Author: Anne Bishop
Series: Black Jewels #9 (Milking those bestsellers for all they're worth...)
Genre: Dark fantasy.
Setting: The Blood realm
Reason for Reading: I saw it on the "new fiction speed read" shelf at the library and went "Score!" I didn't even know she had a new book out.
Finished In: Days, and not many of them.
Copyright Date: 2011
Cover: By Larry Rostant, who has done the covers for most of the recent books in this series. It shows a woman in a teal dress and dark cloak wearing a shimmering jewel. She stands in a winter landscape. Her expression is reserved.
First line: "Daemon Sadi, the Black-Jeweled Warlord Prince of Dhemlan, crossed the bridge that marked the boundary between private property and public land."
Best part: Much to my surprise, Bishop took a BIG risk with this book, in her story "The High Lord's Daughter." That was brave and unexpected of her as far as I'm concerned, and I think it paid off.
Worst part: Okay, so Bishop has gotten really into Sceltie dogs in the last few years. But do they have to be in ALL her stories now? I don't really see the charm.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Down to You", the Luciana Souza cover
Recommended for: Fans of the series will really not want to miss this one. Those who are new to Bishop should start with Daughter of the Blood.
Related Reads: Dreams Made Flesh, the previous anthology in the series. Sebastien, the first book in the Ephemera duology by the same author.