Daughter of the Blood review ✓ 109

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S her controls the Darkness And now three sworn enemies begin a ruthless game of politics and intrigue magic and betrayal and the destiny of an entire world is at sta. Excerpts from a stream of consciousness transcript as I read this seriesSo that's his brother Ah right his brother with wings Saetan Sa Diablo For serious Magical cockring of Obedience Aww that's actually pretty cute Family togetherness d'aww Ew Ew Ew He just circumcised someone with his teeth Oh look the unicorns just showed up Someone else is in a killing rage yawn Magical cockring of honor So he has wings and also apparently pon farr Oh ahahaha the unicorns aren't going to perform the wedding ceremony are they Of course they areThe breakdown 90% cheerfully sexist fluffy fluff about family and love 9% ridiculously over the top violence sexual and otherwise 1% plot and world buildingYou guys I just I don't even hand gestures

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Daughter of the BloodLibrarian's Note Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found hereThe Dark Kingdom is preparing itself for the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy the arrival of a new u. For her virgin effort at novel crafting Anne Bishop has laid down a strong piece of dark fantasy that is richly drawn psychologically savage and dripping with THROB I am suffering severe mind boggle that this is really her first published work as this story has a high uality uotient and prose that displays real polish This first installment of the Black Jewel’s Trilogy introduces us to dark sexified fantasy world called “The Three Realms” which are known individually as Terreille Hell and Kaeleer The Realms are not a place full of warm and fuzzies All power in The Realms is concentrated in those “of the Blood” that you can basically think of as witches and warlocks Each person born to the Blood is born to a particular color of “jewel” which determines their relative strength as well as their societal status The darker the jewel the greater the strength The power structure is matriarchal with Blood males servingservicing Blood femalesand this leads me right into the sex Sex is an essential aspect of how the Blood to gain and maintain political power and so is a critical part of the plot If you are sueamish about sexual content you may want to fantasy elsewhere Though very little of the “doing the nasty” is explicit this is NOT erotica sex and sexual politics pervades every aspect of the Three Realms and it is not the pleasure pumping kind of sex It is dark gritty and should only be practiced with a safety word It’s absolutely essential to the plot and I thought the strong sense of the sensual without the need for explicit sex scenes was very well done Over time the Blood has become corrupted and a scheming harpy of a witch bitch named Dorothea now holds the position of ueen Dorothea has systematically killed or destroyed all those who could challenge her power and has fostered an atmosphere of plotting and mistrust among the rest of the court which keeping all of the stronger Blood males in line bywell you’ll have to read for yourself But Dorothea and her brood are running scared because young Jaenelle has been born and has the power to become the most powerful member of the Blood Of course she needs to survive long enough to come into her powerThis is dark fantasy done well The writing is vividly descriptive and very evocative It oozes lush The characters that populate this tale are original and great a strong sense of connection with the plot I especially liked two of the stronger Blood males 1 Saetan Daemon SaDiablo the High Lord of Hell High Priest of the Hourglass and Warlord Prince of Dhemlan and 2 Daemon Sadi aka the Sadist SaDiablo Both of these characters just engulf the page when they are present and loom over every scene they are in The title character Jaenelle is also terrifically drawn but the reader is not allowed inside her head as a POV character so the connection is not as immediate In addition to the characters I thought the magic system was very interesting and uite uniue I do hope that the rules scopes and limits of the magic are explored in detail in future novels as I am interested to learn What we get in the first one is uick flashes and teases that make you crave Finally I thought the multi leveled plot was very well done It was both complex yet understandable and so you never felt like you were getting lost in the various changes of direction Without going into detail I do want to point out that there are significant portions of the story that can make you cringe eg scenes of systematic rape and torture for both male and female characters It is uite dark However in the hands of a writer as gifted as Anne Bishop it is amazing to read 40 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Nominee Locus Award for Best First Novel

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Daughter of the Blood review ✓ 109 ✓ Librarian's Note Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found hereThe Dark Kingdom is preparing itself for the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy the arrival of a new ueen a Witch who will wield power than even the High Lord of Hell himself But this new ruler is young and very susceptible to influence and Een a Witch who will wield power than even the High Lord of Hell himself But this new ruler is young and very susceptible to influence and corruption; whoever control. This book is incredibly awful It's embarrassingly bad The characters with their ridiculous names and the world are poorly developed The author gives us variations of the same scenes again and again Daemon is a sexy threat dear old dad Saetan is old and tenderhearted Jaenelle is very powerful and young everyone else is amazed and afraid andor 110% evil full stop no nuance The plot LanguishesI never had a sense of where different realms existed in relation to one another for all of the babbling about webs and gates honestly as far as I can tell each realm is like a city and they all sort of float around in space and some of them are in Hell where everyone's undead and they only drink blood not liuor except sometimes when they get totally wasted also a horse vampire Some people can use magic and some people are better at it or born with power but it's not really explained what the difference is except that everyone we're concerned with is a able to use magic b uite powerful or at least sort of special and c totally sexy I mean forget about any kind of description beyond gold eyes and long black nails sounds SUPER sexy already right all you're going to get is how handsome and attractive and slinky and attractive and scary Daemon is and Saetan has a bad leg and Lucivar has wings Maybe bat wings Not sure Plus Jaenelle has blonde hair which she fluffs all the day and blue eyes but sometimes she has a stupid expression and sometimes she's totally intense and wise beyond her years Everyone who's bad is fat or doesn't have an impressive bosom or whatever and they're always hanging out in shadows cackling about their wicked schemes and drinking blood I'm not even kidding This book is a joke Daemon's always angry in a cold way so he's always leaving frost where he goes However when he really gets his dander up he's able to grotesuely torture and mutilate the people who are supposed to have control over him so like why does he allow them to boss him around and make him so miserable in the first place Everyone's super passive aggressive like I know you're awful and you're going to make me even wretched but I think I'll wait until you do and then I guess I'll retaliate But until then I'm just going to be very sad and dark and call myself a whore and slink around being bitter and cold and sometimes putting on one earring and makeup which apparently can make a man androgynous AND frighteningly masculine at the same time and it's part of the extra sexy frilly shirt and feathered hat getup saved for special seductions because when I think about seductive men immediately I want nothing other than a David Bowie Jack Sparrow one two knockout punch in heeled ankle boots Which actually it sounds less ridiculous when I say it that way than it did in the bookAnd all of that would be fine if the author seemed at all in on the joke but the narrative takes itself so seriously Every page is absolutely dripping with melodrama YOU'VE COLLECTED ALL OF THE GEMS IN EVERY REALM HOLY THUNDER CATS BATMAN NO ONE THOUGHT IT WAS POSSIBLE hands trembling uncontrollablyThe most egregious element of this book I think is the author's use of sexual violence abuse slavery and torture just to write some kinky stuff and give her characters something to whine about Everything fades to black or gets kind of hazy and abstract whenever something serious is going down and honestly instead of leaving it to the reader's imagination I think it would have done the author some good to actually write the minutiae of the torment she piles onto her characters By skipping the details not only does Bishop not have to really confront the depravity she's imagined for us she also doesn't have to deal with how unrealistic and bizarre so many things are Further as several people have pointed out Daemon is totally sexually attracted to Jaenelle who's twelve And I think this is supposed to be not only acceptable but ROMANTIC because he really loves her like her SOUL not just her BODY you guys But let's be real pedophiles in the actual world where this kind of thing really happens Are prone to thinking exactly that kind of thing Kartane who spends a lot of time thinking about how he's going to brutally rape young girls so that their lives are ruined is a cartoon This book isn't real so he can think whatever Bishop wants But Daemon justifies his attraction and repeatedly puts himself in a position to take advantage of Jaenelle in ways that he can justify which is not romantic it's terrifying Pretty much the last scene in the book is Jaenelle accusing Daemon of being like everyone else who just wants her body so to save her he uses his magical seduction tendrils to trick her into doing what he wants by destroying her willpower If the book was like yo that's pretty devastating maybe this guy is not actually cool and a hero maybe sometimes the bad guy really believes that he cares about you as he's destroying you so we're going to deal with that by holding him accountable for his actions that would be a neat twist that gave the story some kind of actual conseuential meaning But no he just did that because he loved her so much omg Isn't he handsome and charming and tragic Also if you thought that the matriarchal society was going to have anything to do with competent awesome ladies forget that noise It's full of stereotypically catty and vain caricatures the author uses their sexual aggressiveness to paint them as villains and one of the most common cusses is son of a whoring bitch This book is awful There are so many problems that I could just keep going and going but all I'm going to do is keep complaining about this disgusting stupid book I think a really serious editor could have been like hey lady this is a nice private fantasy but let's buckle down and write a challenging compelling and creative piece of literature and this might have turned into something pretty interesting and powerful but obviously that did not happen