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Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop

Daughter of the Blood

by Anne Bishop

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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 |
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Ordinarily, this audiobook would never have landed on my to-be-read pile, but after listening to (and loving) Anne Bishop’s THE OTHER series, I found myself in desperate need of more. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a High Fantasy novel, so don’t let my less than stellar review discourage you because quite frankly I probably don’t know jack about this genre. The world-building and character development continue to be where this author’s strengths lie; although at times I did struggle because of the sheer magnitude of it all. There’s also an inherent creepiness factor that made the story difficult to appreciate because my growing sense of horror distracted me from the writing. DAUGHTER OF THE BLOOD wasn’t bad per say, but it was something alright. I’m just not sure what exactly.

Stepping into a new-to-me Bishop universe was exhilarating and I enjoyed learning about the inner workings of THE BLACK JEWELS. Women are clearly the more powerful sex in this world with men having the urge to serve actually bread into them, and then of course there’s the ring of obedience—which, for the record, is exactly what it sounds like. So, right now you’re probably thinking “sweet, girl power”, right? Yeah, not so much. The males are obviously super unhappy with their lot in life, so to get even they play sick games with little girls before they become witch. I spent most of this audiobook thinking “yes this is really creepy, but there’s no way the author’s going to go there, right?” And… then she does.

I liked Jaenelle well-enough, and quite frankly, I’m tempted to continue listening to this series just to see her enact revenge because those uncles sure do deserve a good ass whooping. I loved how “other” she was; it’s clear early on that she’s no ordinary witch child. It was interesting to see her interact with her unusual group of friends; one moment she’s having tea with Saetan and the next she’s chatting up Surreal, the prostitute assassin. Her innocence and ignorance about her true nature was endearing, and I thought it was curious how she ran before she crawled craft-wise.

I’m still not entirely sure whether John Sharian’s narration helped contribute to this audiobook’s overall ick factor or if I would have felt the same way had I read this title instead. There are more male POVs than female ones, so it makes sense to use a male narrator, but I can’t help but wonder whether a woman’s voice in my ear would have lessened the blow. Mind you, I don’t think there’s any way you could possibly sugarcoat the fact that a bunch of ancient men are obsessed with a little girl. That point aside, I enjoyed Sharian’s delivery and wouldn’t hesitate to listen to him again in the future.

The next installments in this series have huge potential, and I can definitely see myself enjoying this trilogy going forward, but first I had to survive DAUGHTER OF THE BLOOD. This book is not for the faint of heart. ( )
  RabidReads | Jun 12, 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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