4.5 Not for the Faint of Heart StartsThe Black Jewels series is dark fantasy, characters in this do not have easy goes at things and suffer for years on end Daughter of blood hit so many of my hot buttons in it, rape, incest, torture, human trafficking, pedophilia and slavery It was dark and disturbing and I couldn t look away or put it down Heir to the Shadows picks up two years after the events of the first book of the series This is still dark but we have moved away from some of the sexual darkness of the first book and we learn that The Blood have other ways to be horrible to each other.Jaenelle remains in a coma in Saetan s care two years after the events of Daughter of Blood Daemon at least was able to tie her back to her body but it has left him vulnerable with cracks of his own and drained Because he doesn t remember the events of that horrible night it is all twisted in his head and he isn t sure if he helped or harmed the girl that will one day become the woman he is meant to be with This worldbuilding in this is really fantastic There are lands in the physical realm, magical realm and the realm of death The tie in between all of the places and how they interact with one another is really amazing and I like the idea of Saetan as a Guardian of the world The Kindred are magical creatures who as legend have it were once normal wolves, dogs, cats, unicorns etc but a dragon flew over the land dropping her scales and giving the world her magic Humans that caught a scale became witches, animals became sentient with magic of their own and became known as the Kindred I love how much depth there is to the worlds.While sometimes this is a little slow in places I can t say I was ever bored, I really couldn t put this down for the most part as I followed Jaenelle on her journey from the lowest part of her life, to living while blocking the trauma of her past to the final acceptance of all of it on her journey into the futureIt is easier to kill than to heal It is easier to destroy than to preserve It is easier to tear down than to build Those who feed on destructive emotions and ambitions and deny the responsibilities that are the price of wielding power can bring down everything you care for and would protect Be on guard, alwaysThere are so many great characters and so many terrible characters I love to hate that I was captivated by the entire tale Plus seeing Saetan with a household of teenage witches as he tries to mentor Jaenelle was pretty hilarious I m not sure he knew what he was getting into when that little girl showed up on his doorstep seeking magic lessonsI met your daughter recently I asked her if she found it difficult living with your temper She looked genuinely baffled, and said, What temper Saetan stared at her for a moment, then the anger drained away He rubbed the back of his neck, and said dryly, Jaenelle has a unique way of looking at a great many thingsAnne Bishop has woven an intricate tale in a cruel world and I just can t get enough of it With the addition of the Kindred, Lucivar finding his place and Daemon s journey this was a full tale that left me wanting.I can t wait to see what our not so little Jaenelle will do now that she has made her choice. 2.5 rounded upThis was nowhere near as good as the first book Still, there s just something about Bishop s writing that I find comfortable, which is similar to how I feel about Patricia Briggs s books That being said, the story in this second book seemed like filler or a bridge between Jaenelle s childhood and adulthood without a whole lot of substance Also there wasn t enough Daemon I could go into and point out some nitpicks but honestly this is an old series and there are a ton of reviews and I m lazy.Not sure if I m going to read the third book any time soon I don t feel the urgency to find out what will happen next but I know someday I ll continue. SoI have mixed thoughts about this trilogy, not the least of which it s kind of hard to take seriously a world where hot men are controlled by penis rings BUTI still like it This trilogy seems to me to be the ultimate teenage girl s fantasy Everything is about this main character and her growing up to be the savior of the world, all the men are safe and doting controlled by penis rings if they re super hot, lol , older women are the ones who are evil and jealous and want to control the young girl, etc etc I mean, I REALLY like the books but yeah, there s some psychology going on here that a penetrative mind could glean a lot from THAT SAID I loved the first book, I felt like the mystery of the main character was a BIT infantilized in this one, she seemed way kiddie towards the last half of the book, but it s a great continuation that lightens the world somewhat from the VERY dark first one, and I enjoyed it no less. Reviewed by Rabid Reads.It took me a full year to build up the courage to listen to HEIR TO THE SHADOWS after being thoroughly traumatized by book 1 I really love Anne Bishop s THE OTHERS series, and I m a firm believer in second chances when it comes to authors, so after twelve months of mental preparation, here we go again It s with a massive sigh of relief that I write this review because A no nightmares B this installment was a vast improvement upon the previous one It was slow paced, and was about the dialogue than the action, but we re definitely getting somewhere.This novel concentrated on Jaenelle s road to recovery after two years in a coma, she must battle her way back to sanity, and then take the necessary steps in order to become the Queen she was meant to be The story followed Angelline from the age of twelve to twenty, so it s best to minimize the number of sessions spent reading this book in order to avoid confusing the timeline Lots of character development takes place, both where the protagonist was concerned as well as the secondaries, and all of the chess pieces were brought to the fore, including the kindred wolves, unicorns dragons Even though THE BLACK JEWELS series now has nine volumes under its wing, it was originally a trilogy, so this installment felt like it was the limbo between books 1 3 which explains its lack of major intrigue By the end of this novel everything was in place for an earth shaking payoff, except the love interest Daemon Sadi was off in cuckoo land, but other than that I was able to better appreciate Bishop s Dark Fantasy because this story was minus the truly heinous tidbits however that doesn t mean that the author dons kid gloves Every character is still fair game.John Sharian s narration didn t creep me out nearly as much as it did in DAUGHTER OF THE BLOOD I still question the producer s decision to go with a male voice for this series, but Angelline s entourage is a sausage fest, so with the disturbing aspects behind us, he s growing on me Sharian s ominous tone actually worked to his advantage when he mimicked Jaenelle s midnight voice , and I thought that he was reasonably adept at keeping the plethora of personas separate, although he does goof on occasion, and slips into his staple timbre when he shouldn t.HEIR TO THE SHADOWS was almost good I m eager for Anne Bishop to bring it home with QUEEN OF THE DARKNESS 3.5 stars Omg this series is just one big clusterf ck I mean honestly, this book had SO MUCH going on and because of that, the story was all over the place It was hard to concentrate, so I lost interest real fast There were so many loose ends and things weren t consistent and all the main characters were acting so different in this book compared to how they were in Book 1 Saetan was a bumbling idiot in this book You re the dark lord How are ppl able to trespass onto your property without you noticing Why are you fretting over killing bad guys Why are you letting ppl walk all over you Jaenelle was still annoying because since she doesn t have a direct pov it s hard for me to understand her character She has no personality She s just this person that can do no wrong and that s not really entertaining to read about New storylines kept getting introduced Now there s talking animals in the mix Hey, don t get me wrong, I like UF s with talking animals shape shifters etc, but there s too many fantasy elements in this series already for me to keep up with I just wanted to know what was happening with Daemon and Lucivar I kept hoping Daemon and Jaenelle would finally reunite at some point but nothing happened So now I have to read Book 3 to know what happens with them but I don t feel like reading another 400 pages of nonsense How does this series have such a high rating what am I not getting Reread 9 6 7 17First read 4 3 5 17This book was so SO GOOD I love these characters so much I missed Daemon through a lot of it, but I also understood it And freaking LUCIVAR is awesome I love the brother sister dynamic between him and Jaenelle.Saetan continues to be given a hard time by Jaenelle He loves it, but I m sure he sometimes wishes he were capable of falling into an early not so much grave.For such a dark series, I end up laughing a lot, and I feel so much for all of these characters I can t wait to start the next one Literally, I m starting it right now. Wow My face is still a bit damp from tears and my heart is still pounding This is the second book in this trilogy I read but didn t review the first although it was almost as good I m a lover of fantasy, humor, sex and mystery and this trilogy contains all of that This second book was light on the sex but when you read something this amazing, it really doesn t matter to me.This is the fantasy story of a girl and how she becomes queen of almost all she sees In the first book we find out some about her lineage and then about the horrible people that pose as her family She is witch and has power beyond any that has been seen before but she must grow up as human and take the abuse and use that goes along with it This second book is her story of her rise to power, her search for her true lover and her love and acceptance for the kindred of the Blood her lineage This is a wonderful trilogy for almost anyone It is so well written that you are in the middle of the story before you know it Even the long descriptions of things are enticing and I m a fast reader aka a skimmer I find myself not skimming in these books Now I can t wait to jump into the Queen of Darkness If I could rate this trilogy higher than a 5, I would do so. Edited 12 30 13 reread Totally loved it as much as the first time Some of the scenes that shouldn t have been as intense since I already took the ride were just as intense for some reason Thanks for the BR and a reason to do the reread BW and Esra Wow This book totally consumed me I haven t read a fantasy with so many pieces woven together without getting overwhelmed with the politics I guess I was just in the PERFECT mood for this book I don t think I skimmed a single adjective There was just sooo much tension Even when nothing was going on you just felt like things were about to explode I think Janelle might be my favorite heroine of all time Sorry Elena..haha I loved this book so much I feel like giving the first in the series an extra star Dusting off a spot on my favorites shelf Moving right along while I still know who is who haha Librarian S Note See Alternate Cover For This Edition HereEnough Time Has Passed For The Young Girl Jaenelle, Heir To The Magical Darkness, For Her Physical Wounds To Heal, While Amnesia Keeps Her Frightening Memories At Bay But With Saetan A Black Jewelled Warlord Prince And Jaenelle S Foster Father To Protect Her, She Will Continue To Grow Her Magic Will Mature Her Memories Will Return And Jaenelle Will Face Her Destiny When She Remembers Daemon, Saetan S Son, Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice For Her Love 1st read July 20142nd read October 2018Buddy read with AlyDaughter of the Blood may have been an incredibly dark and at times shocking story but I loved every minute of it so although I had to brace myself beforehand I couldn t wait to continue reading Jaenelle s story in Heir to the Shadows I was expecting an intense read when I picked up this book and I wasn t wrong but I was also pleasantly surprised to find it isn t quite as dark and disturbing as the first book Although this sequel wasn t quite as painful to read it does still contain scenes of mental and physical torture so I should probably warn anyone new to the series that you need to prepare yourself for the worst I m not trying to put anyone off because it s a FANTASTIC series but if you don t know what to expect you ll end up getting quite a shock You also need to make sure you read this series in order, the world building is detailed and complex, there are a lot of different characters to keep track of and they have all had significant growth just in the first two books You ll be completely lost if you pick up the books at this point and I would hate to see people to ruin the series for themselves.As much as I enjoyed Daughter of the Blood I loved Heir to the Shadows even , I can t tell you how grateful I am to already have my hands on the next book because as soon as I ve finished writing this review I m diving straight back into the world Anne Bishop has created I just can t wait any longer to discover what happens to all of my favourite characters next I don t think I have it in me to write a review that will fully explain what an amazing book Heir to the Shadows is or just how much I adore this series but I m going to do my best in the hope of convincing you to read it for yourself.At the end of the previous book we saw Jaenelle suffer the worst kind of physical and mental torture imaginable, it actually hurt my heart thinking about everything she went through and it s the kind of thing that no woman should ever have to deal with let alone a 12 year old child It was hard to see how Jaenelle would survive, let alone come out of the ordeal mentally stable but I had underestimated the amount of love and faith her friends and adopted family have and they pulled together to help her through It takes 2 years for her mind to heal enough to return to her body but Saetan never loses faith in her She has blocked the memory of the event that nearly killed her but she is still a very different girl to the Witch we met in the beginning She is much wary and finds it hard to fully trust even the people she was closest to before, she is also angry and has much less control over her temper It takes a long time and the help of some very close friends before she starts to emerge as the fun loving and friendly girl she used to be but even then there will always be lasting effects from her trauma.I absolutely loved meeting some of the friends that she d spoken of in the previous book but that we hadn t been introduced to We knew she visited lots of people besides Saetan, Daemon and Lucivar but now we get to meet her Kindred friends for ourselves along with the other young witches and warlords she has met over the years Jaenelle draws both people and animals to her, they feel her power and know that she is the longed for Witch who has the ability to bring peace to the realms but that isn t the only reason they care for her Jaenelle has no intention of setting up a court or taking over the duties of running a territory but she is still incredibly protective of the people she cares about and will use the power she was born with to keep them safe no matter what it costs her.One of the characters who nearly broke my heart in the first book was Lucivar, every time we saw him he was either being tortured or being forced to watch someone else suffer and his POV made for some uncomfortable reading I badly wanted to see him escape and find some happiness so I was absolutely thrilled with how things progressed for him in this book He is finally reunited with his father Saetan and he is at Jaenelle s side like the protective older brother he s always wanted to be Jaenelle needed men around her who had no interest in her sexually and I loved her interactions with both Lucivar and her adopted father Saetan Their family dynamics are difficult at times because they all have reasons to distrust each other but there is such a sense of love between them and that really shines through in every conversation.The one person missing from the family reunion is Daemon and although I understood his absence I ll admit I missed him because he doesn t play such a big role in this part of the story Daemon is the one who saved Jaenelle s life but mentally throwing himself into the abyss to reach her cost him dearly and now he s paying the price Daemon s memories of what happened to Jaenelle are vague and now he s not even sure if she s dead or alive Worse still, he can t remember what caused her injuries and he is terrified that he did something to hurt her His anguish over her possible death and the role he may have played in it have caused him to lose his mind and now he is walking in the Twisted Kingdom completely lost and alone The only person who has the power to reach Daemon and bring him back is Jaenelle but when she blocked the memories of what happened to her she also blocked out the time she spent with Daemon The most important question is will she remember who he is in time to save his life I ve already said that this story isn t quite as dark as the first one but that doesn t mean things are all plain sailing and there are still plenty of enemies out out there making plots against Jaenelle and her family I was glad we see some people start to get what they deserve but others like Hekatah and Dorothea are still plotting and getting ready to cause trouble In a lot ways the focus of this story is Jaenelle s recovery and seeing her build a network of close friends and allies that I think she will need on her side in the next book though This instalment almost feels like the calm before the storm and I have a feeling things are going to go downhill fast for our favourite characters as the series continues in Queen of Darkness I just hope Jaenelle and her allies are strong enough to face whatever is about to be thrown at them.