Today is the official release day for Twilight’s Dawn: A Black Jewels Book by Anne Bishop
Bestseller Bishop fills out her popular Black Jewels dark fantasy universe (Daughter of the Blood, etc.) with this entertaining novella collection. Daemon Sadi, a black-jeweled Warlord Prince, deals with friends, family, and holiday celebrations in “Winsol Gifts,” while his brother, Lucivar Yaslana, has to thwart a traitor and his deadly trap in the richly entertaining “Shades of Honor.” A mother and her sons are threatened by a dangerous, twisted enemy in “Family,” while Daemon becomes a father and finds a new lease on life and love in “The High Lord’s Daughter.” Fans of the series will enjoy revisiting some favorite characters and mourn the loss of others; new readers may be initially confused by the myriad names and titles, but Bishop’s accessible writing style and interesting world-building will soon draw them into her web. –Publishers Weekly
The previous book in the series, Shalador’s Lady, is now available in paperback.
Also, today is the paperback release of Changes (Dresden Files, Book 12) by Jim Butcher
The twelfth Dresden Files novel (following Turn Coat, 2009) finds the licensed PI and professional wizard Harry Dresden confronted with some shocking news: he has an eight-year-old daughter, and she’s been kidnapped by Red Court vampires. Harry is willing to risk everything to rescue her, even if it means turning his own life upside down. At more than 500 pages, this is one the longest books in the series, but it doesn’t move slowly; in fact, the entire novel takes place over only a few days as Harry races to rescue his daughter before she is sacrificed in a powerful black-magic rite. The taut and sometimes twisty plot is full of surprises and changes for Harry and his friends and family. Changes is a compelling installment in what continues to be an outstanding series. All the regulars (including cop Murphy; Harry’s half brother, vampire Thomas; Sanya the Knight; and Harry’s apprentice, Molly) are featured, as they, too, risk everything to save Harry’s daughter. After the cliff-hanger ending, readers will be clamoring for the next book. A can’t-miss entry in one of the best urban-fantasy series currently being published. –Booklist, Starred Review
Through the vagaries of delivery dates, I read Twilight’s Dawn and Changes fairly close together and what an irony that turned out to be. Not that I can explain without being spoilerific. And please, if you know why, don’t say so. Let other readers find out for themselves.
In both cases, I knew ahead of time what I was getting, and both stories still put me through the wringer. To celebrate (some might suggest that is not the word I want)….
I am giving away a trio of Black Jewels books!
To win a set of hardcover copies of The Shadow Queen, Shalador’s Lady, and the new collection Twilight’s Dawn, comment on this entry and tell me about a novel that turned out to be one of your most intense reads ever. Something that made you cry or laugh out loud, left you gasping for breath, turning pages like your life practically depended on it. Tell me about the power of the story.
One entry per person, please. Winner will be randomly selected Midnight EST, Thursday, March 3rd.