Tangled Webs (Black Jewels Series #5)

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The invitation is signed "Jaenelle Angelline," and it summons her family to a special soirée. But when her guests enter the house, they find themselves trapped in a living nightmare created by the Black Widow witches—and if they try to use Craft as protection, they risk being sealed in the house forever. But Jaenelle did not send the invitation. And now she and the rest of her family must rescue the others inside—and then find out who has created such a place, and why...

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The invitation is signed "Jaenelle Angelline," and it summons her family to a special soirée. But when her guests enter the house, they find themselves trapped in a living nightmare created by the Black Widow witches—and if they try to use Craft as protection, they risk being sealed in the house forever. But Jaenelle did not send the invitation. And now she and the rest of her family must rescue the others inside—and then find out who has created such a place, and why...

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Pathologically jealous novelist Jarvis Jenkell has hatched a diabolical plan to ensnare his fellow Bloods forever. He sends an invitation to lure them to a preview of his haunted houses. Lady Surreal SaDiablo, Rainer, and several local children fall for the bait, leaving Queen Jaenelle Angelline in the awkward and infinitely dangerous position of having to save them. Another gem in Anne Bishop's bewitching Black Jewels world.
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In Bishop's bewitching latest Black Jewels adventure (after 2005's Dreams Made Flesh), a tour of an old house becomes a hellish matter of life and death. Lady Surreal SaDiablo receives an invitation to preview the "silly, spooky" house that Queen Jaenelle Angelline has created to parody myths about the magically gifted Bloods, and she persuades her friend and fellow magic user Warlord Prince Rainier to join her. The only snag is that Jaenelle didn't send the invitation. Crazed, jealous novelist Jarvis Jenkell has discovered his Blood heritage and developed his own haunted house with the goal of trapping other Bloods and using their travails to inspire his fiction. As Surreal, Rainer and several local children struggle to escape Jenkell's deadly snare, Jaenelle's husband, Daemon Sadi, and Sadi's half-brother, Lucivar, must call upon all their Craft skills to free the trapped. With feverish pacing and terrifying twists, Bishop's surefire spell craft will leave readers' hearts pounding. (Mar.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429526616
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA), Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/30/2009
  • Series: Black Jewels Series, #5
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,294,252
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

Anne Bishop

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 March 24, 2008

    Good, but Dissappointing

    I was really looking forward to this book, but I think it fell short. I agree with another reviewer who said it might have been better as a short story. I like the idea behind it and I like the idea of a small, less stressful challenge for our characters, but when I see a novel coming out I expect some new information about the world and I didn't really learn much of anything new. I love the world that Ms. Bishop has created, but sometimes I think that now that she has created it she doesn't know where to go with it. Invisible Ring was better because we learned about fussing, the rut, Shalador, the Gray Lady and her fight against Dorothea, and more about the Craft. My main problem with this book as it reflects on the whole series is that there are so many questions unanswered and generally I would trust the author to swing back and flesh out an idea later in the series, but I don't trust her to do that any more after this book. I mean, is Daemon ever going to go into rut? Did Daemon ever take some of Jaenelle's blood? How strong is the Twilight's Dawn? All sorts of unanswered questions are left hanging from the prior books and others are brought up in this new book too regarding Daemon and Jaenelle's relationship and some other regular Blood related things that I'm not sure we'll ever know the answer to. Anyway, I love the series regardless and I think that the 'idea' is one of the more creative fantasy world ideas I've read. I like that they are not human and yet not science fiction alien. They are more dynamic than the Dragon Rider's of Pern (who I love) and they are more foreign than the people in the Kushiel's Legacy series (which I discovered after reading reviews for the Dark Jewels Trilogy and absolutely love) but, I am sorry to say, the execution is better in those series. If you're a DJT fan you will want to read the book but I kind of wish I had waited until it was in paperback.

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  • Posted April 20, 2010

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    Entertaining Read for Dark Jewels Fans

    This is definitely 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 even the short novel "Kaeleer's Heart" included in the anthology Dreams Made Flesh. This is one of those times I wish I could add a half star. I think this novel is more than just "okay." I did enjoy it, in the spirit of being able to enjoy some time with old friends, which is the way I've come to think of these characters. I thought it had an interesting premise, and it has the touches of humor leavening dark themes I so enjoy in this series. Plus, it heavily features the character Surreal--in my opinion always a good thing. (And as a bonus at the end includes a short story with her). So if I'm ranking this only 3 stars, it's just because it doesn't for me come quite up to the high mark of the original trilogy--but it's a good read.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

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    Good book, not as good as the other 4

    A little hard to get into and not as interesting as the others but okay. I really enjoyed the story of Jaenelle but this one didn't involve her much. Surreal was the central character. After reading this book, I decided I needed to give the series a rest since obviously this one wasn't up to par with the beginning of the series.

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  • Posted May 22, 2009

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    Back into the dark, sinister, mesmerizing Realms of Blood. Hizzah!!!!

    This is a superb read for those of us addicted to the world & characters set in Black Jewels Realms. The invitation to read begins with a simple ruse, our heroine is reading an ironic twist that leads you quick into the fast-paced maze that is the Realm of Black Jewels by the end of this reading you can't wait for more... A compelling & fascinating read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2009

    Great series

    Great series. I just wish that the earlier (original trilogy) volumes were available in hardback.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    Good, but not Great

    I've loved the Black Jewels world since I discovered it while "studying" for finals some years ago, and I really appreciate the complexity and originality of the concept. Ms. Bishop is gifted when it comes to humorous dialogue, and she can really create some sexy, complicated characters--both of which are in evidence in this novel, yet in my opinion, this is the weakest of the series. This was created as more of a stand-alone book, and I don't know if that's its flaw, as it reads more like a short story than a fully-fleshed out novel. I could feel Ms. Bishop reaching for padding at some points in the story, and I just didn't have the connection with this book as I've had with some of the others. All in all though, it was an interesting read, and if you are a fan of the Black Jewels Series, get the paperback to round out your collection.

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

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    Black Jewels Series continues strong

    The Black Jewels series is an original plot line and it has very strong characters. I have really enjoyed all the books and look forward to reading more.

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

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    Good book

    I just finished this one the other day and am waiting for the Shadow Queen to be delivered. Again, I was sucked in as I started reading and didn't come up for air until I had finished the book. I have really enjoyed this series and hope that she continues to write more about this world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2008

    Tangled Indeed!

    The best thing about Anne Bishop's books is that they come in layers, and that what you think the story is about might not really be the point at all. Buried within stories told with evocative prose and perfectly timed dialogue are deeper things--and they're always worth looking for. Tangled webs is a singleton book romp, a good story set in a familiar and beloved 'if wary-making' setting, and for that alone it's a good satisfying gourmet read. But there is, of course, more to it than that, and that--for me--is where the enjoyment really kicks in. Peeling away the layers...

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent Black Jewels fantasy thriller

    Queen Jaenelle Angelline fashioned what she calls a ¿silly, spooky¿ fun house that lampoons the magically gifted Bloods. Lady Surreal SaDiablo and magic practitioner Warlord Prince Rainier receive special invitations to tour her creation. However, neither Surreal nor Rainier is aware that Jaenelle has not sent out any invitations. Insane Jarvis Jenkell has recently learned he is of the Blood too and has developed a maniac plan to inspire his writing of novels. He has built a dangerous haunted house in which he plans to trap Bloods and observe their tribulations thus he invited Surreal, Rainer and several children, who arrive for the gala only to find themselves in a life and death struggle to survive. Jaenelle¿s husband Daemon Sadi and his half-brother Lucivar desperately try to free their loved ones from Jarvis¿ diabolical house of horrors. --- The latest Black Jewels fantasy thriller (see DREAMS MADE FLESH) is an excellent action-packed tale that grips readers once the tour of hell begins and never slows down until the final confrontation. The story line is fast-paced and the cast seem real. However, what makes TANGLE WEB great is the Blood magic seems plausible so much so that readers will feel trapped inside Jenkell¿s house of horrors. --- Harriet Klausner

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