The Black Jewels Trilogy

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The award-winning trilogy, now in one volume—with a new introduction.

Anne Bishop’s critically-acclaimed Black Jewels Trilogy is the saga of a young but still-innocent Queen more powerful than even the High Lord of Hell—and the three sworn enemies determined to win her and gain a prize that could be terriblebeyond imagining…

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Overview

The award-winning trilogy, now in one volume—with a new introduction.

Anne Bishop’s critically-acclaimed Black Jewels Trilogy is the saga of a young but still-innocent Queen more powerful than even the High Lord of Hell—and the three sworn enemies determined to win her and gain a prize that could be terriblebeyond imagining…

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“Mesmerizing…a fascinating, dark world…definitely worth checking out.” —Locus
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451529015
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/2/2003
  • Series: Black Jewels Series
  • Edition description: New Introduction
  • Pages: 1216
  • Sales rank: 155,158
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 2.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Bishop made her first short fiction sale in 1988. Her most recent work has appeared in White Swan, Black Raven and 365 Scary Stories. She lives in upstate New York.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Jewels
Blood Hierarchy/Castes
Bk. I Daughter of the Blood 1
Bk. II Heir to the Shadows 377
Bk. III Queen of the Darkness 801
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  • Posted March 2, 2012

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    I read introductions when they're included. You can get insight

    I read introductions when they're included. You can get insight into the material and the author. So, when I read, "What if a culture was based on the dark side of fantasy?..." I expect something deep, intriguing, complex. I think, "Hey! This might be a new riff on fantasy along the lines of Salvatore's Dark Elf." Well, it's supposed to be a story of a ruthless game of politics and intrigue, with magic and romance, too, but falls well short because the concepts are well beyond the storytelling abilities of the author. She's competent, but RA Salvatore she is not.

    Now before fans go nuts, let me tick off the problems:

    1. Editorial: I'm not talking spelling or grammar. This omnibus is about 200 pages too long, evident in book 2 where a whole section about a war is included. It really adds nothing to story, for we've repeatedly seen that Jaennelle's dangerously powerful. She done more core character development, but she didn't. She also adds chapters of Saetan's mundane activities. Good short stories, but misplaced.
    2. Characters lacking development: We all know books that have a whole slew of complex societies, worlds, and characters. Tolkien, Salvatore, Brett, Rothfuss. However, what to do with a "dark fantasy" that suddenly gives you unicorns? Ridley Scott's Legend does this masterfully, but Scott is a masterful storyteller. Bishop is not. Again, an editor would have asked, "What's the purpose here?" She introduces peoples at random - for perhaps humane behavior and ecology themes - but they show up at odd times adding no value.
    3. Overhyped: It's competent writing but not great writing. It's like a General Hospital Ice Princess sequel. Then I see this review: "A uniquely realized [?!] fantasy filled with vibrant colors and rich textures. [What is this? Ethan Allen?]" The Romance Times. AH! Yes, fans. It's a romance novel with adventure. She's channeling Joan Wilder. Cue Fabio shot.
    4. What complexity?: She says she wants to explore dark themes and cultures, but she doesn't here. By contrast, Jim Butcher constructs a solid world. Bishop's people DO stuff, but there's no reasoning. We even hear of some "protocols" and guides, but we don't hear anything more. Oh yeah! One of the characters is handed a book to read. Lucky him.
    5. The Flip-Flops. Supposedly this "culture" is matriarchal. Women rule. Not really. At some points, men do some awful stuff and get away with it. If there really were a matriarchal code where men serve, then those things would not happen. Period. Moreover, when a woman does try to exert her influence (aside from the evil queen duo), it's hit or miss if she succeeds.
    6. Dallas In Chains. Apparently dark fantasy to Ms. Bishop means that S&M is required. Unlike Dark Elf, we aren't talking complex issues outside of perverse sexual conduct. Why? Because it isn't dark! The "evil" characters are sadists, sure, but that alone doesn't make them evil. The evil witches don't really get fair treatment, save for "Look! Those are evil witches! Hate them." Disney's Snow White is way darker. In this series, you have dark characters, but it is not a dark place. You want dark and twisted? Read the Dresden files books that feature the Faerie Queen. Bottom line: Having evil characters who do evil things does not make a story dark, nor does adding "black" to your series title.

    So, did I hate it? No. Is it OVERRATED? Heck yeah!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2009

    Good summer read, but nothing great.

    Good summer read, but nothing great.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    My favorite series!

    This is a dark, dramatic story that immediately draws you in and keeps you hooked until the very end. The plot is original and unpredictable, while feeling familiar. The interactions between the characters is enthralling and original. Anne Bishop's use of language is vivid and descriptive without feeling tedious and dull. By the time you finish the book, you feel like intimate friends with the characters and celebrate and mourn along with them.

    I accidentally fell upon this series a few years ago and it immediately became my favorite. It has been my favorite book to bring along on vacation. I've gifted it to several of my friends and they in turn have passed the book on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

    Great fantasy read

    The Black Jewels trilogy is very nicely written with plenty for everyone. Nice world(s) development then characters to populate them who are easy to get attached to. Enough twists, plots and themes to keep you interested and wanting to know what happens next.
    It encompasses all emotions, the characters are exceptionally well developed, and I recommend this trilogy to any who value these. I couldn't put it down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

    This is the series that hooked me!

    When I first got this book it was a complete accident. I had a 12 hour plane trip and I needed something to keep me occupied. This book did that and so much more. The 3 books this edition contains mesmerized me. Once I started this book I was unable to put it down until I had completed it. Anne Bishop drew me in and kept my attention throughout the entire reading, there were no lulls as there are in most books. She was able to paint a picture of the characters throughout time and bring them together in a believable fashion. The world she created for her characters is no less creative and original. Only two other authors have grabbed my attention like this and kept it. She has cemented her place as one of my favorite authors of all time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

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    Amazing!

    This is one of the best series that I have ever read, and I can't believe I almost bought something else. The story is like a riptide, you start reading the first few pages and then you get dragged into a violent whirlwind of evolving characters and raging storylines until you realize you've reached the last page...and then you run out and get the next 3 books. At least, that's what I did. The writing style is very similar to Mercedes Lackey's, only on the darker side of the spectrum. The story is based off of a matriarchal ruling system, with women in power that have been abusing that privilege, and a girl born to wage war with these perverse creatures. The first three books (included in this huge book) are the the pinnacle of Anne Bishop's career, and if she can continue to write such enthralling novels, she will never have to worry about her fanbase dwindling.

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  • Posted September 29, 2009

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    The Jewels

    were a magnificent series. I enjoyed all three of the first books and have since read two more (including Tangled Web). The characters are rich with personality and take on a life of their very own. You begin to identify with them from the very first book and cannot wait for the next book to find out what will happen to your wonderful new friends. Anne Bishop's writing style is simply magnificent!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2009

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    Give me a hot cup of coffee, a blanket, and a thick novel!

    Never before have I read a book as mindfully captivating as this, pregnant with profound character development, enchanting plot, and a bewildering myraid of emotions. The personalities of Daemon, Lucivar and Saetan togethere make for an epic trio of males any women would die to have around. Not to mention Jaenelle, the wonder of the trilogy, is a character any girl can see and want to be. She puts herself through Hell (literally) and back to save those she loves, even though she doesn't know them. Her body is her own tool that she both uses and destroys, needlessly aimed to help those who need it by way of her immense knowledge, innocence, and power. Driven and aided by her trio of male power, she focuses on ridding her world, her precious Kaeleer, of the tainted Blood. Daemon, acting as her lover, disposes himself to her will to do what must be done...the friend who must become an enemy to remain a friend. Saetan, the father of her soul, guides her immense power to her will and aims for emotional control. Lucivar, her erratic brother, has a sole focus to obey and protect (which ulitimately leads to her great annoyance, but hey, what are big brothers for?) This novel is, perhaps, the greatest thing written since the publishment of the Bible...and it goes perfectly with a hot cup of coffee, a thick blanket, and rain pattering against the windowpane...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2006

    MOTHER NIGHT ANNE BISHOP!

    this was the book that forced me to read other books!!! i swear this has to be the most amazing novel i have ever read in my ENTIRE LIFE!!! i was NOT expecting something like this to end up as my x-mas present HAHA! though it was 2000 pages, each and every single word was worth it. and i read this when i was 13, so seeing someone as young as me (well now i'm 14 XD) post a review about this story is great since most kids don't read. i fell in love with the characters immediatly, especially the Sa'Diablos i love them to death. the plot was amazingly original and something you would not find everyday. i literally laughed out loud at plenty of parts and i couldn't help myself but to read the book outloud, making things more interesting. i even cried at times. i even made out loud comments while reading! and i use to always say, 'hell's fire, mother night and may the darkness be merciful!' has a book ever done all of that to you? if not, then you MUST get this book and read. though sometimes i do get lost with what's happening around, you will experience all of these emotions unexpectedly. anne bishop is the dreams made flesh for writing! GREAT JOB ANNE BISHOP!!! angelina

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    This is my all time favorite book(s). Ive read them so many time

    This is my all time favorite book(s). Ive read them so many times, and love that they put all three together. I've gone through two of these so far and need a third. I would love if these came in hard cover. The glue seems to break down pretty easily, so the book fall apart. It's probably worth buy all three seperately so that this doesn't happen.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

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    Heard about this book from a very good friend of mine (she's ver

    Heard about this book from a very good friend of mine (she's very much a bookworm like myself). Didn't think anything of the book at first, because my usual read includes hot vampires and/or anything involving the supernatural. She let me borrow if off her Kindle and after the introduction lets just say I was hooked. Anne Bishop really does know how to weave her tangled webs, because The Black Jewels Trilogy is one of the best books I've seen out there in a very long while. Buy it and you'll see what I mean. It's a book you'll want to read again and again. I sill do, every summer since I fist discovered it in 2008. You wont be disappointed!

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

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    must read for paranormal lovers

    i love anne bishop and this is where it started for me! dark and totally wild, right from the start. a place where murder is not wrong, morals are backwards and women rule. but true evil still exists and there is only one hope to save their worlds. unfortunately not everybody wants change...

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  • Posted June 5, 2012

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    An amazing story from one of my favorite authors. Bishop uses he

    An amazing story from one of my favorite authors. Bishop uses her writing talent to bring us yet another beautifully dark bittersweet story. I say bittersweet because we are never given a truely happy ending from her. Bishop makes you wonder how much you have had to loose, how much pain you have had to endure while seeing unique magical beauty only to come to the end of this particular journey and to find that you have altered as a person and you must come to terms with the fact that the darkness you have been fighting is also within you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Amazing Book

    Anne Bishop creates amazing characters that you can't help but be drawn into. She deals with daily relationship issues of parent, sibling, child, lovers and the challenges of ruling so smoothly and honestly. It is a refreshing read that will have you laughing, crying, and connecting to a world that is full of magic.

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  • Posted June 28, 2011

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    must read

    This book is a eye catching heart thumping from start to finish. were author's create a little world you get sucked into Anne Bishop makes a Universe not only with the black jewels trilogy but books such as Shadolor's lady and the invisible ring that involve similar places and people that co-inside with the original story line. i couldn't put any of them down and it was non stop reading for weeks to get all the books involved with this series finished

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2011

    Amazing

    This is one of the best books I've ever read. The storyline and characters are so original. I've read every book in the series and loved every one of them. I've also read all of anne bishops other series and was not disappointed. These books are a definite must read.

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

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    Favorite Series/ Favorite Author of all time!!

    This book was recommended to me by my mother.. she said it was hard to explain the entire story like (which is true) but that it was worth reading. That was four years ago and since then I have gone on to read 4 other books in this series and have reread them all at least twice! I love the complexity of the main characters and the intensity of their emotions. I also really like how the traditional male dominated concept is reversed so that the women are the ruling power but the men are still strong and powerful. Also, I'm a sucker for a love story and I LOVEE how these books blend the love story of Jaenelle Angelline and Daemon SaDiablo with the rest of the storylines so it's equally important but not overpowering. I recommended this book to my boyfriend who has a very different taste in books than I do (if he reads at all) and he also loved them! It's def. worth buying/reading!!!

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  • Posted August 8, 2010

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    Wonderful page turner I could not put down!

    This is quite a different perspective than i'm used to, with a very feminine dominated setting. A very dramatic, racy, dominating, and some situations a little disturbing, and all the more mind sucking. Anne Bishop definately was not afraid to go places most authers wont, and i have the utmost respect for that. As large as this book was, i read it in two days..I just could not put it down!! If your seeking an escape from reality, in a world packed full of fantasy..this is your book! Not to mention it's nice and thick for all you readers just like me, who get bored of books shorter than 300 pages, cause you read through them like water! :)

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Perfect for Fantasy fans

    Its very diffrent from any other book i have read. In a very good way you never really konw what is going to happen next. It is a bit gory at times and seem like more of a masculine book, Most of the story is thourgh a male character eyes, but not always. Its really nice to see things fromt he "evil" side. Its from the point of view of Saetan and his two sons Daemeon and Lucivar who are all tide to gether to serve a queen they have been wating thousands of years for Janelle. There are sex slaves childern being raped and many disturbing moments so if your sesitive do not read it,Oh and the women are the dominat sex. I would highly recmmend this book if your not a violence sensitive person. The story is a wonderfully diffrent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

    The Black Jewels Trilogy

    It's an absolutely amazing series that I love and had been looking for. I can't wait to get the remaining two of the four novels that I don't have to complete my set.

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