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DREAMS MADE FLESH
Genre: Fantasy, Anthology
Fans of Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy have been eagerly anticipating this story collection, which features four new tales of the witch Jaenelle, and the history of the mystical Blood realm. The short opening story, "Weaver of Dreams," reveals the
A clash between Saetan, High Lord of Hell, and a priestess may change the nature of the Blood realm forever, in "Zuulaman." And in "Kaleer's Heart," Jaenelle's sacrifice of her Black Jewels
Bishop's innovative and intense fantasy land isn't for everyone. In the Blood realm, magical strength is in a person's Jewels, and darkness is honored as the source of power. These tales are graphic and can be grisly; violence and sex are powerful and frequent tools here.
In lesser hands this setting could be merely an excuse for graphic violence and sexual power games, but Bishop's talent brings the world to life and creates characters who will intrigue, outrage and captivate the reader. While this volume is best suited for those already familiar with the series, fans of Jaqueline Carey's Kushiel novels and Christine Feehan's dark heroes should definitely check out the Black Jewels books. (Jan., 448 pp., $16.00)
Reviewed By: Jen Talley Exum
Published: January 2005