The Shadow Queen by Anne Bishop
What is it about:
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 knows Protocol, remembers the Blood’s code of honor, and lives by the Old Ways.
Languishing in the Shadow Realm, Lady Cassidy is a Queen without a court, a castoff. She is not beautiful. She thinks she is not strong. But when she is chosen to rule Dena Nehele, she must convince bitter men to serve once again.
Theran’s cousin Gray is a Warlord Prince who was damaged in mind and body by the vicious Queens who once ruled Dena Nehele. Yet something about Cassidy makes him want to serve—and makes him believe he can be made whole once again.
And only Cassidy can prove to Gray—and to herself—that wounds can heal and even the whisper of a promise can be fulfilled…
What did I think of it:
Compared to the original Black Jewels Trilogy this addition to the Black Jewels books is a fluffy, romantic read, but certainly a beautiful read as well. Next to revisiting characters from the original trilogy this story adds more depth and new characters to the Black Jewels world. And there are some really cool characters I can tell you. (My favourite of the new characters has to be Ranon, who was featured in my teaser tuesdays post.) Bishop's writing is vivid and rich as always and just one of the many reasons I can reread her work time and time again. Having read this book before having read the original trilogy I can safely say it can be read seperately, but I will warn you that after reading this book you will want to read the other books as well.
Why should you read it:
It's beautifully written fantasy