Series: The Black Jewels #9
Published by Roc on January 1st 2011
Number of Pages: 463
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Purchase: At Amazon
Daemon is settling into his first year of married life with his Witch Queen, Jaenelle. But as the celebration of Winsol draws near, he finds himself pulled in multiple directions as he plays host to his formidable family.
Shades of Honor:
When wounded Surreal returns to Ebon Rih, her former lover Prince Falonar ruthlessly challenges the rule of her family, testing Surreal's resolve not to succumb to the darkness burning inside her.
When someone lays a vicious trap for Queen Sylvia and her sons, the ruling family of Dhemlan must uncover the identity of a vicious warlord before he returns to finish what he started.
The High Lord's Daughter:
After losing two important people in his life, Daemon builds a wall around his heart. But when he inadvertently forges a new connection, will it be enough to free him from his loveless existence?
This is a collection of 4 novellas in the Black Jewels universe. It should not be read out of order, as some of the novellas refer to events that have happened in the later books as well as the earlier ones.
In Winsol Gifts (79 pages), we get to see Daemon learning where he fits into his family and the household at Winsol. Saetan teaches him a few things about how to distract Daemonar from destroying the presents. And they deal more with the after-effects of what happened in Tangled Webs.
Shades of Honor is probably my favorite of the novellas. It’s also the longest at 187 pages. Surreal and Rainier heal and move past what happened to them in Tangled Webs. Falonar shows his true colors, and we get a glimpse or two of the Sadist. Lucivar is seen as a husband, a father, a leader, and on the killing field.
Family (73 pages) starts off focusing on Queen Sylvia and her two sons. But very quickly Daemon and Jaenelle are brought into things. We get to learn a little more about the residents of Hell, and demon-dead in general. Surreal is another central character again as well. And the one who ends up killing the Warlord was a complete surprise to me. It made total sense, but I didn’t see it coming.
The High Lord’s Daughter (118 pages): You will require tissues while reading this one. While I love seeing glimpses into the lives of favorite characters, I hate reading about character deaths. Unless the characters dying are ones I don’t like or don’t care about. There were some good moments in this story, I loved Daemon’s daughter. I loved the family dynamics, and seeing how everyone reacted to things. But I hated that certain characters had died.
All in all, I liked this book. It feels like the last book in the series, but from reading Anne Bishop’s website, there may yet be more books in store at some point. Which is good. I love the people and universe, and having this be the last installment would be entirely too bittersweet. Especially given the content of the last novella in the book.