Surreal and Rainier trapped in the spooky house and Daemon having to deal with the villain, that part was just meh. And now Jaenelle and her family must rescue Surreal and the others inside without becoming trapped themselves, and they must also discover who created such an evil place and why. She is also the author of the Ephemera series, the Tir Alainn trilogy, and the Novels of the Others—including Etched in Bone, Marked in Flesh, Vision in Silver, Murder of Crows, and Written in Red. But Jaenelle did not send the invitation. It's actually something of a Halloween story but would be fun at any time of the year. This book can only be understood if you've read Ann Bishop's Dark Jewels Trilogy. I would definitely recommend this book with the caveat that it does not have the depth and character of the original Dark Jewel Trilogy.
Bishop's best work is without a doubt her Black Jewels series and this long await return does not disappoint. Everywhere they turn they find traps and dangers that they need to survive. This is where the plotline makes itself valuable: Surreal and Rainier are forced to defend themselves, and some children, without Craft, all at the whim of a lunatic mystery writer who's holding a grudge and completely clueless about just how down and dirty the Blood can get. After all, the Black Jewels trilogy was intended to be a trilogy. Now, readers can return to the violently passionate world ruled by the Blood, a race of witches and warlocks whose power is channeled through magical jewels.
Every single time Janelle speaks it has the same cadence over and over. These books are definitely not for the kindhearted and I would describe them as dark and disturbing for most of the series, they can be graphic, horrifying, fantastic, whimsical, saddening and much much more. If you haven't - don't bother. Also unfortunately, two of the main viewpoint characters are Surreal and Rainier, and Surreal is a bit one-sided and Rainier is almost entirely uninteresting. Taking the blood and putting them in the Landends way of life.
Tangled Webs is different, not for better or worse, it's just different, but if you love the characters I think you'll enjoy it, as well. Most stories in anthologies are stories that are nice to visit but do not usually add anything to the series i. Also, given his low level of power, I had difficulty buying into the idea that he was able to kill two Black Widow witches, among others. Because there is one thing they all know about this house: No matter who planned it as a way to kill members of the SaDiablo family, only one of the Blood could have created the trap. Perhaps it's not what most were expecting, but I, for one, am grateful for the chance to return yet again and savor a world that irresistibly draws me into its depths. He is particularly angry at the SaDiablo family. It too is a bit slim on material, but the length of the story fits its material.
He has just learned that he is Blood and has decided to write a semi-autobiographical mystery series. The invitation was signed Jaenelle Angelline, she who had been both Witch and Queen. He looked at his fingers. I enjoyed this story despite a lot of spooky parts. It involves an evil house designed to trap and kill SaDiablo family and their very gory struggle to stay alive and destroy this house. The story has suspense, magic, humor, passion, love.
Then all of a sudden with no warning or reason he gave her a really bad Scottish accent. Unfortunately, he doesn't know anything about actually being a member of the Blood and his attempts are laughable - to the Blood. In the court of the Sun-Blessed, Khai must learn to navigate deadly intrigue and his own conflicted identity…but in the far reaches of the western seas, the dark god Miasmus is rising, intent on nothing less than wholesale destruction. Not to harm, just little surprises. The reader began to see a bit more of the true nature of the characters developed in the Jewels Trilogy, but it was still lacking the awe inspiring wonderment.
Having read the original trilogy my questions had been answered so second time reading the story I could give my attention to the story instead of just the characters. Now all bets are off. Not terribly pleased with this book. Chilly, scary and very intense, this was a fantastic read! How had Lucivar known he was there? Still good stuff cuz of course Daemon + Lucivar are pretty key still. While reading these books I can invision a world where there are people who possess power and magic to help them rule the territories they keep. Surreal finds herself trapped in a nightmare created by the tangled webs of Black Widow witches - a nightmare where the monsters are too real.
And if she uses Craft to defend herself, she risks being sealed in the house forever. It's not one to read out of order. Because there is one thing they all know about this house: No matter who planned it as a way to kill members of the SaDiablo family, only one of the Blood could have created the trap. However, only Surreal and her escort, Rainier, along with some kids, fall in the trap… So now, what did we think of it? I would have to read the reviews first because any book where Janelle is suddenly Scottish is not worth listening to. Is it good for the series? Is that enough to have me read it? They're very easy to hate, which I guess is part of what makes the books fun. There's plenty of sly humor and action to keep the reader well entertained.