In the stunning first novel in New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop's Black Jewels Trilogy, a race of witches and warlocks whose power is channeled through magical jewels will meet their once and future queen... Seven hundred years ago, a Black Widow witch saw an ancient prophecy come to life in her web of dreams and visions. Now the Dark Kingdom readies itself for the arrival of its Queen, a Witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself. But she is still young, still open to influence-and corruption. Whoever controls the Queen controls the darkness. Three men-sworn enemies-know this. And they know the power that hides behind the blue eyes of an innocent young girl. And so begins a ruthless game of politics and intrigue, magic and betrayal, where the weapons are hate and love-and the prize could be terrible beyond imagining...
"A terrific writer...the more I read, the more excited I became because of the freshness of [her] take on the usual high fantasy setting, the assurance of [her] language, all the lovely touches of characterization that [she slips] in so effortlessly."-Charles de Lint "Darkly mesmerizing...[a] fascinating, dark world."- Locus "Lavishly sensual...a richly detailed world based on a reversal of standard genre cliches."- Library Journal "Vividly painted...dramatic, erotic, hope-filled."-Lynn Flewelling "Intense...erotic, violent, and imaginative. This one is white-hot."-Nancy Kress "A uniquely realized fantasy filled with vibrant colors and rich textures. A wonderful new voice, Ms. Bishop holds us spellbound from the very first page."- RT Book Reviews "Mystical, sensual, glittering with dark magic."-Terri Windling, coeditor of The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror "Dark, morbid, sinister, and yet it holds you completely fascinated and spellbound by its beauty...One of the most original and readable books in the fantasy genre."-The 11th Hour
Die New Yorkerin Anne Bishop, seit ihrer Kindheit von Fantasy-Geschichten begeistert, veröffentlichte zahlreiche Kurzgeschichten und Romane, bevor ihr mit dem preisgekrönten Bestseller "Dunkelheit" der internationale Durchbruch gelang. Ihre ebenso Saga "Die schwarzen Juwelen" zählt zu den erfolgreichsten Werken moderner Fantasy.