The Dark Kingdom is preparing itself for the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy–the arrival of a new Queen, a Witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself. But this new ruler is young, and very susceptible to influence and corruption; whoever controls her controls the Darkness. And now, three sworn enemies begin a ruthless game of politics and intrigue, magic and betrayal, and the destiny of an entire world is at stake.
We are what we are. Nothing more, nothing less. There is good and evil among every kind of people. It’s the evil among us who rule now.”
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I loved this book. I had read Anne Bishop’s The Others series and I really enjoyed it. Because of this, I wanted to give her other books a try. I am so glad I did. This book ensnared me. Within the first few chapters, I was beyond hooked and I did not want to put this down for the life of me.
I knew going in that this would be a dark story. I just didn’t know how dark. This book does not shy away from the hard parts of life or the horrible things that everyday people do. Everything in this world is complex and multidimensional. There is no character that is completely good and that made them all very realistic.
Speaking of the characters, I love every one of them (except for the villains of course). Usually when I read a book, I fall in love with a few of the characters and just like the others. Anne Bishop writes her characters phenomenally and in a way that makes you deeply emotionally connect with them.
After reading this book, Jaenelle is probably one of my favorite female characters of all time. Going in, I was concerned because I knew that Jaenelle would start the series off as a child and I was worried that I would not connect with her because of that. I am so happy to say that I was wrong on that front. Jaenelle was very relatable and I emotionally connected with her as soon as she appeared on the page. She is so powerful but only wants to use that power to help the people she cares about. She has such a good heart and her fierce belief in what is right is so inspiring. I just love her character so much!
I loved Daemon as well. At the beginning of the book, I was scared that he was going to be a villain and kind of brushed him off. But as the story went on, I learned more about his character and the more I learned, the more I appreciated him. Daemon is morally grey character and he will do whatever it takes to protect the people he cares about. He is not afraid to get his hands dirty and that is what I love about him. His need to protect Jaenelle was also what drew me to him. For such a harsh and cold character, when he was with her, he was as gentle as a teddy bear. Those moments made my heart melt and really endeared Daemon to me.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was an excellent start to the series and I am definitely addicted. Obviously, I will be reading the next installment, Heir to the Shadows.
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