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THE SHADOW QUEEN
Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy
In this stand-alone novel set in the evocative Black Jewels world, Bishop tackles surviving various horrors head-on. The three main characters are all survivors and have to come to terms with their pasts before they can live the rest of their lives. It's a difficult subject, but one that Bishop writes about sensitively, with compassion and without blinking or pulling punches.
Theran Grayhaven, the darkest jeweled warlord prince in the kingdom of Dena Nehele, makes a final desperate bid to restore the kingdom to its former glory by traveling to the Shadow Realm to find a queen. Cassidy, a queen without a kingdom, knows that she isn't beautiful and believes that she isn't strong -- and she's not sure that she can convince the bitter, angry men of Dena Nehele to serve as they must.
However, there is something about Cassidy that makes Theron's damaged cousin, Gray, want to serve and makes him believe that he can be a man, not just a shattered shell of the boy who was tortured by the cruel and tainted queens who destroyed Dena Nehele. (ROC, Mar., 432 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs
Published: March 2009