Review: Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop

queen of the darknessReviewed by Jen

I thought for sure that this installment would be the book that launched this series into the stratosphere of epic-awesomeness where my book friends would rank it.  Alas, I am doomed to be the odd man out here.  I can definitively say I do not love this series.  There were things I liked, characters I cared about.  But whatever it is that makes other reviewers swoon, simply escapes me.

This is the book where Daemon and Janelle finally come together.  It’s still not easy.  It takes years and their reunion is almost thwarted.  But against the odds and despite powerful foes, Daemon makes it to his Lady.  And it is so incredibly anticlimactic. She has been searching for him about half her lifetime and she barely greets him.  They circle each other warily.  They angst internally.  But there is no big outpouring of emotion.  As for the sex, you would think that would be an issue with Jenelle’s history of rape. Heck, even Damon has issues with his own history of sexual abuse. You know how they dealt with that? They didn’t.  They finally admitted they wanted a physical relationship, they kissed, and then they had sex. Simple as that.   It’s not like I expected erotica or anything but I was sorely unsatisfied here.

The big face off with Dorothea and Hekate isn’t much better.  The bad Guys plot.  The webs indicate a war would be Really Bad, so Janelle concocts a plan that is dangerous, self-sacrificing… and anticlimactic.  My boy Lucivar gets himself a wife and a baby… off page.  Saetan falls in love… off page.  Are you sensing a theme here?

I cared how it would end.  I wanted poor Damon to have his love.  I wanted Saetan, Lucivar, Surreal, and Janelle to find some peace and happiness.  I thought Damon’s big plan was pretty awesome.  And the worldbuilding is wow-worthy.  But when all was said and done, I felt very tepid about it all.

I wanted to feel more.  I wanted more satisfaction.  I wanted at least a few pages of HEA.  Just… meh.

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Queen of the Darkness
by Anne Bishop
Release Date: January 1, 2000
Publisher: Roc


  1. Thank you for your review. I loved the Others books so much and have wondered about the Black Jewels Triology. I think it’s safe to say I’m going to pass!

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