|After many devastating years of war, a new Queen, Lady
Cassidy, has been chose to rule Dena Nehele, and repair the damage caused by cruel, corupt
Queens. Cassie is a plain Jane, used to prettier girls winning her first court was
bedazzled by a pretty face and abandoned her to serve Lady Kermilla.
Now Cassie is the
Queen of Dena Nehele and proving to be a good, fair ruler for its people, Bloods, landen
and Shaladorans, who are starting to have hope again. She is paid a visit by Kermilla, now
a Queen ruling a couple of small villages and looking to expand her holdings and
tithes she is paid. Theran Grayhaven, the First Escort of Cassies court, thinks Dena
Nehele needs a different Queen and is convinced Kermilla is the one. Cassie is intimidated
and doesnt trust the rest of her court not to be won over by the prettier Queen, so
she runs to another village and must decide whether to concede the territory or stay and
This is a very well written story and I enjoyed it immensely, though I despaired at how
dumb Theran was and keep waiting for him to see through Kermilla. I loved the Scelties and
the humour they injected in the book! The ending was also satisfying for me.
This is the 8th book in the Black Jewels series and a direct continuation of
The Shadow Queen. I hadnt read anything in this series before and was nervous about
jumping in at this point but I was worrying for nothing. Everything is explained in just
enough detail for the reader to understand the history and motivations, but not enough
detail to bog the story down. Im now looking to read the previous books, as this is
a series I want to see more of.