I Can't Wait for... The Queen's Bargain by Anne Bishop

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about and have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released, but not necessarily. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was originally hosted at Breaking the Spine.

My pick for this week is a nice surprise, a new entry in the Black Jewels saga, an imaginative, erotic, female-led fantasy world from Anne Bishop.

Title: The Queen's Bargain

Author:  Anne Bishop

Publisher: Penguin Group

Publication Date: March 10, 2020

Genres: Epic Fantasy

Shelves: Female-author, Female-led


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


  1. I've been eyeing this series since I read my first Anne Bishop book a few years ago. I know this is quite a long running series, so it's nice to see another installment๐Ÿ˜

  2. Someday I'll start this series! I always get nervous when they're so long, and unfinished, lol!

  3. The original trilogy is pretty self-contained, if you need an excuse to indulge. :)

  4. From the sounds of this one, I need to check out the other books.

    My CWW

  5. I've never read the Black Jewels books but I do love her "The Others" series. Maybe I'll check this one out someday.

  6. I took a chance and requested this one! I hope it'll be accessible enough for those of us behind on the Black Jewels series.


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