By J.R. Ward Editions: audiobook, ebook, hardcover, paperback Published: April 28th 2009 by Signet Genre: Adult Paranormal / Romance Source: own copy
Caldwell, NY, has long been the battleground for the battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the Lessening Society.
It’s also where Rehvenge has staked out his turf as a drug lord and notorious nightclub that caters to the rich and heavily armed. His shadowy reputation is exactly why he’s approached to kill Wrath, the Blind King, and leader of the Brotherhood.
Rehvenge has always kept his distance from the Brotherhood, even though his sister is married to a member. Because he’s a sympath, his identity is a deadly secret- the revelation of which will result in his banishment to a colony for sociopaths.
And as plots within and outside the Brotherhood take their toll against Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in a darkening world – Elhena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him- and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.
Bomy’s Flutter: epic good PNR reading (and a big treat xD)
World Building: The BDB world is beautiful, vampires, some angel appearance (Lassiter rules), lessers, glymera – I mean, it’s an absolutely awesome world that feels entirely natural and makes perfect sense.
Characters: I was in love with one particular character this novel focused on, and he is Rehvenge. He was a character that intrigued me since he first made an appearance in the series, but this book just made him a jewel. I won’t say I didn’t love other characters in this series, because I sort of love them all so far, but Rehvenge is my top fav.
Elhena was a lovely character, and I felt she was exactly what Rehv needed, but I can’t say she was my fav female in this book. Xhex was, and I’m entirely dying to know what happens in the next book because she’s in trouble at the end of this one. Enough said.
John is like this ongoing project, we’ve been watching him grow, grow up – as I’ve said, ongoing project. I hope he’ll reach maturity within the next book because I like a whole lot where he is right now.
And can I hear an ‘Amin!’ for the brother Tohrment – you’ll get what I mean when you read. And ‘Oh, snap!’ for poor Wrath, but he holds on strong and does us all proud as does his hellren.
Plot: Insanity. I mean, everything is going on at the same time, like this novel is something like 3 novels in one or something! There’s Wrath’s story development, Rehv’s story, development in John’s, Tohr’s… Jesus H Christ! Insanity, non-stop action, character development, romance… This is the height of writing mastery going on right here, guys. Height of writing mastery.
Writing: As I said, height of writing mastery. Third person narrative from various POV as the story focuses on different characters. It might feel a bit heavy just because there are more trails to follow, so to speak, it’s like a more in one novel. But Lover Avenged is worth it.
Curb Appeal: Compulsive buy material, for sure.
This is still my favorite series of everything I’ve read so far, and reading each title in the Black Dagger Brotherhood is a complete and epic treat. If you like PNR, authentic character voices and real character building as well as world building, you need to read these books. Creme de la creme as far as I’m concerned.