Series: Blackdagger Brotherhood
on April 4, 2017
Published by Ballantine Books Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: Amazon, Purchased
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Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla.
Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear—even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation, and death.
As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.
In this installment, Ward gave the reader a very complex yet heartbreaking story that breaks the mold in terms of romance, redemption & excitement. The story revolves around a few characters, Layla, Xcor & Qhuin, but we also visit other characters and learn how their life keep developing and changing. Layla struggles with her betrayal on the brotherhood, but all the while fighting herself for the love and attraction she feels for Xcor.
The Chosen doesn’t focus in one story in particular, as in previous books Ward moves back and forth between characters and their story. As it was expected, we get glimpses into some characters current relationships and the dynamics of the brotherhood.
We move from one dramatic stance to another, as Qhuin learns of Layla’s deceitful behavior, his strong feelings are felt throughout the brotherhood with almost dire consequences. The Chosen goes from one dramatic moment to another, and characters seem to experience the ups and downs of an everyday life. As times goes by these relationships grow stronger but not without experiencing doubt and the consequences of a monotonous life. Even when danger and evil lurks in the background these characters find the way to find meaning and love.
Xcor knows his time is limited and as the story develops one get flash backs of the past giving the reader a first row experience of Xcor difficult upbringing and the hardship he suffered from the moment he was born. It isn’t difficult for readers to simply feel overwhelmingly protective of Xcor, regardless of his actions against Wrath.
As Layla & Xcor find their way into each other’s arms, we can’t deny that the series seems to dwindle in some areas while in others seems to get better. The way in which Ward chooses to write her story keeps the reader glued to the pages. While at times the story feels redundant and certain scenes inconsequential, overall the story delivers a sensual and romantic vibe we have come to expect from Ward’s writing.
Seeing Layla and Xcor’s love story finally come to realization gives readers a sense of closure and the swoon experience we have come to expect from these characters. I can’t wait to see what else Ward brings to the series, I’d like to see more on Lassiter, as well as the new role he has taken upon.
Do I recommend this book? Yes
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