|The Black Dagger Brotherhood returns! Rehvenge has his story
told and we learn more about his background and how a sympath half breed was born into an
aristocratic vampire family. He meets a vampire nurse, Ehlena, and has to struggle to hide
is drug dealing, dirty deeds, and sympath side from her, while submitting to the blackmail
of the sympath Princess, his half sister. Xhex is given a bigger subplot, exploring her
character and motivations more, and John Matthew appears often throughout the book.
Tohrment snaps out of his grief daze while the Blind King learns to accept his kingship
and physical limitations. The evil Lash continues to plot and make chilling alliances with
other evildoers. The usual cast of suspects lurk in the background and pop up every so
J. R. Ward has a new viewpoint on the vampire rules and creates an exciting, new
world. None of them sparkle either. This book was a lot longer than previous ones in the
series, probably because there were a lot more back stories in it. I would recommend
reading the rest of the series before this one, to get background, and as I could see new
readers becoming confused and giving up. This has the usual BDB action, rescues, evil
plotting relationships, and the Brotherhood. Sigh.
One thing I couldnt quite understand was the logistics of how Ehlena copes with
Rhevs spine. I couldnt visualise it.
I havent been a fan of Rehvs (Rehvenge) so I wasnt sure I was going
to enjoy this book as much as the others. But I was pleasantly surprised, as usual, J R
Ward brings you an outstanding story. Rehv will never win the citizen of the year award,
but he does so much good for the ones he cares about. And Ehlena is a good caring
daughter, whos choices almost make her loose everything that she has worked so hard
To start with Rehev freaks her out, but she has developing feelings for him. As their
relationship develops Rehvs life turns to custard. And he chooses to be a stupid
male, and his two females Ehlena and one of his best friends and a fellow half sympathy,
Xhex; along with the brotherhood go in to save him. The on going fight with the Lessening
Society continues with the Brotherhood, as well as other intriguing plots.
Overall I would recommend this story, it is gripping and intruding and it gives you a
better understanding of Rehvenge, and it lets you get to know Ehlena. I would rate this
book 7.5 out of 10.
-C. A. Hargreaves