Return to the "intense...erotic...and imaginative" (Nancy Kress) world of the national bestselling Black Jewels novels in this sequel to The Shadow Queen.
For years the Shalador people suffered the cruelties of the corrupt Queens who ruled them, forbidding their traditions, punishing those who dared show defiance, and forcing many more into hiding. Now that their land has been cleansed of tainted Blood, the Rose-Jeweled Queen, Lady Cassidy, makes it her duty to restore it and prove her ability to rule.
But even if Lady Cassidy succeeds, other dangers await. For the Black Widows see visions within their tangled webs that something is coming that will change the land-and Lady Cassidy-forever...
The rambling eighth Black Jewels epic fantasy (after 2009's The Shadow Queen) doesn't glow as brightly as earlier installments, but faithful fans will cheer to find Lady Cassidy at last on track to a happy ending. Plain jane Cassie, a Rose-jeweled queen, lost her Bhak court to prettier but bratty Lady Kermilla. She's now recovered from the loss and ready to restore her new land of Shalador to prosperity. When Lady Kermilla pays an unwelcome visit, Warlord Prince Theran Grayhaven, pledged to Cassie's service, starts making eyes at their guest. Fearing another betrayal, Cassie flees to Eyota, but her heart remains with Grayhaven gardener Jared Blaed. Bishop's dialogue-heavy prose, ornate magical politics, large cast, and complex caste system bog down the narrative flow, and even the introductory guides will do little to enlighten new readers, leaving this one strictly for the fans. (Mar.)
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1 . I Loved It
Posted July 04, 2010 by Melinn , Yazoo CityAnne Bishop is one of my favorite authors. She did not disappoint me, this book is great!!!!! Couldn't put it down.
2 . Amazing
Posted April 11, 2010 by Faythe , San DiegoAmazingly written that kept a smile constatnly on my face. It was the most perfect sequal to Shadow Queen and I never wanted to put it down. I have hundreds of ebooks on my reader and I have never written a review until now. If you enjoy Anne Bishop's stories and writing style this is not a book you should miss.
3 . Wonderful
Posted March 17, 2010 by Kris , SpringfieldThis was the perfect follow-up to The Shadow Queen. I could not put it down!!
March 01, 2010
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