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Summary

Return to the world of the Black Jewels with New York Times best-selling author Anne Bishop.

Anne Bishop's "darkly fascinating" (SF Site) Black Jewel novels have enthralled readers, listeners, and critics alike with their mixture of fantasy, intrigue, and romance. Now, in Twilight's Dawn, Bishop returns to the Blood realm with four all-new captivating novellas.

©2011 Anne Bishop (P)2011 Penguin

Critic reviews

“Best seller Bishop fills out her popular Black Jewels dark fantasy universe with this entertaining novella collection...Bishop’s accessible writing style and interesting world-building will soon draw [new readers] into her web.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A super Black Jewels dark fantasy anthology containing four strong entries due to Anne Bishop’s ability to make her characters seem real.” (Genre Go Round Reviews)

"Bishop’s fans will find this a welcome companion to the Black Jewels series...An intriguing read.” (RT Book Reviews)

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  • Donna
  • 10-03-11

A Sunset for the Dawn

I, like many others, anticipated this book for so long. Wanting to find out how Ms. Bishop would wrap up the saga of 'Witch'. She certainly pulled some stuff out of her literary hat. As there was a bit of a sneak preview to how the story ended, many readers went a bit ballistic and quite a few blogs indicated there would be many that refused to read it because of the twists and unexpected climax. I for one am too curious and was not let down by the anthology. I really enjoyed hearing all of the familiar characters and as usual, Mr. Sharian narrated the tales beautifully. We all would like to see happy endings for everyone in Askavi, but life and death happens and I can't really find fault with the way it finished. I will miss the characters gone, and if Anne decides to give us more Jewels, I'll be happy to continue listening as long as I'm entertained.

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  • (Audible) Vicki Herman
  • 03-03-11

Stories there for everyone...

Audio read by same narrator throughout series. Narration and production values for this audio are good and you shouldn't be surprised or upset if you've listened to the other books in this series.

There was a lot of furor over this anthology when the story blurbs were released on Ms. Bishop's site and then some additional spoilers hit. I think that if a reader never wants to go where the short The High Lord’s Daughter takes us, there are still 3 shorts in the collection that are worth getting this for IMHO.

Winsol Gifts (2 Hours, 48 Minutes) - The Black Jewels 5.5 - 3.75 * ; Shades of Honor (6 Hours, 51 minutes) - The Black Jewels 5.6 - 4.5* ; Family (2 Hours, 33 Minutes) - The Black Jewels - 4* ; The High Lord’s Daughter (4 Hours, 14 Minutes) - The Black Jewels 9.9 - ?*

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  • Shelia
  • 07-01-20

Love and Frustration

I have loved the Black Jewels series from the beginning. I rarely buy books in hardback, but when you wear out the paperbacks by reading them over and over. Well, there is simply no choice. Then came audio. Can't wear them out. And it's the audio I've come to review.

The stories remain as deceptively simple, yet rich as I have always found them. The audio quality is excellent. One huge problem I have, with both of the collections of short stories and novellas, is the production decision to present them in chapter by chapter form without any designation where the next story begins. If one wants to listen to a specific story it cannot be flipped to. One must guess then listen and skip, listen and skip. I found it the most frustrating and annoying experience.

Maybe I am the only one who enjoys reading or listening to a favorite story again and again. But I don't think so.

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  • Dragon Queen Fan
  • 14-07-17

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I'm happy and content with the way Anne Bishop concluded the saga. I don't think I have cried this much listening to a book before. First story takes place after the spooky house. Second one takes place ten years after that. The last one (and the best one) spans a whole lot of years. Thank you John Sharian for such an outstanding performance!

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  • lak55119
  • 17-10-20

loved it

this is the best series. it makes me laugh and cry at times. the narrator is very good and I enjoy listening to him.

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  • K. L. Dilbert
  • 19-03-20

A must get

Awesome Read and Listen, John Sharman does a phenomenal job bringing all the characters to life.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-02-20

Love!

I love this book. Even if it made me cry. Looking forward to reading Queen’s Bargain next month.

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  • Mark F. Volk
  • 29-05-19

What's next?

I am looking forward to the next book. It can't come soon enough. Hurry up.

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  • Belladonna
  • 24-07-18

Movie

It would be super cool if y’all would make a movie out of this series of books

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  • Sarah, TX
  • 29-05-18

Wraps up everyone's story...

If you love the dramatic, romantic, heartbreaking world of the Black Jewels, then this is a no-brainer. Just get it and be prepared.