In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
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…
“I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came…and I was awakened.”
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I really liked this book. Zsadist was so raw and I loved him. He has gone through more things than most people could imagine, let alone live through. I felt so bad for him and all I wanted was to ease his pain and for him to be happy. I felt like Bella was so perfect for him. She fit him so well and understood him. She looked past the scares and saw the beauty underneath. I loved how she stood up to Zsadist and called him out when he was wrong. That took a lot and I was proud of her for it. She didn’t let Zsadist walk all over her and I think that was one of the main things he needed in a female.
I was starting to get worried towards the end because things started to go downhill. Zsadist didn’t believe that someone as beautiful as Bella could want him and he constantly felt unworthy of her affections. That was probably the main problem between them and why I love Zsadist so much; he didn’t understand his beauty and his worth.
Some things shocked me and I was surprised that J.R. Ward went there (Wellsie dying and Sarelle dying).
We got to see more of Phury as well and I fell in love with his character. His whole life has been dedicated to protecting Zsadist and he lives in his shadow constantly. John says a line in the book that I thought really hit the nail on the head:
You are in a prison with no bars.
I felt like that fit Phury well. He is so worried about his brother that he really doesn’t have a life. I really hope that with Zsadist finally finding happiness, Phury will as well in future books.
I have to admit that those flashback scenes hurt. We got see what Zsadist went through and I can’t even imagine it. I can admit that there is no way I would have been able to get through it. I truly admire Zsadist for his tenacity, his will to live, and his bravery. Those scenes were really raw and cut deep. I would not recommend this for people with triggers.
That plot twist was so well planned (The Reverend being Rehvenge). That was absolutely brilliant! Looking back I now see little things leading up to it and I have to applaud J.R. Ward for slipping those in there. I never saw it coming. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the next installment.