Twilight’s Dawn by Anne Bishop (The Black Jewels #9)
March 1, 2011
Reviewed by Tori
Blurb: Anne Bishop’s Black Jewel novels have enthralled readers 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 that provide us with satisfying conclusions to some of her most beloved characters.
-THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS-
Twilight’s Dawn is a beautiful ending tribute to the world the Anne Bishop created and held us spellbound with for years. Four novellas; each offering its own unique farewell to a series that captivated and broke my heart on so many occasions. After I read this I felt at peace and comfortable with the choices Ms. Bishop made in how she ended this series. I know many readers are disappointed with the ending but there is really no other way to end it. We knew Daemon would outlive Jaenelle and I like that Ms. Bishop gives him a chance at his greatest dream. Plus, I wanted his second chance to be with “you know who”. While she wasn’t his epic love, he has always loved her. If you had been paying attention, Ms. Bishop gently tells us in previous books how this would all end.
Also, this is NOT a stand alone. If you read this without reading from the beginning then the characters nor the story lines will make much sense and I fear you will be disappointed by the overall conclusion.
Winsols Gift is our first story. A humorous and delightful tale about Daemon’s and Jaenelle’s first Winsol that they are able to plan and participate in together. Daemon learns all about the time and effort that goes into preparing for Winsol and that when someone tells you to stay put-you need to stay put.
Shades Of Honor brings Lucivar, Falonar, and Surreal together for a showdown that has been needed for years. Falonar has never accepted being ruled by Lucivar so when he rises to challenge him, only one man can walk from the killing field alive. Surreal also deals with her past concerning Falonar and the haunted house where she almost died.
Family takes us back to the darkness in the SaDiablo family and what it means to cross any of them. Centers around Saetan and his former love Queen Sylvia. Dark, foreboding, and suspenseful.
The High Lord’s Daughter is the most heartbreaking yet heartwarming story in the book. Here we see the end yet out of the tears rises a dream that has been in the making for years. A dream for Daemon and the rest of the high court.
Twilight’s Dawn is a wonderful ending to an epic saga and Black Jewel fans will not want to miss out.
Overall rating: B +