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Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop

Daughter of the Blood

by Anne Bishop

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UAU. Verdadeiramente original e avassalador. Ler isto do ponto de vista masculino é muito marcante pois retrata uma sociedade de feiticeiras e raínhas que têm os seus consortes como joguetes para o seu prazer e uso.
O mundo é dominado por territórios com raínhas por território. O intrigante acaba por ser as joías que cada pessoa tem e o poder que essas joías lhe dão, pois existe uma joía de direito por progenitura e a joía conquistada após uma determinada cerimónia.
O livro inicia-se descrevendo uma sociedade completamente corrompida e manipulada pelas diferentes raínhas nos diferentes territórios e a revelação de que virá uma feiticeira que poderá ser encarada como salvação para uns e perda de dominância e poder para as raínhas actuais.
A leitura prendeu-me mais a partir do meio para a frente quando comecei a identificar-me mais com os personagens e a perceber os diferentes níveis de viagens e de poderes que as joías podem transmitir a cada indivíduo.
A personagem de Jaenelle é fantástica bem como todas que giram à volta dela e desperta a curiosidade para perceber o que se vai passar.

O que é muito surpreendente é a linguagem e descritivos por vezes brutais que esta fantasia utiliza e nos atira para realidades muito dolorosas da nossa sociedade real. ( )
  bruc79 | Jul 31, 2015 |
Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop is the first book in her Black Jewels series and this is definitely not a gentle tale nor is it one for the squeamish as there are violated children, male sex slaves and witches with warped sexual appetites inhabiting these pages. It is however, a richly imagined, vividly drawn world peopled with powerful, spellbinding characters.

The author has woven an erotic story of prophecy and magic about a young girl, Jaenelle, who appears to be destined to be the one Witch Queen that could take control of this world and turn it away from the evil path it is currently on. The powerful Lord of Hell, Saetan, is both teacher and supporter but he cannot protect her in the living world. His estranged living sons, Daemon and Lucivar, who have endured many years of hardship and torture themselves, also want to protect and serve, but this young girl, the living myth who could be the saviour, has enchanted these men and they have a hard time controlling her, but protect her they must as there are many who do not wish this child to grow up.

I found the book a little confusing at the beginning, but once I got the characters straight and understood the dark principles of this world, I was drawn into this complex story. The characters who at first seemed very grim and cold, warmed as the story developed and by mid-book I was totally hooked by the story. This is the first book and it definitely seems to be setting the style and tone of the series, and believe me the tone is dark and sensual, with touches of corruption, abuse of power, and sexual depravity. [Daughter of the Blood] is a book that both shocks and seduces. I have fallen victim to it’s spell and now must continue on with the series. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | May 13, 2015 |
YA nonsense stuff. Weird eyes and odd names abound. The intro (or prologue) in first person didn't actually put me off at first: it was written competently enough. The third person narrative, oddly, did. Info dumps in strange, skewed paragraphs. Almost too much information all at once, with not a lot being said.

Also, why can't you call it a penis? "Organ." ( )
  Xleptodactylous | Apr 7, 2015 |
I received a copy from Netgalley.

There are some books you know you were going to love from first page, for me this was one of those books. This is one of the darkest, most disturbing fantasy novels I have read in a long time and I absolutely loved it from start to finish. About a week after I got ,approval from Netgalley and started reading I found it in bookshop and got a paperback copy as well I loved it that much.

I couldn't recap the plot for the life of me. Densely layered and complex world building and a variety of even more complexed fleshed out characters, brilliantly dark and intense. This is not a comfortable read at all in some parts. Some parts of this book are nauseating in their violence and debauchery. There is an undercurrent of sexual tension that runs through out certain parts of the narrative that is as frightening and it is fascinating. Despite the darkness and uncomfortable themes in the book, the narrative is utterly absorbing and gripping.

My mind is blown completely and I can't even really think of the right words to put together to write a coherent review.

So a huge huge thanks to Netgalley and Quercus for approving my request to view this title. ( )
  sunset_x_cocktail | Aug 20, 2014 |
“I’m not going to control her, Cassandra. She’s Witch. No male has the right to control Witch.”
     Cassandra studied him. “Then what are you going to do?”
     “Love her. That will have to be enough.”

This was both a hard book to read, and a hard book to put down. When I first began it, I was intrigued, but after putting it away for a night I found that the next several nights I had no interest in reading it. I was turned off by the sadomasochistic erotica and didn’t see why it had to play such a central role in the book. Once I picked it back up again, though, I read it right through – as well as the rest of the trilogy – within a weekend. I can’t remember the last time a book (or series) so effectively distracted me from all of my other responsibilities.

Jaenelle is a young witch born in a society where gender roles are reversed from our own – although not for the better. Men are subservient to women, but in fighting to maintain control, strong women are also targets for the weaker who yearn for power. Considered both troublesome and utterly lacking in any skill with Craft, Jaenelle is an embarrassment to her family and spends a great deal of her time locked away in a home for disturbed girls, at least until she meets some friends who are able to see her for what she truly is.

Daughter of the Blood is a very powerful novel. With strong character development and a compelling story arc, you can’t help but be drawn into this incredibly dark and perverse (yet eerily recognizable) world. Bishop is masterful in her depiction of power dynamics, and although I could have done without the erotic focus, the story (it turns out) could not have, or at least would not have been so robust otherwise. I was hanging onto the edge of my seat right up until the last page, when I immediately reached to the table to pick up the next book in the series. ( )
  philosojerk | Jul 28, 2014 |
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In a world plagued by corruption and desperation, three extraordinary men share a vision of hope -- Witch, dreams made flesh, a queen that could save them all from themselves. But Witch isn't what anyone expected, and she may be the one in need of saving.
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Anne Bishop's debut novel, Daughter of the Blood, is like black coffee--strong, dark, and hard on delicate stomachs. Within the Blood (a race of magic-users), women rule and men serve, but tradition has been corrupted so that women enslave men, who seek to destroy their oppressors. Female children are violated before they can reach maturity; men are tortured and forced to satisfy witches' sexual appetites.

Bishop's child heroine, Jaenelle, is destined to rule the Blood, if she can reach adulthood. Her power is hidden; her family believes her mad. Saetan, High Lord of Hell and most powerful of the Blood males, becomes Jaenelle's surrogate father and teacher. He cannot protect her outside Hell, where he rules. She refuses to leave Terreille, risking herself to protect or heal other victims of violence. Can Daemon, Saetan's estranged son, keep her safe from the machinations of the evil High Priestess? Or will he lose his battle to control his destructive urges and endanger her?

Readers may find some aspects of Bishop's world confusing; not least that most of the good guys live in Hell. But her protagonists are compelling, sympathetic characters who overcome terrible adversity. If you like Anne Rice or Laurell K. Hamilton, try this one. --Nona Vero

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Three men, sworn enemies, vie for sway over the girl witch--a blue-eyed innocent--who is to rule over the Dark Kingdom, commencing a ruthless game of politics, magic, and betrayal, in which the weapons are love and hate.

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