Dreams Made Flesh (Black Jewels Series)

Dreams Made Flesh (Black Jewels Series)

by Anne Bishop

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Overview

The Black Jewels Trilogy established Anne Bishop as an author whose “sublime skill...blend[s] the darkly macabre with spine-tingling emotional intensity”(SF Site). Now, the saga continues in this collection that includes four more adventures of Jaenelle and her kindred…
 
Jaenelle is the most powerful Witch ever known, centuries of hopes and dreams made flesh at last. She has forged ties with three of the realm’s mightiest Blood warriors: Saetan, the High Lord of Hell, who trains Jaenelle in magic and adopts her as his daughter; Lucivar, the winged Eyrien warlord who becomes her protector; and the near-immortal Daemon, born to be Witch’s lover. Jaenelle has assumed her rightful place as Queen of the Darkness and restored order and peace to the realms, but at a terrible cost.
 
Collected here are the beguiling stories about the origin of the mystical Jewels, the forbidden passion between Lucivar and a simple hearth witch, the clash between Saetan and a Priestess, and the choice Jaenelle must make, between her magic and happiness with Daemon...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451460707
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/07/2006
Series: Black Jewels Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 88,556
Product dimensions: 4.21(w) x 6.71(h) x 1.15(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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Dreams Made Flesh (Black Jewels Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 196 reviews.
Lisa_RR_H More than 1 year ago
This is definitely not the book I'd start with if you're new to Anne Bishop or her Dark Jewels series, but if you're a fan of the trilogy, I'd definitely recommend this book. I've heard this book compared to fan fiction, not in a disparaging sense, but because it functions in filling some notable gaps in the trilogy you might be curious about, bits of backstory. It's a meaty book nevertheless with two out of the four stories novel-length: "The Prince of Ebon Rih" and "Kaeleer's Heart." The first tells the love story of Lucifar and Marian and how they got together--a fairly standard, fluffy romance. The second is about the immediate aftermath to the trilogy, about the nature of Twilight's Dawn. I found both stories an engaging read. I was less enamored of the opening story, "Weaver of Dreams" but it is very short and is from an interesting point of view. "Zuulaman," of novelette length is a chilling tale of Saetan's past. I'd definitely call this book for fans only, but that's not to put it down--those who enjoyed the other books wouldn't want to miss this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After I read the three books of the Dark Jewels Trilogy I was so mad it ended with so many loose strings but it was worth the wait for this book. It is the best of them all and will not leave fans dissapointed.
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LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is definitely not the book I'd start with if you're new to Anne Bishop or her Dark Jewels series, but if you're a fan of the trilogy, I'd definitely recommend this book. I've heard this book compared to fan fiction, not in a disparaging sense, but because of its function in filling some notable gaps in the trilogy you might be curious about, bits of backstory. It's a meaty book with two out of the four stories novel-length: "The Prince of Ebon Rih" and "Kaeleer's Heart." The first tells the love story of Lucifar and Marian and how they got together--a fairly standard, fluffy romance. The second is set in the immediate aftermath to the trilogy, and deals with the nature of Twilight's Dawn answering some lingering questions from Queen of the Darkness. I found both stories an engaging read. I was less enamored of the opening story, "Weaver of Dreams" but it is very short and is from an interesting point of view. "Zuulaman," of novelette length, is a chilling tale of Saetan's past. This anthology is akin to fan fiction in another sense; I'd definitely call this book only for those already fans of the Dark Jewels tales, but that's not to put it down--those who enjoyed the other books wouldn't want to miss this one.
crazybatcow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It feels like these short stories were, at one point, intended to be components of the main trilogy storyline but, because they are self-contained and somewhat independent of the novels' stories, they could easily be pulled out and put into their own book, rather than cluttering up a very nice 3-book storyline.My only complaint is that when you read the 3rd book of the series, it would have made more sense to have read the 2nd story in this book first. But, of course, you can't read the 3rd story in this book before reading the 3rd book in the trilogy first.... but, other than story number 2, the other 3 flow nicely together...oh, the wild webs Bishop wove!It's background info anyway, which is interesting enough, if not as timely as I would have preferred, but then, I'm a big believer in reading stories in the order in which they occur, not the order in which they were written.If you care about any of the main characters, you should probably read this book too, especially if you want to find out what happened to Jaenelle after the end of the trilogy.
DriderQueen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a collection of stories linked to the main Trilogy. It's a beautifully woven tale that explain many many thing that are said but not too much described in the trilogy. I particularly loved the story about how Lucivar met and than fell in love with his wife, Marian.
VivianeoftheLake on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dreams Made Flesh is perfect for fans of the Trilogy. Anne Bishop does something that is unique, she presents us with books that are only about the characters that let us get a fix of them and their lives, love, war and conflict. I was blown away about the story of Lucivar and Marian it was so tender and real. Moreover it showed us that Ms. Bishop can really twist the cliches of the genre...
trinibaby9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved it! This really fills in some holes in the Black Jewels Trilogy and gives you more background on the characters. I'm normally not a fan of short stories, but these were unbelievable. I love all of her work, she's one of the best in the genre. She deserves kudos for really building a whole new concept full of originality rather than falling back on the types of chracters and plots you find in alot of fantasy writing. Such a fresh perspective.
misibea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book of 4 short stories. Two set before the first three and one story set after the second book and the final story set after the third book. I hate reading stories out of order so I did not enjoy this book as much as the others. But I did really enjoy the final story
Lethe20 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anthology: 1) Lucivar and Marian's story2) Zuulaman - Saetan's breakup with Hekatah begins when Mephis and Peyton are still little boys3) Daemon and Jaenelle get married
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The missing romances for Lucivar/Marion and Daemon/Jaenelle, and a couple of short bits. Loved revisiting everyone. I was a little worried it would be hard to get back into the world, but it wasn't--this was much easier reading, except for the short bit about Saetan, and, perversely, I missed being slightly confused. Still, I love these characters, love the world, and really did not want to put this down, did not want it to end.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Short stories! Which tricked me into thinking I could skip this installment and move straight on to the 6th in the series. A definite mistake.The first few stories explain where the Weavers originated, and tell the story of lost Zuulaman and a father's rage. The next two introduce Marian and unite Sadi and Janelle. This is definitely not to be missed if you're interested in getting the whole Blood Jewels picture.
Larkken on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this short story anthology, Anne Bishop returns to the world of the Black Jewels trilogy, with great results. The first of the four stories within provides backstory and explanation to the origin of the Blood and Kindred, the second fleshes out the relationship between Lucivar and Marian, the third provides information on Saetan's backstory, and the fourth provides answers to the inevitable "what happens after the happily-ever-after" question. The first and third stories are excellent companion pieces to the original trilogy, but the reasons I ended up adding this book to my library are the second and fourth stories. [continue later...]
Flamika on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book contains four stories pertaining to the characters and events of The Black Jewels Trilogy. It hits on pretty much all the major characters and really fleshes out the already rich characters.
La-Plume on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It features 4 stories, but fans probably won't bother with two of them i.e the first one with the spider and the third one with Saetan. That's not a problem in itself because the two main stories, featuring Lucivar and Marian for the second one and Daemon and Janelle for the 4th one take most of the pages anyway. I personally enjoyed more the story behind Lucivar and Marian's meeting, it was extremely sweet :D But all in all, if you're a fan of the Black Jewel Trilogy, you've got to buy that one. Unlike Tangled Webs , this one is a must in the series.
rocalisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Blurb:Set in the realm of The Black Jewels trilogy, this collection features four brand-new revelatory stories of Jaenelle and her kindred.My Comments:Anne Bishop continues to impress. This book contains four short stories from the past and future of the Black Jewels Realms and I love them all, but especially the ones about Lucivar and Marian and about Jaenelle and Daemon.The first is a very short piece about how the golden spiders gained sentience and power.The second tells the story of Lucivar and Marian's courtship. Here, Bishop shows she can take a standard romance outline and tell a magical tale. Many a romance author could read this to find out exactly how to write an alpa male and make a success of it. A brilliant success.The third tells of a black moment in Saetan's life and explains why he never tried to keep Lucivar and Daemon when they were taken from them. We learn that he control of his power and temper was hard won and have part of the answer to the question of who would win if Saetan and Daemon ever faced off.The fourth story takes up where "Queen of the Darkness" left off, telling the tale of how Jaenelle and Daemon reconnect as Jaenelle heals. As these two were my favourites in the main series, this was a total delight. Again, Bishop has taken a romance trope and shown how it should be done in this beautiful fantasy story.Someone is trying to sew discord between Daemon and Jaenelle and they need all their combined strength as they combat this new enemy and come to terms with the changes in Jaenelle due to her actions in "Queen of the Darkness". As some who reads some romance (and reads about it more) this story is a triumph where the characters, facing misunderstanding and confusion sown by their enemy and their own actions, actually talk to each other and resolve the problem instead of letting it fester for hundreds of pages. Congratulations to Anne Bishop, Jaenelle and Daemon.This story shows also shows us fundamental differences between Daemon and Jaenelle and how they compliment each other. Jaenelle does all the things she does because she loves and cares about the people around her. She stays in Challiot for Whilemena, she forms the Dark Court to save the Kindred, she does eveything she does to save the Blood. Daemon on the other hand, does the things he does solely for Jaenelle. She is his concern. His to protect and cherish. If he cares about others (and he doese) and what they think of him, it takes a distant backseat to what Jaenelle needs of and from him.This story also provides the rest of what is needed to answer that question of a confrontation between Daemon and Saetan. Especially if it concerned Jaenelle, it would be Daemon. Saetan rightly fears his power and has a rigid control; Daemon will simply use his without any such consideration.I have rapidly become and Anne Bishop fangirl and will happily shout her praises to the rooftops. I am not generally a short story reader, but I do love them when the further my knowledge and understanding of people and places I don't want to leave behind yet. That is exactly what "Dreams Made Flesh" does and it was a welcome addition to the tales of the Blood.
bluerose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This group of short stories fills out some of the history behind some key characters/events from the Black Jewels trilogy. Most important story wraps up what happens at the end of Queen of the Darkness, so if you are a fan, this is essential :)
roninc30 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Have only read the last story re: Daemon and Janelle in this one as of yet. No interest in the others right now.
surreality on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Plot: relatively straightforward plots for the two novellas, with the plot for the second one a bit more complex than for the first. Good pacing, though the focus overall is on situations and characters rather than plot. The two short stories are mostly about conveying background information, with one having a simple conspiracy plot and the other too short and mystic to really develop one. Characters: it's the known cast from the Black Jewels trilogy, and almost every character shows up in some way or is at least mentioned. Fanservice, to a large extent - characterization is done on the main characters, while the secondary characters are a bit neglected and it feels as though their established characterizations from the trilogy are supposed to carry over. No entirely new characters, but Marian is promoted to a primary character rather than background noise. Style: comparable to the trilogy - nothing exciting, but solid writing overall. A few phrases get repeated a little too often, and there is no background given on the world or the magic system. Plus: expansion on scenes that are mentioned in passing in the earlier books. Marian develops into a very likable character and fan favourites get some more pagetime. Minus: repetitive use of specific turns of phrase. The short storyWeaver of Dreams is a little too mystic to really work. Summary: A nice additional read to the Black Jewels trilogy, but it would be difficult as a stand-alone.
supershineygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the book I was waiting for. A return to the Black Jewels and my favortie charcters. This collection of four short stories set before, during and after the events of the Black Jewels are a great companion to the trilogy. My favorties being Kaeleer's Heart which is the continuation of Jaenelle and Daemon's story and takes place immediatly after Queen of the Darkness. This is a great epilogue for them and puts a really nice finish on things. And The Prince of Ebon Rih is the story of Lucivar and Marian. How they meet and fell in love.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A collection of stories that compliment the Dark Jewels trilogy and quite possibly should be read interleaved into the series. Before several of the stories it does note where they come in relation to the series.
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. It picks up after the trilogy with such grace and the same excitment as in all of Anne Bishop's books. A very nice addition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The stories of Janelle, Daemon, Saetan, and Lucivar mean more to me as a person than I can say. Anne Bishop knows how to make the reader be able to relate to her characters and make them past of you. It's very sad that there are only these few stories about them. I wish there were more.