Catching up with the Black Dagger Brotherhood: My Review of The Shadows

Catching up with the Black Dagger Brotherhood: My Review of The Shadows

The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #13)The Shadows by J.R. Ward
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It seems as though no matter my feelings as I’m reading the latest installment of The Black Dagger Brotherhood series, at the end I’m perfectly happy. The Shadows is no different.

To be honest, I started this one some time last year and then put it down. It wasn’t so much that I didn’t like it, I did. But, I had other books grabbing my attention and there was just so. much. going. on. Remember when the BDB books just focused on the main couple? Yes, I understand that The Warden has created such an amazing world and unforgettable characters that she just has so much to write about. And, quite frankly, once I get going I’m happy to be reading about everyone. But it can be distracting. Frankly, if the newest book in the series, The Beast, hadn’t come out last week to rave reviews and I wasn’t filled with the “I MUST READ RHAGE’S NEW BOOK NOW” feelings, I might have just let The Shadows collect dust on my book shelf.

So glad I didn’t.

The biggest thing I came away with from this book is sort of the same feeling I get every time I watch Love, Actually: love, true love, comes in many forms, not just romantic. The Shadows truly reflects this.

At the heart, the story belongs to Trez and Iam (IaM?). Readers have slowly learned about the fraternal twins as the series has progressed and in this book we really see into the heart of who these devoted brothers are. How much they love each other and what that means to them. I’m not sure I’ve ever loved a set of siblings more and if we’re confessing here, their bond surpasses Phury and Zadsist’s easily and touches the soul in a way I never felt from the identical twins.

Of course there’s romance and the sexy times we know and love from the Brothers. Plot lines that have filled the pages of the last few books continue: Xcor and the Bastards, the war with the Lessening Society, and that shifty drug dealer, Assail. We’re slowly introduced to the conflict/emotional arc for book 14 in the series and there’s the set up for Blood Kiss, the first book in the Black Dagger Legacy series, a spin off.

I’m happy I finally gave some time to The Shadows. 4 stars. Heat level: 3.5

The Shadows was published in March 2015 by Signet.

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The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #13)


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