Sunday, June 1, 2008

Daughter of the Blood

Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop (Book 1 of the Black Jewels Trilogy)

What was this book about?
They are the blood, a special race born to powers that are held and used by jewels. The darker the the jewel they wear, the more power. For many years they have lived in a world that is been ruled by ruthless and power hungry Queens. There is a prophesy that one day a Queen would come with extraordinary powers – and everyone has different reasons for wanting to find her.

Janelle is that witch. She is torn between the world that she has grown up in and the world she only wishes she could be in. A world where her family believes she is crazy and institutionalizes her at every turn. A world where the other girls in the institution rely on her to help them, as they are only pawns in a man’s game.

Saetan is a powerful man who loves Janelle as a daughter and wants to help her rule her powers. He is also considered by the pain he sees in her eyes. He needs to make sure she doesn’t let the power rule her. He cannot trust his son Daemon, but Daemon also loves Janelle.

What did you like/dislike about the book?

There is so much going on. So many people, special knowledge, etc that sometimes it is hard to keep track of. Not to mention the characters are complex in that you don’t know if they are good or bad, and many times you cannot just label them one or the other, as they are both. This can be both good and bad depending on what expectations you have of things.

What genre would you consider this?


Overall: B

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