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Heir to the Shadows (Black Jewels Series #2)

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Enough time has passed for the young girl Jaenelle, heir to the magical Darkness. Her physical wounds have heal, ed while amnesia keeps her frightening memories at bay. But with Saetan--a Black-Jewelled Warlord Prince and Jaenelle's foster-father--to protect her, she will continue to grow. Her magic will mature. Her memories will return. And Jaenelle will face her destiny when she remembers Daemon, Saetan's son, who made the ultimate sacrifice for her love.
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Overview

Enough time has passed for the young girl Jaenelle, heir to the magical Darkness. Her physical wounds have heal, ed while amnesia keeps her frightening memories at bay. But with Saetan--a Black-Jewelled Warlord Prince and Jaenelle's foster-father--to protect her, she will continue to grow. Her magic will mature. Her memories will return. And Jaenelle will face her destiny when she remembers Daemon, Saetan's son, who made the ultimate sacrifice for her love.
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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.
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451456724
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Series: Black Jewels Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 314,049
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.34 (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 October 13, 2011

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    Return to the dark, complex, and beatiful world of Anne Bishop

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

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    Fascinating journey into the darkness....

    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.

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

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    An Enthralling Continuation

    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.

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  • Posted February 7, 2010

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    Stronger than the Daughter of the Blood, but still uneven.

    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.

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  • Posted November 16, 2009

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    Awesome!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    Terrific!

    The characters are so vivid and complex!

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  • Posted June 25, 2013

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    A lovely book!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Highly recommend: Whole series is a must for fantasy readers

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    Favorite

    This is the second book in my all-time favorite series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Awesome

    Love this book.

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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!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

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    This is a good book and a quick read.

    I really liked this book, and the series in general. It's a different story line than I have read before, and has very intneresting characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2009

    Excellent Read

    Her books are just great especially the Shadow books!! Once you start reading can't put it down and you really start to feel for the characters!

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

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    OMG Again!

    This is the second book in the trilogy and just like the first one it hooked me right away. I couldn't put it down. Anne Bishop takes you into a world that is filled with amazing characters. Most definitely read the first book in the series and then this one, you won't regret it.

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  • Posted January 9, 2009

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    Absolute Best!!!

    I love this writer! I can't even count how many times i've read this trilogy over the past years. I always come back to over and over. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2008

    Avid Reader

    Never have i read a better book. Each book in the trilogy only gets better than the last. And the spin offs definately don't dissapoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2004

    Exceptional Series!

    This is a wonderful sequel to an already wonderful book. It is as wonderfully written as the first book and it pulls you right back into Anne Bishop's mesmerizing world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2003

    Amazing!

    This book only illuminated Anne Bishop's amazing talent to weave an exquisit world so natural and life like our own I highly recommend this book to anyone who truly appreciates a well written fantasy book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2003

    Love this series

    This was, by far, my favorite book. The entire series is like nothing else around. It takes the dark magic stereotype and changes it into something not a lot of people would expect. Anne Bishop is a great writer with an even greater writing style. A perfect mixture of humor and drama. And the characters seem so human. This was the best book ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2003

    My Favorite

    This is my favorite book in the trilogy! So great, and the suspense is killer. I loved the characters and the story, everything about it.

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