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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.
She’s described the Bourbon Kings as Downton Abbey set in the South. It will be more about the emotional journey of the characters and won’t be paranormal. She mentioned another series coming next year that BDB readers will love, but it won’t be about the wolfen. (When are they coming?)
Mick Rhodes from Story of Son and the Jessica Bird contemporaries will appear in more books, but I suspect she means the Bourbon Kings.
Murhder may not return in The Shadows after all. I thought it could work because of the Shadows’ and Murhder’s respective connections with Xhex, but Ward isn’t sure if he’s coming back yet. But he definitely will be back.
Selena was fathered by the Primale, but Ward isn’t saying who the Primale was at the time or whether it was the last Primale.
Although you have blond-haired, blue-eyed Rhage (and by extension Marissa?), most of the vampires are more olive toned and darker than human Caucasian, so Selena isn’t really a woman of colour as such.
We get a ‘whole helluva lot of Barry White’ between Xcor and Layla in The Shadows. Xcor seems to have undergone a transformation at some point in the books, from ugly to Channing Tatum.
Bad things are coming for Xcor and it’s not even all his fault. Humans are going to realise that vampires exist after Xcor saving Tohr was filmed by a human.
iAm finally gets to have sex. He and Trez get their own female mates.
Qhuinn’s brother Luchas is still in the training facility, but his recovery is being hindered by an infection in his leg and he has some difficult decisions ahead. (Does this mean he could lose the leg and/or his hands, which were also completely mangled?)
Sola and Assail will end up together.
When asked about the Rhage and Mary novella, she said that we’ll be reading about them in the future, so I think this means it could turn into a novel like The King, or be absorbed into someone else’s book. We could still get a novella, but depending on how the question was really answered, that doesn’t look too likely.
The Scribe Virgin appears at the beginning of The Shadows and Ward believes there will have to be a confrontation with the Omega at some point.
When Lash and Devina come back, they will have the same appearance that humans are used to seeing, not their true ugliness. Lash will not be the new forelesser. Devina will want Lash because he is so irredeemable and needs to acquire things (people, souls, etc).
What happened to the trainees is ‘such an interesting question.’
The Shadows does not go the way she expected, but she can only write what she sees.
The Brothers seem to bond more deeply with their shellans than civilians do because of the purity of their blood.
We’ll see more vampires, such as the rebel camp out west that Qhuinn considered joining, but Ward has no idea when.