reader to understand the power structure and what the heck is going on. Once you do
Feb 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy and Urban Fantasy Fans.
4.75 stars. This book completely engrossed me -- I didn't want to do anything else but finish it. The beginning 10% is difficult to get through, alot of world building, keeping names straight, figuring out the magic power structure and the polictics. But after I got past that, I was just blown away. Gritty fantasy? This is it -- I hadn't known such a thing to exist before! This book is not for people bothered by violence, sexual violence or sexual deviance. This is a world where those in power u ...more
Mayim de Vries
If you are just perusing the comments wondering whether or not give this book a chance, take this fair warning: Every review of one star (and below) is true and well deserved.

A rare occurrence: I DID NOT finish this book (something that happens once in a blue moon) and I most sincerely advise you not to even start it. Life is too short to waste it on such a pitiable example of scribomania. There are far too many good books out there just waiting for you Dear Reader; the only good use of the Dau
T.J. Shaw
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What incredible world-building! Through Ms. Bishop’s fantastic imagination, she created something completely different, intriguing, and even confusing at times. DAUGHTER of the BLOOD is a fascinating tale about a young girl learning her magic while navigating through the perils of those who would use her just for her power.

In my haste to learn about the heroine, I also read HEIR to the SHADOWS (4 stars), and QUEEN of the DARKNESS (5 stars) and must admit that I cried more than once througho
Anzu The Great Destroyer
I am dropping this 25% in. I know there are many reviews out there talking how fucked up this book is. I did not drop it because of this. I did it because it's incredibly boring. It reads like a Romance novel, just with more perverted sick shit in it. And I feel like the author wanted to have all this crap in order to make it stand out. Nope.

Jul 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
*Genre* Fantasy


Anne Bishop’s Daughter of the Blood is the first book in The Black Jewels series. It tells the story about a prophecy that was seen by a witch named Tersa. The prophecy basically states that the forthcoming witch will be so powerful that she will be able to travel the three realms (Terreille, Hell, and Kaeleer) by shear will alone. She will also have the ability to reunite the three realms that are currently being corrupted by blood Queens and their jeweled hierar
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
This story was very different from anything I have read before. I typically stick with paranormal romance but I had decided to try something new and I'm glad I started with Anne Bishop. Although the story could be a little confusing at times, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm glad I purchased the trilogy so I can immediately start reading the next one ;)
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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.

Crawford Award (2000)


Other books in the series

The Black Jewels (10 books)
  • 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)
  • Shalador's Lady (The Black Jewels, #8)
  • Twilight's Dawn (The Black Jewels, #9)
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