The Shadow Queen

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Author: Anne Bishop
Barcode/ISBN13: 9780732288518
ISBN: 0732288517
Imprint/Brand: Voyager
Release Date: Apr 2009
Format: A Paperback
Series: Black Jewels
Number of Pages: 491
Price $AUD: $20.99
Categories: Fantasy

What if you need the impossible in order to save your people--and you get it? What if what you get isn't what you want‚ but it is everything you need?

That is the problem Theran faces as he tries to save the remaining Blood living in Dena Nehele‚ a Territory in the Realm of Terreille.

Theran is a descendant of Jared and Lia‚ the last Gray Lady to rule Dena Nehele. Living in the mountains with the rogues and raised on stories told by Talon‚ a demon-dead Warlord Prince who lived--and fought--with Jared and Lia‚ he wants to restore his land and people. But without a strong Queen who remembers the Old Ways‚ the Blood will never shake off the lingering influence of Dorothea SaDiablo‚ the infamous High Priestess of Hayll‚ and the young Dena Nehele Queens will have no one to teach them.

There are no Queens in Terreille who can give Dena Nehele what it needs. But Theran has a marker he can call in‚ thanks to his ancestor Jared. He goes to Kaeleer--and to Daemon Sadi --to ask for a Queen who is willing to come to Terreille and rule Dena Nehele.

What he expects is a young‚ pretty‚ dark-Jeweled Queen with social flair--a witch who will dazzle the Blood with her vivacity and power. What he gets is Cassidy‚ a shy‚ plain-looking‚ Rose-Jeweled Queen from Dharo who has lost her court to stronger‚ more vivacious Queens. Socially awkward and an outsider even among the Blood who make up her new court‚ Cassidy must find a way to put aside her own past in order to give Dena Nehele a future.

Will Theran be able to see beyond his disappointed expectations and help this Queen save his people? What happens when you get a Queen who lacks the desired veneer but has the heart--and the courage--to rule?

Theran is about to find out.

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