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The Black Dagger Legacy Author: J R Ward Publisher: Orbit Books Release date: 2nd June 2016 Reviewer: Theresa Derwin
I'm not new to JR Ward but I am new to the Brotherhood series; which did not remotely impede my enjoyment of this latest installment. It starts with Paradise, blooded daughter of the King's First Advisor, living in a patriarchal society where, as a high born lady, she is expected to follow a particular course in life. But Paradise wants to escape the restrictions of her upbringing so her answer is to apply to join the Black Dagger Brotherhood training centre programme. But this is no simple task. She must fight figuratively, and literally, for her new place in life. The initial application programme is gruelling, but amidst the physical and emotional trials she must face, Paradise finds herself drawn to fellow applicant Craeg; handsome, strong, smart and distant. But he can't resist the lure of Paradise, despite initially dismissing her as a 'dumb blonde'. As the training programme progresses we get to know the other applicants; Paradise's best friend and joker Peyton, fiercely independent and liberal female Novo, and head trainer Butch aka, The Dhestroyer, who has emotional troubles of his own. His mate Marissa who works at Safe Place (a domestic abuse refuge) is traumatised by the brutal murder of a young woman, and Butch is intent on helping her find out who the woman was and why she was killed. What I expected, on reading the blurb, was an easygoing straightforward read, a dash of romance, a hint of humour, a lot of sex and a shedload of blood and violence. Well, I got all of that and so much more. The relationships are real, the characterisations solid, the narrative laced with humour, sensibilities and a lots of social commentary. Though the war and past battles are talked of in retrospect, the impact on the society are obvious, with many combatants and survivors suffering PTSD. All of the issues in the novel (domestic abuse, loss, status and reputation) are dealt with in a compassionate but exploratory manner. It makes for a book full of depth, and integrity. Both an enjoyable read, hot and steamy where needed and immense fun. I'm definitely interested in the series as a whole and want to read more about the other characters, particularly Lassiter. In short, this was an absolute blast.
J R Ward....I LOVE your black dagger brotherhood. My one complaint about this book....it's not long enough...it has succeeded in whetting my appetite for The Beast (next one out), so much so that I have started to re-read those early ones once again (3rd or 4th time...Yes, they are worth it IMO) and re-fallen in love with Wrath....and Rhage.....and Zadist, and Butch too. But Rhage especially I think.
As other reviewers have said, this one is back to basics in a big way. It has the humour and sense of adventure of the first books without being bogged down by (as one reviewer mentioned) Layla's never ending pregnancy, the BoB's storyline and even the Lessers. It is a love story centred around the new recruits for the brotherhood's training programme. You get a look in on all the brothers and a peek at their antics and banter. You check in with Butch and Marissa; their story evolves alongside the main romance of the book and there's a nice little "whodunit" element too.
Looking forward to The Beast no end! Please hurry up J R Ward!
I loved The Shadows, J R Ward's previous BDB book. But it was so intense that when I'd finished it I was completely wrung out. I didn't get that with Blood Kiss. But in some ways I was quite pleased the emotion wasn't so gut wrenching. The story is effortlessly woven, the relationship well developed and of course the main characters are hot! I'm glad I bought this, and will read it again, sooner rather than later.
J R Ward you are just amazing!! I just love these Black Dagger Guys. You had me hooked from book number 1. If you like your vampire men, growly, very tall with muscles and tattoos and most definitely attitude in bucket loads! J R Ward's books are definately for you. Hurry get reading, you won't regret it. Enjoy people 🤓
I have read all of the BDB books and i have enjoyed all of them. I have enjoyed all of J R Wards books the only series that i havent got round to reading yet is the Bourbon King. If you have never read a BDB book i recommend you read the first 6 and then read this one as the story line gets more complicated to follow after book number 6 or 7.
I love this story! Been waiting so long for some new blood! Paradise is a good lead with the more empowered females but craeg seems a bit too sulky! Nice to see the storyline with butch and Marissa and didn't see that ending coming!! Loving the new BDB spin offs!
First book of the series focising on the new recruits, specifically the romance between Craeg and Paradise - it didn't disappoint! Along with all the new faces the BDB get a lot of page time, it was like the earlier books in a good way. BDB fans won't be disappointed, I wasn't.
I loved every minute of this book. It's classic BDB and in no way should be considered as a "spin-off". Marissa and Butch are my favourite couple, so it was excellent to see what was happening with them. Craig and Paradises story was also very good. Hope Rhage and Mary's story continues in the same vein!