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Il y a sept cents ans, une Veuve Noire a vu une prophétie prendre vie dans sa toile de songes. Désormais, le Sombre Royaume se prépare à l’arrivée de sa Reine, la sorcière qui détiendra un pouvoir plus grand que celui du Sire d’Enfer lui-même. Mais, celle-ci est encore jeune, influençable et vulnérable face à ceux qui voudraient la pervertir. Or, quiconque la tient sous saIl y a sept cents ans, une Veuve Noire a vu une prophétie prendre vie dans sa toile de songes. Désormais, le Sombre Royaume se prépare à l’arrivée de sa Reine, la sorcière qui détiendra un pouvoir plus grand que celui du Sire d’Enfer lui-même. Mais, celle-ci est encore jeune, influençable et vulnérable face à ceux qui voudraient la pervertir. Or, quiconque la tient sous sa coupe contrôle la Ténèbre. Trois hommes, des ennemis jurés, le savent. Et ils connaissent la puissance que recèlent les yeux bleus de cette enfant innocente.Ainsi commence un impitoyable jeu d’intrigues, de magie et de trahisons, dans lequel la haine et l’amour sont les armes… et dont le trophée est bien plus redoutable que tous l’imaginent....

Title : Fille du sang
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ISBN : 9782811203405
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Number of Pages : 474 Pages
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Fille du sang Reviews

  • Peter
    2019-02-21 04:54

    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.

  • Bonnie
    2019-02-27 06:40

    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 of cliffhangers- but there's just too much else wrong with it to make me want to read the next one....and who names their characters Saetan (very obviously meant as an analogue to Satan, the devil, what-have-you) and Daemon- but doesn't bring along any of the associated mythology or world-pieces? Yes, supposedly Saetan rules in Hell, but Hell here is context-free (as there's no religion-system here), and Saetan is rather depicted as a bumbling daddy-figure who likes to give his "daughter of the soul" whatever she wants. Sure, that's kind of Satanic, in a sense, but not quite the sense the author wants, I think.

  • Stephen
    2019-03-17 04:54

    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 and Kaeleer. The Realms are not a place full of warm and fuzzies. All power in The Realms is concentrated in those “of the Blood” that you can basically think of as witches and warlocks. Each person born to the Blood is born to a particular color of “jewel” which determines their relative strength as well as their societal status. The darker the jewel, the greater the strength. The power structure is matriarchal, with Blood males serving/servicing Blood females...and this leads me right into the sex. Sex is an essential aspect of how the Blood to gain and maintain political power and so is a critical part of the plot. If you are squeamish about sexual content, you may want to fantasy elsewhere. Though very little of the “doing the nasty” is explicit (this is NOT erotica), sex and sexual politics pervades every aspect of the Three Realms, and it is not the pleasure pumping kind of sex. It is dark, gritty and should only be practiced with a safety word. It’s absolutely essential to the plot and I thought the strong sense of the sensual without the need for explicit sex scenes was very well done. Over time, the Blood has become corrupted and a scheming harpy of a witch-bitch named Dorothea now holds the position of Queen. Dorothea has systematically killed or destroyed all those who could challenge her power and has fostered an atmosphere of plotting and mistrust among the rest of the court which keeping all of the stronger Blood males in line by....well, you’ll have to read for yourself. But Dorothea and her brood are running scared because young Jaenelle has been born and has the power to become the most powerful member of the Blood. Of course, she needs to survive long enough to come into her power.This is dark fantasy done well. The writing is vividly descriptive and very evocative. It oozes lush. The characters that populate this tale are original and great a strong sense of connection with the plot. I especially liked two of the stronger Blood males: (1) Saetan Daemon SaDiablo, the High Lord of Hell, High Priest of the Hourglass and Warlord Prince of Dhemlan and (2) Daemon Sadi (aka the "Sadist") SaDiablo. Both of these characters just engulf the page when they are present and loom over every scene they are in. The title character, Jaenelle, is also terrifically drawn, but the reader is not allowed inside her head as a POV character so the connection is not as immediate. In addition to the characters, I thought the magic system was very interesting and quite unique. I do hope that the rules, scopes and limits of the magic are explored in more detail in future novels as I am interested to learn more. What we get in the first one is quick flashes and teases that make you crave more. Finally, I thought the multi-leveled plot was very well done. It was both complex, yet understandable and so you never felt like you were getting lost in the various changes of direction. Without going into detail, I do want to point out that there are significant portions of the story that can make you cringe (e.g., scenes of systematic rape and torture for both male and female characters). It is quite dark. However, in the hands of a writer as gifted as Anne Bishop, it is amazing to read. 4.0 stars. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! Nominee: Locus Award for Best First Novel.

  • Heba
    2019-02-23 02:01

    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 Bishop's characterization. As I think a few reviewers before me have mentioned, the novel's requisite badasses -- Daemon and Saetan -- share the same flaw: they're both way too dramatic. How many times does a reader have to be subjected to a magical temper tantrum, or an icy rage or whatever it's called, for god's sake? Not only that, but they're both oddly fluffy when it comes to the "daughter of the blood" herself, Jaenelle. Saetan in particular suffers from extensive badass decay. By the novel's end, I remember thinking that if I had to read something like "Saetan's jaw dropped/Saetan grabbed a chair for support/Saetan's hands started trembling" in response to some unwittingly outrageous thing that Jaenelle had said just one more time, I would throw the book at a wall. And that brings me to my biggest complaint. Jaenelle, girl of the hour, herself. Her blatant Mary Sue-ness made me want to throttle someone. I realise that it was somewhat necessary to the plot, her being the legendary prophesied queen to surpass all queens or whatever, but come on. In sum: Bishop really didn't succeed in making me feel for her characters. They were just a little too one-dimensional for my taste. P.S. I don't want to spoil anything for anyone, but I found the novel's romantic undertones...squicky, for lack of a better word. Highly squicky.

  • Rage
    2019-03-17 07:40

    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 of the babbling about "webs" and "gates" -- honestly, as far as I can tell, each "realm" is like a city, and they all sort of float around in space and some of them are in Hell, where everyone's undead and they only drink blood, not liquor, except sometimes when they get totally wasted, also a horse vampire. ??? Some people can use magic, and some people are better at it or born with more power, but it's not really explained what the difference is, except that everyone we're concerned with is a) able to use magic, b) quite powerful or at least sort of special, and c) totally sexy. I mean, forget about any kind of description beyond "gold eyes" and "long black nails," (sounds SUPER sexy already right!) all you're going to get is how handsome and attractive and slinky and attractive and scary Daemon is, and Saetan has a bad leg, and Lucivar has wings. Maybe bat wings? Not sure. Plus Jaenelle has blonde hair, which she fluffs all the day, and blue eyes, but sometimes she has a stupid expression, and sometimes she's totally intense and wise beyond her years. Everyone who's bad is fat or doesn't have an impressive bosom or whatever, and they're always hanging out in shadows cackling about their wicked schemes and drinking blood. I'm not even kidding. This book is a joke. Daemon's always angry in a cold way, so he's always leaving frost where he goes. However, when he really gets his dander up, he's able to grotesquely torture and mutilate the people who are supposed to have control over him, so like... why does he allow them to boss him around and make him so miserable in the first place? Everyone's super passive-aggressive, like, I know you're awful and you're going to make me even more wretched, but I think I'll wait until you do and then I guess I'll retaliate. But until then I'm just going to be very sad and dark and call myself a whore and slink around being bitter and cold and sometimes putting on one earring and makeup, which apparently can make a man more androgynous AND frighteningly masculine at the same time -- and it's part of the extra sexy "frilly shirt and feathered hat" getup, saved for special seductions, because when I think about seductive men immediately I want nothing other than a David Bowie-Jack Sparrow one-two knockout punch, in heeled ankle boots. Which, actually, it sounds less ridiculous when I say it that way than it did in the book.And all of that would be fine, if the author seemed at all in on the joke, but the narrative takes itself so seriously. Every page is absolutely dripping with melodrama. YOU'VE COLLECTED ALL OF THE GEMS IN EVERY REALM? HOLY THUNDER CATS, BATMAN, NO ONE THOUGHT IT WAS POSSIBLE!! (hands trembling uncontrollably)The most egregious element of this book, I think, is the author's use of sexual violence, abuse, slavery, and torture, just to write some kinky stuff and give her characters something to whine about. Everything fades to black or gets kind of hazy and abstract whenever something serious is going down, and honestly, instead of leaving it to the reader's imagination, I think it would have done the author some good to actually write the minutiae of the torment she piles onto her characters. By skipping the details, not only does Bishop not have to really confront the depravity she's imagined for us, she also doesn't have to deal with how unrealistic and bizarre so many things are. Furthermore, as several people have pointed out, Daemon is totally sexually attracted to Jaenelle, who's twelve. And I think this is supposed to be not only acceptable but ROMANTIC, because he really loves her, like her SOUL, not just her BODY you guys. But let's be real, pedophiles in the actual world where this kind of thing really happens? Are prone to thinking exactly that kind of thing. Kartane, who spends a lot of time thinking about how he's going to brutally rape young girls so that their lives are ruined, is a cartoon. This book isn't real, so he can think whatever Bishop wants. But Daemon justifies his attraction and repeatedly puts himself in a position to take advantage of Jaenelle in ways that he can justify ... which is not romantic, it's terrifying. Pretty much the last scene in the book is Jaenelle accusing Daemon of being like everyone else who just wants her body, so, to save her, he... uses his magical "seduction tendrils" to trick her into doing what he wants by destroying her willpower. If the book was like, yo that's pretty devastating, maybe this guy is not actually cool and a hero, maybe sometimes the bad guy really believes that he cares about you as he's destroying you - so we're going to deal with that by holding him accountable for his actions, that would be a neat twist that gave the story some kind of actual consequential meaning. But no, he just did that because he loved her so much omg!! Isn't he handsome and charming and tragic. Also, if you thought that the matriarchal society was going to have anything to do with competent, awesome ladies, forget that noise. It's full of stereotypically catty and vain caricatures, the author uses their sexual aggressiveness to paint them as villains, and one of the most common cusses is "son of a whoring bitch." This book is awful. There are so many problems that I could just keep going and going, but all I'm going to do is keep complaining about this disgusting, stupid book. I think a really serious editor could have been like hey lady this is a nice private fantasy but let's buckle down and write a challenging, compelling, and creative piece of literature, and this might have turned into something pretty interesting and powerful, but obviously that did not happen.

  • Evgeny
    2019-03-17 01:53

    Welcome to my DNF graveyard: a fun and cheerful place to be. The social system of the world of the book is matriarchy. It seems women in power decided the best use for the men is to keep them as sex slaves: I have yet to see a single free man in the part of the book managed to read; there are some outside of the world though. The injustice is everywhere, but there is a prophecy concerning a coming of The Queen who Will Make Everything Right. Every man - free and enslaved fall in love (not Platonic kind) with her. The only problem (at least in my book; bad pun intended): she is only 12. This was the first problem for me. It takes a real master of the level of Vladimir Nabokov to write about pedophilia in such a way that the reading does not make you feel very dirty. I am sorry - I really am - but Anne Bishop does not come anywhere close to this mastery.The characters were serviceable I guess, but written in such a way that I could not care less about anyone, including the super-sexy teen Queen. Speaking of character the only amusing bit I can mention is that the book features the most pathetic Lord of Hell in the history of literature since The Old Testament was written. I cannot help mentioning the Savior theme. J.R.R. Tolkien practically created the trope (if not, then he most definitely made it very popular). Everybody and their brother wrote fantasy about a simple person usually coming from a remote village destined to save the world from a total annihilation. Some time later Robert Jordan came with his While of Time. Like it or not, but he developed this theme to such extend that everything coming after him seems like a pale imitation. Like all that followed Daughter of the Blood has not managed to be completely overshadowed by its predecessor either. I still had hope I would manage to finish this one. At this point I made two tactical errors. First I peeked at the blurb for the next book. I quote:...And Jaenelle will face her destiny when she remembers Daemon, Saetan's son, who made the ultimate sacrifice for her love....If this is not a dead giveaway that we are talking about a romance disguised as fantasy, I do not know what is. Please do not get me wrong, I have absolutely nothing against romances, but only about romances that are honest about their genre from the beginning. My second mistake was in skimping through the reviews better people then me wrote. The moment I stumbled upon complaint that the characters often behave like complete retards just to move the plot I realized it is time to DNF. If there is something I cannot stand is heroes (both good and bad) acting in a way that would make an ordinary wooden log look like an Einstein. There are better books out there.P.S. I would like to say my thanks to all my friends who discouraged encouraged me during the read. Their input made my hard decision to DNF easier.

  • Jess
    2019-03-01 01:01

    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- TOO MUCH SHIT ABOUT HAVING SEX WITH KIDS- TOO MUCH SHIT ABOUT HATING WOMENThings I did like about this book:- There was a horse character- The child molesters got exploded

  • Jaidee
    2019-02-27 00:57

    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 there. Ok ok there was Harold Robbins but we didn't discover him until grade seven.Well this book reads very much like VC Andrews mating with Anne Rice who then mates with E.L. James. The writing was barely adequate at best and highly repetitive. The men were constantly "steepling their fingers" and the women were "fluffing their hair". The women constantly hissed and the men snarled. You get the picture.The sex was quite dysfunctional and twisted and there was a fair bit of it. The women were just as predatory as the men and nobody liked anybody very much except for the new "Witch" who was twelve years old (Yikes....I wish the writer had made her eighteen-if you read the book you'll know why I wish this.) There was some interesting magical elements in the book but often the rules of the world were applied rather too conveniently to get the plot moving along.I've seen this book labeled as dark feminist fantasy but I don't think this is an apt description. If you are looking for some excellent dark feminist fantasy I highly recommend Jacqueline Carey who writes exquisitely and has a fertile imagination with fascinating characters and plotlines.If you are in the mood for some trash then this book is adequate. I'm going to hang my head in shame though and admit that at some point I will read Book 2 because sometimes you want to read something that is "trashy, campy, cheesy and sordid". Admit it you do too.

  • Lightreads
    2019-03-13 01:56

    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 apparently pon farr. . . . Oh, ahahaha, the unicorns aren't going to perform the wedding ceremony are they? . . . Of course they are."The breakdown: 90% cheerfully sexist fluffy fluff about family and love. 9% ridiculously over the top violence, sexual and otherwise. 1% plot and world building.You guys. I just. I don't even. *hand gestures*

  • Amanda Ryan-Romo
    2019-03-01 01:42

    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 male and displays those differences in a society that acknowledges and accepts them. Bishop further engages in disrupting patriarchy by showing the fallacies present for women in that social system. She challenges patriarchal norms regarding sexuality, language, power and relationships between women and men. Her work, which is centered in an otherworld that is distinctly non-medieval and yet is technologically vague as to almost be modern, empowers women by showing how they can empower themselves through belief in their own power.

  • Katie(babs)
    2019-03-06 00:56

    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 reader's and a writer's perspective. Anne’s words are so rich, and her characters so unique. Every one in this book is not what they seem. The acts written are so questionable and the consequences are so very, very dark. This is not a book for everybody. There are brutal acts against children that consist of rape and pedophilia. Mothers force their sons to have sex with them, as well as father’s selling their daughters to the highest bidder even before they have gone through puberty. The sex here is something that is not enjoyable for both the giver and receiver. Anne has written the sex act as a way to have power over someone. It is usually not done in love, but more for gratification. It is cold and harsh. If someone does not enjoy the act, they may go insane, as some young girls do during their Virgin Night. The Virgin Night is when a young girl becomes a woman. And they better hope the man they are with is gentle and loving, because if their first time is brutal, the girl will be destroy mentally, forever lost to the Twisted Kingdom, a realm where their soul goes, never to return, because they have been brutalized.There are three Realms within Daughter of the Blood: Terreille, Kaeleer and Hell. These Realms are separated through Gates, which are guarded by Priestesses. The society that lives in each of these Realms is ruled by the Blood and the Jewel. Think of it as a hierarchy or a caste system if you will. Within these caste systems are territories ruled by a Court. The Court can either be ruled by a Queen or a high ranking member of the Blood.There are so many characters that make up Daughter of the Blood, but there are four main ones that come to mind and will become so very important in the next two books to come. They are Saetan, Daemon, Lucivar and Jaenelle. There is Saetan, who is the High Lord and ruler of Hell. He has two sons that were taken away from him thousands of years ago. One is Daemon, the other is half-brother Lucivar. They are pleasure slaves that serve their aunt, Dorothea SaDiablo, who I have nicknamed evil skank whore queen for good purpose. She has a magical Ring of Obedience around both these brothers. She can lead them around their cocks in the most literal sense. She controls them and pimps them out to pleasure any woman who can afford the price. She especially has a sick obsession with Daemon who is 1,700 years old and has been nicknamed Hayll’s Whore. Daemon is beyond gorgeous and deadly. The so-called pleasure he gives these woman is through the power he has. He has never used his cock, since it doesn’t get hard. So essentially, Daemon is still a virgin. He has been abused horribly, and I wonder if J.R. Ward found her inspiration for Zsadist because of Daemon. Zsadist and Daemon are very much alike in that sense, that they have been forced and raped. There is no escape for Daemon, only hope for a prophecy was told about the living myth; dreams made flesh will arrive in the form of a young woman, a witch who is Witch. She will be the most powerful Queen in the Blood’s history and will cleanse the three Realms of the greed, corruption and sadomasochism, and bring peace. Daemon has waited and waited for Witch because she will be his true lover, the one who will own his soul. She is the only woman he can truly be with in every sense of the sexual, emotional, spiritual and physical.Where as Daemon suffers more emotional abuses, Lucivar suffers the worst kind of physical. He too waits for Witch, to release him from his torment. Lucivar is actually the first one to meet Witch, in the form of seven year old Jaenelle Angelline, the youngest granddaughter of the Chaillot’s Territory Queen. Jaenelle can cross through all Realms, where she leaves her body to do so. This is where she first meets Lucivar and then his father Saetan. Saetan believes Jaenelle is the daughter of his soul. He longs to teach her craft, magic that she must learn in order to keep her safe because Dorothea and other Queens would destroy Janelle. But by the age of twelve, Jaenelle is in a bad place. Her family thinks she is mentally ill and place her in and out of a hospital called Briarwood. Briarwood is not what is seems. It is a place where little girls, like Jaenelle are left to the mercy of the Uncles, men who enjoy the taste of little girls.Daemon is sent to be a plaything for Jaenelle’s grandmother and the other women who reside there. The way Daemon handles Jaenelle is very carefully constructed. Daemon knows that Jaenelle is the one he is meant to be with, but because of her, age he would never do anything to her. Even though he wants Jaenelle, he wants who she is inside, the woman she will become. He doesn’t lust after the little girl she is, but rather the person inside. Anne handled this relationship very well. Some may find Daemon’s feelings for Jaenelle at this time to be a bit uncomfortable, but it is a nice comparison to what Daemon goes through with the women of age he must pleasure. He is very much an innocent, when it comes to his feelings for Jaenelle, just like Jaenelle is very innocent in her actions and feelings. She finds a friend in Daemon, a companion that seems to understand her. She also bridges the gap between Daemon and Saetan. Father and son are on the path to forgiveness, all because of Jaenelle.But Jaenelle’s innocence doesn’t last long because during a party, where the men size up the young girls, all due to Jaenelle’s sadistic uncle, Jaenelle has an outburst in order to protect her older sister. From this point on, Daemon and Jaenelle will be separated and they both will go through some truly horrible things. Jaenelle is brutalized in such a way that made me sick to my stomach. This was the one major peeve I had because the rape of a child is something I am just not comfortable with. We aren’t given details of the act, but the aftermath leads to some very hard reading. The reason for this is to set up the next book because the abuse Jaenelle goes through, breaks her mind, where she leaves her body and disappears. She will be gone forever, a shell with no soul. It is up to Daemon to rescue her. But he is not just rescuing the person that Jaenelle is, but her true being that is Witch.Anne leaves things open that will hopefully be concluded in the second book, Heir to the Shadows. Daughter of the Blood is disturbing. Dark is not a good enough word to describe this world that Anne Bishop has created. There are many scenes that will make you flinch, and I wouldn’t be surprised if some simply cannot go on and finish reading. As for myself, the best word to describe how I felt reading, is of being consumed. Perhaps Daughter of the Blood could be compared to that of a car accident you just can turn away from. I was lost, much like Jaenelle was as she skipped through those Realms, where I didn’t want to leave. I may have been disturbed, and a bit ill at certain points, but I wanted more.I question why Anne had to go so far with some of things in Daughter of the Blood. Perhaps it was for shock value, or she felt it just fit in the world she was writing. I would have preferred not to read some of those difficult scenes, but again, my opinion is more of a personal nature. Regardless of the dark tone and nature of Daughter of the Blood, Anne has written an amazing book that evoked so many different emotions.Jaenelle brought forth my memories of innocent and childlike dreams. Daemon gave me those barely unleashed feelings of lust and seduction, and Lucivar made me feel such pain and suffering. I wanted to torture Dorothea and make her eat her heart. And as for Saetan, I felt a father’s love for all his children and friends. Anne’s vision of Hell is one that will stay with me forever. Funny how Hell seems kind while the other Earth like Realms seem so horrible.Anne Bishop has opened my eyes to an incredible world that I will never forget.

  • Zeek
    2019-03-14 04:41

    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: Daughter of the Blood.In the first book, Daughter of the Blood, we are introduced to the characters who will populate the entire Series. Janelle, the once and future queen, is just a child but is already coming into the power that will outshine all in her shadow.The chosen one whose coming was foretold over 1700 years ago, she would be the one to put an end to the corrupt rule of the Jeweled Blood Queens- witches who rule the people known as The Blood.But the women in power will not loose their grip so easily and it will take the wisdom of her soul father, brother, and future consort to keep her safe until the time she is ready to come into her own.Right off the bat I became enthralled with this story. Long a lover of fantasy and romance, I knew this story had the potential to be a great read. I wasn't wrong.From the moment Janelle enters the scene, answering the call of the lonely brother of her soul- I was hooked.I have to admit, it was difficult for me to set aside my preconception of one character before I could truly let myself enjoy the ride though-that character being Saetan of course, the soon to be mentor and teacher of Janelle as well as her father- not of blood, but of soul.Saetan is a sympathetic character in this tale, long relegated to the halls of Hayll and a shell of the man he used to be, subsisting on blood and darkness. Then Janelle enters his life and life begins aknew for him.In DOTB, the characters are all locked in their own prisons- Saetan to the fragility of his mind and body and the dreams of what could be and Janelle to the hands of those who should be protecting her but are instead locking her away to keep her in line. Luciver, the brother of Janelle's soul and her future consort, Daemon, both literal sons of Saetan, are enslaved as pleasure slaves by and for the Queens of the Blood. But by the end of the first book, we find them all beginning to break free.One will sacrifice his own sanity for the sake of Janelle's life. Another is left to uncertain future at the hands of his enslavers. One begins to realize his hopes and dreams and for Janelle, the nefarious reasons for her captivity come to a stunning climax that will make you eager to run out for the next installment!Great beginning to a magical story! (Be warned, the plotting is complex and unfolds over three books, but it is a story not to missed!)

  • Tom
    2019-03-07 04:32

    *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 and I can actually see myself rereading this series again sometime in the future!Let me say this is a me series. In no way do i believe most will get it and it is an uncomfortable read at times.*Edited* After reading the next 2 books I feel like I should throw the 5th star at this one. It is a very intense Fantasy and one of my favorite trilogies. I'll wait till I reread to make the decision though. Because that will happen!What the hell did I just read! Wow this might be one of the hardest reviews because I’m not sure how I’m going to explain that I liked this.Daughter of the blood blurb says that the Dark Kingdom is preparing itself for the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy. Janelle is a child with more power than the world has ever scene. Sadi tries to train her which is going to be tough being she has more power than he can even imagine. Daemon is a sex slave that has waited 700 years for the Queen to come into power and becomes wrapped around the little 12 yo while trying to keep her safe.Well I know why they call it the “Dark Kingdom”. This was a pretty damn DARK fantasy! If this wasn’t fantasy I probably would have had a hard time getting through it. Apparently there are a lot of perverts that are into kiddies in the Dark Kingdom. Even the good guy Daemon got a little creepy. Now I immerse myself in the worlds I live in and that’s why I seem to give a wide berth in the fantasy stories that I read. Daemon swooning over little 12yo Janelle should have been creepy but knowing he was going to have to wait 7 years to tap into her wasn’t really a stretch since he’d been waiting 700 years. And to be honest most of the book he just treated her like a sister except for a couple of creepy moments. JANELLE!!! What a frigging complex character. She was creepy then cute then SCARY and she just always kept me on the edge of my seat when her part came into the story. I LOVE Janelle (not like Daemon…haha) she was such a good hearted heroine and I hope she comes out of this book with some semblance of herself.There was probably one too many storylines going for me and the politics was drug out a little for my total enjoyment. There was a lot of world building in the first half of the book and the second half was a lot more intense. Definitely moving on with the series!

  • Holly
    2019-03-17 06:33

    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. Which leads to some pretty twisted men. This book made me think a lot about the reaction many of KMM's fans had to the relationship that formed between Ryodan and Dani in KMM's Iced. It was by and large a very negative reaction. I was ok with the storyline because I'm a fan of destined love. Ryodan knew without a doubt that Dani would be his other half in a few years when she became an adult. He was waiting for her. This book played with that idea too but it took it too far in my opinion. The sexual nature of this culture and the various races icked me out. I almost put the book down multiple times.Now on top of all of this I had major issues with the writing. It was disjointed and not well set up. In the beginning it reminded me a lot of Jacqueline Carey's Phaedre series. I was thrilled because although that series was dark I really enjoyed it. They both kind of throw you into the middle of these worlds. But unlike with Jacqueline Carey's series that world building never really comes. Random terms/places/people are brought up with very little explanation. I found it really confusing. I also felt like there were WAY TOO MANY side characters of absolutely no importance. Too many names and official titles. I spent hours reading this book and I still don't understand where in the world these places are and how their magic works. And the writing was SO dramatic. One chapter convinced me that Daemon hated Surreal and the next it seems like they're best friends. I'm pretty sure Daemon is bipolar. So much angst. So here's the kicker- even after all of that and the frankly horrifying event that happens in the last few chapters I'm still considering reading book 2. Am I a glutton for punishment? Maybe. I'm hoping that book 2 does what I kept waiting for book 1 to do- jump ahead a few years in time so I can stop being so grossed out by this blossoming love story.

  • Shannon
    2019-02-21 23:40

    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.

  • Marta Cox
    2019-02-17 02:54

    The first book in what is known as The Black Jewels trilogy and now to be released on Kindle internationally. This is a classic piece of fantasy writing by this established author and it's an absolute joy to read such unique world building. This is unashamedly a journey into a world of imagination unlike any other that you will take . So be prepared to feel both challenged and revolted by all the machinations you are about to encounter here.An ancient prophecy foretells of a Witch who will appear and unite the three realms and free them all from tyranny. It's a land that's ruled by blood and magic and controlled by Queens who expect undying servitude. The Witch will be the ultimate embodiment of magic.Saetan is guardian over the Hell realm but has learned of a young girl Jaenelle who although still a child has the ability to traverse all the realms. He's determined to teach her but she's slippery and refuses to share her secrets with him. Jaenelle is from Terreille and suffers greatly at the hands of her family as they believe she is of unsound mind and emotionally scarred. At times Jaenelle struggles to even trust herself and almost believes that what she sees is just her imagination. Institutionalised she is at the mercy of those who would do her harm and she sees no way to escape her fate.Saetan has two estranged sons Lucivar and Daemon but time and the taint that's spreading throughout the lands has caused them all unmitigated pain. Both Daemon and Lucivar are enslaved by evil power hungry Queens but when Daemon feels the pull of Jaenelles blood magic it's clear that finally Witch has arrived! Jaenelles considerable powers are not yet fully honed and she will need protecting from those who seek to control power. Jaenelle is still a child but she will face danger and depravity before her destiny will be realised . This is a very different type of book for me as it's pure fantasy rather than the urban fantasy world that Ms Bishop has recently ventured into. This is not a pretty read and aspects of it are truly vile! Males are violated and even castrated and although not erotic there is quite a strong sexual aspect to this story. There is a lot to remember as the author introduces quite a few characters and it's an original idea to connect magical powers with gem stones . It's a richly drawn world and just pulls the reader in. At times it's hard to see how the heroine Jaenelle can ever overcome her circumstances and take her rightful place but that's where the three main male characters step up. I loved the almost paternal feelings displayed by Saetan and the honourable actions of Lucivar but the area that some readers might struggle with is the attraction shown by Daemon for what is essentially a child! I thought that the author portrayed Jaenelle as an old soul and this reader could believe that time would bring the couple together. Many societies see nothing wrong with young females finding themselves in relationships and it's important to remember this is a story set in a brutal and deadly world.This book charts the beginning of these characters journey and it's a very complex storyline that Ms Bishop weaves. This is probably the darkest fantasy that I have encountered and is populated by those who only seek power and will do anything to achieve it. Political intrigue is rife within these pages but more disturbingly so too is brutality. A book I didn't want to put down and yet curiously at times I didn't want to read it. The fact that I had to finish it is telling I think. An amazing piece of work and thought provoking too.

  • Dorri
    2019-02-17 04:31

    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 wait for Heir to the Shadows felt like one of the most drawn out years of my life. Since reading this book, I have passed it on to about 15 of my freinds. They too are now die hard Bishop fans. And proud of it!

  • Nim
    2019-03-06 01:50

    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's not a frequent occurrence for me book-wise.Thrust into this fantasy world, you’re left to discover the ins and outs of it on your own and rather slowly compared to other books. There’s no big info dump here. Everything you learn is through clues and intuition until at least halfway through the story. I both loved and hated this because I rarely could stop to reflect and try to decipher something because the plot had me hooked too well.I fully expected to hate Jaenelle. Something about an all-powerful character combined with the fact that EVERYONE wants her for one reason or another just annoys me. I’ll admit I got completely taken by surprise by how modest, cute, and just plain likable she ended up being. Maybe it’s because she was really young or naive or maybe Anne Bishop is a genius, but I loved this heroine and really cared/worried for her as things began to look more and more bleak as the book progressed. I even became convinced she deserved Daemon, but more on that sexy beast later.Another expectation that ended up being proven false is that these glorified dominatrixes Queens would be entirely two-dimensional “baddies” with a sadistic streak. Sure the sadistic streak was there in most of them, but it didn’t feel contrived. They actually had some personality and some of them weren’t entirely irredeemable. Saetan and his posse in Hell deserve a special mention. Another misleading thing about this book… you’d think a name like that would mean the guy roasts kitties on a spit for fun, but in reality he is just a big old teddy bear. Yes, he could decimate a castle in the blink of an eye, but that doesn’t mean he would! Really he just brought so much humor and endeared me to the story. And Daemon. Oh Daemon. I really couldn’t find flaw with you. Sure your cold rage was terrifying and you could probably level the city of Los Angeles… but when you showed your true self, the small bit we saw when you looked at Jaenelle or spoke with your brother, we caught a glimpse of what you could have been were it not for Dorothea; what you could still be if you were merely allowed. (And that questionable scene with your brother that I liked entirely too much) You had me praying for your release and drooling over you at the same time; much like all the other ladies in the book. I’d never put you in that Ring though, Daemon. Promise. Call me?Honestly, even if the whole story was shite it would be worth the read just for Daemon. But luckily that is not the case. The story is enthralling and the richly built world sucked me in completely. This is a good choice if you enjoy your fantasy with a heavy dose of darkness, complex and unpredictable characters, and just plain good storytelling.

  • D.G.
    2019-03-18 02:31

    If you have any trigger, this book is likely to have it. Sexual violence (against both men and women), torture, rape, incest, pedophilia...it 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 (and if you can take tough topics), the world is intricate and the plot snowballs to an exciting (although cliffhangerish) finale.The audiobook is narrated by John Sharian, a new to me narrator. At the beginning, his voice sounded somewhat young for such a story but as I kept listening, I understood why he was a good choice. He has a great range of voices, from the coldly menacing Daemon to the innocent but cunning Jaenelle. When a character spoke, the listener were in no doubt who was speaking.I'm totally looking forward to reading the next one in the series.

  • Glitterfairy
    2019-03-15 05:56

    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 Farseer Trilogy and then come back to this one and you'll realise how clumsily it's been done. There is some 'adult' content that I'm sure is supposed to convey passion and sexiness, but again, if you want to see it done well, go read Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel trilogy. Then you'll realise how clumsily it's been done here.I will admit a bit of the "oh how cuuuuuute" reverse-harem thing tugs at my female heartstrings, but there's nothing new here. This is pulp fiction marketed to the masses - so if you enjoy that sort of thing, you'll love this.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-10 05:59

    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. If I'd known the kind of things this story included (everything from child molestation, rape, incest, abuse, torture and much much more) then I would have been wary about picking it up but no matter how squeamish reading it made me feel there was never a point where I wanted to put the book down and walk away. I was so engrossed in this world and the characters that I just had to know what was going to happen next!Anne Bishop has created a fascinating but brutal world, one where power has completely corrupted the people in charge. Society is ruled by those of the Blood, men and women with magic whose abilities are defined by the colour of jewel they receive at birth. It is a matriarchal society where territories are ruled by the Queens who have the strongest magic and they are served by their male counterparts the Warlords. There was peace and happiness for centuries until they fell under the power of a dark and twisted High Queen, Dorothea, a woman who thinks nothing of terrorising the people under her command. In fact she has encouraged the other Queens to treat men as worse than nothing, they are often little more than sex slaves who are under complete control of Dorothea and the other Queens that she allows to rule over smaller territories. The world is split into three different realms - Terreille, Kaeleer and Hell - but most of this story takes place in Terreille and Hell (I have to admit I'm a little confused about how Kaeleer fits into the picture but I'm assuming that will become more clear as the series continues). The realms have been divided and under Dorothea's reign Terreille has become a dark and terrifying place. There is only one hope for the realms to be reunited and prophecy has long since told of Witch, the most powerful Queen to be born in centuries, one who will either heal or destroy the world.For centuries Saetan, the overlord of Hell, has awaited the birth of Witch and finally she is here. Jaenelle is just seven years old when she finds her way to Hell and befriends him and he instantly recognises her for who and what she is. It will take years of training before she is ready to fulfil the prophecy but that is only if he manages to keep her safe from those that seek to harm her. Jaenelle is already capable of incredible and terrifying things but she doesn't have proper control of her magic and desperately needs the lessons he can give her. Saetan is a father figure to Jaenelle and he would do anything to help her but that isn't easy when she is so determined to follow her own path, she is a wanderer who has friends throughout all three realms and in her own way she is just as determined to protect those she cares about. She refuses to stay safe in Hell when her friends need her help and she keeps secrets about things that happen because she tries to spare Saetan the pain of knowing the kind of trouble she is in.Jaenelle also befriends Saetan's two sons Daemon and and Lucivar although her relationship with them is very different to the one she has with Saetan. Daemon and Lucivar are both slaves who are under control of Dorothea, they have spent centuries being abused and tortured biding their time until Witch comes into her power and can free them. We don't see a great deal of Lucivar here but whenever we do get his point of view he is either suffering the worst kind of torture or watching it happen to someone else. I'm actually glad we don't see more of him because his scenes were incredibly difficult to read about, I just wish I could say they were the worst in the book and unfortunately they weren't! Daemon is a pleasure slave who has spent centuries forced to do the bidding of Dorothea, but in spite of that he actually has a kind of innocence to him, one that Jaenelle brings to the surface through their friendship. Daemon would do anything to keep Jaenelle safe, he would go through any kind of pain or suffering himself if it meant she didn't have to but even he isn't powerful enough to protect her the entire time. Scenes towards the end of the book absolutely broke my heart and I have no idea how Jaenelle is going to come back from what happened to her. Thankfully the abuse she suffers is one of the few scenes that isn't detailed graphically in the story but the aftermath is more than enough to show just how badly she suffered and it makes for difficult reading.Daughter of the Blood is a fascinating but brutal story, it is graphic and unflinching when it comes to showing the darkest that the world has to offer. This is a compelling book that hits you where it hurts and makes it hard to keep breathing but one that you can't look away from. As much as I'm kind of terrified to see where Anne Bishop will take us next I'm in it for the long haul and there is no way I can stop reading this series. The world building is absolutely fascinating and I am so invested in these characters that I want to see them get the happy ending that they deserve. Apart from Dorothea and a few others who are evil to the core - them I want to see suffer in the most brutal ways imaginable!

  • Regina
    2019-03-16 03:50

    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 use sex to punish and control. However, despite that, it is still a beautiful book -- unique magic and very interesting relationships. I can't wait to move on to #2.

  • T.J. Shaw
    2019-03-01 05:57

    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 throughout the story. For an author to absorb me into her world with such intensity that she had me crying, well, that’s pretty incredible. Although some scenes may be tough to read because of the violence and subject matter, the overall power of these books make it an unforgettable and beautiful story.

  • Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    2019-03-08 06:55

    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 of their Jewels. Some have been around for more than 50,000 years. And they all have very long memories. The High Lord of Hell, Saetan daSiablo, is the only male Blood - and dead person - to rule a territory, and a realm. Kaeleer follows individual Queens, since there is no Queen of Ebon Askavi and she would be the Queen above all others. Terreille, corrupt and dissolute, has been taken over by the High Priestess of Hyall, Dorothea, working in tandem with Saetan's Demon-Dead wife Heketah. They are both absolutely horrible people, who find entertainment in having men castrated. Ouch. Saetan and his two still-living sons, half-brothers Daemon and Lucivar, have been waiting centuries for the arrival of the Queen who will rule them all and end forever the corruption of Dorothea and Heketah, which has already seeped across the closed borders into the Shadow Realm: Witch. Who, at the beginning of Daughter of the Blood, is just a 7 year old girl called Jaenelle, suffering abuse at the hands of her family and the doctor she is given over to. There is a lot that is different about this fantasy book - and the entire trilogy - from the typical good vs. evil dichotomy. First off, it is one of the first fantasy stories I have read where I believe. What I mean is, Dorothea and Heketah and all the people they use, and all their perversions and cruelty, are intensely believable. Even though they are extreme, I think it is the way Bishop writes that draws me in so thoroughly. Her other characters are equally well-written - and there are a lot of them, but I never felt overwhelmed. The interesting thing, to me, was that even though Jaenelle is technically the main character - in the sense that everything and everyone ends up revolving around her, focused on her - we never hear her voice. She never narrates. And this works perfectly. She is so other, by the end, that the only way to know is by understanding how those close to her - and those trying to manipulate her - perceive her. The insipid covers of these books always put me off - that and the uninspiring blurb which gives no real indication of what these books are like. But it's a great story and very well written, and I read this trilogy in five days. It helps when they're all available! New editions with much nicer covers are available now, by the way.

  • Anzu The Great Destroyer
    2019-02-21 00:53

    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. ZzZzZz

  • Shelley
    2019-03-14 00:45

    *Rating**Genre* Fantasy*Review* 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 hierarchy where the color of your jewel is the way to determine how powerful you actually are.This is a society that is highly female orientated, with males taking up the positions of the sexual whores that service the witch queens. Some of the characters even wear a Ring of Obedience around their private member to keep them in line. They are used for sexual pleasure and torture and if anyone jumps out of line, they end up shaved.There is one realm, however, that is still ruled by the Prince of Darkness Saetan, and it is the one place where the main character actually finds sanctuary and comfort when she travels there to learn her craft. That is Hell.I love Jaenelle, the foretold witch and her story. She has kept her Craft abilities secret from her so called family who continually sends her away to a mental institution called Briarwood because they believe she is deficient and insane. Little do they know that while she is away, she is creating her own friends, alliances, and as well as doing all she can to save the little girls who are left there to die by their unknowing families. They also don’t realize how very powerful Jaenelle actually is.The ending is a bit disturbing, but in the overall scheme of things, I guess it had to be done that way. Obviously, this is the first book of a series, thus the world building and character introduction was extensive. There are so many different characters, most of them very important to the overall story, that you need a blackboard to keep track of their progress.Bishop aligns various characters so that they end up in Jaenelle’s path: Daemon, Saetan, Surreal, Lucivar, and Cassandra are her allies. Naturally, there are those in power who will do anything possible to eliminate the threat that Jaenelle poses to their comforts and masochistic ways; Dorothea, Hekatah, Zuultah, Greer, and the queens who are aligned with Dorothea and Zuultah.Yes, this book is both twisted and dark. It has scenes of torture and abuse as well as putting children in difficult and heart wrenching positions of weakness. It is also the story about a hierarchy that is controlled by the color of the jewels you wear or are birth righted into. Jaenelle actually carries many jewels with her thanks to some perfect alliance with not only dragons, but with spiders as well. She just hasn’t been birthrighted to a particular stone yet since she is so young, but if she were, she would carry the most powerful one ever made.If you enjoy reading Dark Fantasy, you will love this one. This is my first endeavor into the world of Anne Bishop’s creative mind and world building and I am extremely grateful that this was recommended to me to read. Thank you GR friends.1. Daughter of the Blood (1998)2. Heir to the Shadows (1999)3. Queen of the Darkness (1999)

  • Jean
    2019-03-08 23:55

    This Review is for the Black Jewels Trilogy - - - Spoilers - - -Daughter of the Blood (Black Jewels, Book 1) by Anne Bishop Wow.. just wowand 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, Animal abuse and Abuse of PowerIt is also about oppression, torture, jealousy and envy.At the opposite end of that coin it is also about perseverance , survival and working with the 'hand' that one was dealt.It is about biding one's time for Freedom and Love The author has an intriguing way of telling a rape survivor's story that would make any Psych major curious.Witches, Demons, Black Widows, Ghosts all add to the mix.It is about things and people not seeming to be what they are,about some people labeled as bad/evil who should be kept around as friends and some 'supposedly' good people... that others should run the heck away from.The theme through out the series is:"Nothing is without a Price"There are two things that could have been different:1.)I would have liked to see Jaenelle and Daemon have more time together.Over half the series, Jaenelle is growing up and Daemon is waiting for her.When they finally do get together it is short lived and awkward.2.)The Author should have had Book 3 longer with an Epilogue giving a follow up on the Trilogy instead of writing another book later on giving an update on the characters, especially since it was supposed to be a "Trilogy".If you are curious.. check the series out.I suggest borrowing it from your local library first.

  • Cat Russell(Addicted2Heroines)
    2019-03-06 23:58

    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 ;)

  • Carmel (Rabid Reads)
    2019-03-09 23:55

    Reviewed by: Rabid ReadsOrdinarily, 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 times I did struggle because of the sheer magnitude of it all. There’s also an inherent creepiness factor that made the story difficult to appreciate because my growing sense of horror distracted me from the writing. DAUGHTER OF THE BLOOD wasn’t bad per say, but it was something alright. I’m just not sure what exactly.Stepping into a new-to-me Bishop universe was exhilarating and I enjoyed learning about the inner workings of THE BLACK JEWELS. Women are clearly the more powerful sex in this world with men having the urge to serve actually bread into them, and then of course there’s the ring of obedience—which, for the record, is exactly what it sounds like. So, right now you’re probably thinking “sweet, girl power”, right? Yeah, not so much. The males are obviously super unhappy with their lot in life, so to get even they play sick games with little girls before they become witch. I spent most of this audiobook thinking “yes this is really creepy, but there’s no way the author’s going to go there, right?” And… then she does.I liked Jaenelle well-enough, and quite frankly, I’m tempted to continue listening to this series just to see her enact revenge because those uncles sure do deserve a good ass whooping. I loved how “other” she was; it’s clear early on that she’s no ordinary witch child. It was interesting to see her interact with her unusual group of friends; one moment she’s having tea with Saetan and the next she’s chatting up Surreal, the prostitute assassin. Her innocence and ignorance about her true nature was endearing, and I thought it was curious how she ran before she crawled craft-wise.I’m still not entirely sure whether John Sharian’s narration helped contribute to this audiobook’s overall ick factor or if I would have felt the same way had I read this title instead. There are more male POVs than female ones, so it makes sense to use a male narrator, but I can’t help but wonder whether a woman’s voice in my ear would have lessened the blow. Mind you, I don’t think there’s any way you could possibly sugarcoat the fact that a bunch of ancient men are obsessed with a little girl. That point aside, I enjoyed Sharian’s delivery and wouldn’t hesitate to listen to him again in the future.The next installments in this series have huge potential, and I can definitely see myself enjoying this trilogy going forward, but first I had to survive DAUGHTER OF THE BLOOD. This book is not for the faint of heart.

  • maricar
    2019-03-02 02:59

    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 these characters would twine and intersect, only to smack you dead-center on the forehead with another mindbender of a twist.To say that this story pulls you in is an insult to good story-telling. I can only humbly describe it as nothing less than being hurtled into a fantastical world where you find yourself at a loss. And, from that confusion, having an unsavory sense of discomfort coupled with a premature wish to not even bother taking one step further to explore.That’s how I felt when I turned the first few pages. I fucking had no clue what was up. I couldn’t grasp what the eff were Blood Jewels (or how they come about), riding webs or spinning tethers, the Offering, or even what a Black Widow is. I couldn’t understand differences among high priestesses, dark priestesses, queens, and witches. Or why the dead were still the ‘dead’ but were very much different from dead dead. Or why, from within this fantasy world, there’s still such a thing as shopping, attending balls, or the need to posses the mundane physical objects when one apparently has telekinesis (or something akin to that) to accomplish almost anything – including being able to kill someone with just your mind or a crook of your finger.And don’t get me started on Saetan. His ‘existence’ and whole persona is still something I’m trying to wrap my head around in.Yeah, sure… all throughout reading this novel, I probably had my brow perpetually puckered in confuzzlement even up to the last page…but that’s just it. Despite that wish to not even take a step further, I found myself reaching that last page (hence this garbled attempt at a review… erm, we’ll just compromise and refer to it as a ‘reaction’). And that was when I fully realized that, all the while, without even wanting to explore further, I was actually greedily turning page after page.I was surprised at how I was held in thrall at the promise of Jaenelle’s terrifying splendor once she finally ascends into Witch (and no, I do not know why it has to be capitalized). Or how the chillingly-stoic Daemon would finally serve her as her lover and protector once she holds court. Or how the sadly-underdeveloped character of Lucinvar would affect their futures. But, above all, the lure is in the tantalizing prospect of retribution. Perhaps that’s the element in this first installment that kept me turning the pages. In truth? This novel would make you bloodthirsty. The unceasing spectre of violence, perversion, and cruelty makes you positively(!) relish a smackdown of sorts. And the fact that the author deftly doles it out in increments is both maddening and gratifying.And Anne Bishop, I can now say, is a master in manipulating emotions. There’s almost a sense of ruthlessness in the way she will make you have a searingly-painful inkling as to how Daemon, in all those years of ‘whoring’ himself, is practically brutally maimed inside that you feel a little of that hurt even as frost creeps into his eyes, or how Jaenelle is heartbreakingly pitiful in her pre-pubescent innocence as well as awe-inspiringly magnificent in the many ways she is already more powerful than all the Blood, living or dead.The author would bait the reader with “heartwarming” scenes of Saetan becoming carefree or instances of Daemon falling more and more headlong into lustful as well as reverent love, and then, on the next turn will stun you with fear, horror, grim disbelief, and, yes, anger.My overall reaction? Why the hell do I not have the next installment within reach?!