Series: The Black Dagger Brotherhood #15
on April 4th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
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A scorching forbidden love threatens to tear a rift through the Black Dagger Brotherhood in J. R. Ward’s newest novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.
Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla.
Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear—even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation, and death.
As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.
“We don’t get to pick who we fall for…you were not wrong in loving him, true? That part, no one can blame you for…and you’ve suffered enough.”
There’s nothing like getting my hands on a new Black Dagger Brotherhood novel, and this one was no exception. The Chosen finally brought the Xcor/Layla romance to a head, and readers got to see a bit of Blay and Qhuinn’s relationship as the two dealt with the fallout of Layla’s actions. Not to mention that readers get an update on the state of V and Jane’s marriage. Lots of things happen in this book, and for fans of the BDB this is not one to miss.
For several novels, Xcor and Layla have been sneaking around carrying out a forbidden love affair. Despite Xcor being an enemy of the Brotherhood, Layla has seen the good in him, and her love has made him change for the better. However, fear of Layla being treated as a traitor has caused them to be apart. Now with Xcor in the Brotherhood’s captivity, Layla’s fear for his life prompts Layla to expose their bond. I’ve never been a fan of this pairing, but J. R. Ward made me a believer with this book. Maybe because it wasn’t a secret anymore, or maybe Ward just made me fall in love with the idea of them, but I thought their pairing was very Romeo & Juliet, and just as tragic.
As you can imagine, Xcor and Layla’s romance rocked the Brotherhood, and no Brother more than Qhuinn and Blay. These two are the other legs to the new parent triangle, and Layla’s actions had an obvious effect on them and their family. This left me feeling quite divided. I understood how each side felt about the situation, but I also didn’t agree with them. Except for Blay. His side was the only one that made any kind of real sense. This storyline was full of emotion, and the fate of their family hung in the balance throughout. I’ve come to love this threesome and didn’t want to see it fall apart over Xcor. One bright side to this conflict was that readers get a glimpse at the twins emerging personalities. They are indeed as strong as their parents, and it will be fun to see who they grow into.
As for the other relationship in the spotlight, V and Jane was only briefly touched on. These two are very cerebral, and I found it interesting how their distance and work ethic is beginning to be problematic. While not much happened with them, it’s obvious that this story will develop further in the next book. I just hope it works out for the better because it’ll be awkward if they broke up considering Jane is one of the on-site doctors. Besides, she came back as a ghost to be with Vischous. If they broke up, would she have a reason to stay? Hopefully, we never have to find out.
Even though the BDB is usually full of kick-assery, this one focused mostly on tying up loose romantic ends and setting up for future novels. Throe is still a problem, and the Lessers are all but extinct, so it will be interesting to see what/who the new big bad will be. What I’m hoping for in the next novel is for Luchas to finally get a storyline of his own. He’s been in the basement for like 10 books it seems. I’m dying to see him grow as a character, and for his relationship with Qhuinn to be further explored. I also am very curious to see what Ward does with Assail now that he’s in rehab. Despite all the loose ends that got tied up, like always there are still a few left hanging. Even though that can be frustrating, it’s also part of the fun.