I can’t say that I liked this book as much as previous Black Dagger Brotherhood books. By the looks of it this is actually kind of a spinoff series called Black Dagger Legacy. I can’t really put my finger on just what bothered me about this book but it just didn’t seem as deep as the other books. Maybe I was annoyed that J. R. Ward revisited Butch and Marissa’s relationship which I thought was supposed to have ended in Happy Ever After but they seemed to be in some kind of rut which just blew my fairy tale ending. Naïve of me, I know.
I liked the new characters but they are all extremely young compared to all the other Black Dagger Brotherhood characters who have tortured pasts to make them badass. I don’t know how the new characters can compare.
This book focused on Craeg and Paradise, two new recruits who are training to become part of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
By the looks of the next book called The Beast, it looks like J. R. Ward is going to revisit Rage also so this might be a theme throughout this spinoff series. I’m not sure I know how I feel about that. I don’t even know if this is a true spinoff series. It’s more of a continuation with a twist.
I also wonder what happened to the story of the Band of Bastards. I want to know what happens between Layla and Xcor. And what is Throe up to?
Despite not appreciating this as much as other BDB books, I still enjoyed it enough to continue reading the series. I mean, it is a kickass series…one that all other paranormal romances compare themselves to. I actually am looking forward to The Beast.