I began keeping a reading journal several years before I began blogging. I find it interesting to sift through my thoughts of books that I read back then. My reviews were often brief and contained little substance, but I thought it'd be fun to document them here on my blog as well as share them with you. The first half of 2006 seemed to be my time for series reading. Here are some of my reviews from 2006:
Fantasy; 398 pgs
The Invisible Ring is a prequel to the Black Jewels series that I read just over two years ago. I had started to read The Invisible Ring at that time, but ended up setting it aside because I needed a little space between the books. I hadn’t expected to wait so long to read the prequel, however, this time I was much more ready for the book and enjoyed it quite a bit. Although the world Anne Bishop created in her novel was not fresh in my memory, it was easy to slip back into it. In The Invisible Ring, Priestess Dorothea who rules over Hayll is determined to see the Gray Lady, queen of Dena Nehele, dead so that she can overtake the queen’s land and people. The perfect opportunity arises when the Queen steps off her lands to buy slaves at the market. She picks up an unlikely lot of slaves, many of whom have secrets just like herself. Among the slaves is the powerful Red-Jeweled Warlord, Jared, who had been a pleasure slave for many years and whose last queen died at his hands. Dorothea and her Master of Guards soon discover that killing the Gray Lady will not be an easy task. Anne Bishop’s story contained suspense, magic and even a touch of romance throughout. The author painted a very dark world, where cruelty and unfairness seem to rule over honor and justice.
Fantasy; 439 pgs
Stepping back into the realm of the Black Jewels, I decided it was the perfect time to read Dreams Made Flesh, which is made up of four stories involving some of my favorite characters from the Black Jewels series. The book opens with a creation story not quite like any other. Next is the story of Eyrien Warlord Lucivar and hearth witch Marian. Readers learn a dark secret about Saetan and what can happen if his family is threatened. And then there is the final story is of Warlord Prince Daemon and his Queen, the Witch, Jaenelle. Power, revenge, and retribution fill the pages of Dreams Made Flesh, in a realm where women tend to have the upper hand and the men serve. But threaten the man and those he loves, and there will be no mercy. I hated to see the stories come to an end because I so enjoy spending time with Anne Bishop’s characters. When I finally make it to some of her other books, I hope they are just as good.
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