Anne Bishop expands The Black Jewels universe even more with this sequel to her previous book in the series, The Queen’s Bargain. The world of Surreal, Daemon, and their daughter Janelle Saetien gets ever more complex as Janelle Saetien begins to grow older and fumble through adolescence as a young witch. This is made even more difficult as an old evil long thought vanquished begins to grow and develop in Kaeleer, threatening to tear the realm asunder and make it like Terreille under Doretha and Hekatah. There had been complaints of previous books in the series that several heated topics were given little space to grow. This seems to be a factor in parts of this book as same sex attraction between The Blood is examined more in depth. While the relationship is not the main focus, it is allowed to grow naturally and shows a different side to the relationships usually presented. Another area that had been seen as weak before, the reality and expectations of what are long lived races (2500 years or more), is also more fully explored in The Queen’s Weapons. All in all, this book is a fantastic entry into a dark fantasy series that is sure to delight and intrigue.
Enter the dark and sensual realms of the Black Jewels, a world where power always has a price, in this sweeping story in the New York Times bestselling fantasy saga.
They are Warlord Princes, men born to serve and protect. They are the Queen's Weapons, men born to destroy the Queen's enemies--no matter what face that enemy wears.
Daemonar Yaslana knows how to be bossy yet supportive--traits he shares with his father, the Demon Prince, and his uncle, the High Lord of Hell. Within his generation of the family, he assumes the role of protector, supporting his sister Titian’s artistic efforts and curbing his cousin Jaenelle Saetien’s more adventurous ideas. But when a young Eyrien Queen, someone Titian thought was a friend, inflicts an emotional wound, Daemonar's counterattack brings him under the tutelage of Witch, the Queen whose continued existence is known only to a select few.
As Daemonar is confronted by troubling changes within and around the family, he sees warnings that a taint in the Blood might be reappearing. Daemonar, along with his father and uncle, must uncover the source of a familiar evil--and Daemon Sadi, the High Lord of Hell, may be forced into making a terrible choice.
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, the Novels of the Others, and the World of the Others novels--including Wild Country and Lake Silence. She lives in upstate New York.
"The latest "Black Jewels" novel (after The Queen's Bargain) continues to deliver dark fantasy with lush worldbuilding, strong characters, and high-stakes action."—Library Journal
Praise for the Black Jewels series "Rich and fascinatingly different dark fantasy."--Locus
"The Black Jewels novels are seductive--once you start, you just cannot stop reading."--Romance Reviews Today "Vividly painted . . . dramatic, erotic, hope-filled."--Lynn Flewelling
"A storyteller of stunning intensity, Ms. Bishop has a knack for appealing but complex characterization realized in a richly drawn, imaginative ambience."--Romantic Times
"Surges with spellcraft and engaging romance."--Publishers Weekly
"Vivid and sympathetic characters, a fascinating and fully realized magical system, lavish and sensuous descriptions, and interesting world building . . . many compelling and beautifully realized elements. A terrific read."--SF Site
"Intense . . . erotic, violent, and imaginative."--Nancy Kress "Daemon, Lucivar, and Saetan ooze more sex appeal than any three fictional characters created in a very long time."--The Romance Reader