Daughter of the Blood (Black Jewels Series #1)
by Anne Bishop
Read this for the Vaginal Fantasy Hangout book club.
Daughter of the Blood, wow, what to say about this book. Well, let's just say that this book should come with some trigger warnings.
I did not care about the characters, and I even more so didn't care for the character the story was about, Janelle. She just read so young and she was supposed to be 12 or 13, and maybe her immaturity has something to do with what happened to her but some of her actions just annoyed me. And the other characters allowed her to make decisions for them, and I get it, she's the Chosen One, but eh.
And being the Chosen One means she can do things no one else can do! Cue all the shocked characters to gasp and hang their jaws open in disbelief. Seriously, it happens constantly.
The magic and the world confused me. There wasn't much information given on how the magic worked or why things were happening. It just was. And I'm sorry, but I need to know WHY when I'm reading about some WTF moments. There was no world building, which is weird since this is the first book in a series and there should be an explanation of what the heck is going on.
I was just confused constantly, and I don't know if it's because I started to skim read or what.
The end of the book is when it started getting a bit interesting. Even so I'm not going to actively look for the next book. If I see it on discount or something I might buy the next book.
FYI, there are some talks and actions of child (sexual) abuse, and a bunch of torture, rape, etc.