Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows, Queen of the Darkness (Daughter of Blood is really first, despite the order of the pictures, which I’m too lazy to change)
1998, 1999, 2000
A few Fridays ago, I ran across this essay on npr.org, and since I was looking for something different to read (although this wouldn’t have been different to my teenager fantasy-loving self), and also because Kelly (who has just about as many names as I do) gave it two thumbs up, I promptly downloaded the first book. And then blew through the entire trilogy in 5 days (and I wasn’t even home for 2 of those days).
Are you following this (in between all of my parenthetical interjections)?
Kelly and I even started reading this together (although for Kelly it’s a re-read). And I told Andi she should join in, because hello? Talking unicorns? Sexytimes? Somehow it seemed like an Andi-book.
Except I never really gave anyone a chance to read with me, because sometimes a series just sucks you in (despite some cheesiness) and you have to read it all. Right now.
Which means here I sit with no one to chat with. And this book does have some chatty-able things. Like how lovable Saetan is. Not to mention Lucivar. And okay, Daemon, too. Even if their names are over-the-top. And how dark=good. And how cool it is that the women are Queens (well, duh…queens are always women…I just meant that it a ruling person type way…there are NO kings, although there are princes). Except for when the Queens are most un-cool. And how long it takes to puzzle out just how this world works. And how Daemon is for the most part a good guy, except that there are a few moments when he freaked me out (that kiss to his dad’s neck? WTF??). And most of the sex is of the bad kind (and I’m not talking 50 Shades bad, or purple prose bad), and it happens mostly in the first book. As the series goes on, it seems to get more chaste. And if anyone else noticed that there were showers and toilets, which for some reason cracked me up that the author preserved those two particular modern conveniences from our world but pretty much nothing else. And how a succinct synopis of the whole thing is beyond me.
*That’s right, OJ, I said trilogy. Betcha that makes you want to read it.