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The Dark Kingdom is preparing itself for the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy—the arrivalof a new Queen, a Witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself. But this new ruler is young, and very susceptible to influence and corruption; whoever controls her controls the Darkness. And now, three sworn enemies begin a ruthless game of politics and intrigue, magic and betrayal...and the ...
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Overview

The Dark Kingdom is preparing itself for the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy—the arrivalof a new Queen, a Witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself. But this new ruler is young, and very susceptible to influence and corruption; whoever controls her controls the Darkness. And now, three sworn enemies begin a ruthless game of politics and intrigue, magic and betrayal...and the destinyof an entire world is at stake....

Compares to national bestselling fantasy authors Ray Feist and Robin Hood
Daughter of the Blood is epic dark fantasy with a romantic edge
Anne Bishop’s short fiction has appeared in the anthologies White Swan,Black Raven, and 365 Scary Stories
This is a debut novel
We have two more books in the series coming from Anne Bishop
Stunning cover art by Matthew Innis
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Anne Bishop's debut novel is a complete delight. It's a high fantasy that plays with the conventions with its cast of demons and the lords and ladies of Hell as sympathetic protagonists. Intricate plotting, fascinating characters, high drama, and dark magic combine for a powerful, riveting read. And while normally I'm not particularly enamored with trilogies -- this installment stands on its own quite well, by the way -- in this case I can't wait to see what Bishop does with the next book.

—Charles de Lint

Library Journal
The prophecy of a coming Queen destined to shake the foundations of the Dark Kingdom heralds a war of intrigue and Machiavellian politics as three rivals seek control over the innocent young girl fated to ascend to greatness. Lavishly sensual and overtly erotic, Bishop's fantasy debut features a richly detailed world based on a reversal of standard genre clichs of light and darkness. Fans of Tanith Lee's Flat Earth series may appreciate this adults-only series opener. Large libraries may want to consider for their fantasy collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451456717
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Series: Black Jewels Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 301,536
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.92 (h) x 1.14 (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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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    Flawed but ultimately moving.

    Several people recommended I try Anne Bishop's Black Jewels Trilogy based on my love of Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy series. I can see why -- both books share a similar forthrightness about the act of love, particularly love tinged with sado-masochism. However, right off the bat it became obvious that while in the Kushiel novels sado-masochism was about trust, in Daughter of the Blood it is about power.

    Every character in the novel except for Jaenelle is involved in power plays large and small; there is no trust to be had between any two individuals (again, excepting Jaenelle). This made the novel incredibly frustrating for me -- I hate it when the entirety of the conflict in a novel could be solved by a few of the people sitting down together, talking things out, and taking that (to me, easy) leap of faith that they aren't all trying to stab each other in the back. That that lack of trust meant that Jaenelle was being sexually abused (blindingly obvious to me from page one, though none of the men that supposedly loved her noticed) for almost 400 pages with no one to step in and rescue her made me very angry at times.

    Many things in the novel created a low level of frustration. The magic system was too much like in an RPG; I never got any sense for the physical landscape; I could have used a cast of characters but none was provided; there were too many places where the most obvious choice was taken in a scene. (How many times do I have to see/read a character get offered a handkerchief, blow his/her nose in it, then wonder whether to hand it back to the person who offered it?) On a larger level, Daemon's rigidly controlled lust for Jaenelle left a bad taste in my mouth -- I don't care that her soul was Witch, and ageless; both her body and her consciousness were that of a 12-year old girl. Given Daemon's character as it had been set out prior to their meeting, his strong physical reaction to her presence didn't fit. I didn't accept their relationship until several chapters in, when Bishop showed Jaenelle bringing out his playful side and giving him a glimpse of the childhood he never had.

    But that scene served as a sort of turning-point for me with this novel. At that moment I finally believed in Jaenelle and Daemon as people, and once I believed I cared desperately what was going to happen to them. I read the final quarter of the novel breathlessly, rooting for a happy ending with all my heart. Therein lies the real difference between the Kushiel novels and Daughter of the Blood: from page one in Kushiel's Dart, Carey treated her heroic characters like real people, showing their flaws and hesitations, showing their epic qualities, and always balancing those bits with their humor and lightheartedness and joy. That balance between the heroic and the mundane, the dark and the light, captured my heart immediately, while Bishop took almost 300 pages to do the same. I will be continuing the trilogy, because I finally did break through and love Jaenelle, but I certainly can't put it in the same breath as Jacqueline Carey's masterpiece yet.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

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    A dark, erotic, and horrifyingly brillaint fantasy!!

    Wow! I mean Wow! Daughter of the Blood is one of the most mesmerizing, powerful, unforgettable books I have ever read. If I could give it a million stars I would. This book has it all, and it makes you laugh, cry, cringe, think, and hope. Talk about making a splash with your first novel; Anne Bishop does that and more. This is the kind of complex, intricately crafted novel that almost demands multiple readings if one is to grasp all of the nuances worked seamlessly into the story. First off this book deals with very dark issues, including abuse and the kind of society that result when trust, respect, and honor between men and women is destroyed. What's saddest about it is that a few people have systematically destroyed those bonds in order to gain power for themselves. Bishop comes on strong right from page one, showing us her strange world unapologetically in all its bizarre and nightmarish glory. But don't be put off by the book's initial shock value - the author delivers a fully realized, complex plot, a unique magic system and social culture, and vivid characters. Daemon is a splendid creation, radiating with sexual energy and brooding intensity. He bursts into every scene with such charisma that I couldn't help but cheer whenever he is allowed to shine in all his terrifying glory. Bishop's male characters are balanced out by her equally stunning female characters, specifically Janelle and Surreal, who we will get to know better as the series progresses. My only complaint is that Bishop tries to include too many characters. By the end I felt I needed a chart to keep them all straight and some of the lesser ones had already faded into the background. Anne Bishop weaves these dark threads with those of hope that with the coming of the new queen, Jaenelle, that thing will change. If they can protect her long enough for her to grow up. Anne Bishop's wonderful sense of humor is expressed in many of the scenes between Jaenelle and the other main characters (namely Saetan and Daemon). This precocious 12 year old never fails to confound them, and the encounters can become hysterically funny as they try to find a way to deal with a young girl with powers beyond anyone's imagination. She's got enough power to do the unimaginable, but can't do the simple things. Their sheer terror at what she is capable of (or sometimes not capable of doing), is humorously mixed with exasperation, frustration, and tenderness. You really MUST read this book if you like dark fantasy, because if you haven't read it you really don't know what you're missing.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

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    Introduction to a Bewitching Series

    The story drew me in from the start. I was intrigued by the magical matriarchal society, with a shifting power dynamic determined by caste, rank and class depending greatly on magical power--and the title heroine, long prophesied and awaited throwing a joker into this deck. Bishop is adept at making this child protagonist intriguing and yet act her age. And though this is (rightly) described as a "dark fantasy" there is a great deal of leavening humor in the novel. I like Bishop's inversion of the demonic, and in this novel Saetan, Lucifar and Daemon are well-drawn, endearing characters. There are disturbing elements in this novel; depictions of child abuse are an integral part of the story, but I was entranced by this introduction of a magical world unlike any other I've encountered in fiction. This one is a keeper I've reread more than once. There are two other novels, Heir to the Shadows and Queen of the Darkness that together complete the story.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2007

    Doesn't belong in the Sci-Fi / Fantasy Aisle

    This is not a fantasy along the lines of Jordan, Goodkind, Tolkein, Hobbs, Douglass, Brooks, etc . . this is a Romance novel in a fantasy setting. The story jumps right in and dumps a lot on you immediately, most of it confusing and not connected well in my opinion. The premis is the worship of the dark and evil, but the characters are all looking for honor, trust and friendship the mix doesn't work for me. I'll read all three just because I bought the trilogy soft cover compilation. If I had it to do over again, I'd pass on it. I was sucked in by the overwhelming number of positive reviews, but I have to guess that most were either kids or Romance readers fantasizing about getting sweaty with Satan or one of his boys. Like I said, it doesn't belong under fantasy, and I feel ripped off. P.S. to all the romance readers out there talk dirty to your significant other once in a while, and you won't need this crap any more.

    3 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Slow start, interesting ending.

    The beginning of the book dragged. As another reviewer said, it dumped a lot of stuff on you and was was rather disjointed in its presentation. Some things it didn't even bother explaining or delving into, it just mentioned them and moved right along. I don't usually mind this type of in medias res storytelling, but it should really be followed up with at least some pertinent exposition.

    The concept of taking traditionally 'evil' elements and putting a positive light on them is not all that new to this reader. Bishop takes it in a fairly predictable direction, but it is a sensible and interesting direction nonetheless.

    This is at its core a romance, and not my usual cup of tea. (Moreover, it is only the beginning, as the full arc of the romance storyline spans most of the trilogy.) However, once things get rolling with the political, moral, and fantasy elements it all mixes well into a fairly interesting read. Feel like reading about cold, stoic men softening due to the machinations of a mischievous yet innocent young princess? This book is for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2010

    Love the book, hate B&N policy

    All of the books in Anne Bishop's Black Jewels series are amazing. Just an FYI, these book are all also DRM protected, which means you can only read them with a Nook, and you are not able to convert them!

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2014

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    Love this series. Have reread the books so often that I have bou

    Love this series. Have reread the books so often that I have bought three sets. It is very easy to get taken in my the story telling and go into the story. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2014

    Blue

    "Hey emerald, i noticed you have a nice butt!" Blue shouted as she drove a huge butchers knife into his rear.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Chartreuse to Emerald

    Chartreuse studies the 'house of horrors' for a moment, noting the excessive use of explosives with a sigh. She throws a rock at a bomb, skips off a ways, and watches the house explode into a mini mushroom cloud that tosses debris high into the air. Glass that isn't already broken by the blast, hits the ground and shatters into little rainbows that sparkle in the choking dust that surrounds the crator where Emerald's 'house ' once stood. And to top all, the entire surrounding area bursts into flames. "Your move." Chartreuse says cheerfully, she walks out. [Post]

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  • Posted February 9, 2014

    Fabulous Fantasy Read! Wow! What incredible world-building! Thr

    Fabulous Fantasy Read!

    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.

    Focused. Strong. True.

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  • Posted August 15, 2013

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    Daughter of the Blood tells the story of Jaenelle, a girl who is

    Daughter of the Blood tells the story of Jaenelle, a girl who is destined to become very powerful but first who has to survive her childhood until she can grow into her powers. This book was such a great introduction into this world and story line. I loved how there was no one perspective but a POV from most of the characters that were involved in this book. This book is very well written and each chapter flows nicely into the next. The only major problem about this book was just how dark it got in some areas of the book. There was no small doses of abuse and heartache. Everything in this book was filled with worst nightmares and painful discovery. This is definitely not a book for those who have a weak stomach. 

    Jaenelle was a character that was very mysterious. Few parts were actually told from her perspective even though the book was revolved around her. Everything that was learned about Jaenelle was learned through the eyes and perspective of another character. Yet her character had such a strong influence on the book that you couldn’t help but be greedy to get more of her life and her thoughts. Jaenelle had to go through many challenges in this book and I loved how she met each challenge with defiance. For only being seven years old in this book, she sure made a statement.

    Another big part of the story was from Daemon’s perspective. Daemon is a slave to many in the kingdom and has been abused for most of his life. He has become hardened from his life and it was interesting to see his barriers break down around Jaenelle. Sometimes I felt that their interactions were a little too much for this book and could have been taken out. Otherwise I felt that they did each other good. And I loved the friendship that they found in each other.

    Overall this book was a pretty good read and I loved the story. This book is definitely one of my favorites and I love to re-read from time to time. The next three books in the series are equally good if not better and I love them. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    Amazing!

    The world the author creates is so wonderfully complex and fantastical!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    If one more character chokes, swallows hard, fluffs, shudders, o

    If one more character chokes, swallows hard, fluffs, shudders, or gulps, I think I might strangle someone. Rooms spin, stomachs flop, breath is sucked, and hearts are squeezed anytime Jaenelle does or says anything remotely surprising. It makes for an incredibly annoying read. Not to mention the frustration of trying to immerse yourself in a poorly created and poorly described world without a map. This book REALLY needs a map. After reading some of the better reviews, I feel like I must have read an entirely different book. I do not understand the hype. Also, don't nickname the damn horse "Demon" if one of your main characters' name is Daemon. 

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Amazing

    The entire series is addictive and hope Ms. Bishop continues to add to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Addictive

    I bought the three in one volume. The author's writing helps you dive into this world of the witch and yet not feel like its part of the feminist ideal. Even with different realms and many characters, all are tied in and no loose threads left.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!

    Anne Bishop masterfully composes a society built on an inverted reflection of what we know; but goes beyond the Matriarch, revealing the subtleties we live with evreyday in a fantasy that seems more reality with every turn of the page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    Wonderful Read!!

    While I wouldn't necessarily consider this "teen" reading, this was a wonderful novel. The character development was superb, the world setting was rich and dynamic, and the plot kept me hooked until the very end. I can't wait to start the next book in the series. Personally, I wouldn't recommend this book for anyone under the age of 16 or 17 due to some sexual themes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Highly recommend: Read whole series and have gone back for 2nd reading.

    If you read fanatasy, this author is for you! Her characters are real and likeable. Dark and light combined. Full of tongue in cheek humor. Most people, even at their angriest can relate to a moment of humor or chagrin. Truly enjoyable!!

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  • Posted June 22, 2012

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    I was excited due to the number of positive reviews surrounding

    I was excited due to the number of positive reviews surrounding this book. The writing and characters are deeply intriquing and it, as a whole, was a good book. However, I was seriously dissapointed that Daemon didn't end up with Surreal. I clearly completely misunderstood Tersa's foresight and thought her mention of "lover" to Daemon meant Surreal, not the kid. I get Jaenelle's got a heart of gold and an old soul, but when it boils down to it, she's a kid. There is mention of unease due to how young Jaenelle is, but not enough to ease my instilled belief that children are not to be seen in a sexual manner. I found myself breezing through the pages to see Surreal and Daemon become an item, only to be sorely mistaken. The ending was certainly dark, as reviewers have described. It was a good book, but it created some serious cognitive dissonance for me. It's strange--part of me likes that it challenged my beliefs, while part of me hates it. One thing is certain, this is not your typical read and it delves deep into a darkness that is taboo in our culture. Read it for yourself and form your own opinion.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

    Its like watching a train hit a cattle truck.. you know its nast

    Its like watching a train hit a cattle truck.. you know its nasty, you know there is going to be horrific stuff but you still have to look..
    This book has every element that I hate; rape, child rape, mutilation & still I couldn't stop reading. The language is so compelling that you feel transported in a way. The characters are well developed & storyline is unexpected..

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