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Friday, May 15, 2015

5 Kiss Review–The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood #13) by J.R. Ward


Two brothers bound by more than blood fight to change a brutal destiny in the heart-wrenching new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward.
Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on... except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around... but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.
Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice...

My Review:

The Shadows is J.R. Wards’ (JRW) thirteenth installment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series. As you know by now, there’s a lot going on!

Trez and iAm are both want nothing to do with s'Hisbe, even though it will happen someday soon. Trez is The Anointed One and betrothed to The Princess, but there’s a problem: he's already bonded with Selena.

iAm has always done what he’s had to in order to protect Trez, even from himself. iAm just wants something to call his own, but doesn't see that happening anytime soon.

Selena becomes ill and Trez is brought to her side. Meanwhile, Layla continues to hide that she's seeing Xcor. Layla only sees it as duty to protect those she loves, but she isn't sure anymore.

Xcor and his Band of Bastards continue to fight The Lessers as much as possible. Xcor's second in command, Throe, is unhappy with what Xcor is doing in regards to The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Rhage and his shellan, Mary, appear to be going through a rough patch of sorts. Rhage seems to get lost in time with his memories. What will Trez and iAm do about s'Hisbe? Will Xcor make Throe happy? What's going on with Rhage? Your answers await you in The Shadows.


I realize there are a lot of mixed reviews about The Shadows. I'm one of the few in my circle of friends who rated it this high. For me, The Shadows is a wonderfully complex book with multiple plot lines in it, and though some were sad and heartrending, for me at least, the good outweighed the bad.

One of my favorite couples in the series, Rhage and Mary, were shown throughout the whole book. I missed them and I was just overjoyed to read more on them.

Since their introduction, Trez and iAm have always intrigued me on multiple levels. I'm so happy that their story has finally been told. I look forward to the next book in this series.

The Shadows features:

  • paranormal romance
  • sexual content
  • vampires
  • mystery
  • hero/heroine death
  • angst

Rating: 5 Kisses


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