In this “frighteningly addictive” paranormal romance saga there’s a war raging between vampires and their slayers. Here are the stories of a secret band of brothers like no other—six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. And now a dutiful twin must choose between two lives…
Fiercely loyal to the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Phury has sacrificed himself for the good of the race, becoming the male responsible for keeping the Brotherhood’s bloodlines alive. As Primale of the Chosen, he is obligated to father the sons and daughters who will ensure that the traditions of the race survive, and that there are warriors to fight those who want all vampires extinguished.
As his first mate, the Chosen Cormia wants to win not only his body, but his heart for herself. She is drawn to the noble responsibility behind the emotionally scarred male. But Phury has never allowed himself to know pleasure or joy. As the war with the Lessening Society grows grim, tragedy looms over the Brotherhood’s mansion, and Phury must decide between duty and love….
“I love you forever” didn’t always need to be spoken to be understood.”
I really liked this book. It was fast paced and constantly had my attention. For such a big book, the time while reading it went by fast and before I knew it, I was finished with it.
This was Cormia and Phury’s book… or at least it was supposed to be. J.R. Ward loves her multiple point of views and that is what really messed up this book for me. While it was supposed to be Phury and Cormia’s book, their story was only about 30% of the entire book. We were given John’s, Qhuinn’s, Lash’s, Mr. D’s, the Omega’s, the Scribe Virgin’s, Xhex’s, Rhevenge’s, and Tohr’s point of views along with Phury’s and Cormia’s. Because of all of the side character point of views, much more of the book was spent telling their stories, and not Phury’s.
I had an extreme disconnect with Phury and Cormia’s relationship because, lets face it, this book wasn’t really about them. This book was really about all of the side characters and getting ready for the next installments. We even got more of Z’s story and in my head, his plot line has been over for a while now. John’s book isn’t until book eight, and we spent more time with him and his story than we did with Phury and Cormia.
This is a major problem for me. I love multiple POV books, but when the side characters’ story (whose book is coming up later) takes up more of the book than the main character’s does, there is a problem. I read this book for Phury and Cormia, and while I love the side character’s, I didn’t read this for them. If I wanted their story, I would read their book.
This book felt like a waste of my time as far as Phury and Cormia go. I didn’t connect with either one of them and whenever something interesting would happen in their plot line, the point of view would change. I found this extremely annoying and I am no closer to either of them now. I got nothing out of their plot line and after a while, it became a chore to read through their chapters together. I felt like they rarely spent any time together and as a result, when they said they loved each other, I didn’t feel it. I felt like J.R. Ward told me they were in love instead of showing me. That is a complete shame because I was really looking forward to their story.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. Though if I am being honest, I feel cheated. This book was advertised as Phury’s story and it wasn’t. When the main protagonists take up less of the pages in the book then the side characters do, there is a problem. This book got me totally excited for Rehvenge’s and John’s story, but besides that, it gave me nothing else. I hope that the future installments are not like this one because if they are, I don’t know if I can continue the series. When I go into the next book, I hope to see more of Rehvenge’s story than the other characters because as of right now, I really am excited for it. But, I think that the next book is going to be a repeat of this one if I am being completely honest. Only time will tell I guess.