Return to New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop’s world of the Black Jewels—where a Queen has emerged from the shadows to bring hope to an impoverished people…
For years the Shalador people suffered the cruelties of the corrupt Queens who ruled them, punishing those who dared show defiance, and forcing many more into hiding. And even though the refugees have found sanctuary in Dena Nehele, they have never been able to call it home.
Now that Dena Nehele has been cleansed of tainted Blood, the Rose-Jeweled Queen, Lady Cassidy, knows that restoring the land will require all her heart and courage as she summons the untested power within her, a power capable of consuming her if she cannot control it.
And even if Lady Cassidy survives her trial by fire, 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.
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Excellent continuation of the Black Jewels saga.
The way Anne writes is a delight. Mixing just the right amount of humor and seriousness. And the way she deals with characters who aren't nearly as powerful as the core characters from the original trilogy is wonderful, she doesn't down play the characters, she makes them think more, makes them even more personal. I'd recommend to anyone pick up the book, it'll make you curious and want to read her others in the Black Jewels saga.
Love Anne Bishop one of my top Authors. This is a wonderful story. She makes you fall in love with the characters. Plus, the fav's Janelle and her court. Just give this a shot.
Not as good as original saga
I have been a fan of the series since the first book. Though the original characters make appearances, I feel that this new series does not have the same magic. It is a good book, and would recommend it for people very familiar with the characters and backstory. If you are not, overlook this book.