Heir to the Shadows (Black Jewels Series #2)

Heir to the Shadows (Black Jewels Series #2)

by Anne Bishop

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In the second novel set in the “darkly fascinating world” (SF Site) of Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels Trilogy, ambitions unfurl as the realm’s dreams of a liberator have finally been made flesh...

The Blood have waited centuries for the coming of Witch, the living embodiment of magic. But Jaenelle, the young girl singled out by prophecy, is haunted by the cruel battles fought over her—for not all the Blood await her as their Savior. Some dismiss her as a myth. Some refuse to believe. And still others look forward to using her, making her a pawn to their shadowy devices.

Only time and the devotion of her loyal guardians have healed Jaenelle’s physical wounds. But her mind is fragile, barely able to protect her from the horrifying memories of her childhood. Nothing, however, can deflect her from her destiny—and the day of reckoning looms near. When her memories return. When her magic matures. When she is forced to accept her fate.

On that day, the dark Realms will know what it means to be ruled by Witch.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101212417
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/07/2007
Series: Black Jewels Series , #2
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 21,991
File size: 2 MB
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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Heir to the Shadows (Black Jewels Series #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 229 reviews.
Meli_Green More than 1 year ago
Bishop keeps the trilogy alive with this second book. The continuing story of Jenelle is moving and emotional. The battles, though not spectacular, and the physical enemies, though week, are not the point of this book. It is the inner psychological battle of the young witch, where she is her only formidable enemy. This series continues to impress me. I love the rich culture of the world created by Bishop. I'm fascinated by what goes on in each of the Realms and how they've changed yet still echo what they were created to be. And the characters--I find myself drawn to them, again and again, as if they're old friends already. The characters are complex, rich with detail and emotion. The kindred are introduced more fully in this book. Anne Bishop is excellent at character development. I have not had a book draw me in the way this one did in a very long time. It is very easy to slip into this book and feel like you are part of it. At the end of the first book, there was a point where I got chills and became quite emotionally bound to the welfare of the main character. The second book has repeated that sensation. This is a complex book but a truly easy and delightful read. This book was a real page turner, I recommend heartily the series for and fantasy fan.
steffiebaby140 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely wonderful, I literally could not put this down and wanted to read late into the night to find out what happened next. I had no idea where the story would lead but I knew it would be good, and it was. My only complaint would be that the timeline of the novel seemed a bit disjointed....one page we're in the one year and then the next page we're 2 years after with no warning and it may take several pages to be told that it's been that long. But overall it doesn't detract from the thrill of the story.
Lisa_RR_H More than 1 year ago
Heir to the Shadows, as the previous book describes it, is the continuation of the story of Jaenelle, Saetan, Lucifar and Daemon that began in Daughter of the Blood. But if the first book is remarkable for Saetan's arc (he stands as a father figure to Jaenelle) then this installment is notable for Lucifar's growth in the course of the story--the man that stands as a brother to Jaenelle. The story is plain fun to read as Jaenelle begins to form around her the beginnings of her court from other powerful witches to magical creatures such from unicorns to talking dogs. Despite some dark themes, there is a lot of humor in this book, one of the many reasons I enjoy it so much as well as strong world-building.
PhoenixFalls More than 1 year ago
The second book in the Black Jewels trilogy picks up almost immediately after the conclusion of Daughter of the Blood, then quickly starts jumping forward in time in intervals of days, months, and even years. The story makes these jumps throughout, and unfortunately, Bishop does not accomplish them smoothly. The jumps are necessary to keep the plot moving, but every time there was a jump forward in time I felt a moment of dislocation, as there are very few clues in the text about what happened in the intervening time -- I understand that the time was mostly irrelevant, but the author needs to be firmly enough in control that he/she can say "Over the next two years, Jaenelle continued to gain physical strength while her emotional well-being stagnated. . ." or something of the sort to smooth the transition. Another jarring aspect was that Bishop doesn't seem able to handle having all three of her main male characters in the same book. Lucivar was nearly nonexistant in Daughter of the Blood, while Daemon and Saetan got all the screen time; in Heir to the Shadows it is Lucivar and Saetan that are the focus while Daemon languishes in limbo off screen. In Daughter of the Blood this didn't bother me tremendously, for even though his perspective was shown very early on, not enough had been established about his character for me to feel the lack. But in Heir to the Shadows Daemon is already a well-established character, one whom I eventually cared about deeply, so to have him essentially forgotten for the years that the book covers was frustrating. Beyond those two things, however, Heir to the Shadows was more engaging than Daughter of the Blood was; I still have no real sense of the physical landscape, but at least the magic system gained a little complexity (though it still resembles an RPG too strongly for my taste) and all the people lusting after Jaenelle this time were bad guys, so it didn't raise my hackles. (Besides, she grew up, so it was less queasy-making.) I still objected to the fact that none of the characters ever sat down and hashed things out -- there would have been less conflict if they had, but that sort of conflict is cheap anyway -- but overall this was a stronger novel than its predecessor, and I am looking forward to reading the conclusion of the trilogy.
akaSunshine More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this down. Right after I finsished the first book I immediately picked this one up and barely put it down! Very different from other books I've read and I just love the story and characters. Found myself giggling a few times.. Very fun read.
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humouress on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second in the [Black Jewels] trilogy, and I must confess that it's been a while since I read the first one([Daughter of the Blood]), which probably affected how I read the second one. I found it a bit confusing until I realised that Hell, Kaeleer and Terreille are three realms that lie in parallel universes and are shadows of each other; but I'm still not completely sure how the power politics (i.e. Queens, Warlords etc) work. I do see that power is linked to the colour of the jewels that a person of the Blood has a right to, either by birth or by making an offering to the Darkness.The story takes up from the point where the child Jaenelle Angelline - the Witch who has been prophesised, as the most powerful Queen the dark realms have ever seen - had been badly injured but rescued in the nick of time. It covers the eight years until she comes of age and comes into her heritage, while the people around her help her in her recovery and protect her from those jealous of her power, who had tried to destroy her unsuccessfully at the end of the first book.Although I've seen this series around a lot, I hesitated to read it, because it's about demons, harpies, the prince of Hell, and so on, which is not my usual fare. Once I started it, I found that these are just different races or titles, and not that the characters are necessarily evil (except for the 'bad guys').However, the bad guys are out and out villains, with no redeeming features; and the good guys are pure goodness with no redeeming flaws. The heroes are martyrs, which always makes me squirm, or are lost in self-pity or feeling sorry for one of the other heroes who have suffered grievous tortures. In spite of tortures the good guys went through, I couldn't feel enough vested emotional interest to care deeply about it, except as narrative to continue the story.There were some amusing moments when friends or family teased each other, but I prefer my humour in more subtle doses than the treatment here. Sometimes there are time jumps which is a bit disorienting; for example when Jaenelle is badly hurt, the next chapter opens with her behaving as though nothing serious has happened, but a few paragraphs later, you find out that the story has moved on six months or a couple of years while she recovered.All in all, it was an interesting read, but a bit too much of 'it doesn't matter what horrors the bad guys put the good guys through, the good guys will still win - so there.' It's not a bad story, but I can see why I didn't rush out to buy more of the series after reading the first one.
MidnightSWolf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful. Lavish. Stunning.I just can't find the words to describe that emotional surge and hopeless dreaming Anne Bishop has inspired in me.This dark fantasy has taken over my life during the time I was reading it. Even knowing that the fantasy would end sooner, I couldn't help but feverishly flip through the pages of all three books.Anne Bishop knows how to pull all your heart strings, making you laugh, love, live in the world she has created. Even with the story ended, I have a hopeless longing to continue living in its pages. The characters are so real you can't help but fall in love with them. Innocent Jaenelle, with all her dark power. Ravishing Daemon, fierce and sadistic, with a noble heart beneath his fearsome reputation. I've gone to sleep mooning over these characters, and dreaming of the tantalising dark world.Bishop doesn't waste time explaining. She plunges you right into the middle of the Dark Kingdom, with its three Realms, races and magic abounding everywhere. As a result, the world, so different from ours, can seem a little confusing at first, but you quickly catch on, and soon it's like you've always lived in those pages.You flow with all the moments. Your heart breaks for the characters, and you emerge triumphant with them. I've had to restrain myself from laughing aloud during the witty bits, littered throughout the series. I've flexed my fingers, so fired by the way Bishop portrays the antagonists that I've wanted to rip through something.The first few blatant uses of magic, such as vanishing an object, annoyed me, but I quickly accepted that it was the Blood's way of life. Magic ran so deep in them. Another thing didn't sit well with me was, if the protagonists were the most powerful people in all three Realms, why couldn't they just blow up the antagonists and have done with? They were clearly capable of doing it, and had even considered it during the course of the story.Nevertheless, it was such a beautiful story, its splendour overshadowed whatever tiny flaws there were. I'm still hungry for more, and Anne Bishop does satisfy her readers' cravings. There are other novels outside of the series that feature the dark Realms and the beloved characters. I myself have scurried down to my bookstore and procured a copy of Tangled Webs. A brief flick through has already set my heart beating, and I've fallen in love with the characters all over again.I look forward to exploring the dreamscape with Jaenelle, Daemon, Luciver, Surreal and other characters again. Anne Bishop and her Black Jewels Trilogy has easily risen to the top of my favourites list, closely followed by George R.R Martin and his Song of Ice and Fire.***If it's even possible, Heir to the Shadows has even more excitement than the previous book, Daughter of the Blood. Bishop introduces new characters - the First Circle and the Kindred. Charming and amusing, the characters leap out of the page, drawing you further into Bishop's web.My only disappointment was that I didn't get to see Daemon as much as I would have liked, or Hekatah squirm and shriek when the Shadow Realm yielded to Jaenelle.
Kilina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Heir to the Shadows was a strong middle of the series book. It did its job well to further along the plot. Jaenelle is getting older and we learn more of what she is capable of. The characters that are introduced strengthen Witches ties with the blood and Kindred. You become more emotionally connected with the main characters that you couldn¿t end with this book, you¿re compelled to see the entire trilogy through.The creativity and imagination in this trilogy is amazing, and this is my favorite book of the three!
VivalaErin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lucivar gets a lot more time in this book - and I absolutely love him! He is so funny, and he and Jeanelle and Saetan have such a fantastic relationship.Daemon is the one who breaks my heart, but there is always hope. I just love the way males and females interact in these books.
crazybatcow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This entry in the trilogy might not be quite as dark in theme as the first one - oh, nevermind, it is...It's actually very much like the first book in the series so if you liked that one, you'll like this one. I was a bit concerned, initially, when there ended up being non-human/demon/humanoid characters in the story... I was worried it'd turn into some C.S Lewis fairy tale. It did not (but it was close at some points when species after species showed up).The story is as wrapped up in the end as book one was (so, it's not really concluded but not really a cliff-hanger either). But... if you finish this book you might as well just get book 3 and get on with it because you'll want to have the overall story concluded.
DriderQueen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jeanelle grew, aged and came back from the brink, but is she ready to face what is to come? Daemon is lost in the Twisted Kingdoms, sure he killed his love. Lucivar hates his brother for having learn what he did to Witch. Saetan continue to love Witch like a father even if it's sometimes difficult.A beautiful continuation of the first book. Darkness descend on the the characters. It's intriguing and compelling to read.
vwbernie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow!! My face is still a bit damp from tears and my heart is still pounding. This is the second book in this trilogy. I read but didn't review the first although it was almost as good. I'm a lover of fantasy, humor, sex and mystery and this trilogy contains all of that. This second book was light on the sex but when you read something this amazing, it really doesn't matter to me.This is the fantasy story of a girl and how she becomes queen of almost all she sees. In the first book we find out some about her lineage and then about the horrible people that pose as her family. She is "witch" and has power beyond any that has been seen before but she must grow up as human and take the abuse and use that goes along with it. This second book is her story of her rise to power, her search for her true lover and her love and acceptance for the "kindred" of the Blood (her lineage). This is a wonderful trilogy for almost anyone. It is so well written that you are in the middle of the story before you know it. Even the long descriptions of things are enticing and I'm a fast reader aka a skimmer. I find myself not skimming in these books. Now I can't wait to jump into the Queen of Darkness. If I could rate this trilogy higher than a 5, I would do so.
Alera on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This second book in the trilogy drags you in even further to this land. I have fallen in love with the use of webs and the plays on what we fear most...becoming some of the greatest parts of the world. The author also continues to take themes that in most situations would be uncomfortable and makes them real, makes the reader empathize, and is just generally grand.
ahappybooker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this series. At times, it can be a bit confusing when the author jumps years ahead in time without warning and some of the subject matter can be quite graphic and disturbing and certainly meant for adults, not YA readers. Overall, this is quickly becoming one of my favorite fantasy series, the characters draw you in and you become emotionally invested in them and the things they go through and you celebrate with them as well as cry with them. I guess some Christians MAY feel uncomfortable with the authors portrayal of Satan as "the good guy" but I think it is a very unique perspective and very early on into this series, Satan, in my mind, was no longer the creature of Christian mythology but just another character who happens to share the same name. I would certainly recommend this series to anyone who loves adult fantasy.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Heir to the Shadows, as the end of the previous book describes it, is the continuation of the story of Jaenelle, Saetan, Lucifar and Daemon that began in Daughter of the Blood. But if the first book is remarkable for Saetan's arc (he stands as a father figure to Jaenelle) then this installment is notable for Lucifar's growth in the course of the story--the man that stands as a brother to Jaenelle. The story is plain fun to read as Jaenelle begins to form around her the beginnings of her court from other powerful witches to magical creatures from unicorns to talking dogs. Despite some dark themes, there is a lot of humor in this book, one of the many reasons I enjoy it so much as well as strong world-building.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Witch begins to come into her own, but the opposing forces are playing for keeps. With enemies on the Dark Council, her Offering yet to make, and her Consort lost to the Twisted Realm, Janelle is teetering on the brink. Can she rally her troops and save the realms, the Blood from ruin? Not an easy task when even those on her own side seem ready to stand against her.NOT a good place to jump into the series. Read Daughter of the Blood first, or you'll be terribly confused. This installment's still dark, but there's a bit of humor there, too.
bluerose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!! This is the most original and different view of magic I think I have ever read. What I really like about it is how Anne incorporates the magic as part of the society and culture. Thats a critical part of the underlying and overarching plot throughout the whole trilogy.If you like your magic dark and sexy and witty and funny, with fantastic characters, mind bending world building, plots within plots and stories within the story then read this series!
rocalisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow, so like the previous volume of the trilogy, this book just blew me away.Bishop continues the tale of Jaenellle with her growth to adulthood. At the end of Daughter of the Blood, Daemon, Saetan and Cassandra have rescued Jaenelle from Briarwood, too late to prevent her rape but soon enough to save her life and for Daemon to save her sanity. Saetan and Cassandra have stolen her away to Kaeler while Daemon was left behind to fight off the villians and barely escaped himself.Heir to the Shadows opens two years later and while Jaenelle has healed physically, she has remained in a coma. Saetan has, rather forcibly, had himself appointed her guardian and waits, with growing impatience, for her her to wake. She does at the book begins, but she remembers nothing of what happened to her. Daemon, meanwhile, had gone mad in the belief that not only was he responsible for her death, but that he was the one who raped her.Like its predecessor, this book sounds like it should be grim, dark and horrible, and yet Bishop avoids this. It is the world and the situation that is dark, but not the charcters, despite their power and often, their tempers.The books skips through the years to end as Jaenelle reaches her majority at 20, but Bishop handles the time jumps deftly and I never felt that the book jarred because of this.This is Jaenelle's tale, and it focusses on her - her growing understand of what it means to be Witch, her growing use of her power and her frustration to master its basics. But mostly, it is about her relationships with the people around her.With Saetan, the High Lord of Hell, whom she calls Papa and interacts with both as the child/young woman she is and occasionally as the powerful creation she is under her human mask. With Lucivar who finds a sister in her, and learns trust and loyalty again after centuries of captivity. With the friends she used to sneak off to meet as a child, who we meet in person in this book, human and Kindred both. Each one powerful and influential, these are the ones what will form her court and her power base as, in the last book, she surely forges the new beginning for the Realms she was called into existence to create.One character who is almost conspicuous by absence is Daemon, who appears and disappears as we saw Tersa do in the first volume, fighting for and losing a hold on sanity. It fits the story, is perfectly appropriate in fact, but his presence is missed all the same. Yet he is the final note in this part of the tale, as he climbs back out of the Twisted Kingdom, whole again and reforged to be the consort Jaenelle will need at the conculsion of the book.I have always tended to put off things I really want to watch or read, and I have never really been able to figure out why. I have come to realise that it is not a need to save something to keep that anticipation and newness for as long as possible, but something closer to fear. Yet, I've always known it wasn't fear of disappointment. It was while reading this book that I finally figured it out. The stuff I know is going to be good, the stuff I have been waiting for so eagerly; for those things I open wide my arms and throw myself off the cliff into the story. I hold nothing back and fall into the lives of the characters, aching for them, living the tale with them. And when I'm done, it takes me a while to surface again and find my way back to the real world. That's exhausting. It can even hurt. It's so very worth it, but it's not light, easy and distant. No wonder I tend to procrastinate.This is that kind of book. Absolutely worth it and so much an amazing adventure.
supershineygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is fabulous filled with sassy, powerful, teenage witches. This is probably the most upbeat of the trilogy as it focuses on Jaenelle and her powerful friends who will eventually become her court. And the wonderful Kindred.
madetoheal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book kept me on the edge of my seat like you wouldn't believe.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I preferred this one to the first one. Jaenelle becomes fleshed out and matures. I really liked this and can't wait to start the next one! Jenelle and Daemon have to fight their way out of their respecive mental prisons. Jaenelle also has to embrace her life as a dark queen and do her offering to the shadows while also fending off Dorothea and her plans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This 2nd book I couldn't stop reading wanting to grasp every detail of this amazingly woven tail
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
Intense, tragic and beautiful. One of the best trilogies I have read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a good story.