By J.R. Ward Editions: audiobook, ebook, hardcover, paperback Published: April 27th 2010 by NAL Genre: Adult Paranormal / Romance Source: own copy
In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. Long divided as a terrifying battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown to himself and to those around him. After he was taken in by the Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was- or his true identity. Indeed, the fallen Brother Darius has returned, but with a different face and a very different destiny. As a vicious personal vendetta takes John into the heart of the war, he will need to call up on both who he is now and who he once was in order to face off against evil incarnate.
Xhex, a symphath assassin, has long steeled herself against the attraction between her and John Matthew. Having already lost one lover to madness, she will not allow the male of worth to fall prey to the darkness of her twisted life. When fate intervenes, however, the two discover that love, like destiny, is inevitable between soul mates.
Bomy’s Flutter: bookish love, as always
World Building: Fab, as usual. The Black Dagger Brotherhood mixes in awesome paranormal elements like vampires, symphaths with a contemporary world and general ass-kicking.
Characters: All solid, charismatic and authentic – something I deeply appreciate each time I read a novel by J.R.Ward. Finally, we get the happy ending to John and Xhex’s story. It’s not easy at all, this is one of the most tormented couples and probably my favorite so far. A lot of torment (and Thorment, lol) happened around them, they’re both survivors and ass-kickers and
awesome people vampires or worth. 😀 Amen, I say.
As usual we have a lot of guest appearances of the other Brothers, and planting the seeds of a Quinn and Blay couple sometime in the future. Either that or planting the seeds of a mental breakdown on my part, because I sincerely hope there won’t be a cop out on this as I felt was for V and Butch. I know, I know, they got their bonding on and bla bla bla. Still felt like a cop out then and it does so now. If there’ll be another one about Quinn and Blay I will be seriously, soundly disappointed and heartbroken. For God’s sake, J.R. Ward, let a Brother be gay. Or two of them, or however many. Seriously, we’re all ready for it. And even if we weren’t, if the Brother is gay then let him be gay and we’ll adjust or not, and it will be our issue or lack thereof. Let the Brother be gay, I say. Yey! (couldn’t help myself, lol!)
Plot: Very active, more then one story going on, as usual. Or more like many story ramifications. J. R. Ward’s novels are unqiue and tend to present as three novels in one or something. Awesome action, hot love, heaps of awesome.
Writing: Third person narrative from multiple POV’s as the story progresses. Excellent as usual. But it’s not really much of a surprise anymore. We all know by now that J.R. Ward delivers on all accounts (except the minor one cop out thing. Seriously hoping we won’t see an encore on that one.)
Curb Appeal: Impulsive buy material, for the win.
All in all, this was a fulfilling, rewarding reading experience. J.R. Ward’s BDB books (and all others, dare I say venture to guess) are masterpieces. If you haven’t read one yet, you should. This is where the awesome is at its best.