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.
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Another great in this series
Another great read in what has been an incredible series so far! Can't wait to read the next one.
Worst book so far
The last one with V was borderline and I had hope that Ward would turn it around for Phury and get back to the caliber of story she did for the first 4 books but no dice. This book was awful. I skimmed about half of it. No romance, no chemistry and Phury was barely even involved. He popped up every 3 chapters or so and most of his scenes weren't even involving Cormia! Too many storylines and too much focus on the new vampires. Phury deserved better.
Fhury has been lost since Zsadist found his mate. His drug use is increasing and his inner-demon whispering in his ear (quite literally) are about to drive him insane. Always the one to do what is best for everyone else, he's volunteered to become the Primale and mate with the Chosen (all of them). There's a lot of denial of feelings, reality, needs, and desires in this one. Fhury is the ultimate tortured soul.
Cormia is the ultimate innocent. She's been manipulated and forced into a mating ritual (don't worry - no forceful sex or rape) with a vampire she hardly knows. Fhury is the perfect gentleman, perhaps too much so, and as she comes to know the gentler side of his soul, well, she falls in love.
Here was the on again off again type of thing that I'm not really a fan of. One chapter they're about to get together, the next he's convinced he's no good. While it did show his paranoia and schizophrenia in a way that shows his crazy side off well. Forced to confront both his addiction and his little demon,
As always, the story of the Black Dagger Brotherhood rolls right along - which I love. John Matthew, Qhuinn, and Blay are all starting to come into their own as adult vampires, but there's a wrench thrown into their lives as Torhment returns after so long. There's also trouble brewing with Lash that I expect to see grow even more over the course of the next few books.
A great addition to the series overall, but I did get a little tired of Fhury's wavering over Cormia, and Cormia's lack of action towards Fhury (although I do understand why she didn't because of the way she was raised). The best part of this one was the continuation of the urban fantasy elements.