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July 24, 2015

Blurb and cover for The Beast, plus general spoilers for the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and tidbits on The Bourbon Kings. Warning: Major spoiler for The Shadows.

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The Beast by JR Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 14) - US editionWe now have a cover and blurb for Rhage and Mary’s novella-turned-novel, The Beast:

Rhage and Mary return in the new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, a series “so popular, I don’t think there’s a reader today who hasn’t at least heard of [it]” (USA Today).

His name is Rhage—the deadliest fighter and most voracious lover of all the Brotherhood, whose inner beast could never be tamed. But Rhage found his eternal love in Mary Luce, a woman who once bore a life-threatening curse, while dreaming of eternity with her vampire warrior and protector.

They’ve made it to hell and back. Now their story continues in a new novel sure to draw fans back into the “frighteningly addictive” (Publishers Weekly) world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

I really liked The Shadows because I felt like we got more time with the characters again, such as when she shows what they were doing before they get the phone call that advances the plot. It felt more like the way the books used to, and I always enjoy spending time with Rhage. I knew that something big was going to happen, but avoided the spoilers until after I’d read it.

I mostly enjoyed the book until the big twist, but it felt as though the book only had room for one romance, but there were two couples. Trez and Selena got the courtship, but iAm and maichen got the HEA. Mainly, I’m just glad that nothing bad happened to Rhage.

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March 20, 2015

A sneak peek at the details for J. R. Ward’s new series, the Black Dagger Legacy.

The cover and back cover blurb for Blood Kiss, the first book in the Black Dagger Legacy series, has just been unveiled. We’ve met the heroine’s family in The King, but we’ll get to meet the hero and heroine in The Shadows.

Blood Kiss by JR Ward (Black Dagger Legacy #1) - US editionParadise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself…be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it’s very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O’Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life.

And that’s before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated — and left wondering whether she’s strong enough to claim her own power…on the field, and off.

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I’m assuming Craeg is pronounced Craig, but don’t quote me on that. I’m a little bit lost since neither name contains the letter H. But I think it sounds promising, since the training program is now open to females as well as males and Paradise wants to become more than just your average glymera female, so I think readers may like her more than some of Ward’s other heroines.

Blood Kiss will be released in paperback in December.

February 21, 2015

The Shadows by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 13) - UK/Australian editionBDB guru Decadence has news on upcoming books by J. R. Ward, including a new series set in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world!

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Just over a week ago, J. R. Ward finally revealed what her new series is going to be about and I couldn’t be happier! Once they’ve found their mate and had their book, the original Brothers have to take a back seat to whoever the next book is about, but like me, Ward also misses the moments with them.

The new Black Dagger Legacy series will focus on the reopening of the training centre and will bring new romances with new characters, but the original BDB will get to play a larger role than they currently do.

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October 13, 2014

The Shadows by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 13) - US editionTeasers and tidbits for the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Fallen Angels and Bourbon Kings series.

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JR Ward’s official FB page has posted a rough transcript of the Q&A from the signing she held with Karen Marie Moning, which contains spoilers from the Fallen Angels series (including the newly released Immortal) and teasers from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

I think the biggest teaser of the night was the back story involving Vishous, Lassiter, Throe (current or his father?) and Throe’s sister, which has to do with why other characters can’t stand Lassiter. I get the feeling that Throe’s sister may have been the ‘her’ Vishous mentioned when giving Lassiter crap.

Eddie and Adrian have to find Lassiter (Immortal tells us a bit about his place in the angel world). They will get their own books but it will be a while and the BDB has to catch up a couple months to the Fallen Angels world (I’d say this will be at least two books). Lassiter just enjoys pissing people off.

Ward knows who the next two books will be about, but can’t say.

We’re also getting a teaser of a teaser that she has to ‘ease her boss into’ before sharing.

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August 28, 2014

The cover and back cover blurb for The Shadows have been revealed! Tentative release date is April 2015. Virtual signing for Immortal opens tonight at 11pm AEST, plus future books by J. R. Ward.

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The Shadows by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 13) - US editionTHE SHADOWS by J. R. Ward

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’Hisbe 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 Selena 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…

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J. R. Ward will start writing The Shadows in September and it is expected to be released in April 2015.

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June 29, 2014

A commitment-free way to ‘meet’ new books!

Galaxy Bookshop will be holding their second ever Book Speed Dating Session from 6pm on Thursday, 10th July! It’s similar to traditional speed dating where you get a short amount of time to decide whether you want to get to know someone better, only this time, you’ll get to check out some books you may not have noticed. Most of the books offered on the night will be paranormal romances, but they may also introduce you to some possibilities from other genres. If you’re looking for something new to read, this is a great, commitment-free way to check out some books you may not have come across previously.

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May 26, 2014

Immortal by J. R. Ward (Fallen Angels, Book 6)Decadence brings us some exciting news for fans of J. R. Ward!

Yesterday JR Ward announced on Facebook that next year will bring two new series as well as continuing the Black Dagger Brotherhood, but no details on who/what those series will be about. I suspect this may finally show us the wolfyn she hinted at in Lover Unleashed. Also no word whether or not the series will have any links to other books, but I think they will since a hero in one of her earlier romances was friends with Butch O’Neal during childhood, and the Fallen Angels live in the same city as the Brothers.

Immortal will be the final in the Fallen Angels series and its cover and US release date of 7th October, 2014 were recently revealed.

The Boston Globe wrote an article on Ward’s journey to bestsellerdom, her most recent event in Cincinnati and gives a broader picture of her as an individual.

Click here for a round-up of BDB-related posts on Book Thingo.

April 10, 2014

The King by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12) - Australian editionA character-driven story is being forced into a plot-driven approach at the expense of elements that made the earlier books such great reads. But I’m keeping the faith.

An advance reading copy of this book was generously provided by Hachette Australia. If you need to catch up on the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, click here to for Decadence’s cheat sheets.

On the surface, a return to Wrath and Beth makes The King sound like an extended epilogue to Dark Lover, especially since she wants to have his baby, but it’s so much more than that. By the end of Dark Lover, Wrath got the girl and that was it in the HEA (happily ever after) department for him because he had to take up the burden of ruling a people trapped by tradition and facing extinction. Everyone else in the series got their HEA as well as being able to make peace with their demons or had the strain either lifted from them or modified to something they were better equipped to handle. Only Wrath was forced to give up his identity as a fighter and, over the course of the series, we’ve seen him chafing under worship from his subjects, the boring and monotonous desk job, and attempted coups from the glymera.

The King is a very necessary part of the series. It’s also a jam-packed installment of an addictive series, with background on the previous king, resolution of the glymera’s coup and Beth’s desire for a young, as well as the continuation of another three romantic plots.

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April 7, 2014

The Black Dagger Brotherhood - An Insider's GuideThe official notes from J. R. Ward’s Cincinnati Q & A have been posted on J. R. Ward’s Facebook page but beware because there is a crapload of spoilers from The King (my review will be up on Thursday). If you don’t have a FB account, here are the highlights.

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The next book, called The Shadows, will be about Trez and iAm, who both get some action in this book, and finally (FINALLY!) Murhder returns. Ward knows who the next three books in the series will be about.

Selena’s joint problems are caused by a genetic disease of the Chosen, but Ward won’t tell us more because then no one would read the book.

s’Ex fathered the Shadow Queen’s child.

It would destabilise the world if JM ever found out he was Darius, so Ward doesn’t think he’ll ever find out (but based on the phrasing of the notes, it’s not completely definite either way).

When asked when JM becomes a Brother, Ward explained that the timeline is a weird, variable thing, where one book might span ten days and another takes place over a year, which makes it hard to show other things happening at the same time.

Boo has bonded with iAm, but it’s not sexual. We may get to find out what Boo is, and I personally suspect he has a lot in common with Dog from the Fallen Angels.

The next book in the Fallen Angels series, Immortal, will also be its last, but we may see after that how the two worlds intersect.

Lassiter is firmly in the BDB world and him falling in love and discovering his purpose will be the final scene in Immortal.

Xcor and Tohrment are brothers.

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March 28, 2014

It’s that time of year again, when Decadence updates the Black Dagger Brotherhood cheat sheets in preparation for the next book in the series. Warning: These contain spoilers for books up to and including Lover At Last.

This is a summary of the updates made to the cheat sheets his week. You can find the actual cheat sheets here (the updates are in italics).

Dark Lover by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1) - Australian/UK editionLover Eternal by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2) - Australian/UK editionLover Awakened by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 3) - Australian/UK editionLover Revealed by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 4) - Australian/UK editionLover Unbound by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5) - Australian/UK editionLover Enshrined by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 6) - Australian/UK editionLover Avenged by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 7) - Australian/UK editionLover Mine by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 8)Lover Unleashed by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 9) - Australian/UK editionLover Reborn by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 10) - Australian/UK editionLover At Last by JR Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 11) - Australian editionThe King by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12) - Australian editionThe Black Dagger Brotherhood - An Insider's Guide

Wrath

  • The laws making Qhuinn eligible to join the Brotherhood have been passed
  • His first public appearance since being shot
  • He still does not want kids, both because of the risk to Beth and because the young inherits the burden of the throne