|Payne and Wrath were sparring at the end of the last book, Lover
Mine, and she broke her back. The Scribe Virgin allows Wrath to take Payne
from the "Other Side" to the Brotherhood mansion. Being blind, Wrath
doesnt realise shes the twin of Vishous. Its only when Doc Jane examines
Payne and looks into a face with the same features as her hellren, does V know he has a
twin. Payne has been cloistered on the "Other Side" for centuries, held immobile
Paynes back needs a surgeon with more skill than Doc Jane has, so
she suggests Manny Manello. Hes a human surgeon who had a thing for Doc Jane before
she died and became a ghost, and Vs shellan. He and Payne feel an instant
connection, though they face immense objections from V, her brother, and Wrath, the king.
V and Doc Jane are a major sub-plot, with any unresolved issues coming out. The main
one being Vs need for BDSM. Butch helps with sorting their issues out. I had never
seen the point of Doc Jane before but this book has made me really like her. Theres
a Qhuinn/Blay/Saxton sub-plot too. Qhuinn decides to stop living his destructive man-whore
life and removes his piercings, while Blay is badly hurt fighting lessers. I always
thought Qhuinn would end up with Blay but now, with Layla becoming a close friend,
Im not so sure.
The answer to who killed the Bloodletter (the twins cruel father) is given in the
books opening. The Band of Bastards is also introduced, a band of warriors who
destroy lessers, and anyone else who gets in their way. Their leader is Xcor, a son of the
Bloodletter who is determined to avenge his fathers death by killing Payne. The
brothers have come over from the Old World with the intent of killing all lesser,
overthrowing the king, and Xcor claiming the throne.
There are also a series of brutal deaths that have nothing to do with lesser. Instead
theyre the work of a human serial killer. The book doesnt have too many
different storylines, though you need read the previous books in the series to quickly
grasp the various story arcs. These are not a teenager's vampires. The Brotherhood is
rough, violent, raw, and very, very sexy. Definitely adult only.
My one complaint is I now have to wait till March 2012 for the next book