The Queen’s Price by Anne Bishop

The Queen’s Price by Anne BishopThe Queen's Price by Anne Bishop
Series: The Black Jewels #12
Published by Berkley on March 7, 2023
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 544
Format: Hardcover
Also by this author: The Queen's Bargain

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About The Queen’s Price

Publisher’s synopsis:

Zoey, a young Queen-in-training at SaDiablo Hall, is wounded…and vulnerable to taunts and criticism. When an opportunity arises to befriend a stranger seeking sanctuary at the Hall, she puts herself and others in danger by ignoring Daemonar Yaslana’s warning to back off.

Meanwhile, the witch Jillian’s family prepares for her Virgin Night, the rite of passage that assures a woman will retain her power and her Jewels. The trouble is Jillian secretly went through the ceremony already. Now she has to explain the omission of that detail to her powerful and lethal family. And the High Lord of Hell’s daughter, Saetien, travels to Scelt to find out about Jaenelle Angelline’s sister–and perhaps to discover truths about herself.

With some guidance from Witch, these three young women will learn when to yield because it is right–and when to take a stand, even if they must pay the Queen’s price.

My thoughts about The Queen’s Price

Anne Bishop writes characters who I fall in love with then want to devour every word she writes about them. She makes me care SO much about her characters that I’m all in. In the latest book, she uses her oft-visited theme of evil and manipulative characters preying on the innocent and then getting their comeuppance.

She uses Saetien’s search for information as a way to fill in the backstory about Jaenelle as well as a self-discovery opportunity for Saetien. And the author balances the serious and grim with plenty of lightheartedness with bossy Scelties and kindred horses plus a tiger cub.

In closing

The Queen’s Price is a chance to settle in and cozy up with the original characters of Jaenelle, Daemon, and Lucivar and catch up with their lives.

Thank you Berkley for the ARC.

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About Anne Bishop

Anne Bishop is an American fantasy writer. Her most noted work is the Black Jewels series. She won the Crawford Award in 2000 for the first three Black Jewels books, sometimes called the Black Jewels trilogy: Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows, and Queen of the Darkness.

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