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Heir to the Shadows Librarian s note See alternate cover for this edition hereEnough time has passed for the young girl Jaenelle, heir to the magical Darkness, for her physical wounds to heal, while amnesia keeps her frightening memories at bay But with Saetan a Black Jewelled Warlord Prince and Jaenelle s foster father to protect her, she will continue to grow Her magic will mature Her memories will return And Jaenelle will face her destiny when she remembers Daemon, Saetan s son, who made the ultimate sacrifice for her love 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 so 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 OH ANNE, you expectation shattering fountain of COYlicious sauciness, you completely drenched me in surprise on this one After spending much of Daughter of the Blood setting up a dark, violent, matriarchal fantasy realm full of sexual sadism, rape and men wearing rings of obedience on their ROOSTERS, you pivot 90 degrees, throw back the covers and reveal a three dimensional fantasy world full of as much goodness and evil You really blew my expectations and you came THIS CLOSE to getting a OH ANNE, you expectation shattering fountain of COYlicious sauciness, you completely drenched me in surprise on this one After spending much of Daughter of the Blood setting up a dark, violent, matriarchal fantasy realm full of sexual sadism, rape and men wearing rings of obedience on their ROOSTERS, you pivot 90 degrees, throw back the covers and reveal a three dimensional fantasy world full of as much goodness and evil You really blew my expectations and you came THIS CLOSE to getting a full 5 stars from me because of it Well done, Ms Bishop, well done Please don t infer from the above that I did not like Daughter of the Blood, because I really did as I hope I made clear in my review However, there s no denying that it was brimming with dark imagery and mega doses of non comfy sex though, in my opinion, done in a non gratuitous fashion by having most of the darker aspects occur off stage In this second installment, the rapey non niceties are completely absent and we have instead a deeply emotional story of friendship, love and the bonds they create giving the strength to overcome trauma Sorry if that sounds a bit Hallmarky but it really was evocative This installment picks up shortly after Jaenelle has been broken i.e., raped in her enemies attempt to prevent her from coming into her power as Witch While physically surviving the attack, emotionally and spiritually Jaenelle has been deeply scarred Most of this book deals with Jaenelle s slow physical and psychological recovery while living in safety under the angry, paternally badass protection of her adopted father, Saetan SaDiablo, who is easily my favorite character in the series The relationship between the two is some truly epic The story also follows Daemon Sadi, my second favorite character, who was also brutally injured in his rescue though a bit late of Jaenelle from her attackers In addition, he has suffered a complete mental breakdown as a result of being falsely told that it was he who raped Jaenelle in a fit of madness All the while, Dorothea and Hekatah the two vile BITCHillains of our little tale continue their plots to permanently destroy Jaenelle There is much melodrama in the story and some might find it a bit much, but I loved it The dialogue between the characters is heavy with emotion and depth and gives a sense of vitality to the narrative The biggest shocker for me, which I alluded to above, is that while still containing the lush, sensual prose and imagery that made Daughter of the Blood so fun to read, this middle volume feels muchlike standard fantasy in a good way Sex is almost completely absent and there is a greatly reduced amount of violence We also meet the kindred who are intelligent animals born of the Blood and include unicorns, dragons and other fantasy staples, but with an excellent flavor to their back story Most importantly, for me at least, we learn that the cruel, sadistic relationship between women and men in the realm ruled by Dorothea IS NOT the norm for the rest of the world We learn of the strong bonds of fidelity and friendship between the strong Blood males and the wise Blood females who they serve, not through coercion but throughpowerful bonds of mutual loyalty, respect and love I know, I know, another Hallmark ad, but this is really what I found most rewarding about this story As much as I enjoyed the darker, grittier aspects of the first story, it only really has power when it is contrasted against the light and this book really does a great job of expanding the world so that it becomes a true home.granted with some very nasty nasties So why ONLY 4 stars Well as with many middle volumes, this feels a bit like a bridge between the first book and the final installment which I am now very much looking forward to reading The middle section of the book plodded a bit and the frequent change of POV characters made the narrative stall a bit However, the good far outweighed the bad and this is still a strong 4 stars My favorite moment from the book requires a spoiler as it happens near the end of the book view spoiler Here is Jaenelle, come full into her power, making it CRYSTAL that she will protect those under her including the much persecuted kindred from any who try to harm them That is a list of the Territories that yielded to Ebon Askavi They now stand within the shadow of the Keep They are mine Anyone who tries to settle in my Territory without my consent will be dealt with Anyone who harms any of my people will be executed There will be no excuses and no exceptions I will say it simply so that the members of this Council and the intruders who thought to take land they had no right to claim can never say they misunderstood Jaenelle s lips curled into a snarl STAY OUT OF MY TERRITORYhide spoiler 4.0 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 4.5 Not for the Faint of Heart StartsThe Black Jewels series is dark fantasy, characters in this do not have easy goes at things and suffer for years on end Daughter of blood hit so many of my hot buttons in it, rape, incest, torture, human trafficking, pedophilia and slavery It was dark and disturbing and I couldn t look away or put it down Heir to the Shadows picks up two years after the events of the first book of the series This is still dark but we have moved away from some of the sexua 4.5 Not for the Faint of Heart StartsThe Black Jewels series is dark fantasy, characters in this do not have easy goes at things and suffer for years on end Daughter of blood hit so many of my hot buttons in it, rape, incest, torture, human trafficking, pedophilia and slavery It was dark and disturbing and I couldn t look away or put it down Heir to the Shadows picks up two years after the events of the first book of the series This is still dark but we have moved away from some of the sexual darkness of the first book and we learn that The Blood have other ways to be horrible to each other.Jaenelle remains in a coma in Saetan s care two years after the events of Daughter of Blood Daemon at least was able to tie her back to her body but it has left him vulnerable with cracks of his own and drained Because he doesn t remember the events of that horrible night it is all twisted in his head and he isn t sure if he helped or harmed the girl that will one day become the woman he is meant to be with This worldbuilding in this is really fantastic There are lands in the physical realm, magical realm and the realm of death The tie in between all of the places and how they interact with one another is really amazing and I like the idea of Saetan as a Guardian of the world The Kindred are magical creatures who as legend have it were once normal wolves, dogs, cats, unicorns etc but a dragon flew over the land dropping her scales and giving the world her magic Humans that caught a scale became witches, animals becamesentient with magic of their own and became known as the Kindred I love how much depth there is to the worlds.While sometimes this is a little slow in places I can t say I was ever bored, I really couldn t put this down for the most part as I followed Jaenelle on her journey from the lowest part of her life, to living while blocking the trauma of her past to the final acceptance of all of it on her journey into the futureIt is easier to kill than to heal It is easier to destroy than to preserve It is easier to tear down than to build Those who feed on destructive emotions and ambitions and deny the responsibilities that are the price of wielding power can bring down everything you care for and would protect Be on guard, alwaysThere are so many great characters and so many terrible characters I love to hate that I was captivated by the entire tale Plus seeing Saetan with a household of teenage witches as he tries to mentor Jaenelle was pretty hilarious I m not sure he knew what he was getting into when that little girl showed up on his doorstep seeking magic lessonsI met your daughter recently I asked her if she found it difficult living with your temper She looked genuinely baffled, and said, What temper Saetan stared at her for a moment, then the anger drained away He rubbed the back of his neck, and said dryly, Jaenelle has a unique way of looking at a great many thingsAnne Bishop has woven an intricate tale in a cruel world and I just can t get enough of it With the addition of the Kindred, Lucivar finding his place and Daemon s journey this was a full tale that left me wanting.I can t wait to see what our not so little Jaenelle will do now that she has made her choice SoI have mixed thoughts about this trilogy, not the least of which it s kind of hard to take seriously a world where hot men are controlled by penis rings BUTI still like it This trilogy seems to me to be the ultimate teenage girl s fantasy Everything is about this main character and her growing up to be the savior of the world, all the men are safe and doting controlled by penis rings if they re super hot, lol , older women are the ones who are evil and jealous and want to control the SoI have mixed thoughts about this trilogy, not the least of which it s kind of hard to take seriously a world where hot men are controlled by penis rings BUTI still like it This trilogy seems to me to be the ultimate teenage girl s fantasy Everything is about this main character and her growing up to be the savior of the world, all the men are safe and doting controlled by penis rings if they re super hot, lol , older women are the ones who are evil and jealous and want to control the young girl, etc etc I mean, I REALLY like the books but yeah, there s some psychology going on here that apenetrative mind could glean a lot from THAT SAID I loved the first book, I felt like the mystery of the main character was a BIT infantilized in this one, she seemed waykiddie towards the last half of the book, but it s a great continuation that lightens the world somewhat from the VERY dark first one, and I enjoyed it no less

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