REVIEW: The Savior (The Black Dagger Brotherhood # 17) by J.R. Ward

REVIEW: The Savior (The Black Dagger Brotherhood # 17)  by J.R. WardThe Savior Series: The Black Dagger Brotherhood #17
Published by Gallery Books on April 2, 2019
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon, Purchased
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In the venerable history of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, only one male has ever been expelled—but Murhder’s insanity gave the Brothers no choice. Haunted by visions of a female he could not save, he nonetheless returns to Caldwell on a mission to right the wrong that ruined him. However, he is not prepared for what he must face in his quest for redemption.

Dr. Sarah Watkins, researcher at a biomedical firm, is struggling with the loss of her fellow scientist fiancé. When the FBI starts asking about his death, she questions what really happened and soon learns the terrible truth: Her firm is conducting inhumane experiments in secret and the man she thought she knew and loved was involved in the torture.

As Murhder and Sarah’s destinies become irrevocably entwined, desire ignites between them. But can they forge a future that spans the divide separating the two species? And as a new foe emerges in the war against the vampires, will Murhder return to his Brothers... or resume his lonely existence forevermore?

  • Plot
  • Characters
  • Romance
  • Narrative
  • World Building
  • Heat Level
REVIEW: Much can be said about The Black Dagger Brotherhood but never enough to compile in one sentence or paragraph how awesome this series truly is.

The Savior is Murhder’s story, the one character we have been raving about but never until now got enough of. Everything you can expect and more was given in this story, the way in which Ward brought this character back to the series was flat out fantastic and beautifully done.

We knew very little about Murhder and why he left the brotherhood. We also didn’t know the magnitude of his connection with Xhex and certainly didn’t know how much they cared for each other. Again, a lot can be said about this story but nothing said will do it justice.

Murhder was forced out from exile by Wrath – and while he wasn’t happy about it he knew he could use that excuse to find the information he needed. He just needed to catch a break so he could help the female who hunted his dreams and nightmares. He felt compelled to help her because he knew in his heart it was the only way he would ever again find redemption until his time to move onto the fade came. That decision catapulted a whole new set of complications and consequences that would prove to be exactly what Murhder needed.

We can’t rave about this book without giving Sarah the credit she deserves. As a character, she was absolutely fantastic and perhaps one of my favorites so far in the series. Sarah is a biochemist, married to her college sweetheart who died two years prior, but he was also the person who put into motion everything that would forever change who Sarah is, and who she would become. When Sarah received a visit from the FBI she knew something was amiss, and soon she discovered something that would change her life. Learning about her late husband’s work broke her heart all over again and made her question everything she knew about him.  However, the nagging feeling that she needed to act upon her findings was what brought her face to face with the man who made her feel things she wasn’t ready to admit.

I absolutely love this story. There were so many twists and turns, twists that unraveled into trouble for Throe & John Matthew and turns that brought Sarah, Nate & Murhder together. The rollercoaster of emotions is high in this story, you can’t read it without feeling a deep connection with Murhder.

As far as the other stories in the book, I loved going back to Xhex and John Matthew – we absolutely needed that part of their story, and it was absolutely wonderful to read it. What I enjoyed the most about The Savior was the emotional rollercoaster that was rooted into our soul, Murhder past hunted him and while he knew he had a purpose he maintained focus on what he felt was important without derailing his intentions. Sarah was calm and decisive, she knew she had to take action and didn’t hesitate to follow her heart without letting emotions get in the way of reason. Nate was a fantastic introduction to the series, I am looking forward to seeing where will his character go.

Again, Ward has a knack for writing fantastic stories with charismatic characters, but this story falls into a whole new level of writing. The Savior is filled with passion and high emotions which in terms brings these characters together in a very profound way. Their connection is as deep as the love and respect they keep for one another. This connection and understanding brought a fantastic balance all throughout the story.  If you are yet to read The Savior I urge you to wait no more. This book was perhaps one of the best in the series and you will not be disappointed.

Do I recommend this book? YES YES YES YES!
Can’t wait to read it? Buy it now!

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