The Shadow Queen (Black Jewels Series #6) [NOOK Book]

Overview

The national bestselling Black Jewels saga continues

Theran Grayhaven is the last of his line, desperate to restore the land of Dena Nehele. But first he needs to find a Queen who remembers the Blood's code of honor and lives by the Old...
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The Shadow Queen (Black Jewels Series #6)

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Overview

The national bestselling Black Jewels saga continues

Theran Grayhaven is the last of his line, desperate to restore the land of Dena Nehele. But first he needs to find a Queen who remembers the Blood's code of honor and lives by the Old Ways.

Languishing in the Shadow Realm, Lady Cassidy is a Queen without a court. But when she is chosen to rule Dena Nehele, she must convince bitter men to serve once again.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Bishop's capable seventh Black Jewels fantasy soap opera installment (after 2008's Tangled Webs) surges with spellcraft and engaging romance. The former queen of Bhak is now just plain Lady Cassidy from Dharo, since her entire court resigned to go serve prettier, better-connected Lady Kermilla. Warlord Prince Theran Grayhaven seeks a partner to help him restore his family's land after a violent uprising. With the help of the High Prince of Hell, he finds Cassidy, whose friends encourage her to accept his proposal and return to being a queen. All seems well until the pair run into compatibility problems, and Cassidy meets a mysterious gardener who calls to her heart. Bishop's epic has a complex history and will best be appreciated by readers familiar with earlier books. (Mar.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101019801
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/3/2009
  • Series: Black Jewels Series , #6
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 45,336
  • File size: 421 KB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2010

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    The Shadow Queen

    This is the second book in a sort-of trilogy centering around Lia, the Grey Lady, her husband Jared (introduced in The Invisible Ring) and their decendents. As one who read and survived the horrific events of the original Dark Jewels Trilogy, I found this mostly post-apocalyptic group of stories (Invisible Ring takes place during Dorothea SaDiablo's reign)less harrowing and more readable. The Shadow Queen introduces Lady Cassidy, a Queen whose court has abandonded her for a beautiful, vivacious but selfish, shallow manipulator.

    Theran Grayhaven, last of Lia and Jared's line, has applied to Daemon Sadi for help in finding a queen to rule his territory who knows honor and the old ways. He finds Cassie a disappointment, not recognizing her knowledge, compassion, or fairness. He sees only her plain face and lowly rose jewel. This lack of bonding and trust causes most of the problems of the novel, though it goes back and forth with continuing stories about Saetan, Janelle, Daemon, and Lucivar. I do not know how clear the motivation for some of the behavior is if one has not read the original trilogy or at least The Invisible Ring. Having read them, I felt like a soap opera addict, getting my SaDiablo family fix along with Cassie's story.

    Along with violence and stress, there is growth for characters, most notably Gray, a 27 year old man trapped in the mindset of a tortured 15 year old. There is humor (dealing with a bossy kindred dog from Scelt is not easy) and a plot still dark but more akin to Anne Bishop's writing in Sebatian, Belladona, and Dreams Made Flesh.

    I enjoyed this book immensely and immediately bought Dreams Made Flesh, which I had skipped. I then chomped at the bit until Shalador's Lady came out and zipped through that one, too.

    Yeah - okay - I'm a fan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    Abrupt Ending?

    I have enjoyed the whole series. Can anyone tell me if this book has more than 30 chapters, 299 pages? It seemed to just end abruptly...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Loved it!

    Anne Bishop writes great books. love her black jewels series.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

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    Another great read from Anne Bishop

    Doesn't go for the big battles but has a subtle tension with characters you care for and want to know more about. Anyone who read the invisiable ring may want to find out what happened to Jared and Lia, Blaed and the rest of the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2010

    great author

    I fell in love with anne bishop with the black jewels trilogy, and each book after just lets me live in her world again and again. Bringing in new people from Janelle's world just lets us see what the less powerful Blood have to live with daily.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2010

    Great Read!

    If you've ever read any of the other Black Jewels books by Anne Bishop, you will like this book.

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  • Posted April 20, 2010

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    And Engaging Read with Characters I Loved

    This not the book I'd start with if you're new to Anne Bishop or her Dark Jewels series. I'd recommend reading at least the opening trilogy first of Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows and Queen of the Darkness, and I think it would help to read The Invisible Ring, which forms the backdrop to this tale set in the territory of Dona Nehele, once ruled by that novel's Gray Lady. In a previous book, Saetan told Alexandra that it's not magical power that makes a strong queen, and after the previous books dealing with super-powered witches that were the strongest in the blood's history, it was intriguing to read about Cassidy, someone weak magically speaking that nevertheless has strengths that allow her to begin to pull together a shattered people. It was also fun to revisit old friends from the other books like Saetan, Lucifar, Daemon and Jaenelle. I think the sequel to this novel, Shalador's Lady, is even stronger.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

    Visiting old friends

    I've loved Anne Bishop's Black Jewels series since the first moment and particularly enjoyed her story collection where we learned more about the major characters. For me, the strongest points of this book were meeting the continuing characters and seeing how their ongoing relationships worked. It's intriguing to see new, less powerful characters dealing with a world we've seen through the eyes of people with power. What stuck with me most about this story is the unsureness the focal characters felt. This is a story about people in conflict who need to rely on each other to--maybe--make a future. I'll pick up the next book in this series to find out what happens next because there are lots of elements ongoing. I'll most enjoy revisiting Lucivar, Saetan, and, of course, Sadi.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    Awesome!

    I was a little weary going into this book after reading the invisible ring. I was worried that this book wasn't going to involve the main characters in the black jewel series that I love.... but it entrapped me like all the other books in the black jewel series (except invisible ring). I was actually in the middle of reading another series when this one came in the mail, I forgot my other book at work and read this one and could not put it down for the life of me. I loved the new characters, and loved how the main characters were still involved in the story. I look forward to reading the next one!

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    Another great read

    With the exception of The Invisible Ring, I love this whole series. I can't wait for the next book in the series.

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  • Posted July 24, 2009

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    Not worthy of the Black Jewels

    This book is not a bad read but it is not worthy of its Black Jewels legacy. There was too much of the characters from the Dark Jewels Trilogy and not enough substance in the characters who actually belonged to this book. I really wished for more gumption in Cassidy's character. I didn't like the messing ending for Cassidy and Jared's romance. For all of the involvement of Janelle and everyone from the Dark Court a black widow should have been able to treat or heal Jared's mental injuries from the torture endured at the hands of the destroyed queens. It was a readable book despite the messy plot and poorly developed characters.

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  • Posted July 10, 2009

    ENTHRALLING!!!

    I can read Anne's books over and over because the characters and plots are so captivating. The Shadow Queen is an excellent addition to the Black Jewels Series. I've read The Shadow Queen about 7 times so far since it came out in March!

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  • Posted June 12, 2009

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    Anne Bishop strikes again

    This book is a wonderful addition to the black jewels series. Not only does it introduce a new story with great new caracters but it also gives us a little more of the life of our already favorite heroes. I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2009

    A good continuation in the Black Jewels Trilogy

    This novel is not as dark and dramatic as the first three in the Anne Bishop series. It has more touches of comedy and romance. Yet it does continue in some of the basic themes, with re-appearances from the orignal characters, while introducing new ones. A very nice way to spin-off and continue the series, keeping it fresh and new.

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  • Posted May 29, 2009

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    What a book!!!

    They are vampires but in the world created by Anne Bishop, they are the Blood, the protectors of the realms. With characters like Saetan, Daemon, Lucivar, and Jaenelle, thw whole Black Jewels series is fast-paced, passionate, and books that are impossible to put down once you've started reading them. A must for every library!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2009

    The Shadow Queen

    Anne Bishop continues to weave page turning stories with the Black Jewels Series. I hope we will see another book about Cassidy & Gray, what happens to them and the territory.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    Another great one

    There isn't a book I've read by Anne Bishop that I didn't like. This was definitely a tamer story but also very very good.

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

    Another Jewel

    I loved getting a chance to meet new characters while still interacting with the ones I've already fallen in love with. I love this series and this was a wonderful addition to this addictive world.

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

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    Great Read

    As always, Anne Bishop as done a stellar job writing The Shadow Queen. It is filled with excitment and is a true page turner. It was a pleasure to read and the plots where captivating so much so I could not put the book down. If you enjoyed the previous Black Jewels Series, you should definately add this one to your collection.

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

    Better than Ever

    Anne Bishop is directly responsible for my lack of sleep time the evening I picked up this book. It's everything I loved about the previous Jewels books, and more--the heart, the consequences, the long view--and oh! the kindred sceltie! I confess, I am completely besotted with Lady Vae. In the end, this book has all the elements from the previous Jewels book--but every bit of it is sharper, deeper, and honed to an edge. Total delight!

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