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The Queen's Bargain

Black Jewels, Book 10
Narrated by: Gary Littman
Series: Black Jewels, Book 10
Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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POWER HAS A PRICE. SO DOES LOVE.

Return to the dark, sensual, and powerful world of the Black Jewels in this long-awaited new story in the New York Times best-selling fantasy saga.

After a youthful mistake, Lord Dillon's reputation is in tatters, leaving him vulnerable to aristo girls looking for a bit of fun. To restore his reputation and honor, he needs a handfast - a one-year contract of marriage. He sets his sights on Jillian, a young Eyrien witch from Ebon Rih, who he believes has only a flimsy connection to the noble society that spurned him. Unfortunately for Dillon, he is unaware of Jillian's true connections until he finds himself facing Lucivar Yaslana, the volatile Warlord Prince of Ebon Rih.

Meanwhile, Surreal SaDiablo's marriage is crumbling. Daemon Sadi, the Warlord Prince of Dhemlan, recognizes there is something wrong between him and Surreal, but he doesn't realize that his attempt to suppress his own nature in order to spare his wife is causing his mind to splinter. To save Daemon, and the Realm of Kaeleer if he breaks, help must be sought from someone who no longer exists in any of the Realms - the only Queen powerful enough to control Daemon Sadi. The Queen known as Witch.

As Jillian rides the winds of first love with Dillon, Daemon and Surreal struggle to survive the wounds of a marriage turned stormy - and Lucivar has to find a way to keep everyone in his family safe...even from each other.

©2020 Anne Bishop (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Didn't like Twilights Dawn but love Anne's books? If you are a fan of the Boyos and the SaDiablo family you will LOVE this book!

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  • Julie Schultz
  • 10-03-2020

Ugh - Narrator changes are hard

I agree with the previous reviews - after 9 books switching Narrators is jarring . These Characters have become comfortable “ friends” and part of the experience of listening to a series is the relationship listeners have formed with the narrator.

I’m having a very hard time continuing on with it but ..... I have been looking forward to the story for a long time.



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  • K. Mataisz
  • 10-03-2020

Eagerly Anticipated

I have waited so long for this book. I thoroughly enjoyed, but i will say, I was disappointed John Sherrian did not narrate it. I am not saying Gary Littman was bad, his narration is just different (not what I am used to for the Black Jewel Series). So while it was still enjoyable, there were times that I would cringe slightly in response to how something was said, or the timbre of his voice. I am sure it is just a matter of time, and this will become 'normal' in terms of how the book sounds.

I am sure it did not help I had been listening to the previous books, so had John's voice in my head... and not Gary's.

Overall, soooo worth it.

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  • JoAnna
  • 11-03-2020

Narrator Change UGH

I can't get past the narrator change. I'm so disappointed since I have been looking forward to this book. The narration is like nails on a chalk board for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-2020

Confused by this one

Allow me to start by noting I absolutely LOVE Anne Bishop. I have all of her books in either physical or audible form. When I saw a new book was coming out that returned us to the world of jewels I was so excited!
However I was honestly so confused at the characters in this one... their personalities seemed so different! I am unsure why these characters all seemed to take such a huge step back from how things were in Twilights Dawn. Sadly I was disappointed by this one, it seemed like a something that should have easily been resolved within the first couple chapters but instead was dragged out for 14 hours.
The inconsistency of them making points to say “we deal with things together as a unit!” Yet NO ONE would freaking communicate anything to anyone else which lead up to all the drama scratched me the wrong way.
What happened to this beloved family :(

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  • kathlynn
  • 10-03-2020

Good story bad narrator

I had to switch back to the written version of the book. This is not the same narrator as previous books, and it suffers from the change. Voices don't match their character's description.

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  • Sheila Medlam
  • 12-03-2020

I will never listen to this audio book

Anne Bishop is still a masterful storyteller but new narrator is awful. Where's John Sharian?

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  • Tracy
  • 11-03-2020

Disappointed

I pre-ordered this book and started the entire series over in anticipation of it. Had I not listened to the others already, I wouldn't finish it. I'm on chapter 6 and if I hadn't listened to all the others I'd stop and return it. The narrator is awful. I feel like I'm watching a unsolved murder show on tv. Extremely Disappointed

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  • Pat
  • 14-03-2020

Sorry much as I love The Black Jewels Series

The change of narrator is so jarring for me that I can't continue. I have managed an hour and twenty minutes hoping I could get wrapped in the story, didn't happen. I am returning the book.

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  • Yaz
  • 08-04-2020

Narrator changes are always a letdown

I read this book before listening to it. I wanted to be able to enjoy the book, which I did. The book is just as good as the others.

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  • Robert Tomas Fierro
  • 07-04-2020

Where's my voice guy?

A fan forever. HOWEVER... All the years I've spent getting to know these characters was almost destroyed by the choice of narrator. His voice was nice, but his CHARACTER VOICES were abominable, and I've never used that word before. I'm not sure how long it will take me to forgive what he did to them. Janelle? Karla? Dae.. forget it. It would take too long to list them all.