In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other—six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. And now, a dutiful twin must choose between two lives...
Fiercely loyal to the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Phury has sacrificed himself for the good of the race, becoming the male responsible for keeping the Brotherhood's bloodlines alive. As Primale of the Chosen, he is to father the sons and daughters who will ensure that the traditions of the race survive and that there are warriors to fight those who want all vampires extinguished.
As his first mate, the Chosen Cormia wants to win not only his body but his heart for herself- she sees the emotionally scarred male behind all his noble responsibility. But while the war with the Lessening Society grows more grim, and tragedy looms over the Brotherhood's mansion, Phury must decide between duty and love.
Wards's terrific latest picks up the Black Dagger Brotherhood of vampires where Lover Unbound left off. Phury, a sworn Brother who has also become the Primale, is wrestling with a destiny he doesn't want, an addiction he can't handle and an insurmountable feeling of inadequacy that bleeds over into his love for Cormia, his Chosen First Mate. He holes up at the Brotherhood's rural New York base. The Omega, bent on destroying the vampire race, is meanwhile growing ever stronger, and his long-held plan to destroy the Brothers, via the Lessening Society, is coming to fruition. Younger Brotherhood trainees John Matthew, Qhuinn and Blaylock are learning what it means to come of age and are immersed in their own drama with Qhuinn's malicious cousin, Lash. The stories all reach a shared climax, leading to explosive revelations that set up the next book beautifully. Focusing less on Phury and Cormia and more on the Omega's plot amps the tension on all sides. A subplot involving Rhevenge, John Matthew and the female symphath Xhex is particularly exciting, with Ward diving into varied subspecies, sexual predilections and questions of identity. Ward has outdone herself with this latest Brotherhood novel.
Darkest Book So Far
This is possibly the hardest book to read of the 6 I’ve already read. I vividly remember the tinge of sadness amongst the happy ending, thinking of Phury not really being in the Brotherhood anymore. I’m glad I have 19 more books to read, so hopefully that entire story arch ends up a little happier too. This was a rather philosophical book, which I rather liked.
Wonderfully put together
This book touches deep down on so many heavy topics of this world and graces them beautifully. Phury reminds me heavily of my brother who struggled, but finally cleaned up and did amazingly. It brings tears to my eyes to witness it in this book and feel so proud and happy things are slowly working out in both the brotherhood, and Phury’s life.
Don’t understand the hateful reviews
Almost didn’t buy this book because of the reviews and I’m so glad I did anyway. Yes, there’s a lot more going on, and it makes the plot that much better. Seeing Phury’s battle with his addiction was built in truth. His actions were that of an addict, they were not meant to be met with a positive reaction. The mindset of an addict is not always logical. Everything was intentional, down the crossing timeline and the first time the slept together. I loved this book and am excited to see the series continue. ***I will also say this book had some potentially triggering content related to killing and John’s rape.***