The Invisible Ring
ROC October 2000
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After reading The Shadow Queen last month and doing a discussion/review with Renee, I felt the urge to reread The Invisible Ring, since two of the main characters are related to those from this one, however generations do separate them. They were frequently mentioned and even played a role in the events that took place in The Shadow Queen. The Shadow Queen whetted my appetite to finally revisit Lia and Jared and Dena Nehele.
I think I loved it more the second time around than I did the first. Made me weepy at the end. I don't remember getting weepy the first time. The romance between Lia and Jared was so good.
So for the past nine years Jared has been a pleasure slave. Tricked by a bitch-Queen, she slipped a ring of obedience on him when he was only 18. In a fit of rage, Jared kills the Queen who owns him and is put on the auction block in Raej. Expecting to go to the salt mines in Pruul, Jared is shocked when the Gray Lady of Dena Nehele buys him.
The Gray Lady is the last of the strong Queens of the Realm who opposes Dorothea SaDiablo, the Queen Bitch who rules the territory of Terrielle. Her evil, vile ways have so corrupted the land and its people. But the Gray Lady stands against her. However, last spring, after an attack the Gray Lady has been weakened. But they must not let Dorothea know, so a plan is formed for the Gray Lady to make her yearly trip to Raej to buy slaves, showing all that she is hearty and well.
The journey back to Dene Nehele with her twelve slaves is fraught with peril. Dorothea is determined to finish the Gray Lady once and for all.
A journey. Slaves. Secrets. Illusions. Evil, vile wickedness. Nobody appears who they truly are. Unlikely bonds form and before you know it, you are submerged into the world of the Blood. A world where Queens rule and males serve. The need to serve is part of who Blood males are. Their mental well-being needs the grounding of a good Queen to keep them healthy and whole. But over the centuries, under the rule of the Bitch Dorothea, there are no longer good Queens to serve, and Blood males are either broken, or slaves, very few are free, and the ones that are are corrupt bastards, but really, in the end, they are all still slaves too.
Anne Bishop's books are always so full of imagination and detail. I love what she does. I had forgotten how dark and delicious The Invisible Ring was. It left an impression on me when I first read it, but over the few years, most all the significant events slipped my mind, but the impression remained.
This book released after the trilogy but takes place several hundred years earlier. I think Anne Bishop did an outstanding job showing how fucked up the world is due to the corrupt ways of Dorothea. Even read after the trilogy, the stage was set perfectly to make you hungry for the events you know are to come with the coming of Witch. I had forgotten that one of the appearances Daemon has he mentions to Jared that there is one Queen he would serve, would honor without hesitation.
"I was a pleasure slave for nine years."And so sets the stage for the trilogy with Daemon, Jaenelle, Lucivar, Saetan and all the other amazing characters, where events unfold to purge the Realms of the Blood of the corruption that taints the land and the people.
"Nine years," Deamon snarled impatiently. "What's nine years compared to centuries?"
"Would you ask a Queen to accept you as her husband?"
"In a heartbeat."
Jared sat back, awed and a little frightened by the terrible yearning that filled Daemon's eyes.
"You have some one you love," he whispered. "Who?"
Daemon's smile was gentle and a little self-mocking. "I don't know. She hasn't been born yet. But I've loved and served her all my life. I'll love no other. And I'll serve no other willingly."
There is one other passage I'd like to quote. People often say "May the darkness be merciful" or "Thank the Darkness", and other such sayings. The darkness is revered. It is honored and respected.
The Blood honored the Darkness because it meant endings and beginnings; it was the fertile dark of land and womb that nurtured the seeds of life; it was the psychic river of the Blood came from and returned to; it was the abyss the self descended into to reach its own strenght; it was the vastness that contained the spiderweb-shaped psychic roadways called the Winds. It was all those things, and more.Her writing resonates in me like no other. It just wraps around me and swallows me up. I am able to immerse myself into her worlds. No other author or books have had that impact. Do you have an author or series that affect you on a deeper level than any other? I would love to know who moves you in profound ways.
Hell's Fire, Mother Night, and May the Darkness be Merciful!
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