NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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.
Praise for J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series
“Utterly absorbing and deliciously erotic.”—Angela Knight
“To die for . . . I love this series!”—Suzanne Brockmann
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
J.R. Ward dedicates her 15th Black Dagger Brotherhood book to a pair of fan-favorite forbidden lovers. Vampires Xcor and Layla have been playing a dangerous game and hiding their treasonous relationship, but now Xcor has been imprisoned. Set in a dark and violent patriarchal world, The Chosen had us cheering for Layla to rescue Xcor. Fans of the series will be thrilled to see the couple reunited, but newcomers may find these books are best read in order.
I have to say it was totally worth the wait in the end. I cried, laughed, was turned on, was on edge and of course wasn't able to put it down for 2 days straight. This was actually one of my favorite out of all the BDB books. I can't wait for the next one. Thank you for your amazing books J.R. Ward, I was so worried you were going to pull a George R.R. Martin on me for a moment or two.
One of the Best
This book was a tough one to get through. So many emotions. So much fighting amongst people who genuinely love each other. It actually hurt a little to read. Qhuinn was an absolute douche through most of the book, but he managed to redeem himself in the end, mostly. He better keep that 🤬 up, though. Another ending that lead to tears. The books are certainly getting better as the series progresses.
This is the best so far. So so very good!