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Queen of the Darkness

by Anne Bishop

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Series: The Black Jewels Series (3)

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Jaenelle faces a painful choice as Queen of Ebon Askavi--allow a war to destroy the land she rules or unleash a mighty but dangerous power known as Witch with the help of Daemon, her loving consort.

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  Tip44 | Jun 30, 2020 |
Emotional third book in this series. Queen, her Circle and her realm are under attack. Her enemies are going to push too hard and face Witch.
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  wyldheartreads | Jun 20, 2019 |
This epic conclusion to the first three books in the Black Jewels series begins with Jaenelle Queen of the Shadow Realm. But the ancient enemies - Dark Priestesses Dorothea and Hekatah though greatly damaged by previous attempts to kill or capture Jaenelle - are not ready to give up their cause as lost. They are more then willing to manipulate the kingdoms into war.

Jaenelle is a Black Widow. She has seen that war will bring a total destruction of the Blood. She will do anything to keep her kingdom and her people safe. And "anything" includes giving her own life to keep her people safe. Of course, none of her Sisters or Blood Princes want this. None of her court want to do anything to endanger her. They don't see why Jaenelle is so opposed to war. Wars have been fought before and the Blood has survived.

Jaenelle and Daemon are also finally together but both are so worried about hurting the other that their courtship isn't going very well. Daemon's brother and the other warlords at the court find this much more amusing than Daemon does given that Daemon spend many years as a pleasure slave and should know what he is doing. The problem is that he has never been in love before. Jaenelle is coming from the same lack of experience. After being violently raped at twelve, normal teenage experimentation with romance wasn't part of her adolescence.

This is a story that has great relationships. With Lucivar and Daemon back together in the court, they have a chance to work as brothers if they can just forgive each other and themselves for the wrongs they did each other. And Saetan is glad to have his sons in the court though they, especially Daemon, have grown to be men he isn't at all sure he understands. Jaenelle's relationships with her fellow Queens and with the kindred add depth to the story.

Fans of Dark Fantasy will enjoy this story and this trilogy. The writing and storytelling were engaging and kept me reading late into the night. ( )
  kmartin802 | Jan 5, 2019 |
Uma das razões que me levou a demorar tanto tempo a escrever esta opinião, foi que fiquei extenuada depois de ter terminado o livro. Outra foi os sentimentos contraditórios que senti quando o terminei. Olhando para a trilogia como um todo acho que é das melhores que já li até ao momento: bem construída e pensada, um mundo maravilhoso criado com todas as suas particularidades físicas e sociais, que ficará na minha memória por muito e bom tempo. Como um todo. Este Rainha das Trevas peca, no entanto, por entregar demasiado depressa (e demasiado pouco) determinados desenvolvimentos que eu esperava com alguma ansiedade desde o primeiro livro. Fez-me um pouco de confusão todo aquele desenvolvimento desde a chegada de Daemon, que não atava nem desatava, precisar ali de um empurrão da Surreal e após a conversa… pimba, já está. Humm?! Que romântico… ou não.
Compreendo porque o Daemon seja um personagem favorito de tantos, no entanto achei-o com demasiadas características femininas para o meu gosto, com todas as suas dúvidas e indecisões. Como é que alguém com 1700 anos e considerado um dos homens mais belos de sempre pode ter dúvidas?? Não compreendi, lamento. Redimiu-se na cena de salvamento de Lucival e Saetan, e, essa foi inclusive, uma das cenas mais empolgantes do livro.
Lucivar, um dos meus favoritos da trilogia foi infelizmente remetido para papel de irmão mais velho. O que significa que tudo aquilo que imaginei que iria acontecer (na minha mente perversa) acabou por não acontecer.
Surreal, outra personagem que tanto me prendeu, com a premissa de prostituta assassina, foi outra que ficou aquém das expectativas. Corajosa e forte acabou por não ter um papel nada de extraordinário no enredo.
E por fim, Jaenelle, o personagem no centro de toda esta história. Se inicialmente gostei e compreendi não haver um ponto de vista dela, acabou por ser algo que me frustrou bastante ao longo da leitura. Queria saber mais sobre o que se passava, o que ela sentia e pensava e não haver isso fez-me muita falta.

Pontos positivos: O papel definitivo dos Parentes no enredo, a construção do mundo em todos os seus detalhes, assim como o desenrolar de eventos.

Pontos negativos: Andulvar, Lucivar, Daemonar, e mais uns não-sei-quantos-“ar”, credo!! Que confusão. Detesto nomes inventados, a comichão continua.

Fez-me reflectir sobre: Que é realmente difícil perceber porque é que há livros que funcionam bem para umas pessoas e não para outras, mesmo quando têm ingredientes que à partida parecem que iam funcionar assim como é difícil terminar esta saga pensando “Gostei muito mas…” porque não consegui aceitar bem o que a história me deu, porque desejei mais do que a história me veio a dar. ( )
  Telma_tx | Jul 30, 2018 |
Queen of the Darkness is the culmination of the Black Jewels trilogy (though there are more books in the series, they're mostly standalone), and the best (by a hair). Jaenelle and Daemon are finally reunited and must face the final confrontation against the tainted Blood.
This is such a wonderful series. I'm in the process of rereading it once again though I did read each book as it came out and over and over again. This series is one of my 'comfort' series that I read to take me away from the worries of real life. Every time I read it, I find something new. The worldbuilding is complex and detailed - I just love everything Ms. Bishop writes. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Dec 20, 2017 |
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