A heart-wrenching tale of love and betrayal in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world from #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward.
Framed for the grisly murder of his shellan, Kane is condemned to the notorious prison camp—unaware of the dark truth behind his arranged mating. Centuries later, when he is horribly burned while attempting to save others, he prays he’ll finally be reunited in the Fade with his mate…not knowing what revelations await him.
Nadya is a self-taught nurse who does what she can to ease the suffering of the prisoners. When Kane comes under her care, she cannot help but empathize with his condition for very personal reasons—and as the guards take him away one last time, she fears he is facing a terrible death.
After a daring rescue, Kane is offered a treatment that will change his very nature. Choosing life, for the time being, he goes back for the female who took such good care of him—but his duty to Nadya sets him on a collision course with his own past. When long-buried secrets are exposed, his self-destruction is inevitable…unless true love can save his soul.
Another bite that hits hard
He is was a vampire at the brink of death. She was the nurse who tethered him to life. Could they overcome their ideals of themselves and love each other?
The author has delivered another amazing story set in the hidden world of vampires. As this series revolves around the prisoners of the prison camp, we are given a different view of this shadow world. The author brings in characters from not just other books in this series but also from within the world she has created.
Kane is refined and a male of worth. But what he agrees to allow happen to him changes him. He has to adapt and regain his sense of self. His struggles are real and bring the reader into his mind and thoughts. Nadya has hidden herself from the world behind her hood and her struggle to feel loved for who she is and not how she looks is something readers can relate to. Their ups and downs and miscommunication is exactly what I would expect in such a whirlwind romance
And don’t get me started on the glimpse of Apex’s love story. The author made me so invested in the side plot that I’m thrusting for more.
This series is still fresh and fun
As usual, I loved this audiobook! JR Ward is a masterful storyteller who created this original world existing among the bones of human society. The Viper is the third book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood Prison Camp series and starts immediately after Mayhem and Apex escape the prison camp with Kane who is dying from the severe burns covering his entire body. They get assistance from Rio, Lucan, and his former pack, and Kane is offered a mystical opportunity to be healed and survive if he agrees to host something. (The Viper) He agrees because of his burning need to return to the prison camp to rescue Nadya, the prison’s nurse. While there are numerous subplots in this book, including the Black Dagger Brotherhood searching for the prison, the main story is that of Kane and Nadya. Kane must adjust to his new reality and how it impacts him. Nadya needs to find a purpose and they both have to come to grips with the surprises in store from their pasts. As usual, the story proceeds at an appropriate pace with enough unexpected twists to keep things really interesting. The book ends with a happy ending for Kane and Nadya and plenty of loose ends to keep the series progressing. Even after all these books in this world, the stories are still fresh and fun. Jim Frangione continues to be an excellent narrator and spins the fantastic stories that JR Ward creates. I strongly recommend this audiobook and this series.
Glimpses of our brothers but main focus is on new characters. While still in the BDB universe, the shifts and deities are mostly their own world. While the brothers will always be my favorite this was a nice read.