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Queen of the Darkness

(The Black Jewels #3)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  26,041 ratings  ·  691 reviews
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Jaenelle Angelline now reigns as Queen-protector of the Shadow Realm. No longer will the corrupt Blood slaughter her people and defile her lands. But where one chapter ends, a final, unseen battle remains to be written, and Jaenelle must unleash the terrible power that is Witch to destroy her enemies onc
Mass Market Paperback, 430 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Roc
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Sheyla ✎
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2020, series

My understanding is that the Queen of the Darkness was going to be the end of the trilogy. As I was reading it, I could see why it had that feeling. The main characters are well developed and ready for battle. A battle that we as the readers knew it was coming. There was no way Dorothea and Hekatah could cause so much harm and not pay for it. After all, everything has a price or so we're told.

Jaenelle Angelline is the Queen. She is a Witch. The most powerful in the world. She also has her ow
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vaginal-fantasy
OK! Trilogy done, really satisfying! Def one of my favorite female-centered thick-tomed fantasy series. I really enjoyed the growth of the main character in this book, and the agony and tension between the main character and the love interest was a point (see below)

I had a FEW quibbles along the way, namely:
-Why, if everyone is SO UBER with magic and detection was the spy allowed to stay in the house to try to kidnap her sister? Why did she let her family stay so long AT ALL?
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Reviewed by : Rabid Reads.

This is a trilogy that turned into a full-on series, and it took me 2 novels to warm up to Anne Bishop’s THE BLACK JEWELS world, so after finally getting my ah-ha moment, I will be stopping here. Yes, the next installments have the potential to be even better, but they could also be a return to books 1 & 2, and I don’t care for those odds. Anyway, I really did enjoy QUEEN OF THE DARKNESS; Daemon at long last stepped into his role as consort, Jaenelle showed the Blood wh
This series is like a dark fantasy soap opera. Everything is just so over-the-top and emotional. Everyone over reacts to everything and despite that they can't seem to communicate clearly with each other. It's very Grade Seven drama, set in Hell.

In this installment, the Kindred take on more substantial roles. Yup, the mind-talking horses, wolves, dogs, spiders, unicorns, etc. Jaenelle's circle are regular Doctor Doolittles. I wonder why this fantasy is so compelling that we keep repeating it? Th
Sep 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars: I am completely baffled by why these books get such rave reviews. I have to admit there is *something* compelling about the world and characters that Anne Bishop weaves together, though I don't know that I'll ever quite be able to put my finger on what that something is.

The majority of the writing is melodramatic, unimaginative, and contrived. I don't know if it has steadily gotten worse since the first book or if I was just more charitable when I started out. I was already growing ti
1st read - July 2014
2nd read - October 2018

Buddy read with Aly

I have been absolutely addicted to Anne Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy ever since I discovered Daughter of the Blood and after the huge changes at the end of Heir to the Shadows I couldn't wait to start Queen of the Darkness. This book was everything I'd hoped it would be and then some and I didn't want to put it down for a second. I can't believe how much I've come to love these characters and I'm was so incredibly invested in their s
Jen Davis
Mar 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I thought for sure that this installment would be the book that launched this series into the stratosphere of epic-awesomeness where my book friends would rank it. Alas, I am doomed to be the odd man out here. I can definitively say I do not love this series. There were things I liked, characters I cared about. But whatever it is that makes other reviewers swoon, simply escapes me.

This is the book where Daemon and Janelle finally come together. It’s still not easy. It takes years and their reuni
Robin (Bridge Four)
Queen of Darkness is a fantastic and heart wrenching conclusion to the first trilogy of this series. It ends at a really good point that you could set the series down and walk away for a while. Which you might need since this is brutally dark at times. Or maybe you’re like me…


Once I picked up Queen of Darkness it was difficult to stop, I couldn’t wait to see how all the events for this trilogy would play out and how many characters would make it out alive.

Dorthea and Hekatah have all their play
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
I have nothing against guilty pleasures, or the r-rated themes, but there was no pleasure anywhere unfortunately. The characters are as flat as pancakes. There's no action. Why does anyone fall in love with each other? Who knows! They just do! Even when the heroes throw out ways to stop the upcoming war the heroine/author retorts that the war will be kept fighting by the enemy because - there is no reason. Just because! Because it was started! The two main villains plan about 5 evil schemes and ...more
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most emotional novels I have ever read. Remember that these novels and more importantly this trilogy, borders if not leaps over the border at times, of horror.

Jaenelle finally decides she has had enough of the horrific murders, sadism, and cruelty that the realms are going through via Dorothea and Hekatah and finds a way to do something about it. Unfortunately, not everyone is going to understand exactly WHY she has to do it this particular way.

As I said at times this is a gut
Jun 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
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n Book 3 of the Black Jewels Trilogy, The two evil Witches who have wreaked so much havoc in all their lives, Hekatah and Dorthea, continue their scheming to bring down Janelle, the once and future Queen of the Blood, and her kingdom.

Daemon has returned and is finally united with Janelle, as well as his brother Lucivar and all the powerful friends she's made along the way- including the magical creatures who only bow to her.

The book ends with one climatic battle, fought mostly in the psychic rea
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most heart-breaking stories of all time.💖 I'm pretending I haven't already read the entire series, up to Book # 9. I'll also ignore all the villains. They aren't worth my time and energy.

The finale of the trilogy had to be one of the most imaginative, complex, captivating, haunting, and yes, heart-break stories I've ever read and loved. Daemon broke my heart over and over. His love for Jaenelle was beyond measure. Sharing this scene with my tears flowing:

"I want you to promise
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-physically, sff
May 2020:

Went through the book again (with some skimming so I am not counting it). Lots of fun but this is probably the weakest 2nd half of the trilogy. I loved the first half - the romance between Janelle and Daemon is fantastic- but the resolution to the climatic battle in the end was a bit of the cop out. Thankfully some crazy OTT drama with Daemon saved the book.

Is it weird that I find this book fun, given its level of violence? There is something addictive about the writing.
Nope. I'm done with Anne Bishop after this. I just can't go through it. Too much violence, too much rape. This is NOT fantasy book. It's romance, with a really annoying heroine, even worse love interest (HOW MANY TIMES YOU CAN READ ABOUT HOW HOT AND DANGEROUS HE IS), the worldbuilding makes NO sense.

And the worst thing? It had POTENTIAL. The idea is interesting as fuck. The background characters really get into you.

But it's all ruined. I hate it.
Aly is so frigging bored
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Buddy read with Sarah
Aug 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
I only skimmed through the first three books in this series, just to get a sense of what the story was supposed to be about. My verdict is that this book, and I use the term very very loosely, is the result of an agitated, feverish mind who simply had to try their best to come up with something, anything, and forced together every bit and scrap of ideas and information they could think of -which in their aforementioned agitated state obviously wasn’t much- and pushed out the contents therewith. ...more
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
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This concluding novel of the Black Jewels trilogy is the strongest of the bunch. Bishop manages to keep all of her male leads on screen this time, and all the character-building that went on in the previous two books means that I cared about what happened to them all from the start. The world-building is still the weakest aspect of these books (though I finally got, in this third volume, that the only access from Terreille to Kaeleer and vice versa is through portals, so there's very little comm ...more
Cupcakes & Machetes
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: grim-dark fans
I'm not ready to let go. Do not make me do it. I will slap the shit out of you.

I am pretty excited to read the other Black Jewel novels but holy ever living shit do I not want to let go of these characters. I'm honestly a little bit nauseous thinking about it.
I've been through thick and thin with these characters. We've seen some fucking dark times and had some great laughs and lived in an indescribable (at least on my part) world full of magic, beauty, death, destruction, torture, kindness and
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Finally, all the children are grown up. Well, as grown up as they can be. They are a force to be reckon with and yet, they are still held back. Some die which just break my heart. Usually, I'm okay with characters dying or getting hurt, but I feel like I've watched all of these characters grow up and to watch them die just kills me.

This is the final show down. Witch will now bring war to all the rotten. Lorn is finally revealed. Are we surprised? I'm not surprised. The fact that the others neve
Anna Serene
I am completely in love with this series. It makes me laugh, cry, and rage. I am crying right now from both happiness and heartache. Don't judge me until you read until the last page because this story is BRUTAL on your emotions. Good lord.

Anne Bishop I bow down to you as my queen.

Daemon, I love you so very much. I find peoples' lack of faith in you astounding, but I have always believed in you!
Nov 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
I just don't understand why these are popular. They are repetitive, the characters are all flat and there isn't any dramatic tension because the heroine is 6000 times more powerful than anyone else. I completed the trilogy but I'm not reading the rest. ...more
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Reread audible version 5 stars (2017)
Original reading paperback publishing date 5 stars
Grace Troxel
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This review originally appeared on my blog, Books Without Any Pictures:

Queen of the Darkness is the concluding volume of the Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop. In the previous books, we see a matriarchal society that has become twisted and dysfunctional, where the leaders abuse their power, harm those in their care, and poison the very fabric of society. It’s a very clear parallel and warning about patriarchal society, and by flipping the genders from o
May 01, 2011 rated it liked it
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Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2007, fantasy
Now a young woman, Jaenelle Angelline reigns as Queen of Ebon Askavi, but as isolated as she remains she still needs the help of her friends, her surrogate family, her protectors. Daemon, her promised Consort, will sacrifice himself if it means keeping Jaenelle from annihilation as she works her powerful magic to restore balance to the land.

I've already talked about character development and gushed about how much I love these books, so I'll just say a few words more.

I did see a few things that
Jul 22, 2010 rated it liked it
An excellent conclusion to a really weird series.

I read all three books in about 3 weeks, they were that well written and that well paced. Anne Bishop dares you to stop reading.

I still can't decide whether I liked these books or not. They were very out of my element and a lot of the themes distresses me greatly. However they were a great way to kill a few weeks at a boring summer job.

The end was a tad anti-climactic I felt, but the build up to it was nail-bittingly exciting.

Upon finishing the
Pandem Buckner
Feb 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Pandem by: Eviastarroy
Shelves: fiction, romance, fantasy
"The Realm of Terreille will be torn apart by its own foolish greed. Those who survive will serve, but few will survive."

So said the mad seer Tersa in the prologue in the first book of this trilogy, Daughter of the Blood, and this is when it finally happens.

Everything changes, everything gets torn apart in this book. It's heartbreaking, exciting, saddening, exhilarating, hilarious, agonizing, and breathtaking. . .it's, to use the term, a true thrill ride. It's an awesome, incredible book, and I
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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)
  • Heir to the Shadows (The Black Jewels, #2)
  • 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)
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