SFF

The Queen’s Bargain

Ace: Berkley. (Black Jewels, Bk. 10). Mar. 2020. 448p. ISBN 9781984806628. $27. FANTASY
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Jillian is finally coming of age, and her feelings are fraught with trauma and confusion. Lord Dillon’s attention is centered on her, how could she not love this handsome, engaging young man? Dillon would rather leave his past behind, and make sure he is in control of his future. Meanwhile, the marriage between Surreal SaDiablo and Daemon Sadi, warlord prince of Dhemlan, is starting to turn. The dual story lines in this tenth entry in the “Black Jewels” series contain some rocky action, but there is obvious joy in bringing back beloved characters to a place where death does not always mean the end.
VERDICT Bishop’s many fans will welcome this latest installment, but new readers should start with the first book of this high fantasy series to be fully immersed in the multilayered world- and character-building.

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