Cassidy is set on being the best Queen she can be, doing whatever is necessary for the good of the people of Dena Nehele. Theran is still terribly unsupportive but Cassidy has the rest of her Court behind her whether she realizes it or not. First up is a visit to the Shalador preserves where the Shalador people were exiled, which bring to mind the Native American reservations in our world. Theran is against the trip but Cassidy stands up to him. When they return, guests are waiting at the Residence; people from Cassidy’s past. When Theran shows his disdain for Cassidy by inviting those people to stay, Cassidy is driven to the breaking point. At the urging of the rest of the Court, Cassidy moves to the Shalador reserves leaving Theran behind to his folly. Will Cassidy be able to win over the rest of the people in Dena Nehele and prevent a catastrophe seen by the Black Widow Shira and the former Queen of Ebon Askavi, Jaenelle Angelline?
Anne Bishop is one of the few straight fantasy authors that I read. Her Black Jewels series is on my list of books to have on a deserted island. Shalador’s Lady is the eighth book in the series and takes place right after the events in The Shadow Queen. Shalador’s Lady was so fabulous! This series is absolute magic, vivid and compelling. Ms. Bishop has a great style, merging the beginning of this series with the subsequent books. Even though the original characters are not the main focus of the book they share it with Cassidy and her Court, helping her and the people she rules. Cassidy is such a kind, wonderful Queen. Jaenelle was absolutely right in picking Cassidy to bring the old ways back to the Blood in Dena Nehele. Theran is so blinded by appearances that he misses what is right in front of him. I wanted to knock him upside the head for being so inconsiderate. Cassidy’s pain is so palpable that my chest hurt. I loved getting to know more of Cassidy’s court and best of all, Gray. Gray is awesome, perfect for Cassidy and I loved watching him grow into the man he was meant to be. One of the things I love about this book, this whole series is that the bad guy or girl always gets what they deserve. Revenge and justice are delivered and you get to see it. This series is dark, dangerous, hopeful and heart-wrenching. I do hope this isn’t the last book about Cassidy, her court, or the rest of the best characters in fantasy today!
Book Blurb for Shalador's Lady
Return to the "intense...erotic...and imaginative" (Nancy Kress) world of the national bestselling Black Jewels novels in this sequel to The Shadow Queen.
For years the Shalador people suffered the cruelties of the corrupt Queens who ruled them, forbidding their traditions, punishing those who dared show defiance, and forcing many more into hiding. Now that their land has been cleansed of tainted Blood, the Rose-Jeweled Queen, Lady Cassidy, makes it her duty to restore it and prove her ability to rule.
But even if Lady Cassidy succeeds, 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...
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