Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels, #1)

Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels, #1) - Anne Bishop 4.75 stars. This book completely engrossed me -- I didn't want to do anything else but finish it. The beginning 10% is difficult to get through, alot of world building, keeping names straight, figuring out the magic power structure and the polictics. But after I got past that, I was just blown away. Gritty fantasy? This is it -- I hadn't known such a thing to exist before! This book is not for people bothered by violence, sexual violence or sexual deviance. This is a world where those in power use sex to punish and control. However, despite that, it is still a beautiful book -- unique magic and very interesting relationships. I can't wait to move on to #2.