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Queen of the Darkness: The Black Jewels…

Queen of the Darkness: The Black Jewels Trilogy 3 (Archive) (edition 2000)

by Anne Bishop

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Title:Queen of the Darkness: The Black Jewels Trilogy 3 (Archive)
Authors:Anne Bishop
Info:Roc (2000), Paperback, 448 pages
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Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop



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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 |
Probably the weakest out of the three books, plot wise. But I loved the interaction between Daemon, Lucivar and their father. Janelle was always a side character for me, with these three as the main protagonists. I preferred seeing the story through their eyes. I really liked how much history was between the brothers. I kind of wish there was a story just detailing their history. I would be all over that. But as for their interactions with all the other characters - there was a lot left to be desired. There was still that confusing undertone of things not being explained well enough. However, there was a prequel to this series that I haven't read so it's possible I missed some crucial information before diving into this series. Overall, I was highly entertained by this series I will be continuing with some of the follow up stories, but later. I need a break from these characters for a little bit, to allow the story to process a little more. But I'll be back for sure. ( )
  Kassilem | Oct 24, 2017 |
Jeanelle has made her Offering to the Darkness and accepted her fate to rule as Queen and protector of the Shadow Realm. The taint from Terrielle continues to spread. Even Witch cannot stop it alone. Somewhere, lost in the madness of the Twisted Kingdom, is Daemon, her promised Consort. Yet even their combined strength may not be enough to secure the Realms from their enemies. A final sacrifice must be made for Jeanelle to save the Realms and her loved ones and to cleanse the Blood.

Queen of the Darkness is the third in the Black Jewels trilogy by Anne Bishop. The final installment picks up 5 years where the second book leaves off. War is brewing. Hekatah and Dorothea's scheming knows no bounds and won't stop until all the Realms are brought under their rule or are left in ruins.

All of the main characters arcs are nearly done. Jeanelle has transitioned from a young, shy, unsure girl into a confident and powerful young woman. She rules in Kaeleer with her court full of powerful Queens, Warlords and Kindred. Jeanelle feels keenly the responsibility she has shouldered, that she never wanted, to take care of the Blood and the land. Saetan has settled into his role as family patriarch and court Steward. Luciver, freed from the corruption and slavery he was trapped in, has found peace in his life. He has become a loving husband, doting father and his joy comes through on the page. He has also accepted his role as the Warlord Prince of Ebon Rih and takes his duties very serious. And then there's Daemon. Lost in the Twisted Kingdom he has finally started to find his way out and is faced with the challenge of finding out exactly what happened that night seven years ago. He still has a long way to go and I don't want to say too much more for fear of major plot spoilers.

This was the most emotional of the three books for me. To see the characters fight so hard for happiness, get to taste it for a moment and then have it ripped away was heartbreaking. It is a dark fantasy series so there is some collateral damage expected. Bishop doesn't pull any punches.

The action is fast paced and the gore factor is higher in this book than the last. The final 100 pages of the book were hard to put down.

The only draw back in this series in general, and why I can't give any of the books five stars, is the repetitive descriptors that Bishop uses. You get "sapphire voice" and characters "snarling" at each other constantly. It was particularly bad in the second book and still there, but less glaring, in the third.

I thoroughly enjoyed my return to the Black Jewels trilogy. Bishop has gone on to write other stories in the Black Jewels world, but the trilogy is where it's at for me. I know I will return again some day when I need that dark fantasy fix that is unique to Bishop's writing. ( )
  Narilka | Apr 30, 2016 |
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It began with the mystery of Daughter of the Blood. It continued with the magic of Heir to the Shadows. Now, the stunning conclusion to The Black Jewels Trilogy.

"Darkly mesmerizing...fascinatingly different...worth checking out." --Locus

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Jaenelle reigns as Queen of Ebon Askavi only as long as she can stave off her enemies, but she cannot do this without help from her consort, Daemon, whose love will help to secure her power, but his love might not be enough.

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