Daughter of The Blood (Black Jewels Series #1)

Daughter of The Blood (Black Jewels Series #1)

by Anne Bishop


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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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451461483
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/05/2007
Series: Black Jewels Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 843,127
Product dimensions: 6.03(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop is a winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award, presented by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, for The Black Jewels Trilogy. She is also the author of the Ephemera series, the Tir Alainn trilogy, and the Novels of the Others—including Etched in BoneMarked in Flesh, Vision in Silver, Murder of Crows, and Written in Red. She lives in upstate New York.

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Vividly painted...dramatic, erotic, hope-filled. A promising debut.

Charles De Lint

Anne Bishop is a terrific writer. I loved this book!

Terri Windling

Mystical, sensual, glittering with dark magic, Anne Bishop's debut novel brings a strong new voice to the fantasy field.

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Daughter of The Blood (Black Jewels Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 360 reviews.
Meli_Green More than 1 year ago
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.
Lisa_RR_H More than 1 year ago
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.
PhoenixFalls More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointed and disturbed is how I felt at the end of this book-- so much so that this is the first review I have ever given. While the author is creative and a skilled writer I did not like some of the subject matter and I think this book should have had a better description of the content or a warning about the content so that readers know what they are getting into and I would have known this was not my kind of book. I was expecting a fantasy along the lines of Goodkind, Weeks, etc. This book was like a sadistic fantasy Lolita. I was not expecting all the sex slaves, pedofiles, and rape. I also don't like reading about a man becoming arosed by a 12 year old girl or about the sexual abuse of young children. I felt dirty and and cheated after reading this.
TJ_Shaw More than 1 year ago
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.
bkwrm29 More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Kind of creepy, lots of sex and sex with children.
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed her Ephemera stories, but this one did nothing for me.
Moriquen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well, this is definately fantasy unlike I've read before. It was a strange and sometimes sick book. (The perversity that is Briarwood just made my blood boil, I can't help it. It made my stomach lurch several times.) I do admit however that I am intrigued and would like to read the second and third part in the trilogy (Heir to the Shadows and Queen of the Darkness) to see how Jeanelle fares, how she heals and how she is/becomes 'Witch'.However there are some things that I didn't like about the book. I'm always a bit weary when a book starts with a list of things you need to know before you start reading. (Like the list of jewels and the explanation of the hierarchy.) I always feel that a good writer doesn't need to list these things up front, but should be able to explain them to a reader sufficiently along the way.
crichar3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First book in the series. Great book!
K_Milner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The world imagined by Anne Bishop is unlike any other fantasy land and depicts females as the dominant sex. It is a good introduction to the child queen Jaenelle and her at times disturbing childhood. Although dark and sad at times, the book sets up the other Black Jewel books. I have gone back and re-read this series multiple times.
Lethe20 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's an excellent story, but because the setting and action are so dark and painful, it's harder to like than the 'happy ending' other Black Jewel books. Read it carefully, though, because there's a lot of rich detail that defines the world and the characters, that is expanded in the later books.
Queensowntalia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a great kickoff to Bishop's fabulous 'Black Jewels' series. Set in a world where spellcasting women wield all control, the story follows the tale of one woman's journey towards becoming one of the most powerful spellcasters of them all, along the way accumulating powerful friends, fearsome enemies and a long-destined love. Epic in scope, the story has light-hearted turns as well, with fundimentally human characters both dazzling and flawed. Great stuff.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
seekingflight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first of the Black Jewels fantasy trilogy that tells of the prophesised coming of a young girl (Jaenelle) with powers beyond anything the protagonists have seen so far. This is a world where women rule, while men protect and serve. Dorothea is the evil queen who has enslaved or purged all of the strong men and women capable of opposing her; and cowed the weak into becoming her own tools of terror ¿ targeting their own anger and fear at those still weaker than they ...Three men come to know and love the young girl, Janelle, and to offer her training and protection. But in a world where they find it difficult even to trust each other, how well will they be able to protect her from the darkness that has taken over their world? I found this an enjoyable read, although initially taken aback by some particularly graphic incidents of violence, and particularly sexual violence, that may mean that these books are not everyone¿s cup of tea. Ultimately, what made this work for me was that I cared about the characters and what happened to them, loved the way in which they relationships between them were depicted, and enjoyed the thought that had gone into the building of this world.
VivalaErin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had this series for a while before I ever had a chance to read it, and now it is by far my favorite series! I love the world Bishop has created, and the characters are the kind who keep you involved. The men are incredible, and there are so many times that Jeanelle makes me laugh! It's dark and sexy and completely fantastic.
pearl24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book was not at all what I was expecting. Its a very complex world that Ann Bishop creats in this series but its also very fascinating world. This is basically the story of Saeton, Daemon, Lucivar, Jaenell, and although not a main carchater there is a lot to do with Surreal as well. Yes the names themselves are scary but dont let it disscourage you; they are all the farthist thing from evil. There are so many ups and downs in this book but its a very fast paste book and never a dull moment. I will admit I was in tears in the last couple of chapters and the ending left me "jaw dropped". I was so stunned I immediatlly picked up book two. This book was amazing and yes, though there are some things in this book that are tough to handle in the real world, they are just as though in the book but it happenes non the less; its all a part of Jaenells story and what shapes her to be who she is. I truely believe you will not be dissapointed in this book.
Kilina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is Magic. The world is very creative and rich with the fantasy of Bishop¿s imagination. The different realms, the way the Blood use Craft and the dynamics of the people who populate the world are fascinating. The characterization is well done and you are immediately engrossed in their lives. You begin to really hope that when Witch rises to power, the other characters get what they have been waiting for too.This was a really good start to the trilogy. A few things left me wishing there had been more explanation behind the world building but most of the problems I could overlook.
G.Fern on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful and dark fantasy novel. Anne Bishop can dip into the somewhat cheesy with her writing style, but somehow it works with the story without being overly florid. She is a master of suggested violence. I cried every time read this series for years.
JanaRose1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Daughter of the Blood" shows a corrupt society, which has twisted the notion that women rule and men serve. Rather than service being a soft leash, it is pain, torture and humiliation. Dorothea, the High Priestess, has conducted a campaign to brutalize female children before they can come into their power and destroy and maim strong men. Foreseen by a black widow is a Queen who will rule the Blood and reverse the damage that has been done. Jaenelle is born to a powerful family, but one who believes she is crazed and tainted. I have to admit right away that this is my favorite book series and Anne Bishop is my favorite author. This is probably the dozenth time I've read this book, and it was just as good as the first. The characters and their interaction are fascinating and the magic system is interesting. I loved the interaction between the three realms and as always, look forward to (re)reading the next book.
RainbowsEnd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After reading all the rave reviews for this book I finally decided to give it a try, as I was looking for something new. Boy was I disappointed, and that is putting it mildly. The book seemed to me like it was written for pre- teens, the writing style was so simplistic. It was all I could do to keep from laughing out loud at times at how ridiculous the dialogue was. I finished this book and the second book, but decided the story was going no where and wasn't holding my interest so I finally gave up.