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The Black Jewels #2

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Depuis des siècles, le Lignage attend la venue de Sorcière. Pourtant, la jeune Jaenelle désignée par la prophétie pour représenter l'incarnation vivante de la magie n'a pas été accueillie sereinement. Elle a au contraire terriblement souffert de la guerre sans merci dont elle fut l'enjeu durant son enfance. Seuls le temps et l'amour de ses tuteurs ont su guérir les blessures physiques de la jeune fille, mais son esprit reste fragile, à peine capable de la protéger de son passé. Toutefois, rien ne l'écartera de sa destinée, et l'heure du règlement de comptes approche. Quand ses souvenirs reviendront... quand sa magie arrivera à maturité... quand elle sera forcée d'accepter son sort... Ce jour-là, le Sombre Royaume comprendra ce qu'implique le règne de Sorcière.

Pour public averti, âmes sensibles s'abstenir...

648 pages, Mass Market Paperback

First published April 1, 1999

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Anne Bishop

70 books9,900 followers
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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1,516 reviews11k followers
July 28, 2011
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 full 5 stars from me because of it. Well done, Ms. Bishop, well done.

Please don’t infer from the above that I did not like Daughter of the Blood, because I really did as I hope I made clear in my review. However, there’s no denying that it was brimming with dark imagery and mega doses of “non comfy” sex though, in my opinion, done in a non-gratuitous fashion by having most of the darker aspects occur off stage. In this second installment, the rapey non-niceties are completely absent and we have instead a deeply emotional story of friendship, love and the bonds they create giving the strength to overcome trauma. Sorry if that sounds a bit Hallmarky but it really was evocative.

This installment picks up shortly after Jaenelle has been “broken” (i.e., raped) in her enemies’ attempt to prevent her from coming into her power as Witch. While physically surviving the attack, emotionally and spiritually Jaenelle has been deeply scarred. Most of this book deals with Jaenelle’s slow physical and psychological recovery while living in safety under the angry, paternally badass protection of her adopted father, Saetan SaDiablo, who is easily my favorite character in the series. The relationship between the two is some truly epic.

The story also follows Daemon Sadi, my second favorite character, who was also brutally injured in his rescue (though a bit late) of Jaenelle from her attackers. In addition, he has suffered a complete mental breakdown as a result of being falsely told that it was he who raped Jaenelle in a fit of madness.

All the while, Dorothea and Hekatah the two vile BITCHillains of our little tale continue their plots to permanently destroy Jaenelle. There is much melodrama in the story and some might find it a bit much, but I loved it. The dialogue between the characters is heavy with emotion and depth and gives a sense of vitality to the narrative.

The biggest shocker for me, which I alluded to above, is that while still containing the lush, sensual prose and imagery that made Daughter of the Blood so fun to read, this middle volume feels much more like standard fantasy (in a good way). Sex is almost completely absent and there is a greatly reduced amount of violence. We also meet the “kindred” who are intelligent animals born of the Blood and include unicorns, dragons and other fantasy staples, but with an excellent flavor to their back story.

Most importantly, for me at least, we learn that the cruel, sadistic relationship between women and men in the realm ruled by Dorothea IS NOT the norm for the rest of the world. We learn of the strong bonds of fidelity and friendship between the strong Blood males and the wise Blood females who they serve, not through coercion but through more powerful bonds of mutual loyalty, respect and love. I know, I know, another Hallmark ad, but this is really what I found most rewarding about this story. As much as I enjoyed the darker, grittier aspects of the first story, it only really has power when it is contrasted against the light and this book really does a great job of expanding the world so that it becomes a true home….granted with some very nasty nasties.

So why ONLY 4 stars? Well as with many middle volumes, this feels a bit like a bridge between the first book and the final installment (which I am now very much looking forward to reading). The middle section of the book plodded a bit and the frequent change of POV characters made the narrative stall a bit. However, the good far outweighed the bad and this is still a strong 4 stars.

My favorite moment from the book requires a spoiler as it happens near the end of the book.

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1,606 reviews1,480 followers
May 31, 2019
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 sexual darkness of the first book and we learn that The Blood have other ways to be horrible to each other.

Jaenelle remains in a coma in Saetan’s care two years after the events of Daughter of Blood. Daemon at least was able to tie her back to her body but it has left him vulnerable with cracks of his own and drained. Because he doesn’t remember the events of that horrible night it is all twisted in his head and he isn’t sure if he helped or harmed the girl that will one day become the woman he is meant to be with.

This worldbuilding in this is really fantastic. There are lands in the physical realm, magical realm and the realm of death. The tie in between all of the places and how they interact with one another is really amazing and I like the idea of Saetan as a Guardian of the world. The Kindred are magical creatures who as legend have it were once normal wolves, dogs, cats, unicorns etc. but a dragon flew over the land dropping her scales and giving the world her magic. Humans that caught a scale became witches, animals became more sentient with magic of their own and became known as the Kindred. I love how much depth there is to the worlds.

While sometimes this is a little slow in places I can’t say I was ever bored, I really couldn’t put this down for the most part as I followed Jaenelle on her journey from the lowest part of her life, to living while blocking the trauma of her past to the final acceptance of all of it on her journey into the future.
“It is easier to kill than to heal. It is easier to destroy than to preserve. It is easier to tear down than to build. Those who feed on destructive emotions and ambitions and deny the responsibilities that are the price of wielding power can bring down everything you care for and would protect. Be on guard, always.”

There are so many great characters and so many terrible characters I love to hate that I was captivated by the entire tale. Plus seeing Saetan with a household of teenage witches as he tries to mentor Jaenelle was pretty hilarious. I’m not sure he knew what he was getting into when that little girl showed up on his doorstep seeking magic lessons.
“I met your daughter recently. I asked her if she found it difficult living with your temper. She looked genuinely baffled, and said, ‘What temper?’”
Saetan stared at her for a moment, then the anger drained away. He rubbed the back of his neck, and said dryly, “Jaenelle has a unique way of looking at a great many things.”

Anne Bishop has woven an intricate tale in a cruel world and I just can’t get enough of it. With the addition of the Kindred, Lucivar finding his place and Daemon’s journey this was a full tale that left me wanting more.

I can’t wait to see what our not so little Jaenelle will do now that she has made her choice.
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Author 45 books128k followers
June 19, 2012
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 young girl, etc etc. I mean, I REALLY like the books but yeah, there's some psychology going on here that a more penetrative mind could glean a lot from. THAT SAID I loved the first book, I felt like the mystery of the main character was a BIT infantilized in this one, she seemed way more "kiddie" towards the last half of the book, but it's a great continuation that lightens the world somewhat from the VERY dark first one, and I enjoyed it no less.

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1,860 reviews370 followers
April 21, 2021
There are so many things about this series that are just over-the-top faux horror, problematic, and cheesy. And yet, during this pandemic time as I'm languishing at home, I couldn't quit reading it. I mean there are still the issues that I had with book one, namely men named Saetan and Daemon who live in Hell. What's with the Old English diphthongs? I still find them distracting at the end of the second novel. They still make me roll my eyes.

And although women are supposed to have supremacy in this world, it is still the men (Saetan, Daemon, and Lucivar) that the author builds the narrative around. Despite the fact that Jaenelle is depicted as the ever-so-powerful Witch who seems to be destined to rule the world, she remains a rather secondary character. We don't get to share her viewpoint so she ends up being merely the motivation for the men to do things. She's like Helen of Troy, the face that launched one thousand ships, but at least she gets a little more attention than Helen did in The Iliad. (And her name has another one of those annoying ae combinations). Saetan is the Lord of Hell, but is also a big soft teddy bear for Jaenelle? He wants to be a supportive parent and good feudal lord, which just doesn't square in my head with how he got to his position. Cognitive dissonance for me for sure.

Bishop tries too hard with her world building, too. There's so much blood drinking, poisoning, sexual violence (or threat of it), torture, you name the vice. Saetan snarls and growls on virtually every page throws an awful lot of glassware. (You can tell he doesn't do the cleaning and his butler must have an impressive collection of brandy snifters.) In my opinion, George R.R. Martin portrays evil in a much more chilling fashion, simply by letting the foibles of realistic people shine through, the casual brutality and calculated cruelty. Ordinary humans can horrify much more than demons and witches, because I know I'll be in contact with them. (Stephen King knows this too, as demonstrated in The Shining.)

I'm having big problems with both concentration and maintaining interest in my reading material these days. So I have no idea why this book seemed to call my name right now and kept me going when I can't stick with many objectively better novels, but I stayed up far too late last night to see how things would shake out. Go figure! It gets three stars because I'm just so damn glad to find some flow in my reading life again without revisiting an old favourite. I've almost worn those favourites out over the past year. Oh, and book three is sitting on my shelves and may see action sooner than anticipated.

Book number 402 of my Science Fiction & Fantasy Reading Project.

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1,813 reviews474 followers
February 13, 2020

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 at the altar. Her mind was fragmented by the attack and some memories are too painful to remember them.

Another one who's scarred after that night at the altar was Daemon. His mind became fragile after trying to help Jaenelle and failing. A confrontation with Lucivar only pushes him farther to the edge of madness.

Lucifer has lost faith in his freedom and is ready to give up until someone helps him take a different path.

Of course, the two evil women, Dorothea and Hekatah continue to fabricate schemes to damage all of them. Jaenelle, Daemon, and Lucivar would suffer through many of their plots. It baffles me that none of the three and or Saetan have killed them. Of course, if they did, there wouldn't be a story.

Heir to Shadows was less bloody and traumatizing than its predecessor. There was plenty of character development and some very humorous parts. The huge drawback was having Jaenelle and Daemon separated for most of the book, it just wasn't much fun.

Cliffhanger: No

3/5 Fangs

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706 reviews381 followers
June 13, 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, and was more about the dialogue than the action, but we’re definitely getting somewhere.

This novel concentrated on Jaenelle’s road to recovery; after two years in a coma, she must battle her way back to sanity, and then take the necessary steps in order to become the Queen she was meant to be. The story followed Angelline from the age of twelve to twenty, so it’s best to minimize the number of sessions spent reading this book in order to avoid confusing the timeline. Lots of character development takes place, both where the protagonist was concerned as well as the secondaries, and all of the chess pieces were brought to the fore, including the kindred—wolves, unicorns & dragons!

Even though THE BLACK JEWELS series now has nine volumes under its wing, it was originally a trilogy, so this installment felt like it was the limbo between books 1 & 3 which explains its lack of major intrigue. By the end of this novel everything was in place for an earth-shaking payoff, except the love interest. Daemon Sadi was off in cuckoo land, but other than that I was able to better appreciate Bishop’s Dark Fantasy because this story was minus the truly heinous tidbits; however that doesn’t mean that the author dons kid gloves. Every character is still fair game.

John Sharian’s narration didn’t creep me out nearly as much as it did in DAUGHTER OF THE BLOOD. I still question the producer’s decision to go with a male voice for this series, but Angelline’s entourage is a sausage fest, so with the more disturbing aspects behind us, he’s growing on me. Sharian’s ominous tone actually worked to his advantage when he mimicked Jaenelle’s ‘midnight voice’, and I thought that he was reasonably adept at keeping the plethora of personas separate, although he does goof on occasion, and slips into his staple timbre when he shouldn’t.

HEIR TO THE SHADOWS was almost good. I’m eager for Anne Bishop to bring it home with QUEEN OF THE DARKNESS. ~ 3.5 stars
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136 reviews3 followers
August 1, 2013
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 noticing? Why are you fretting over killing bad guys? Why are you letting ppl walk all over you?!!!! Jaenelle was still annoying because since she doesn't have a direct pov it's hard for me to understand her character. She has no personality. She's just this person that can do no wrong and that's not really entertaining to read about. New storylines kept getting introduced. Now there's talking animals in the mix? Hey, don't get me wrong, I like UF's with talking animals/shape shifters etc, but there's too many fantasy elements in this series already for me to keep up with. I just wanted to know what was happening with Daemon and Lucivar. I kept hoping Daemon and Jaenelle would finally reunite at some point but nothing happened. So now I have to read Book 3 to know what happens with them but I don't feel like reading another 400+ pages of nonsense. How does this series have such a high rating? what am I not getting? :(
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96 reviews28 followers
August 14, 2008
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 some about her lineage and then about the horrible people that pose as her family. She is "witch" and has power beyond any that has been seen before but she must grow up as human and take the abuse and use that goes along with it.
This second book is her story of her rise to power, her search for her true lover and her love and acceptance for the "kindred" of the Blood (her lineage).
This is a wonderful trilogy for almost anyone. It is so well written that you are in the middle of the story before you know it. Even the long descriptions of things are enticing and I'm a fast reader aka a skimmer. I find myself not skimming in these books.
Now I can't wait to jump into the Queen of Darkness. If I could rate this trilogy higher than a 5, I would do so.
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3,090 reviews2,362 followers
July 5, 2017
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 of reviews and I'm lazy.

Not sure if I'm going to read the third book any time soon. I don't feel the urgency to find out what will happen next but I know someday I'll continue.
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563 reviews128 followers
September 8, 2017
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 characters. I can't wait to start the next one! (Literally, I'm starting it right now.)
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307 reviews68 followers
December 30, 2013
*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 was just sooo much tension. Even when nothing was going on you just felt like things were about to explode. I think Janelle might be my favorite heroine of all time. Sorry Elena..haha I loved this book so much I feel like giving the first in the series an extra star. Dusting off a spot on my favorites shelf. Moving right along while I still know who is who…haha
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3,336 reviews1,016 followers
October 2, 2018
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 wasn't quite as painful to read it does still contain scenes of mental and physical torture so I should probably warn anyone new to the series that you need to prepare yourself for the worst. I'm not trying to put anyone off because it's a FANTASTIC series but if you don't know what to expect you'll end up getting quite a shock! You also need to make sure you read this series in order, the world building is detailed and complex, there are a lot of different characters to keep track of and they have all had significant growth just in the first two books. You'll be completely lost if you pick up the books at this point and I would hate to see people to ruin the series for themselves.

As much as I enjoyed Daughter of the Blood I loved Heir to the Shadows even more, I can't tell you how grateful I am to already have my hands on the next book because as soon as I've finished writing this review I'm diving straight back into the world Anne Bishop has created! I just can't wait any longer to discover what happens to all of my favourite characters next. I don't think I have it in me to write a review that will fully explain what an amazing book Heir to the Shadows is or just how much I adore this series but I'm going to do my best in the hope of convincing you to read it for yourself.

At the end of the previous book we saw Jaenelle suffer the worst kind of physical and mental torture imaginable, it actually hurt my heart thinking about everything she went through and it's the kind of thing that no woman should ever have to deal with - let alone a 12 year old child. It was hard to see how Jaenelle would survive, let alone come out of the ordeal mentally stable but I had underestimated the amount of love and faith her friends and adopted family have and they pulled together to help her through. It takes 2 years for her mind to heal enough to return to her body but Saetan never loses faith in her. She has blocked the memory of the event that nearly killed her but she is still a very different girl to the Witch we met in the beginning. She is much more wary and finds it hard to fully trust even the people she was closest to before, she is also angry and has much less control over her temper. It takes a long time and the help of some very close friends before she starts to emerge as the fun loving and friendly girl she used to be but even then there will always be lasting effects from her trauma.

I absolutely loved meeting some of the friends that she'd spoken of in the previous book but that we hadn't been introduced to. We knew she visited lots of people besides Saetan, Daemon and Lucivar but now we get to meet her Kindred friends for ourselves along with the other young witches and warlords she has met over the years. Jaenelle draws both people and animals to her, they feel her power and know that she is the longed for Witch who has the ability to bring peace to the realms but that isn't the only reason they care for her. Jaenelle has no intention of setting up a court or taking over the duties of running a territory but she is still incredibly protective of the people she cares about and will use the power she was born with to keep them safe no matter what it costs her.

One of the characters who nearly broke my heart in the first book was Lucivar, every time we saw him he was either being tortured or being forced to watch someone else suffer and his POV made for some uncomfortable reading. I badly wanted to see him escape and find some happiness so I was absolutely thrilled with how things progressed for him in this book. He is finally reunited with his father Saetan and he is at Jaenelle's side like the protective older brother he's always wanted to be. Jaenelle needed men around her who had no interest in her sexually and I loved her interactions with both Lucivar and her adopted father Saetan. Their family dynamics are difficult at times because they all have reasons to distrust each other but there is such a sense of love between them and that really shines through in every conversation.

The one person missing from the family reunion is Daemon and although I understood his absence I'll admit I missed him because he doesn't play such a big role in this part of the story. Daemon is the one who saved Jaenelle's life but mentally throwing himself into the abyss to reach her cost him dearly and now he's paying the price. Daemon's memories of what happened to Jaenelle are vague and now he's not even sure if she's dead or alive. Worse still, he can't remember what caused her injuries and he is terrified that he did something to hurt her. His anguish over her possible death and the role he may have played in it have caused him to lose his mind and now he is walking in the Twisted Kingdom completely lost and alone. The only person who has the power to reach Daemon and bring him back is Jaenelle but when she blocked the memories of what happened to her she also blocked out the time she spent with Daemon. The most important question is will she remember who he is in time to save his life?

I've already said that this story isn't quite as dark as the first one but that doesn't mean things are all plain sailing and there are still plenty of enemies out out there making plots against Jaenelle and her family. I was glad we see some people start to get what they deserve but others like Hekatah and Dorothea are still plotting and getting ready to cause more trouble. In a lot ways the focus of this story is Jaenelle's recovery and seeing her build a network of close friends and allies that I think she will need on her side in the next book though. This instalment almost feels like the calm before the storm and I have a feeling things are going to go downhill fast for our favourite characters as the series continues in Queen of Darkness. I just hope Jaenelle and her allies are strong enough to face whatever is about to be thrown at them.
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312 reviews53 followers
March 20, 2016
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.)

That's it. That's the first half. You're welcome.

There are honestly three main issues with this book. We've already talked about Saetan I think so we can skip that. Count it as numero uno.

Number two, there was no main story arc. The story just bounced from one unconnected point to another and none of them really mattered. Imagine reading a collections of fanfiction short stories. That's basically what this was. There was no overall conflict until maybe the last bit of the book. Hekatah was off plotting but she is so incredibly inept as a villain, that it does not actually count.

Finally, Jaenelle has no point of view chapters. In the first book, this worked out all right because she was not a very active character to that story so it served to add an air of mystery about her. In Heir to the Shadows she does play a much more active role; she goes off and does stuff on her own, things happen from only her perspective that are fairly major to what little plot there is. Not seeing them, just hearing about them happening “off screen” or after the fact, took a lot away from the reader's ability to immerse themselves.

Other than that, there was a ridiculous amount of repetition of phrases. If I ever have to hear the phrase “Mother Night” again, I will stab my own ears. Also used too frequently:
“May the darkness be merciful.”
“Jaenelle fluffed her hair.”
“Jaenelle said in her midnight voice....”
“Jaenelle's sapphire eyes...”
“Why do I want to have sex with Jaenelle?'

Okay, maybe that last isn't actually said. But it is implied. Heavily. By Saetan. Did I mention how much I hate him?

Oh and you remember Daemon? That guy that was fairly important in Daughter of the Blood. Yeah, he's crazy now so eff that guy. Maybe we will go save him someday. Oh is he conveniently easy to get to now? While Jaenelle is weak so it makes it more dramatic? Okay, I guess we will save him now. Halfway anyway. Fucker can do the legwork on his own.

I cannot handle another description about what position kitties and puppies are in to cuddle with Saetan at naptime. I just can't. The first half of the book is told almost entirely from his point of view. When Lucivar comes in, it gets better, but I still think it goes without saying that I have zero interest in reading Queen of the Darkness. I read Kushiel's Dart, which is comparable to The Black Jewels in that it is a dark fantasy with a lot of sex, a while back and never read the others because it just wasn't my thing. Damn am I now missing Phedre!
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1,241 reviews132 followers
July 29, 2016
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 plans to destroy Jaenelle’s chances of coming into power as a queen. Hekatah was spoken about as if she was some extremely deceptive, manipulative person. Her actions indicated that she attempted to be those things but failed. Her plans were weak and desperate nor did they involve much intelligence or plotting. She doesn’t stand a chance. Frankly I wish she’d been killed off because I don’t want to waste my time reading about her since she is insignificant.

Lucivar’s role in the first book was small. His role in this was much bigger, but he went from being interesting, intelligent, and strong to a fool. He followed Jaenelle around like a lost puppy, and I desperately wish she would have told him to get lost. Also he is one or two thousand years old but he acted like a teenager.

The majority of this was told from Saetan’s perspective since Jaenelle was with him most of the time. He is the lamest character ever! Seriously grow some fucking balls Saetan! He is long lived and the High Lord of Hell, so stop acting like some driveling idiot! Saetan should be a bad ass, but instead he is the kindest, fairest ruler of them all. He is so intent on following the rules that he sacrificed his two sons to horrible fates all because of protocol.

Instead of being a BAMF all Saetan did was think about Jaenelle to the degree that he is blind to anything else going on in his realm including threats to Jaenelle. He is a horrible leader. He would be a loyal friend but is way too weak to be an effective leader. He’s also a shitty father to Jaenelle. He took great care of her but didn’t give her any direction. When she wanted something to be a certain way, she got her way.

Daemon was barely in this, and he is the most interesting character in the series by far. His absence deeply impacted the book and not in a good way. There was a point to it, but so many other inconsequential things didn’t need to be focused on in his absence. He sacrificed almost everything for Jaenelle in Daughter of the Blood, but did anybody give a shit about what he sacrificed for her? Nooooooo. He’s expendable, but apparently Jaenelle is not. She was the only one that cared about him at all, but she failed to show the outrage I wanted to see from her.

I’m still going to read the next one, but my expectations aren’t as high as they were when I started this book.

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582 reviews39 followers
February 29, 2020
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 her family Jeanelle's physical wounds have healed. Her mind is still fragile, threatened by the memories of how her childhood was violently ripped away. And yet destiny calls. The day of reckoning draws near, the day Jeanelle must accept her fate or be driven into the Twisted Kingdom.

Heir to the Shadows is the second in Anne Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy. The story picks up two years after book one ends. Jeanelle has barely survived the violence that threatened to take her life and her power. Her physical wounds have healed. Her frightening memories are mostly kept at bay by amnesia. Her loved ones are afraid to fill in the gaps because they don't know whether she will be able to accept what happened or if it will drive her mad. A semblance of normal life returns.

This book becomes more of your typical fantasy fare. While there are still some action sequences, gone is the over the top violence and sexual situations. It also feels a bit more like a middle book that is bridging the gap between the first and final acts. The story slows down significantly and it's pacing plods along in the beginning half as Jeanelle recovers. Things pick up midway through as we learn more of the world and it sets up most of the players for what is yet to come.

The first story was set primarily in Terrielle, the Realm of Light. This time the story is mostly set in Kaeleer, the Realm of Shadow. This realm is more Other and more magical than we've seen before. Dorothea's taint and perversion of what it means to be Blood is just stating to spread. It gives us insight into how Terrielle could have been had Dorothea not existed. It's here that we're introduced to the Kindred, animals that are also Blood. They come in all shapes and sizes from centaurs and satyrs to dragons, unicorns and wolves. They are the same and different from human Blood. They have Jewel ranks yet manage to avoid many of the failings that comes with great power for humanity. Unfortunately their form of innocence leaves them open to other influences they're unprepared for. Bishop does a great job of giving each animal its own personality and insight into how other species could think and act if they had magic.

The villains begin to move more openly. Dorothea and Hekatah continue to scheme, both together and against each other, each trying acheive her own ends. It is a common fantasy theme of evil starting to turn against and consuming itself that works well in this setting.

This is the book where Lucifer comes into his own. We finally learn what it means to be an Eyrien warrior.

Events wrap up neatly this time around leaving all characters in place for the finale to come.
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213 reviews47 followers
February 6, 2015
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 Shadows" offered an extended journey into the depths of Terreille and Kaeleer, focusing more on this last kingdom. It revolved around Jaenelle's teenage years and the development of her powers, plus her recovery from the tragic events of the first book. Also, we get to see her forming her court, composed of other young and powerful Lords and Ladies of the Blood.

All in all, this was a much more childish book that "Daughter of the Blood", and I felt it was more disorganised. Besides, Daemon was barely present, and he is one of my favourite characters, along with Saetan. Ironically, Jaenelle, the center of the story, is the character I feel more distanced towards. Maybe because I find some of her attitudes too juvenile, and I don't have access to her thoughts (there aren't any chapters focusing on her POV).

I admired this series' ability to shock me with it's raw version of reality, where little girls are lusted after, women are mentally broken if their Night of the Virgin doesn't go smoothly, and there are women who violently enslave men. This element was much softer in "Heir to the Shadows", and for that I was disappointed.
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202 reviews153 followers
January 7, 2019
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 half star from me because of Tersa and Karla and said talking animals? You be the judge.

Honestly though all the cute moments are tooth-grittingly twee, the humor is juvenile, and it all feels very condescending when the men talk about how much trouble the ladyfolk are and how powerful they are becoming and how scary they are. Plus, everybody is warm for Jaenelle's form still, including her father.

Not the ladies though. That would be crossing A LINE, amirite?

Same warnings for the first book, because the author is a one trick pony. But with rape.
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474 reviews
February 15, 2021
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, snarly male.*
*Stubbornness is a much-maligned quality,*
he panted as he climbed toward her. . .
*I love you, Witch. I always will. You're everything I'd dreamed you would be.*
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450 reviews51 followers
November 18, 2016
Este segundo volume é um pouco mais parado, mas nem por isso menos interessante.
É o livro de ligação entre “Filha do Sangue” e “Rainha das Trevas” e por isso não tem grandes desenvolvimentos em termos de história.
O livro deixa um pouco de lado Daemon Sadi para se focar em Lucivar Yaslana, o outro filho bastardo do Senhor Supremo do Inferno.
Jaenelle Angelline está agora com 17 anos e é constantemente pressionada para constituir a sua corte.
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855 reviews149 followers
March 11, 2010
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 the psychic mists after showing Janelle the way out.)

Janelle has blocked out much of what happened, and thus has forgotten Daemon. But those around her, not knowing exactly where Daemon is anyway, are not ready to lead her through those forgotten memories, assuming she will come to them on her own when she is ready.

Saetan, after challenging the council he helped create for the right to become her Guardian, has stepped up to train and aid her. He would have lost that challenge too if it wasn't for a magnificent display of power by Janelle that sealed, once and for all, her right to one day become Queen of the Blood.

This chapter of the saga gets a bit bogged down in the mire of political intrigue, but with Janelle's detractors foiled at every turn, we are still led to an ending where all is returned to her- including her consort- and with her throne all but seized, if not yet secure.

As this is the "bridge" book, the one that continues to build on what started in Daughter of the Blood and leads us to the happenings in the one to follow, it's not as exciting as the first and last. But it's needful to read and just as heart wrenching at times.
165 reviews
April 18, 2018
Van deze heb ik veel meer genoten dan van de eerste, blij dat ik toch verder gelezen heb :-)
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9 reviews
March 11, 2014
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 space" feel to them. Ultimately the pattern is this: the subplot is introduced in the span of 2 pages, resolved within the next chapter, then forgotten about. The most ridiculous one was about the scary looking demon that Saetan hired as an art teacher for Janelle and her friends. That's when I realized the book was going to be bad.

2. Characterization is really really really weak. Janelle is cool and very powerful, what else? Lucivar has a hot temper but seems kind of simple-minded, Hekatah and Dorothea are pathetic villains. The most ridiculous character of all is Saetan, though. He is supposed to be the Prince of Hell and he acts like a whiney old man. He wears cozy sweaters and we even see him play with kittens!!!!! Are you serious? He is an idiot throughout the entire book and it is hard to take him seriously. Also, all the characters love milk and nut cakes. Wait, isn't this supposed to be Hell?

3. The writing is bad and disjointed; the vocabulary fairly limited and unimaginative.

4. Where is all the sex we anticipated from reading Daughter of the Blood? And where is Daemon??

As I said, the main storyline is still worthwhile and captivating. I particularly liked when J makes the Offering to the Darkness and becomes Queen. Also, the very notion of the Twisted Kingdom is fascinating. That's why I will read Queen of the Darkness, keeping my fingers and toes crossed.
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6,668 reviews1,279 followers
January 9, 2011
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 then other times I find it to be sensually erotic.
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2,263 reviews67 followers
May 20, 2011
I couldn't put this down. Incredible story.

Again, I would give it a five star rating without question if it didn't end on a NASTY cliff hanger. So, it gets four. I'm greatful that the series is so far advanced. I'd be swearing it off if I had to wait a year or more to get the rest of the story.

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978 reviews119 followers
March 8, 2020
My opinion hasn't changed I like it enough, but it needed more Daemon.
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1,147 reviews103 followers
April 14, 2019
Depois de ser fisicamente torturada, Janelle fica sobre a guarda de Satean que irá prepara-la para ser a futura rainha das trevas. Outros tentarão molda-la e a transformar na bruxa que pretendem.
Mas pois mais adorável que ela mostre ser não é influenciável. E aos poucos deixará de ser aquela inocente e imaginativa menina para se tornar numa poderosa mulher.

A relação entre o senhor supremo e a jovem bruxa é de carinho e protecção. Satean demonstra ser um verdadeiro pai para Janelle, cedendo aos seus pequenos caprichos e controlando as suas fúrias. Aos poucos a magia dela desabrocha, assim com as memórias que tinha perdido...

Lucivar destaca-se neste livro. Também ele quer proteger a bruxa e fará de todo para afasta-la do perigo. Por ela está disposto a conviver com um pai que nunca conheceu. O seu único erro foi ter abandonado o seu irmão ao seu destino.

Daemon está perdido em outra dimensão acreditando que destruiu mulher que ama. Poderá ele conseguir escapar ao seu eterno sofrimento e resgatar Janelle dos abutres que a rodeiam?
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567 reviews11 followers
June 5, 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 and the way his relationship with Jaenelle and Saetan developed. It was also interesting to see the world expand to include the Kindred, and Jaenelle's coven and the boyos were another enjoyable aspect that bought some lightheartedness to all the violence.
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45 reviews3 followers
December 3, 2013
Anne Bishop is a very good storyteller; she knows how to keep you shocked and turning the page. I know I read Daughter of the Blood well into the night in order to finish it. Unfortunately her flaws seem to have caught up with her in Heir to the Shadows.

Bishop has created a very dark world of power play between males and females and masters and slaves. This is a matriarchal world where men serve the more magically powerful women. Unfortunately the Queens have taken advantage of their power and enslaved many of the men and force them to serve them both in and out of the bedroom. Jaenelle was born to be Queen over all of the Blood, those who have magic, and her future lover Daeman, his half brother Lucivar and their father Saetan have sworn to serve her.

Heir to the Shadows takes up where Daughter of the Blood ends. Saetan has taken custody of Jaenelle, who has selective amnesia of her rape, Daeman is mostly insane and Lucivar has managed to get himself thrown into the Salt Mines. This all makes up for a very promising storyline, but unfortunately the book's strengths are far outweighed by its weaknesses.

The setting is not well described or very detailed. We are still given little to no detail about the world itself and only somewhat more detail about how the magic works. It sometimes seems like rape and/or sex is thrown in simply for the sake of having rape and/or sex in there, which makes it sometimes feel like little more than a dark erotica novel.

The plot itself has serious flaws. For instance we are consistently bludgeoned over the head by the narrator, and by the characters themselves, by the fact that Jaenelle, Daemon, Lucivar, and Saetan are incredibly powerful. More powerful than any of their enemies. So why do they they take so long to stop their enemies? If Lucivar has killed queens with such ease before why did it take so long for him to escape the mines, where he was clearly in serious danger? Also, Lucivar has apparently been having sex with women for centuries, and as far as we know none of them got pregnant. If that's supposed to be the reason why all the witches want to have sex with him, why doesn't anyone think that he's sterile, and thus useless?

Saetan is supposed to be the most powerful person around until Jaenelle comes but for vague, not clearly explained reasons, he doesn't bother to free either of his sons from slavery, and although he knows that Hekatah is a threat and that he is much more powerful than her he never does anything about it. I can sort of understand him not wanting to kill her, but he couldn't have imprisoned her, or at least kept a closer eye on her activities? Especially when he already knows that she's killing people? For that instance, he couldn't he have at least kept a closer eye on his sons? After all this I'm really supposed to believe that he doesn't want his sons to be hurt? Obviously he doesn't care enough to actually stop their tormentors. I can forgive Jaenelle for not being very good at dispatching enemies because she is young, but it seems as if even though the reader is told several times in Heir to the Shadows and Daughter of the blood that each of the main characters are incredibly powerful, when it came to the actual events in the book, half the time you were supposed to forget that.

I was willing to accept that Jaenelle was unable to stop her own rape despite being told that she is ridiculously powerful. I was willing to accept that most of the people in this world seem to think of little except sex. I was even willing to accept that Bishop is frustratingly vague about what their magic is actually capable of and that I have no idea what most of the world is like. What I am not so willing to forgive is that Bishop is a weak writer who is unable to make her character's actions match up with her descriptions of those characters.

Unless Anne Bishop drastically improves her writing I will not be reading any more of her books.
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81 reviews
June 29, 2010
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 feature in the Sookie Stackhouse series, you know. ;-) Or is the "midnight voice" more frightening? I also had moments of imagining Cate Blanchett’s Galadriel from The Fellowship of the Ring (“In the place of a Dark Lord you would have a Queen! Not dark, but beautiful and terrible as the Morn! Treacherous as the Seas!”). LOL. And since I've already gone off tangent . . .

Speaking of urban fantasy, I've decided that I usually prefer it over pure fantasy. I just like the juxtaposition of the supernatural with a modern, (mostly) realistic world . . . perhaps because UF series tend to be more humorous? But I also think a well-crafted fantasy can give readers an experience like no other. My issue with The Black Jewels series is that I have not been able to really visualize the world. As I mentioned in my review for Daughter of the Blood, eventually I became frustrated enough that I sought out more information online, and I did find some helpful FAQs that explained the realms and their territories. Still, it never felt well grounded, and that's even more apparent to me as I have begun reading George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones, where I do feel like I’m transported to another world. Although, really, it’s more like being transported back in time . . . but you get my meaning.

So, aside from these issues, I enjoyed some of the character development—though I did miss Daemon at times—and the relationships are interesting, even if the characters often fall into their prescribed gender role behaviors. I am enjoying Jaenelle’s rise to power and eagerly anticipating the downfall of the wicked. And I have paid the price. ;-) 6/10
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2,669 reviews79 followers
April 18, 2021
The re-read of this series does nothing but cement this whole series as one of my all-time favorites. This book is a little bit of the departure from the last. It's not quite as dangerously dark as the first book is.

This is in a lot of ways a coming of age story for Janelle. It's been two years since the ending we saw at the Dark Altar, and Janelle is still deep in the abyss. She is alive, but hasn't come back to those waiting for her. When she finally does return there's still a lot of healing she has to do. This story is really about her accepting who she is and coming into her own power. She doesn't entirely want to be Witch and the Queen she was meant to be. But she is necessary.

I really love all the characters in this series. If there's any downside to this book it's that we see less of Daemon as after everything that happened his brain has shattered and he's trapped in the Twisted Kingdom. But I loved getting to see more of Lucivar and the brotherly relationship that's developing between himself and Jaenelle. I enjoy how baffled by all these teenagers Saetan is. The group of friends and the kindred that find themselves drawn to Jaenelle never fail to make me smile as they support her unconditionally.

This is a bit of a middle book, in that it almost puts a pause on the development of things. Jaenelle needs time to grow up, but the poison that has infected all of Terreille is starting to seep down into Kaeleer. Jaenelle's first act as Queen is a doozy. :) Finishing this book just makes me want to immediately pick up the next and conclude the trilogy. I know what's coming and I can't wait to read it again.
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