Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #11
Author: J. R. Ward
Page Count: 591
Published: New American Library , 2013
Finally, probably the most anticipated book of the BDB series has arrived. The story we’ve all been waiting for, the one of the two good fighters, best friends. Well, at least it’s the case for this lady here. So long I’ve been looking forward to this book, it was still a wonder when I finally picked it up and started reading it.
Qhuinn and Blay were the two characters whose story was a long time coming. They’ve been the best of friends and they’ve been through a lot together and we’ve all witnessed every single detail. So it’s not a surprise when you know two characters so well and you watch them grow up, you start to build hopes for a story of their own.
These two have already been through death and denial, but a book of their own? Of course they had to have their own set of ups and downs and obstacles along the way, tangled no-go relationships, surprising revelations, babies, some more denial and fear and rejection. And that’s probably only half of what was going on. But somehow, JR Ward made it work. The huge book, which hurt my hands to hold up on more than one occasion, provided us with lots of emotional situations, and even though the action was less than so, the heart wrenching scenes were more than enough to hook me. It was the whole point anyway, Qhuinn and Blay had more on their plate than lessers’ drug problems, they both added their own things into the mess that became their relationship. And I admit, I’m glad that this flow was interrupted only by more interesting character-revolved subplots.
I know this book belonged to these two guys, but I couldn’t help but think it was more about Qhuinn. His struggles and fears were the basis of the story, it was more about his overcoming his past, accepting his present and embracing his future. We all know Qhuinn had been through a lot. He was different and he lived a life of discrimination and denial, so it was important he leave the self loathing and accept and love himself, and that was the biggest plot here. I was more than happy to be inside his head more than any other character, and witness how he finally got to know himself and know what he wanted and how he got it.
Blay was almost the opposite of Qhuinn. Even though along the way he changed and became tougher, it was still clear he was the vast and green meadow to Qhuinn’s dark and cold cave. Blay knew who he was, what he wanted, he had always known and he even went after it but met a wall that was Qhuinn. Blay had the family that loved and accepted him, so he knew what love was all about and I think that was why it took him a while to pass through the wall of Qhuinn’s denial. Gotta give it to the guy though, it was a thick wall.
In the end you can see why they make a good couple and why we’ve all been rooting for them, it was just inevitable these two getting together. Their story was heart shattering at times, and sexy, oh so sexy, at others and it was a satisfactory way to begin their relationship.
Other than the happy ending of Qhuinn and Blay, we also got insight to some other characters that have been introduced before, focusing on a few especially, which was good, like I said, I always prefer any character to a lessers storyline, because let’s face it, they fail epically as the bad guys. Now the new group, on the other hand? They can be bad guys, or even Assail the new drug lord, but I want them on the side of the, well, good, so I’m wishing for a different big bad wolf. And if I give those guys cookies, or I don’t know, guns and knives and stuff, would they come to the Brothers’ side? It’s dark there too.
Well anyway. Yet another book left behind. Now the biggest question? It’s not whether or not the the Band of Bastards are going to be the good guys or not, or what’s going to happen with Assail and his new interest, and you know I’m not talking drugs, or how are things going to be resolved with Layla and Xcor the traitor, or what more family drama awaits Qhuinn, or how much more of a dork can Trez appear in front of a certain Chosen.. No, the real question is, how the hell am I going to wait until the next book is released?
And while I ponder on this most important problem, I’m adding five full spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge.
Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J. R. Ward:
- Dark Lover
- Lover Eternal
- Lover Awakened
- Lover Revealed
- Lover Unbound
- Lover Unshrined
- Lover Avenged
- Lover Mine
- Lover Unleashed
- Lover Reborn
- Lover At Last