Heir to the Shadows - Black Jewels, Bk 2 Author:Anne Bishop DREAMS MADE FLESH — The Blood have waited centuries for the coming of Witch, the living embodiment of magic. But Janelle, the young girl singled out by prophecy, is haunted by the cruel battles fought over her -- for not all the Blood await her as their savior. Some dismiss her as myth. Some refuse to believe. And still others look forward to usi... more »ng her, making her a puppet to their whims.
Only time and the love of her guardians have healed Janelle’s physical wounds. But her mind is still fragile, barely able to protect her from the terrible memories of her childhood. Nothing, however, can keep her from her destiny -- and the day of reckoning looms near. When her memories return...when her magic matures...when she is forced to accept her fate.« less
This series continues to impress me. I love the rich culture of the world created by Bishop. I'm fascinated by what goes on in each of the Realms and how they've changed yet still echo what they were created to be. And the characters--I find myself drawn to them, again and again, as if they're old friends already.
I'm amazed by how fast the books are moving. Thankfully Bishop doesn't feel the need to explain every last moment of Jaenelle's life. Sometimes whole years are acknowledged in mere sentences. It's rather refreshing after reading so many books that seem to detail every crumb the main character ate for breakfast; skipping through years that occurred but which didn't need to be talked about extensively is a nice surprise. After all, we're getting older in increments--it isn't the minutes that count, it's the years.
This second book focuses on Jaenelle after the events of Daughter of the Blood. Roughly two years have passed. This book got off to a rousing start with one of my favorite characters, Saetan Daemon SaDiablo. Demon-dead, Guardian, the High Priest of Hell itself petitions the Council for parental rights to Jaenelle. And we get to see a taste of Saetan's power. Not that we didn't know how powerful he was in the first book--he is the High Lord of Hell after all--but this is a very public, very ... emphatic show of power.
In this book we also meet many of the friends Jaenelle talked about in Daughter of the Blood. Each of them are as amusing as Jaenelle and they keep Saetan on his toes even more than just Jaenelle did.
The ending is one I know I'm going to want to read again and again. In fact I've read it a few times already. It is lushly and powerfully written allowing us to see that Jaenelle is a match for her adopted father's power.
The first book introduced us to this little girl who had a horrible upbringing at the hands of her family. She endured much as only a 12 year old can. With the help of her "adopted father Saeten" and other friends she was able to get out of that nightmare and in this book she begins to heal. Janelle has grown from a witch-child to a very powerful witch. She struggles to fight inner demons while trying to save her friends in the process. The interaction between Janelle and Saetan are very rich and at times heartbreaking. Janelle has her sire,"the lord of High Hell" wrapped around her black crystal ring finger. The relationship as father and daughter is one I will never forget in these books. It goes to show that even though Janelle was not sired by him she is truly the daughter of his soul and will fight anyone even the all powerful Lorn to protect her against anyone.
Anne Bishop creates characters and scenery with a beautiful imagination where even in a magical world, deceit, betrayl, corruption and power rule.