Rehvenge has always kept his distance from the Brotherhood—even though his sister is married to a member, for he harbors a deadly secret that could make him a huge liability in their war against the lessers. As plots within and outside of the Brotherhood threaten to reveal the truth about Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in his darkening world, Ehlena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him—and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.
“You know,” he said, “this is why I love you so much.”
Her tone was heartbreakingly warm. “What do you mean?”
You don’t ask me to go inside because it’s cold. You just want to make it easier for me to be where I want to stand.”
I really liked this installment in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. It was fast paced, constantly had my attention, and had many plot lines woven into it that blended together beautifully.
In my review of the last installment, I complained about the side characters taking up more of the book then the main characters. Going into this book, I was extremely worried that the same thing would happen. I am so happy to say that I was wrong. J.R. Ward did a fantastic job of balancing Rehvenge and Ehlena’s plot line as well as the side characters. I never felt like John’s or Wrath’s story overshadowed Rehvenge’s and the side character’s plot lines didn’t take up more of the book than they should have.
I have liked Rehvenge since he was first introduced. I have gotten little bits of Rehvenge’s perspective in previous books, but never enough to fully get a read on his character. Because of this, I went into his chapters with an open mind and an already developed curiosity towards his character. I love morally grey characters and I had such a fun time in Rehvenge’s head. Watching him attempt to balance his vampire and sympath sides and try to curb his urges was a sight to see and I really enjoyed my time in his point of view because of it. Learning about his backstory and everything he has had to do for the people he loves was heartbreaking and I knew that he was a good guy because of all of the things he has endured for them.
I liked Ehlena and I thought that she was genuinely a good person. She was a little stubborn when it came to opening up to Rehvenge in the beginning, but that didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of her character. Is she my favorite female protagonist? No, but I still had a lot of fun being in her head and I am not upset about how things turned out.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. The sorta cliffhanger at the end killed me and I am dying to find out what is going to happen next. I will be reading the next installment, Lover Mine .