The Shadow Queen (Black Jewels Series #6)

The Shadow Queen (Black Jewels Series #6)

by Anne Bishop
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The Shadow Queen (Black Jewels Series #6) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 159 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in a sort-of trilogy centering around Lia, the Grey Lady, her husband Jared (introduced in The Invisible Ring) and their decendents. As one who read and survived the horrific events of the original Dark Jewels Trilogy, I found this mostly post-apocalyptic group of stories (Invisible Ring takes place during Dorothea SaDiablo's reign)less harrowing and more readable. The Shadow Queen introduces Lady Cassidy, a Queen whose court has abandonded her for a beautiful, vivacious but selfish, shallow manipulator. Theran Grayhaven, last of Lia and Jared's line, has applied to Daemon Sadi for help in finding a queen to rule his territory who knows honor and the old ways. He finds Cassie a disappointment, not recognizing her knowledge, compassion, or fairness. He sees only her plain face and lowly rose jewel. This lack of bonding and trust causes most of the problems of the novel, though it goes back and forth with continuing stories about Saetan, Janelle, Daemon, and Lucivar. I do not know how clear the motivation for some of the behavior is if one has not read the original trilogy or at least The Invisible Ring. Having read them, I felt like a soap opera addict, getting my SaDiablo family fix along with Cassie's story. Along with violence and stress, there is growth for characters, most notably Gray, a 27 year old man trapped in the mindset of a tortured 15 year old. There is humor (dealing with a bossy kindred dog from Scelt is not easy) and a plot still dark but more akin to Anne Bishop's writing in Sebatian, Belladona, and Dreams Made Flesh. I enjoyed this book immensely and immediately bought Dreams Made Flesh, which I had skipped. I then chomped at the bit until Shalador's Lady came out and zipped through that one, too. Yeah - okay - I'm a fan.
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Excellent read
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I have enjoyed the whole series. Can anyone tell me if this book has more than 30 chapters, 299 pages? It seemed to just end abruptly...
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Anne Bishop writes great books. love her black jewels series.
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