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Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels #1)

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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
Mass Market Paperback, 412 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Roc
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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)
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)

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Jul 16, 2007 rated it did not like it
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
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
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
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
Feb 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
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

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 th
Aug 05, 2009 rated it liked it
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
"This time ... This time she would wash the walls in blood."

After falling in love with Bishop's way of writing when reading her The Others series, I went looking for more awesome-looking books by her. As someone who's read lots of dark books and loved many of them, I was really intrigued by a Dark Fantasy series. Especially when knowing Bishop can create quite fantastic worlds and characters. So, as soon as I saw this one, I knew I had to read it. Which is how I ended up here, with this book o
Amanda Ryan-Romo
Aug 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
*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
Shannon (formerly The Holy Terror)
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
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
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.
May 02, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like their fantasy very, VERY dark
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 disturbing then this may be just what you're after. I
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
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
T.J. Shaw
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Apr 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

This Review is for the Black Jewels Trilogy

- - - Spoilers - - -

Daughter of the Blood (Black Jewels, Book 1) by Anne Bishop

Wow.. just wow
and I don't say that word a lot.
This book...
This book Is Not for the faint of heart or squeamish,
if you are a person who likes reading about rainbows, butterflies and happy endings
Do Not, I repeat Do Not read this Series.

This book is Dark, Twisted and Deep,
it's about any and all types of abuse a person can think of:
Child abuse, Male abuse, Female abuse, Ani
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Feb 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carmel (Rabid Reads) by: Lupdilup Duffy
Shelves: audio, audio-2014
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Ordinarily, this audiobook would never have landed on my to-be-read pile, but after listening to (and loving) Anne Bishop’s THE OTHER series, I found myself in desperate need of more. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a High Fantasy novel, so don’t let my less than stellar review discourage you because quite frankly I probably don’t know jack about this genre. The world-building and character development continue to be where this author’s strengths lie; although at ti
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Há algumas perguntas que não devem ser feitas até que uma pessoa tenha maturidade suficiente para apreciar as respostas.”

O início do livro é confuso com tantos locais e personagens. Tive mesmo de perder algum tempo a fazer uma lista com as personagens principais e suas relações familiares, mas agora estou curiosa para saber o desfecho desta trilogia.
O livro é cativante, muito embora este não seja o género que mais gosto de ler.
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 ;)
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As they say, Mother Night…! I’ve never been this thrilled for quite a long while…

I run the risk of sounding like a pretentious ass, but even though I never really understood the whys and hows of this fantasy world from the get-go, my god… I absolutely loved how the author relentlessly, unfailingly, commanded this reader’s attention. Made you near-slave to the emotions of the characters. Lulled you into a false sense of seemingly finally comprehending what the hell’s going on and how the fates of
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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)

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Other Books in the Series

The Black Jewels (9 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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