The Shadow Queen (Black Jewels, Book 7)

From the national bestselling author— the new novel set in the “darkly fascinating world”(SF Site) of the Black Jewels. Dena Nehele is a land decimated by its past. Once it was ruled by corrupt Queens who were wiped out when the land was cleansed of tainted Blood. Now, only one hundred Warlord Princes stand—without a leader and without hope. Theran Grayhaven is the last of his line, desperate to find the key that reveals a treasure great enough to restore Dena Nehele. But first he needs to find a Queen who remembers the Blood’s code of honor and lives by the Old Ways. The woman chosen to rule Dena Nehele, Lady Cassidy, is not beautiful and believes she is not strong. But she may be the only one able to convince bitter men to serve once again.

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By Wealhtheow · ★★☆☆☆ · December 02, 2009
This is not a good book. It is, however, incredibly engaging on a very specific level. If you're looking for reasonable human beings, beautiful turns of phrase, thoughtful politics or believable dialog, this is not the book for you. BUT. If you want melodramatic wish-fullfillment crack, then the... ...more
By Lee (Northridge, CA) · ★★★★★ · March 04, 2014
Bishop needs confidence in her new characters. I loved Lady Cassidy and Gray and wanted more of them, but felt that the constant need for Damian and Lucifer. In fact, Bishop insisted on inserting a completely needless subplot of yet another attempt to seduce Damian by a vicious witch. Why? Oh, wh... ...more
By Gwen (Los Angeles, CA) · ★★★★☆ · January 25, 2015
This series is brilliant. One of the greatest things about it is that the plots are never formulaic and the characters will always keep you guessing. The previous book in this series was an ode to a genre piece gone slightly wrong, but this one gets everything back on track. I can't wait to pick... ...more
By Jensownzoo (The United States) · ★★★★★ · April 17, 2009
Not too many authors give me that electric thrill of excitement when I have one of their books in hand, but Anne Bishop and her Black Jewels books are always one of them. In this book, the main story is focused on a few new characters, but also contains a great deal of supporting plot threads wit... ...more
By N.K. (Brooklyn, NY) · ★☆☆☆☆ · August 01, 2009
No. (Sorry, that's all I can think of to say here.) ...more
By Shawnna (Oak Ridge, TN) · ★★★★★ · February 25, 2009
When I read the first chapter of The Shadow Queen, I was sure that I would end up hating it. I thought that the new characters would be pale representations of the Blood that I had fallen in love with and was upset to think that I might have to stop reading Anne Bishop's novels in order to retain... ...more
By Kim (Minneapolis, MN) · ★★★☆☆ · August 19, 2009
Whenever I read a novel by Anne Bishop, I always find myself wondering what issues she may have with men, because the gender dynamics of the worlds she creates are so interesting. That she has much to say about relations between the genders is perhaps most obvious in her Tir Alainn series, the v... ...more
By Samantha (Danbury, CT) · ★★★★★ · February 28, 2009
Once again, Bishop delivers a thrilling, lush, sensual novel replete with complex, engaging characters, a healthy dose of humor and that fascinating, wonderful magic system established so well in her previous 'Jewels' books. Anyone who's enjoyed the previous 'Jewels' novels will adore this. You r... ...more
By Theresa · ★★★☆☆ · May 06, 2009
Several years ago I picked up the first book in the "Black Jewels" trilogy by Anne Bishop and was totally drawn into the vivid world she created. Using the mystique of slightly-tweaked biblical names like Saetan and Luciver and setting much of her story in a 'demon-dead' realm known as Hell, Bish... ...more
By Kara-karina (Portugal) · ★★★★★ · November 02, 2014
This was an unexpected turn in the series, ladies and gents! After many adventures of Daemon, Lucivar and Jaenelle, the focus goes back to a troubled land of Dena Nehele which desperately needs a new Queen. Lady Cassidy might not be a glamorous choice, but her gentle nature and steady approa... ...more