Dreams Made Flesh
by Anne Bishop
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
448 pages; ISBN: 0451460138
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Dreams Made Flesh
Roc, Jan 2005, $16.00, 448 pp.
“The Prince of Ebon Rih”. Since his return from the sadistic court in Terreille, warlord Prince of the Blood Lucivar wants nothing to do with women. His sister Jaenelle prevents the rape of a hearth witch by five aristos; then tells the woman that she will be Lucivar’s new housekeeper. When Lucivar realizes he has feelings for Marian, he woos her but his mother wants him to marry an aristo and will do whatever is necessary to end this relationship. This absolutely riveting romantic fantasy will appeal to readers of both genres.
“Zuulamam”. Saetan’s wife is pregnant and asks him to help her family out of their financial difficulties. When he refuses, she goes to Zuulamam where she pretends to be a hostage to get what she wants. She and the Zulamam do something horrific that pushes the Lord of Hell into a killing rage. This short story is a great character study that shows the many different faces of Saetan.
“Kaeleer’s Heart”. To save the realm of Kaeleer against its enemies, the witch Jaenelle with her lover Daemon worked their magic; Jaenette almost died. When she came out of the healing webs, Daemon worried that she no longer loved him just as she feared that she changed too much fro Daemon to love her anymore. A witch of the Blood who covets Daemon tries to break the lovers up. Daemon, more powerful than his father Saetan, unleashes his wrath on the realm seeking the person responsible for the attempts on Jaenette’s life. This is a beautiful adult fairy tale.
These three novellas and the very short story “ Weaver of Dreams” are exciting, entertaining and exotic tales in the “Black Jewels” Universe.
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