Heir to the Shadows (Black Jewels Series #2)

Heir to the Shadows (Black Jewels Series #2)

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by Anne Bishop
     
 

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In this violently passionate, "darkly fascinating world,"** the Blood rule: a race of witches and warlocks whose power is channeled through magical jewels. Ambitions unfurl in this second novel of The Black Jewels Trilogy, as the realm's dreams of a liberator have finally been made flesh...

Jaenelle, singled out by prophecy as the living embodiment of magic,

Overview

In this violently passionate, "darkly fascinating world,"** the Blood rule: a race of witches and warlocks whose power is channeled through magical jewels. Ambitions unfurl in this second novel of The Black Jewels Trilogy, as the realm's dreams of a liberator have finally been made flesh...

Jaenelle, singled out by prophecy as the living embodiment of magic, is haunted by the cruel battles the Blood have fought over her-for not all of them await her as their Savior. Nothing, however, can deflect her from her destiny-and the day of reckoning looms near. When her memories return. When her magic matures. When she is forced to accept her fate. On that day, the dark Realms will know what it means to be ruled by Witch.

Editorial Reviews

Carolyn Cushman
...[T]his second book of "The Black Jewels" trilogy is more upbeat than the first....a rich and fascinatingly dark fantasy, a series definitely worth checking out...
Locus
Victoria Strauss
Heir to the Shadows isn't as dark as its predecessor... All the other elements that made the first book such a gripping read are present: vivid and sympathetic characters, a fascinating and fully-realized magical system (Bishop uses spiderweb imagery to great effect), lavish and sensuous descriptions, and interesting world building that turns traditional gender roles and concepts of dominance and submission on their heads.... It's a terrific read, and I highly recommend both it and Daughter of the Blood.
— SF Site

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451461513
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/07/2007
Series:
Black Jewels Series, #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
1,199,634
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.96(d)
Age Range:
18 - 17 Years

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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Heir to the Shadows (Black Jewels Series #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 204 reviews.
Meli_Green More than 1 year ago
Bishop keeps the trilogy alive with this second book. The continuing story of Jenelle is moving and emotional. The battles, though not spectacular, and the physical enemies, though week, are not the point of this book. It is the inner psychological battle of the young witch, where she is her only formidable enemy. This series continues to impress me. I love the rich culture of the world created by Bishop. I'm fascinated by what goes on in each of the Realms and how they've changed yet still echo what they were created to be. And the characters--I find myself drawn to them, again and again, as if they're old friends already. The characters are complex, rich with detail and emotion. The kindred are introduced more fully in this book. Anne Bishop is excellent at character development. I have not had a book draw me in the way this one did in a very long time. It is very easy to slip into this book and feel like you are part of it. At the end of the first book, there was a point where I got chills and became quite emotionally bound to the welfare of the main character. The second book has repeated that sensation. This is a complex book but a truly easy and delightful read. This book was a real page turner, I recommend heartily the series for and fantasy fan.
steffiebaby140 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely wonderful, I literally could not put this down and wanted to read late into the night to find out what happened next. I had no idea where the story would lead but I knew it would be good, and it was. My only complaint would be that the timeline of the novel seemed a bit disjointed....one page we're in the one year and then the next page we're 2 years after with no warning and it may take several pages to be told that it's been that long. But overall it doesn't detract from the thrill of the story.
Lisa_RR_H More than 1 year ago
Heir to the Shadows, as the previous book describes it, is the continuation of the story of Jaenelle, Saetan, Lucifar and Daemon that began in Daughter of the Blood. But if the first book is remarkable for Saetan's arc (he stands as a father figure to Jaenelle) then this installment is notable for Lucifar's growth in the course of the story--the man that stands as a brother to Jaenelle. The story is plain fun to read as Jaenelle begins to form around her the beginnings of her court from other powerful witches to magical creatures such from unicorns to talking dogs. Despite some dark themes, there is a lot of humor in this book, one of the many reasons I enjoy it so much as well as strong world-building.
PhoenixFalls More than 1 year ago
The second book in the Black Jewels trilogy picks up almost immediately after the conclusion of Daughter of the Blood, then quickly starts jumping forward in time in intervals of days, months, and even years. The story makes these jumps throughout, and unfortunately, Bishop does not accomplish them smoothly. The jumps are necessary to keep the plot moving, but every time there was a jump forward in time I felt a moment of dislocation, as there are very few clues in the text about what happened in the intervening time -- I understand that the time was mostly irrelevant, but the author needs to be firmly enough in control that he/she can say "Over the next two years, Jaenelle continued to gain physical strength while her emotional well-being stagnated. . ." or something of the sort to smooth the transition. Another jarring aspect was that Bishop doesn't seem able to handle having all three of her main male characters in the same book. Lucivar was nearly nonexistant in Daughter of the Blood, while Daemon and Saetan got all the screen time; in Heir to the Shadows it is Lucivar and Saetan that are the focus while Daemon languishes in limbo off screen. In Daughter of the Blood this didn't bother me tremendously, for even though his perspective was shown very early on, not enough had been established about his character for me to feel the lack. But in Heir to the Shadows Daemon is already a well-established character, one whom I eventually cared about deeply, so to have him essentially forgotten for the years that the book covers was frustrating. Beyond those two things, however, Heir to the Shadows was more engaging than Daughter of the Blood was; I still have no real sense of the physical landscape, but at least the magic system gained a little complexity (though it still resembles an RPG too strongly for my taste) and all the people lusting after Jaenelle this time were bad guys, so it didn't raise my hackles. (Besides, she grew up, so it was less queasy-making.) I still objected to the fact that none of the characters ever sat down and hashed things out -- there would have been less conflict if they had, but that sort of conflict is cheap anyway -- but overall this was a stronger novel than its predecessor, and I am looking forward to reading the conclusion of the trilogy.
akaSunshine More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this down. Right after I finsished the first book I immediately picked this one up and barely put it down! Very different from other books I've read and I just love the story and characters. Found myself giggling a few times.. Very fun read.
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The characters are so vivid and complex!
Read007 More than 1 year ago
This book develops characters, introduces new entertaining characters and develops Janelle into the lady she is always meant to be. I couldn't stop reading this book because whenever I turned the page there was always some new plot/scheme coming into play. There were parts that I thought were a little lengthy and could have been left out but overall a very good book. I loved reading this series! I would definitely recommend this book for light summer reading!
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Witches, warlords, High Lord of the Dark Realm! My gosh, so much to read and so much just human emotion and relations to relate to. Family is a key in this series! Try it. You'll like it. I recommend all of Anne Bishop's works!!! Already on my second reading of this series...all 9 books!
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