“You ain't wearing a Ring,” Tomas said in a hushed voice. “It's invisible,” Jared
replied curtly, hoping that would end it. “You sight shield a Ring so people don't
know you're a slave, you'll get your back whipped off for good.” Jared clenched
Author: Anne Bishop
New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop returns to the world of her Black Jewels Trilogy with a prequel that follows a man who is determined to rebel against the course set before him... Jared is a Red-Jeweled Warlord bound as a pleasure slave by the Ring of Obedience. After suffering nine years of torment as a slave, he murdered his owner and escaped—only to be caught and sold into slavery once again. Purchased by a notorious queen, Jared fears he will share the mysterious fate of her other slaves—never to be seen again—and so prepares himself for death. But the Gray Lady may not be what she seems and Jared soon faces a difficult decision: his freedom, or his honor...