Friday, November 27, 2009

J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood

I love this series. Right from the first book I fell in love with J.R. Ward's voice, actually the voice of the Brothers. Strong, alpha, with a bit of humor thrown in. She gets the rough and varying style of men and conveys it on the page in a way few female writers have been able to do. Right down to the hard edged music, the attitude and the stubborn male mind. It works. Yet she also shows the vulnerability. Which really appeals to the female readers- such strong, big males with fears and emotions they are afraid to share. Love it. Wait, I said that already didn't I?

I fell in love with Wrath in the first book and have been falling for most of the Brothers since. I have my favorites. For some reason Butch and V really do it for me- and I am do not into M/M stuff but something about them together is sexy because it's not sex, not sexual, it surpasses all that. And for the record for those who have not read this series yet, no Butch and V are not lovers, they've never even had a "real" sexual encounter. But they have this bond that is say the least.
One of the great things about J.R. Ward's vampires is that they are a very unique breed. Completely different than any other vampire book or series that I have read. For one her vampires are born that way and they start out small and weak and transition into larger, stronger beings late in puberty/early adulthood. They are an entirely different race, separate of human beings. Even their insides are different as we discover when Doc Jane takes a look at Wrath's brain via a scan to see if his blindness was caused by something physical inside his head.
Another thing that is very unique is that Ward's vampires don't drink human blood. They only feed off each other, almost always the opposite sex and usually from their mate. They need to feed off each other to kept their strength up but they also eat food and sleep like regular humans.
This series is really something fabulous. I was quickly addicted. If you haven't had a chance to check out this series I highly recommend it.

I am waiting (impatiently) for the next book to come out at the
end of April of 2010- Lover Mine.

Each book features a different brother, or another character close to the brotherhood.

Want to know more about these books?

Dark Lover is the first book of the series- the book about the blind king Wrath. This book will hook you on the series.

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

The second book is Lover Eternal, Rhage's story.

Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetite. He's the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns a ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin.

Possessed by this dark side, Rhage fears the times when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him. When Mary Luce is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world, she must rely on Rhage's protection. Knowing that Mary feels the same intense animal attraction, Rhage must make her his alone...

The third book is Lover Awakened, Zsadist's story.

A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…

The fourth book is Lover Revealed, Butch's story and one of my favorites.

Butch O'Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard living, ex-homicide cop, he's the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world- to engage in the turf war with the lessers. He's got nothing to lose. His heart belongs to a female vampire, an aristocratic beauty who's way out of his league. If he can't have her, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers...

Fate curses him with the very thing he wants. When Butch sacrifices himself to save a civilian vampire from the slayers, he falls prey to the darkest force in the war. Left for dead, found by a miracle, the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back, though even her love may not be enough to save him...

Book Five is Lover Unbound, Vishous' story, another one of my favorites.

Ruthless and brilliant, Vishous son of the Bloodletter possesses a destructive curse and a frightening ability to see the future. As a pretrans growing up in his father's war camp, he was tormented and abused. As a member of the Brotherhood, he has no interest in love or emotion, only the battle with the Lessening Society. But when a mortal injury puts him in the care of a human surgeon, Dr. Jane Whitcomb compels him to reveal his inner pain and taste true pleasure for the first time- until a destiny he didn't choose takes him into a future that cannot include her.

Read my review of Lover Unbound here.

Book Six, Lover Enshrined, is Phury's story. He is not one of my favorite brothers though this was still a fabulous book.

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.

Read my review of Lover Enshrined here.

Book seven is Lover Avenged, Rehvenge's book.

Caldwell, NY, has long been the battleground for the battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the Lessening Society. It’s also where Rehvenge has staked out his turf as a drug lord and notorious nightclub that caters to the rich and heavily armed. His shadowy reputation is exactly why he’s approached to kill Wrath, the Blind King, and leader of the Brotherhood. Rehvenge has always kept his distance from the Brotherhood, even though his sister is married to a member. Because he’s a sympath, his identity is a deadly secret- the revelation of which will result in his banishment to a colony for sociopaths. And as plots within and outside the Brotherhood take their toll against Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in a darkening world- Elhena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him- and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.

Read my review of Lover Avenged here.

Coming in April 2010 is Lover Mine.

And if you want the inside scoop on the Black Dagger Brotherhood make sure to check out the Insider's Guide.

Prepare to enter the dark passionate world of The Black Dagger Brotherhood and get up close and personal with each one of the Brothers…

You’ll find insider information on the Brotherhood, their dossiers, stats and special gifts. You’ll read interviews with your favorite characters, including a heartbreaking one with Tohrment and Wellsie, conducted three weeks before she was killed by lessers. You’ll encounter deleted scenes—accompanied by the whys behind the cuts—in addition to exciting material from the J.R. Ward message boards and the answers to questions posed by readers about the series. You’ll learn what it’s like for J.R. Ward to write each installment of the series, and in a fascinating twist, you’ll read an interview with the author—conducted by the Brothers. For the first time ever, you’ll get an original short story about Zsadist and Bella and see the miracle of their daughter Nalla's birth and the depth of their love for each other. Also, you’ll get a sneak peek at the much anticipated next book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Revenge’s story.

This is a compendium no Black Dagger Brotherhood fan should miss…and an insider’s guide that will seduce you as powerfully as the sexy band of Brothers and the “ferociously popular” world they live in…

And if you want to catch up on your BDB reading or give these books as a gift- check out the box set which contains the first 6 books in the series.


heidi87 said...

I also love these guys. You can't help but love the brotherhood.

Anna Dougherty said...

I love these books! The voice is very unique, as is the world. Rarely does an author pull you into a paranormal world and have it turn into an emotional roller coaster ride. J.R. Ward is brilliant- these books are touching and beautiful, along with a healthy dose of alpha male ass kicking. Complex is the word I'm searching for. Zsadist has been my favorite from the start! But I also really like V.

Rain Maiden said...

Hollywood is my fav brother. The books are so good, but intense.