The Barnes & Noble Review
Anne Bishop returns to the dark and sensual realm of her Black Jewels trilogy (Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows, and Queen of the Darkness) in Dreams Made Flesh, a collection of four stories featuring some of Bishop's most beloved -- and wickedest -- characters.
In "The Prince of Ebon Rih," Lucivar, the winged son of Saetan (the High Lord of Hell), has recently been named Warlord Prince of Ebon Rih and moved into an old, abandoned eyrie. After enduring decades as a sexual slave in a court of sadistic queens, the last thing on Lucivar's mind is finding a wife. But when his sister Jaenelle rescues a beautiful hearth witch from being brutally raped and assigns her as Lucivar's new housekeeper, the two broken souls find themselves falling in love. But with so many people against the relationship -- including Lucivar's mother -- can it ever survive?
"Zuulaman" is an enlightening story from Saetan's past that reveals why the High Lord's relationships with his two sons, Lucivar and Daemon, are so complicated. When a trade dispute between Saetan's domain and another turns violent and the High Lord's very pregnant wife is supposedly taken hostage, an entire realm feels the wrath of Saetan unleashed…
With the dark romanticism of Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy trilogy (Kushiel's Dart, Kushiel's Chosen, and Kushiel's Avatar) and the violent eroticism of the Beauty's Release trilogy by A. N. Roquelaure (a.k.a. Anne Rice), this collection -- which blurs the lines between pleasure and pain -- will thrill fantasy and romance fans alike. Paul Goat Allen
The "scheming woman seeks to control powerful man" plot substitutes for anything truly new or surprising in Anne Bishop's Dreams Made Flesh, a collection of four novellas set in the realm of her Black Jewels trilogy (Daughter of the Blood, etc.). As always, the author's vision of the demands-and earthy pleasures-of powerful magic compels, but these fragmentary shorter works lack the depth to be found in her novels. Agent, Jennifer Jackson at DMLA. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
In "Weaver of Dreams," a dying dragon passes along its knowledge and magic to an unlikely successor, while in "The Prince of Ebon Rih," the winged warlord Lucivar develops an unlikely affection for a young hearth witch. "Zuulaman" reveals the depths to which the Blood Warrior Saetan will go to protect his child, while "Kaeleer's Heart" relates an episode in the life of Jaenelle, the Queen of Darkness. The four tales in this collection, set in the same universe as Bishop's Black Jewels Trilogy, further explore the sensual richness of a world in which the powers of good and evil are not as clear-cut as they might seem. For most fantasy collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Praise for Dreams Made Flesh
“Intrigue, mystery and passion permeate [this] fast-paced and winning set of adventures.”—Midwest Book Review
“The four tales in this collection...further explore [their world’s] sensual richness.”—Library Journal
“Fans of Bishop’s Black Jewels trilogy won’t want to miss this new collection.”—Locus
“Will delight [Bishop’s] fans...carefully written with lovely language and great characterization and humor.”—SF Revu