The Shadow Queen (Black Jewels, Book 7)

Bishop’s capable seventh Black Jewels fantasy soap opera installment (after 2008’s Tangled Webs) surges with spellcraft and engaging romance. The former queen of Bhak is now just plain Lady Cassidy from Dharo, since her entire court resigned to go serve prettier, better-connected Lady Kermilla. Warlord Prince Theran Grayhaven seeks a partner to help him restore his family’s land after a violent uprising. With the help of the High Prince of Hell, he finds Cassidy, whose friends encourage her to accept his proposal and return to being a queen. All seems well until the pair run into compatibility problems, and Cassidy meets a mysterious gardener who calls to her heart. Bishop’s epic has a complex history and will best be appreciated by readers familiar with earlier books. –Publishers Weekly