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Heir to the Shadows

(The Black Jewels #2)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  24,726 ratings  ·  717 reviews
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Enough time has passed for the young girl Jaenelle, heir to the magical Darkness, for her physical wounds to heal, while amnesia keeps her frightening memories at bay. But with Saetan--a Black-Jewelled Warlord Prince and Jaenelle's foster-father--to protect her, she will continue to grow. Her magic will mature. He
Mass Market Paperback, 482 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by Roc
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Sinaasabbelsab I feel like it doesn't really get that much better. I found later books more interesting than the first, mainly because Jaenelle gets older and plays …moreI feel like it doesn't really get that much better. I found later books more interesting than the first, mainly because Jaenelle gets older and plays an even bigger role However, it doesn't get more exciting. It mostly stays with politics and talking and claiming and abusing the other gender, like the first book. There will be a few fightingscenes later on tho. But it's mostly just clever moves and words.

I thought that the worldbuilding, writingstyle and characters were interesting enough to continue. If you didn't like those aspects, I wouldn't recommend continuing. The books aren't bad, but they aren't that great either and I wouldn't say you miss something awesome if you don't read the other books(less)

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OH ANNE, you expectation-shattering fountain of COYlicious sauciness, you completely drenched me in surprise on this one. After spending much of Daughter of the Blood setting up a dark, violent, matriarchal fantasy realm full of sexual sadism, rape and men wearing “rings of obedience” on their ROOSTERS, you pivot 90 degrees, throw back the covers and reveal a three dimensional fantasy world full of as much goodness and evil. You really blew my expectations and you came “THIS CLOSE” to getting a ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
4.5 Not for the Faint of Heart Starts

The Black Jewels series is dark fantasy, characters in this do not have easy goes at things and suffer for years on end. Daughter of blood hit so many of my hot buttons in it, rape, incest, torture, human trafficking, pedophilia and slavery. It was dark and disturbing and I couldn’t look away or put it down. Heir to the Shadows picks up two years after the events of the first book of the series. This is still dark but we have moved away from some of the sexua
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vaginal-fantasy
So...I have mixed thoughts about this trilogy, not the least of which it's kind of hard to take seriously a world where hot men are controlled by penis rings. BUT...I still like it. This trilogy seems to me to be the ultimate teenage girl's fantasy. Everything is about this main character and her growing up to be the savior of the world, all the men are safe and doting (controlled by penis rings if they're super hot, lol), older women are the ones who are evil and jealous and want to control the ...more
Sheyla ✎

After the events in Daughter of the Blood, Jaenelle has been in a coma for two years. She awakens in the safety of her adopted father's keep and her physical and mental healing begin as well. Slowly, she is coming back to life and before you know it, she is a teenager. Jaenelle is coming into her powers and is learning how to use them. She is also forging alliances with her friends, the Kindred and starting her own coven without no one realizing it. Yet, she's marked by that terrible night a
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carmel (Rabid Reads) by: Lupdilup
Shelves: audio, audio-2015
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

It took me a full year to build up the courage to listen to HEIR TO THE SHADOWS after being thoroughly traumatized by book 1. I really love Anne Bishop’s THE OTHERS series, and I’m a firm believer in second chances when it comes to authors, so after twelve months of mental preparation, here we go again. It’s with a massive sigh of relief that I write this review because A) no nightmares & B) this installment was a vast improvement upon the previous one. It was slow paced
Jul 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
Omg this series is just one big clusterf@ck. I mean honestly, this book had SO MUCH going on and because of that, the story was all over the place. It was hard to concentrate, so I lost interest real fast. There were so many loose ends and things weren't consistent and all the main characters were acting so different in this book compared to how they were in Book 1. Saetan was a bumbling idiot in this book. You're the dark lord! How are ppl able to trespass onto your property without you noticin ...more
2.5 rounded up

This was nowhere near as good as the first book. Still, there's just something about Bishop's writing that I find comfortable, which is similar to how I feel about Patricia Briggs's books. That being said, the story in this second book seemed more like filler or a bridge between Jaenelle's childhood and adulthood without a whole lot of substance. Also there wasn't enough Daemon. I could go into more and point out some nitpicks but honestly this is an old series and there are a ton
Anna Serene
Reread: 9/6-7/17

First read: 4/3-5/17
This book was so SO GOOD! I love these characters so much. I missed Daemon through a lot of it, but I also understood it. And freaking LUCIVAR is awesome. I love the brother-sister dynamic between him and Jaenelle.
Saetan continues to be given a hard time by Jaenelle. He loves it, but I'm sure he sometimes wishes he were capable of falling into an early (not so much) grave.
For such a dark series, I end up laughing a lot, and I feel so much for all of these char
Mar 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone looking for an amazing tale.
Shelves: fantasy, bishop
Wow!! My face is still a bit damp from tears and my heart is still pounding. This is the second book in this trilogy. I read but didn't review the first although it was almost as good. I'm a lover of fantasy, humor, sex and mystery and this trilogy contains all of that. This second book was light on the sex but when you read something this amazing, it really doesn't matter to me.
This is the fantasy story of a girl and how she becomes queen of almost all she sees. In the first book we find out so
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
*Edited* 12/30/13 reread. Totally loved it as much as the first time! Some of the scenes that shouldn't have been as intense since I already took the ride were just as intense for some reason! Thanks for the BR and a reason to do the reread BW and Esra!

Wow!! This book totally consumed me! I haven’t read a fantasy with so many pieces woven together without getting overwhelmed with the politics. I guess I was just in the PERFECT mood for this book. I don’t think I skimmed a single adjective. There
1st read - July 2014
2nd read - October 2018

Buddy read with Aly

Daughter of the Blood may have been an incredibly dark and at times shocking story but I loved every minute of it so although I had to brace myself beforehand I couldn't wait to continue reading Jaenelle's story in Heir to the Shadows. I was expecting an intense read when I picked up this book and I wasn't wrong but I was also pleasantly surprised to find it isn't quite as dark and disturbing as the first book. Although this sequel wa
2.5 stars

Very little happened to move the plot forward. Anne Bishop’s books aren’t action packed, and I don’t expect them to be. I do expect something interesting to happen. Most of this book rehashed the same problems from Daughter of the Blood . This covered Jaenelle's teenage years, which were relatively uneventful. She recovered from the traumatic events in the prior book, hung out with her friends, and learned how to hone her craft. *yawn*

Hekatah hatched a few desperate attempts evil pl
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reread 2020. Still enjoyable though I think the tension was lacking this time due to knowing what was coming. Original review below.


The Blood have waited centuries for the coming of Witch. The living myth. Dreams made flesh. She who will rule the Darkness. But not all are happy for the arrival of their savior. Some refuse to believe. Others consider her only a myth. And some few look forward to using her, a puppet in their games of control and politics. With time and the love of he
3,5 stars

I am an amazing procrastinator. I truly am. It's been two weeks since I finished this book, and yet I still haven't reviewed it. Maybe lazy would be a more fitting adjective. I can be such a sloth sometimes.

This book definitely lacked something when compared to the first installment. Oh well. Second-book-syndrome is a reality. Yes, that's exactly what this is. Sequel-syndrome at work.

Please refer to my review of the previous book for information on the world-building.

"Heir to the Shadow
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
So here's the thing about Heir to the Shadows.

Back when I first read the trilogy (middle school, for those not following me on tumblr), this one was my favorite.

Looking back, I assume it's because Jaenelle does the most of her own thang she ever gets to do (plus friends! Friendship is magic!) and the lack of Daemon Sadi interacting with her. Also unicorns and various other talking fuzzy creatures.

Is it a good book? No. Is it, again, weirdly compulsively readable? Chyeah. Did it eek out an extra
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this amazing story beyond words. Sharing one of my favorite scenes:

Jaenelle vanished the bow, turned away from the sea, and walked into the twisted, shattered-crystal landscape. Her voice reached him, faint and fading. *Come, Daemon.*

Daemon rushed across the bridge. . . He caught her psychic scent before he noticed the glittering trail. It was like a ribbon of star-sprinkled night sky that led him through the twisted landscape to where she perched on a rock far above him.

*Stubborn, snar
~Dani~ LazyTurtle's Books
Mar 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
Mother Night...

So, instructions for reading this book: rip it half. The second half of it could arguably be called “Heir to the Shadows.” Just read that section. The first half, name “Diary of a Pissy Baby aka Saetan.” That part you can burn.

In case you are wondering what happens in that part, I'll sum up. (I'll put it in a spoiler tag just in case, but really, don't be afraid to read it. Nothing happens in the first half.)

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In Book 2 of Bishop's Black Jewels Trilogy, With Daemon's help, Janelle has been brought back from the psychic wasteland she had descended into after a vicious attack. Her body has healed and aged a only couple years but her spirit, that which makes her Witch- Dreams Made Flesh and the very embodiment of magic, is fully mature. She is coming into her powers but some things are missing, chief among them- Daemon. (Thinking he killed her body in the process of recovering her mind, Daemon never left ...more
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Daughter of the Blood is fun and intriguing; Heir to the Shadows is just cheap wannabe storytelling. My main complaints are:

1. The story is a lot more scattered. Bishop keeps track of the main storyline (which is compelling at the beginning of the book and at the end) but I am not sure about the many, many unnerving and quite laughable subplots. These subplots are not well-integrated in the narrative, they don't enrich our understanding of the characters' psychology, and they have a "fill-up sp
BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Daemon! OH Daemon! How could this happen? I don't care what anyone else says, Daemon is my favourite of the line. Yes, okay, his father Saetan is very sexy and his brother Lucivar is hot. Still, in this second story, I felt sorry for all the SaDiablo members. I did like reading about Jaenelle growing up. Her time with Lucivar brings a smile to my face. All these blood coming together for a time when Witch will make people pay, it's pretty heady. At times, I find this story to be young adult and ...more
Jul 08, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
My opinion hasn't changed I like it enough, but it needed more Daemon. ...more
Kerran Olson
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
This book had me so stressed about Daemon I could hardly put it down! I really like Jaenelle in this one too as she grows up and has a bit more personality, and I love Saetan, he's just such a hilarious and sweet father figure character. I did find that this book skipped around a bit more, and Jaenelle went from 15 to 17 to 18 and then it skipped ahead another couple of years, but I preferred that to dragging the plot through multiple books so it didn't bother me too much. I also loved Lucivar a ...more
Jun 24, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I found Heir to the Shadows a little less gruesome than the first book, Daughter of the Blood, but I also found it a little more tedious. As Saetan is fond of saying, "Everything has a price," and the price of enjoying this book is tolerating repetition—none so much as Jaenelle's "midnight voice." After a while (as my mind began to wander to thoughts of drinking games, etc.) I began to wonder whose voice would be more shiver-inducing: Jaenelle's or Bill Compton's? His cold, dark voice is quite a ...more
Even more vicious, clever, and disturbing than the first novel. This book takes a lighter tone overall (though all the TRIGGER WARNINGS from the first one-- rape, child abuse, torture-- still apply). I have read this book over more times than I can count, and I still laugh, gasp, and fist-pump at the same spots as always. My favorite character from the first one barely made an appearance, sadly, but I have a new favorite now, and I won't name her; I'll just say "kiss, kiss" and smile wickedly... ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2007, fantasy, favourite
Jaenelle, the living embodiment of magic, the prophesied Witch, is a young girl of twelve tormented by the horrors she endured at the hands of her relatives - from which Daemon Sadi rescued her. Her physical wounds are healing, but mentally she may never recover.

As she rests in the home of the High Lord of Hell, she learns trust and love and befriends other creatures - who come to her for help as their realm is invaded, their land taken from them. She will never be alone though, with Daemon and
Jillian Ashe
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It was a rainy Sunday so I spent literally all day reading. This book is probably my favorite out of the series. I love Jaenelle and Lucivar's relationship. I love how she comes into her power, and really shows the bad guys what she's made of.

The darkness and mystery, and how beautiful the story is always pulls me in and refuses to let me go on with my life. I'm now having to do homework before I can read the third book and I'm kind of desperate to get to it. If you like Dark Fantasy, you will a
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Much more enjoyable than the first and quite considerably less dark. It's still dark, but it's full of great characters who get to interact more within the book. Great snarky, sarcastic banter and you know how much I love that!

(video review to come!)
Allison Sesame
Lucivar remains my absolute favorite. 5 stars.
Megan Krogh
Continued from the Daughter of the Blood review page (because my review was too long; I explain my predicament on the Daughter of the Blood review page)

HOLY FUCK I LOVE TITIAN!!!!!!! (let me say it louder for the people in the back) HOLY FUCK I LOVE TITIAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Autumn Miller ~ autumnbookreads
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
Anne Bishop has done it again. She has made me fall in love with yet another one of her books. This was a perfect sequel to the first book, Daughter of The Blood. Anything that was lacking in the first book (which wasn't much) was put into this second installment. This definitely exceeded my expectations (which were pretty high to begin with). Obviously, I will be reading the next book, Queen of the Darkness.
SIDE NOTE: I find it extremely interesting that, while Jaenelle is the main character, w
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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 over twenty novels, including the award-winning Black Jewels Trilogy. She has written a new series, the Others, 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 (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels, #1)
  • 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)
  • The Queen's Bargain (The Black Jewels #10)
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