The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood #13) by J.R. Ward

Posted April 4, 2015 by sweptawaybyromance in Uncategorized / 4 Comments

What it’s about
Two brothers bound by more than blood fight to change a brutal destiny in the heart-wrenching new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward.
Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on… except for his brother, iAm.
iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around… but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.
Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice…

Dorsey’s  Review
4.5 Emotionally Battered Stars!! 
I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more, than I cried some more, and finally my heart crumbled in pure agony!! This is going to be a difficult review, I don’t want to give anything away about the outcome…

Trez and Selena:

I’ve been intrigued by the Shadows since Rhev’s book Lover Avenged. I didn’t think that the WARDen could pull off Trez being worthy of a Chosen because of his man-whoring ways. He came off as….. I don’t know…not callus, because he was always respectful to the women he used, but still, I couldn’t see him with Selena. Now I can’t imagine him with anyone else, and now see him as one of the most honorable men in the series. 
Now for Selena, this Chosen certainly surprised the heck out of me!!!! I didn’t expect her to be so vibrant, so fearless, so inspiring, so sexual!! Her enthusiasm for life is off the charts!! She’s a fighter, she fought for the man who held her heart and won!! I was totally unprepared and shattered by their story.
iAm and Maichen:
iAm is the kind of brother you would love to have, fiercely loyal and protective. He would do anything for Trez. He was there as always at his side knowing the threat of losing Trez to the S’Hisbe. Then when things are intense for him (like really intense), he meets Maichen, and it looks as though he has finally, finally found someone. The attraction was unexpected but it seemed doomed from the beginning, Maichen has secrets, but feels if she reveals them, she may lose him too soon.

s’Ex, “The Executioner”:
s’Ex has a pretty big role in this book as the s’Hisbe leader of the Queen’s army and head executioner. He is ruthless, and seems to be unfeeling and sworn to his Queen. However, we see a new side to him, and I came to care about him.
Xcor and Layla:
We get a couple of revelations regarding Layla’s pregnancy and her relationship with Xcor. Layla is so conflicted, I feel for her…I don’t know how much longer she can continue with her deceptions to the King, the Brotherhood, and Qhuinn and Blay. Xcor and her feel deeply for one another and should be together…but how? Xcor is responsible for the attempted assassination and dethroning of (my) Wrath…I don’t see good things coming.

“She is….the moon in my night sky”. And that is the beginning, middle, and end of it. There is no more to be told than that, and never shall I speak of her again. ~ Xcor to the BoB on Layla

Now really, who would have thought that such beautiful words can come out of Xcor’s mouth!? There were some changes within the Band of Bastards, we’ll have to see how this will play out….

Rhage, Mary, and The Brotherhood:

Rhage was very much front and center in this book. I have a feeling on where this storyline will be going in the future, but I’ll keep those thoughts to myself and keep my fingers crossed that I’m right. The “original” brothers are all part of this book and it was awesome to have them back, not to mention the bantering…loved it!!

“Rhage cleared his throat. “My lord and ruler, Wrath, son of Wrath, blooded father of Wrath, I present you with Throe, Piece of Shit”

Qhuinn’s brother, Luchas, is still recovering after his rescue from the Lessers, but he has given up on his battered body and soul. While Q does all he can to get him not to give up on his life.

“I know what it’s like to not have hope,” Qhuinn said roughly. “But destiny can surprise you.” ~ Q to Luchas

A little Insight into BDB Legacy:

We meet and get to know Paradise, the blooded daughter of Abalone, First Adviser to the King who will be featured in the first book Blood Kiss in the BDB spin-off series BDB Legacy. I really liked her and look forward to getting more of her. Her hero, Craeg, was briefly introduced, he seems to be very shy and sweet….I can’t wait!!!

My only disappointment:

I thought it was announced that Mhurder would be in this book….I was sooooo looking forward to him coming back to the Brotherhood, which is reflected in my rating (otherwise it would have been a 5 Star rating, such was my disappointment). Was I mistaken, or did he appear and it was a snippet so small that I missed it? 
Either way, I loved it, but at the same time I hated how some storylines played out. I have to believe that the WARDen knows what she’s doing.

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Confessions of 2 Book Lovers
4 years 8 months ago

Awesome review Dorsey! I especially love the pics of the characters! 🙂

Dorsey Shewey
4 years 8 months ago

Thanks Lindsay!!! <3

Crista W.
4 years 8 months ago

Fabulous review Dorsey. I am reading it right now. It's funny, I wait all year for the new BDB release and then I fluctuate between wanting to read the book non-stop and wanting to savor it chapter by chapter! I am really loving this book (way more than the past few books)!

Dorsey Shewey
4 years 8 months ago

Thanks Christa!! I've avoided reviews up till today and it seems that people either love or hate it. Hope your enjoying it, I'm looking forward to YOUR review!!! xo