Saturday, 22 May 2010
Review: Dark Lover - J.R. Ward
Published: September 2005
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Author's Website: jrward.com
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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 who are defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the blind 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 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 beyond her wildest dreams...
Dark Lover is the first novel in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. This book focuses on Wrath’s story which involves revenge and love.
Well I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book, so much that I have already started the next one, Lover Eternal, and can’t put it down either. These books are very much addictive. The Brothers have some seriously cool names and very fitting for what their job requires them to do – Wrath, Rhage, Tohrment, Vishous, Phury and Zsadist.
Wrath is the King of the Vampires and he is blind. This doesn’t stop him from kicking some Lessers butts though. He has been tormented for years over the deaths of his parents and has been seeking revenge every since. He is mated with a vampire female, Marissa, but he is not truly with her in the ways that other male vampires are with their shellans, female mates. This all changes once Wrath meets Beth, half-breed daughter of Darius, a fallen Brother. Wrath keeps an eye on Beth and takes care of her during her transition period.
The Lessers are disgusting looking, soulless, impotent creatures that are trying to exterminate the vampire race. They serve the Omega, from what I gather is a very ancient and evil creature, who is a life taker and the opposite of the vampires’ Scribe Virgin who gives life. In this story their leader, Mr. X, is trying to lure out civilian vampires to get to the Brotherhood. I will let you read on to find out if they are successful or not.
This book has a lot, a lot, of sex scenes. I think I lost count of how many times our characters got it on but it was exciting to go on that journey of self discovery with them. Beth is trying to figure out who she is, one day she is an editor for a paper and has never had the chance to have her own work published and then the next day she finds out she is a half-breed and will be turning into a vampire any day now. I think this is enough to blow anyone’s minds and have them confused about who they are. Beth takes to it with ease though as if this transition was the thing she was waiting to happen to let her live her life to the fullest. Before she never had a boyfriend, worked all the time and the only friends she had were the guys at the local police precinct that gave her tip offs for stories.
Overall I loved this book and I think this is a new series of books that I am definitely going to keep reading. You will not regret reading this book. Revenge, love, fun, self-discovery, romance – what more could a reader ask for?
Disclaimer: I borrowed this book from the library and I have not received any payment for reviewing this book. Everything I have said in this review is of my own honest opinion.