The Dark Kingdom is preparing itself for the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy–the arrival of a new Queen, a Witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself. But this new ruler is young, and very susceptible to influence and corruption; whoever controls 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 stake.
There is a lot of darkness, a lot of sex. And some very gruesome scenes that I wish I could unread. But as a testament to her writing abilities, Anne Bishop was able to keep me reading right to the very end. The characters were interesting. And the plot complicated.
Not sure how I feel about Jaenelle. Story is mostly told through the perspectives of the other characters. She seemed too much of a Mary Sue in this book. An oddly powerful young girl, destined to be the one to save the world. A mix of innocence and this age-old wisdom, she’s the heroine that all the powerful men willingly bow to. But I don’t hate her. I’m willing to see whether her character is able to develop further in the following books.
If it weren’t for the writing and my friend, I’m not sure I would have been able to get through this. But once you finish the first book, the second book is an irresistible choice to pick up immediately. If you’re looking for a richly unique high fantasy world and don’t mind the darkness and violence, then definitely give this book a chance. It’s worth it.
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