Usually that would be a simple question for me to answer. I'd choose 90% of the time not to be spoiled. So 9 out of 10 times I choose to remain in blissful or not so blissful ignorance.
However I've just read the Dear Author review of the next Black Jewel's book by Anne Bishop - Twilight's Dawn.
Dear Author - Twilight's Dawn Review
And I think on the whole I'm glad I read it, I'm glad I got the heads up.
(I interrupt myself to add here that I enjoyed the recent novels that featured Lady Cassidy and I think I'd hoped there would be more books set in that situation, with maybe less focus on the main Black Jewel characters and more on the Shalador characters.)
Twilight's Dawn is an anthology along the lines of Dreams Made Flesh - one of my favourite comfort reads. But I don't think I'll be picking TD up. It sounds a little to me like the Black Jewels books have jumped the shark. I could be wrong, it's only one review and the book isn't released until March. Maybe I'll wait and see what other review sites have to say before picking up a copy.
But I'm glad that I haven't gone my usual route of pre-ordering the hardback.
Be warned if you read the review it contains MAJOR spoilers.