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The Invisible Ring

(The Black Jewels #4)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  12,611 ratings  ·  322 reviews
A prequel set in the "dark and sensual world" (11th Hour) of the national bestselling Black Jewels Trilogy.

Jared is a Red-Jeweled Warlord bound as a pleasure slave by the Ring of Obedience. After suffering nine years of torment as a slave, he murdered his owner and escaped -- only to be caught and sold into slavery once again. The notorious queen who has purchased him, kno
Mass Market Paperback, 398 pages
Published October 10th 2000 by Roc (first published October 1st 2000)
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Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Good story line! We meet the Gray Lady who found a way to repel Dorothea! I was happy to see Daemon pulling strings!
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, read-2018, 2019
I can understand why this book can be considered and is being touted as a 'prequel' to the Black Jewels trilogy. Jaenelle hasn't even been born yet and this book takes place many years before she will be born. But it should never have been advertised as such in my opinion.

What is most important about this book is that it should have been called the prequel to The Shadow Queen and Shalador's Lady. It is the book that explains everything about the character's relatives, Greyhaven's past and leads
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit I was a little disappointed when I realised that The Invisible Ring is actually a prequel to the first 3 books in the Black Jewels series and is about a whole new set of characters that I don't remember being mentioned previously. I was excited to be back in this world but I love Jaenelle, Daemon, Lucivar and Saetan so much and was sad we weren't getting to spend more time with them. Having said that I still found myself really enjoying this story and we do get a few glimpses of ...more
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can understand why this book can be considered and is being touted as a 'prequel' to the Black Jewels trilogy. Jaenelle hasn't even been born yet and this book takes place many years before she will be born. But it should never have been advertised as such in my opinion.

What is most important about this book is that it should have been called the prequel to The Shadow QueenandShalador's Lady. It is the book that explains everything about the character's relatives, Greyhaven's past and leads up
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful read. I have come to love the world Bishop has created. It took a bit to fully understand it, but I now love it. The characters in this book were great. Bishop has a way of creating a main character but still giving great value to her support characters. I loved the characters, main and support. The hero was great. Bishop did a wonderful job of taking a more average abled guy and making him a fantasizable hero. It's not hard to fall in love with a hero who is the best and greatest and ...more
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 10, 2009, ebooks, fantasy, 2007, 9, reread
ORIGINAL READ: 12 August, 2007 to 15 August, 2007 (9/10)

Jared, who has murdered his owner and attempted escape, is recaptured and sold to the mysterious Gray Lady. It soon becomes clear that Jared's new queen is not what she seems to be, and he joins with his fellow slaves--all of whom hide their own secrets--to protect the Gray Lady. During her desperate flight from Dorothea SaDiablo, the Black Widow intent on destroying her and claiming her territory, Jared comes to terms with his own demons a
Apr 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cronologicamente este livro situa-se antes sequer do nascimento de Jaenelle.
No início deste volume deparamo-nos com um Senhor da Guerra de Jóia Vermelha disponível para venda num mercado de escravos. O seu destino mais certo são as minas de sal (onde o nosso Lucivar passou muitos anos da sua vida), um castigo por ter assassinado a rainha ao serviço da qual se encontrava como escrevo do prazer. Como já sabemos de outras narrativas, as rainhas que se submetem às vontades de Dorothea SaDiablo têm u
Raquel Maia
Aug 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meus
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Anel oculto é um livro isolado que no entanto tem ligações com a trilogia das jóias negras.
Bishop conta-nos aqui a história da vida de Jared, um Senhor da Guerra de jóia vermelha, que se está para venda no mercado de escravos, que tem lugar em terra de ninguém. No entanto o seu destino é sem duvida as minas de sal, pois é esse o castigo que merece por ter assassinado a rainha a que estava ao serviço.
Quase a terminar o leilão de escravo
Jan 30, 2009 rated it liked it
Good book as a stand-alone, but I was a little disappointed when I found that the main characters of the trilogy were missing.
Magda Pais
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-own, 2017
Por mais voltas que dê com outros autores e outros géneros, o meu coração regressa sempre a Anne Bishop. E com Anel Oculto, voltei - mais uma vez - ao mundo das Jóias Negras, onde a dark fantasy é levada ao máximo do seu esplendor.

Este é um livro passado antes dos primeiros três volumes desta trilogia, ainda antes de Jannele nascer e quando Daemon ainda era O Sádico, um escravo do prazer ao serviço de Dorothea SaDiablo e quando esta ainda não se sentia ameaçada pela Feiticeira e portanto muito a
JG (The Introverted Reader)
Jared is one of the more powerful members of the Blood, the vaguely aristocratic magic-wielding rulers of the lands he lives in. After a life-alteringly bad choice in his teens, Jared has become a pleasure slave for the Queens and Witches of Hayll. After nine years of bowing to sadistic whims, he does something that has him headed for a short, brutal life in the salt mines unless some fool decides to buy him at the semi-annual slave market.

Enter The Gray Lady. She is one of the few Queens that h
Alison Diem
Nov 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: any one who liked the first 3 Black Jewel novels
Shelves: fantasy, romance
The first three novels of the Black Jewels series really tear at me. On the one hand, I really liked some of the characters and found the world hard to look away from. On the other hand, I felt that the politics were ridiculous and difficult to really understand. On top of all that, the fact that certain races live for thousands upon thousands of years made it difficult to really connect with.

This novel, however, fared a lot better in my mind because the author expects that the reader already h
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, series
Anel Oculto traz-nos uma nova história dentro do Universo das Jóias Negras. Fala-nos de personagens novas como Jared e a Rainha Cinzenta, que tentam a seu modo combater os efeitos nefastos de Dorothea, já nossa conhecida, na sociedade. Na verdade, Jared só tem como missão de vida pedir perdão à sua amada mãe, nem que para isso que tenha de sofrer e fugir àquela que lhe parece dar esperança e que parece mexer consigo de uma maneira que ninguém alguma vez conseguiu. A Rainha Cinzenta tem bastantes ...more
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
First of all, let me say, I didn't want to read this book yet. I had just finished book 3, and I was so caught up with finding out what happens next, I just wanted to keep going, and come back to this book later. I am so glad I didn't! If you loved the Chronicles of Narnia as a child, then when I say this reminded me of 'The Horse and His Boy', you'll get it. It's a side-step from the main story-line, and happens at an earlier time from where the last book left us, but gives us glimpses of some ...more
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This book was the first of Bishop's that I had difficulty getting into. The main character and narrator, Jared, is interesting enough, but he doesn't pull you in as some of the other characters Bishop has created. Also, there wasn't much action, and it left you wanting to know what happened. The readers, or at least I, wanted to know how Lia and Jared's love blossomed in the court.

SPOILER ALERT: Also, the premise of Sadi owing the Grayhaven line anything in the 8th and 9th books makes no sense
This is a great companion book to The Black Jewels trilogy. We get to see a bit of the life in the Realm before Jaenelle is born. I really liked seeing Daemon show up in this book and give "advice" if that is what you want ot call it. Jared and Leah are get leading characters and Theyra and Blade provide great comic relief with their bickering. I love putting strong female characters against strong male characters that just want to protect each other. Provides for a great dynamic and contrast. T ...more
Apr 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2008-reads
I don't really know what to say about this book, except kdjgskghskhskjghs I'm such an idiot for putting off reading it for so long! I think because it revolved around different characters to the original Black Jewels trilogy, which always makes me sceptical, that I just instantly decided it wasn't going to interest me. But no, I adored this.

I'm not gonna lie, I squealed hard every time Daemon appeared. "She hasn't been born yet. But I've loved, and served, her all my life. I'll love no other. An
Aug 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
This was the first Anne Bishop novel I've picked up, and I think it's also going to be my last. The beginning was promising, but I found the very complicated 'jewel' and 'blood' rankings mentioned to clarify different characters relationships throughout the book to be distracting. These caste relationships soon took over the plot of the book and the pace became plodding. Eventually I gave up and started skipping whole sections of the book in an effort to continue on with the initial plotline. Mi ...more
Andrew Mowere
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This and Necromance by Gisele walko are the only romance books I have ever been able to get into, period. Not the only sensual erotica books. Only romance. This one stuck in my head so much that all these years later, I still go back from time to time just to read some of Daemon Sadi's quotes. There's intrigue, mystery, magic, and struggle for the greater good all in a setting that teaches us cynicism can only ever fall short against kindness and love.
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I read these books out of order. This is my first book from Ms. Bishop. This world she creates is intriguing. I am kind of amused with her cock ring into a controlling device in a CBT way. This is unexpected. This story is the underdog fighting against a corrupt government. There are rebel forces who still stand for good. I love these stories because it tickles my particular fancy. I'm intrigued enough to read the first three to see how I those go. I've heard so much about them.
Apr 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
First Anne Bishop book I've read. After reading the first 100 pages, I began skipping 30 pages at a time. While I thought her voice was well done, the plot itself was fairly familiar, and her gender politics were annoying and patriarchal. After all, women were "hysterical" at lot, especially at their "moontime," and were yelled at by the men a lot. And the men "served" their ladies by yelling and getting their own way by force.
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting book. Takes place between time period of the previous books, making it more of a filler story than not. I enjoyed getting to see some more of the conditions of the world before Jaenelle's influence. I hope that some of these characters are carried through to other stories, so that this feels less like a filler novel. Still very enjoyable.
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Re-read Dec 2015: Reading it right after the original trilogy there are definitely some places where the writing seems rough. Still, points for being a whole Black Jewels plot in one book; sometimes you just don't have time for an epic re-read.
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked this book the least out of the series although it was a good stop gap and features Daemon briefly...Swoon. I ready to launch back into this series which features very highly in my all time favourites.
keikii Eats Books
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
64 points/100 (3.25 stars/5).

Set a few hundred years before the events of the trilogy, Jared is a pleasure slave trained by Daemon but killed a Queen and is about to be shipped off to the salt mines. However, he gets bought by the Grey Lady (brought up briefly in the trilogy) and they have to make the journey back to her territory.

I went into this book knowing this was a prequel novel so I went in prepared. However, I was still incredibly disappointed with this book. Sure, it was because it was
Kathy Martin
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a prequel to the Black Jewels trilogy. Because some of the characters come from long-lived races, there are a couple of characters who appear in the first trilogy. The villain of this piece is Black Widow and Priestess Dorothea SaDiablo who is also the villain of the first trilogy.

In this one, we see Dorothea's plots and plans as she tries to eliminate any woman of the Blood who might rival her strength and encourage those women who share her views. She is spreading her corrupt version
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Although technically a prequel to the events in The Black Jewels trilogy, this story make far more sense reading afterwards, not just because by this time we are familiar with The Black Jewels world, but also because it is a true prequel to The Shadow Queen and Shalador's Lady. Jared's story is referenced in Queen of the Darkness, and is the key to Janaelle's solution for cleansing the taint from the Blood, here we see the story played out in full gory, grisly detail. And, Daemon has a cameo rol ...more
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited to continue reading about the world of the black jewels, but all too soon realised, I wasn't ready to leave our last characters behind. The original trilogy is one of the best trilogies I have ever read, and it was so hard to imagine a book without those characters in it stacking up. Fortunately, I quickly got over this, thanks to Bishop's ability to immediately make you interested in a character. The first introductions of Jared and the Grey Lady were so intriguing, I found mys ...more
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm glad I waited a little before reading this one, instead of reading it after finishing the other Black Jewels series. Damon makes a few appearances in this book but mostly it's just Jared and his group. And while I like Jared, he just doesn't compare to Damon and Lucivar. But I did wait a little so the differences were bearable ;). It's a good story and best as a prequel definitely, although it still is only loosely tied into the other books of the series. However I think there might be a re- ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Comme j'ai aimé ce prequel. Parfait complément à la trilogie des Joyaux Noirs. J'avais peur qu'un seul tome soit trop léger au vue de l'épaisseur de l'univers. Pourtant c'est un roman complet, sur tous les plans que l'auteur nous livre ici. J'ai adoré Lia et Jared, Théra et Blaed et tous les autres personnages. Je pense qu'il est plus utile d'avoir lu la trilogie avant sinon on risque d'être un peu perdu. J'ai adoré retrouvé Daimon Sadi, il met déjà tout en place pour sa reine. Maintenant je sui ...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 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 (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)
  • 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)
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“Thera started sputtering. "You fool. You idiot." She stopped because Blaethe's response was much pithier and far more creative. She nodded approvingly. "What he said.” 8 likes
“You’re a virgin. Hell’s fire, Mother Night, and may the Darkness be merciful, you’re a virgin.” Still clutching the coat, she eyed him warily. “There’s no reason to get hysterical. It’s not contagious.” Jared” 1 likes
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