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. 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…
How I’ve missed the boys! It’s been a while since I’ve read this series as I’d heard that they has changed for the worse. Now, having read it for myself, I have to disagree. They have changed somewhat, perhaps edging closer to UF than PNR, but I liked the changed. The series has grown, in my opinion, the stories are deeper, more emotional, and more exciting. I understand why that may not be to a lot of BDB fans liking, and I was worried myself as I’m old and don’t like change, but I loved it.
Phury is in a bad place. He’s much more like Z than I’d previously thought, and Ward really explores the depths that he has sunk to. You really develop concern for Phury that I’m not sure I felt for the others in the earlier books to this degree. That may be because I’ve forgotten them or because of how Ward’s writing has changed. I liked exploring the psychological aspect of one of the Brothers.
And how cool are the Baby Brothers? We really get to see how the next generation of BDB are growing into their shitkickers in this book, and rather a lot of it focuses on them, which I didn’t mind in principle, but would have liked maybe even more about Phury.
All told, a great read, I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it as much as the previous 5, and am certainly going to keep reading this series.