The blurb for Sword-Bound is basically a complete synopsis of the entire series to date. I am not sure why, but I wonder if I should have taken it for a warning that this book is not much different from the rest of the series except Tiger is older now and a little more crotchety. (Don’t get me wrong, the crotchety is kind of adorable, since I’m not the one who has to deal with it, but still.) Sword-Bound is something of a mid-life crisis road trip novel. Continue reading
Life is a long ramble of a novel in which not a lot takes place except a lot of relationship drama. There are also a great many examples of covert and overt sexism which the focus character tries very hard not to notice. It takes place in the near future and among other things, involves social justice, genetic engineering, commercial science and a mysterious possible genetic shift that may or may not have far-reaching consequences.
The book mostly follows the life of two women.
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Twilight’s Dawn consists of four novellas, some of which answer some unasked questions about things hinted at in Tangled Webs, The Shadow Queen and Shalador’s Lady. If you’re a fan of the Black Jewels series, you will probably like them, if you are not a fan of the series you will probably not be reading this anyway.
I both like and dislike the series simultaneously. The world building drives me insane, and Bishop’s gender dynamics are like a combination of David Eddings, Laurell K. Hamilton and Jennifer Roberson with a dash of Anne Rice–on the other hand I like many of Bishop’s characters, the writing is at least entertaining (if occasionally gross or ridiculously fluffy) and I think the Black Jewels ‘verse is one of the more interesting of her story-worlds.