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The Invisible Ring (Black Jewels, Book 4) (edition 2000)
by Anne Bishop
The Invisible Ring by Anne Bishop
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0451458028, Mass Market Paperback)In this engaging story of Jared, a Red-Jeweled Warlord and unwilling pleasure slave, Bishop returns to the world of her Black Jewels trilogy (Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows, and Queen of the Darkness). Jared, who has murdered his owner and attempted escape, is recaptured and sold to the mysterious Gray Lady. It soon becomes clear that Jared's new queen is not what she seems to be, and he joins with his fellow slaves--all of whom hide their own secrets--to protect the Gray Lady. During her desperate flight from Dorothea SaDiablo, the Black Widow intent on destroying her and claiming her territory, Jared comes to terms with his own demons and discovers what it means to be truly bonded to a queen.
Bishop uses her usual skill to move interesting, rounded characters through a well-drawn world. Although this is a standalone book, there are ties with the events of the trilogy, most especially the appearance of the compelling Daemon Sadi. The author still pulls no punches in describing the sexual violence and misery that are as much a part of this intricate world as the gender role-reversals and the often-agonizing demands of honor and magic. A pleasurable read for fans of emotionally charged fantasy who enjoy both complex characters and societies, and who are not averse to following characters through their struggles and achievements. --Luc Duplessis
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:14 -0400)
Jared, a youthful Red-Jeweled Warlord murders his owner-queen and escapes, only to be caught and auctioned off into slavery again. He is purchased by the formidable Gray-Jeweled Queen whose true nature is gradually revealed as forces attack the Queen's retinue, forcing them to take a desperate trip cross-country.
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