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|Read E-pub ⚶ Shalador's Lady ⚢ Return to New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop s world of the Black Jewels where a Queen has emerged from the shadows to bring hope to an impoverished people For years the Shalador people suffered the cruelties of the corrupt Queens who ruled them, punishing those who dared show defiance, and forcing many into hiding And even though the refugees have found sanctuary in Dena Nehele, they have never been able to call it home Now that Dena Nehele has been cleansed of tainted Blood, the Rose Jeweled Queen, Lady Cassidy, knows that restoring the land will require all her heart and courage as she summons the untested power within her, a power capable of consuming her if she cannot control it And even if Lady Cassidy survives her trial by fire, other dangers await For the Black Widows see visions within their tangled webs that something is coming that will change the land and Lady Cassidy forever Lady Cassidy is trying to be a good Queen for Dena Nahele except Theran Greyhaven is undermining her at every step He isn t shy about his disappointment that she isn t prettier andpowerful Fortunately the rest of her dozen sworn Warlords and Warlord Princes are much happier with her So are the landen and the other people she rules over in Greyhaven.She takes a trip to the Shalador Reserve in Eyota to meetof the Shaladoran Queens and discovers a land parched and almost barren She Lady Cassidy is trying to be a good Queen for Dena Nahele except Theran Greyhaven is undermining her at every step He isn t shy about his disappointment that she isn t prettier andpowerful Fortunately the rest of her dozen sworn Warlords and Warlord Princes are much happier with her So are the landen and the other people she rules over in Greyhaven.She takes a trip to the Shalador Reserve in Eyota to meetof the Shaladoran Queens and discovers a land parched and almost barren She knows how to transfer her power to enrich the land but she has never dealt with a land so empty She almost drains all of her power and shatters her jewels before her Court realizes what s happening and takes her away.After she recovers, she returns to Greyhaven to find the she has a visitor Lady Kermilla, the Queen who took her Court away from her and ruined her confidence, has come for a visit and to demand that Cassidy give her money to run her Court Cassidy tells her to leave but Theran takes one look at her and realizes that Kermilla is the Queen he has been waiting for to cure Dena Nehele Cassidy is ready to give up and leave until her loyal Court convinces her to return to Eyota and take her Court minus Theran, there.The story splits viewpoints We see Cassidy and her Court in Eyota, Theran dealing with Kermilla and Dena Nehele, and Kermilla who is self absorbed, selfish, hedonistic, and has a major sense of entitlement It was painful watching Theran making excuses for her and dealing with her very expensive tastes The contrast with Cassidy and her behavior couldn t have been clearer.This story also saw Gray finally maturing after the trauma he suffered at age fifteen He picks wonderful role models and teachers in Saetan, Daemon, and Lucivar I loved the scelties who came to Cassidy s Court to help and teach and herd their human sheep This was a very entertaining entry into the Black Jewels series I ve enjoyed the Black Jewels series We ve now made it past the main conflict story of the first three books and Shalador s Lady doesn t have all the horror of the first trilogy What it does have is an interesting tale of trying to rebuild a land after most of the corruption has been cut out.Cassidy is so likeable that she is an easy character to root for I ve enjoyed how in her kind and simple ways she has taken over the care of the land in Dena Nehele and it is starting to prosper The only I ve enjoyed the Black Jewels series We ve now made it past the main conflict story of the first three books and Shalador s Lady doesn t have all the horror of the first trilogy What it does have is an interesting tale of trying to rebuild a land after most of the corruption has been cut out.Cassidy is so likeable that she is an easy character to root for I ve enjoyed how in her kind and simple ways she has taken over the care of the land in Dena Nehele and it is starting to prosper The only person in Dena Nahele that hasn t been completely charmed by her is Theran and since he is the only living heir of The Gray Lady and the owner of the residence, they are lining in currently he still has some sway I can t help but think that Jarrod would be so disappointed in his heir.When Kermilla, the Queen that stole Cassidy s first court shows up, Theran finally feels the draw to the beautiful Queen he thinks would be great for Dena Nehele As Theran tries to find a way to make Kermilla the new Queen lines will be drawn, lands with be divided and people will be tested Is Cassidy going to lose another court to the pretty Queen or can she hold on to them and this land that calls to her.I get so caught up in the day to day of the people living in these books I enjoyed the story of Cassidy and Jared Blaed Grayhaven The way that he came out of his shell for her was fantastic The slow growing love story between them was totally adorable Jared had some good teachers in Sataen, Daemon and Lucivar so I think Cassidy is going to have her hands full with him.I ve grown to love this world and the characters in it This tale was a little anticlimactic in the resolution, but I didn t see that as a really bad thing This is the new world that Witch gave her power for and I think that the resolution was perfect for that I also LOVED the Queen Theran ended up serving in the end and how funny Janaelle can be Wonderful conclusion beginning to Cassidy and Shalador s story Plain, non aristo Cassidy was given one year to restore Dena Nehele, a Territory that had been ruled by twisted Queens for centuries Their reign of terror is finally at an end, but the scars remain, on the land and on the people In The Shadow Queen, she created a Court to help her rule and began the hard road to recovering Dena Nehele.Just as her Court is settling down to work at demonstrating that they intend to restore honor and fair dealing to the Territory, Cassidy s old nemesis returns K Plain, non aristo Cassidy was given one year to restore Dena Nehele, a Territory that had been ruled by twisted Queens for centuries Their reign of terror is finally at an end, but the scars remain, on the land and on the people In The Shadow Queen, she created a Court to help her rule and began the hard road to recovering Dena Nehele.Just as her Court is settling down to work at demonstrating that they intend to restore honor and fair dealing to the Territory, Cassidy s old nemesis returns Kermilla is pretty, aristocratic, and wieldspowerful magic than Cassidy Years before, she stole Cassidy s old Court and Territory from her Now, she seems poised to do so again And the visions of the Black Widows say that if Kermilla takes power, Dena Nehele will be plunged into war onceview spoiler But of course she s not going to get power Kermilla is pretty, but Cassidy is bffs with the HIGH LORD OF HELL, the Sadist, Luciver, and last but not least, the freaking LIVING MYTH of WITCH Plus, her quiet honesty and kindness charm everyone around her, and every other page details how much all the other Warlords and Warlord Princes around her think she is just so wonderful Kermilla, meanwhile, spends her days spending huge amounts of money, stealing from everyone, getting drunk, and making catty comments Oh, and making sexy pout lips at men That s seriously her biggest weapon pouty lips Even if I didn t know from the start that Kermilla would lose, because she is The Villain and Cassidy is The Heroine and this is an Anne Bishop novel, the fact that every single page talks about how no one likes Kermilla and everyone yearns to serve Cassidy might give me a clue I have no idea why the Black Widows kept seeing these terrible visions, and I never had a single moment s fear for a single character hide spoiler The one thing I will say for the plot is that, in the Black Jewels trilogy, every single character was The Most Powerful Magic user Ever, to the extent that Bishop had to start inventingwords for black just to come up with ways people could have darker jewels Cassidy and Kermilla both have Light jewels, and so instead of the usual magic ex machinas we see two women struggling for power using political intriguing, legal documents and policy decisions And Bishop deals a little with the effects of living in a constant warzone, where one s culture is outlawed In a ham handed sort of way, of course, but I m still glad she s slowly showing recognition that her main characters aren t the only ones to have suffered great and terrible traumas Speaking of which, less rape in this book In point of fact, very little talk of sexual violence at all, and no child rape I think this is the least in a single book she s ever managed Well done, Bishop This is not a good book The dialog is stilted and unnatural, the Sceltie magical talking dogs, oh yes you heard me right are deeply annoying, the characters are each and every one of them idiots, and unlike the Black Jewels trilogy, there s no undercurrent of darkness and passion And yet, I tore through this book in a single afternoon, forgoing all other books I got out of the library You guys, I m gonna be completely honest with you right now I m not really in the mood to write a detailed review for this duology it s one of my all time favourite stories ever, and I read them about a month ago and by that I mean I reread them again, cause I already read them multiple times in the past and they were just as amazing as I remembered them but I don t have the mental capacity to form all of my thoughts and feelings into coherent sentences so instead of doing a half ass job o You guys, I m gonna be completely honest with you right now I m not really in the mood to write a detailed review for this duology it s one of my all time favourite stories ever, and I read them about a month ago and by that I mean I reread them again, cause I already read them multiple times in the past and they were just as amazing as I remembered them but I don t have the mental capacity to form all of my thoughts and feelings into coherent sentences so instead of doing a half ass job of it, I will wait a bit and reread them again and it will happen soon ish like in the next few months I think honestly, it s one of those stories that once I finish it I immediately want to go back to it and since this time I had such a long break between now and reading them a while ago, I devoured these two giant books in two days, staying up way too late and well some small things might have slipped my mind already so this next time I will be able to slowly go through everything and then I will give you the bestest review ever pinkie promise XOXOA