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Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop

Daughter of the Blood

by Anne Bishop

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The graphic parts of the novel haunted me, I was not at all prepared and it would have probably been better to read more reviews to know what I was getting myself into. ( )
  newskepticx | Dec 18, 2013 |
phenomenal book, thrilling series, couldn't put it down. read the entire trilogy in a weekend and was sad there weren't more books to read in the series. a warning though that they are somewhat graphic and gory at times but well worth it. ( )
  njl145 | Oct 23, 2013 |
This has an interesting structure in that the central character is 7 and then 12 years old, and the story is told from the perspectives of the people who love and fear her. Jaenelle is a prophesised Witch more powerful than anyone living, who people hope will undo the millenia of corruption in the Blood courts. Males are enslaved by females, we never even see the non-Blooded peasantry, and there's a really disturbing "home for mentally ill girls". The undead lord of Hell becomes Jaenelle's mentor, and his son is her protector while waiting for her to grow old enough to form a court when he will petition to be her lover. The characters show many shades of black and grey, very few people are uncomplicatedly good (maybe the staff at the house, but they're powerless to protect her). Affaires, back stabbing, murder, stealing are all part of the society, but Jaenelle is a bright beacon of hope and a good influence on the witches and warlocks around her, even as she's losing her innocence to the all encompassing corruption. There's pedophilia and rape and torture, it's not a happy fun book, but there's some hope that better things will come. ( )
  silentq | Oct 2, 2013 |
Oh man this was a painful read. The beginning was terrible and honestly I didn't go much further than that. The world made no sense at all. Characters are unlikeable. Nothing much happened. I stopped reading. I give it 3 stars because it is probable not that bad, but I have been spoiled with really good books. This is just not good enough (for me). ( )
  lente | Sep 6, 2013 |
Did not finish did not like ( )
  Nawordcat | Sep 1, 2013 |
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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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