The invitation is signed ?Jaenelle Angelline,? and it summons her family to a special soirée. But when her guests enter the house, they find themselves trapped in a living nightmare created by the Black Widow witches?and if they try to use Craft as protection, they risk being sealed in the house forever.
But Jaenelle did not send the invitation. And now she and the rest of her family must rescue the others inside?and then find out who has created such a place, and why...
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This book had an extremely different feel to it than the rest of the Black Jewels books have had. It reads like the literary equivalent of the ‘special Halloween episode’. That gave it the feel of an interlude episode, and perhaps contributed to the lack of deep emotional connection. That shows how deep and emotional the other books get, because this isn’t exactly light reading. There are children in danger, and Bishop doesn’t spare children from the darkness of her tales.
The room-to-room search, complete with the members of Surreal’s group getting mysteriously separated, provided plenty of thrills, chills, and danger. There’s a man behind it all who wants to take down the SaDiablo family, but he’ll come to regret that.
I have two things in this book that felt insufficiently justified. For one, the man who goes after Daemon, Surreal, and Lucivar, while obviously unstable, didn’t read as completely psychotic before...
As a fan of the Black Jewel series I was prepared for the gruesome and sometimes startling violence (especially towards women & children) but I have always been carried through by the power of Bishop's writing, her characters & themes of redemption & healing. Unfortunately I don't think this particular novel is up to snuff. The premise is promising: Janelle, our beloved heroine Queen is inspired to create a haunted house for everyone's entertainment, based on the naive and superstitious ideas that the non-magical humans have about her kind. Seeing how I was reading this book as the weather turned to fall, I thought it was going to be a fun & seasonally appropriate romp. Hummm...
Unfortunately the story has timing issues (1 character takes off - seemingly for hours - to get info, while another is just waiting on the street?), well known characters act out of character, and the story line jumping (a trade mark of Bishop's) doesn't flow well in this book.
Anne Bishop's first book told solely from Surreal's POV. Longer than I expected, I found myself reading it as quickly as I would a novella. As usual, Anne's writing is easy to drop into and her descriptions make the world more vivid and dark. Tangled Webs is a good addition to the overall Black Jewels series.
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