Fiercely loyal to the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Phury has sacrificed himself for the good of the race, becoming the male responsible for keeping the Brotherhood's bloodlines alive. As Primale of the Chosen, he is obligated to father the sons and daughters who will ensure that the traditions of the race survive, and that there are warriors to fight those who want all vampires extinguished.My Thoughts: *crawls away whimpering* Can somebody tell me why I took such a long break between book 5 and this one? Anynody? I mean, this was one outstanding book and, like a fool, I've let it languish for months unread. MONTHS. Why? Why would I do this?
As his first mate, the Chosen Cormia wants to win not only his body, but his heart for herself. She is drawn to the noble responsibility behind the emotionally scarred male. But Phury has never allowed himself to know pleasure or joy. As the war with the Lessening Society grows grim, tragedy looms over the Brotherhood's mansion, and Phury must decide between duty and love...
I don't know if this is the popular opinion or what but Cormia was the one who pulled on my heartstrings this time. She spent her entire life trapped by tradition and she had no idea why she she was dissatisfied because she didn't know what was out there. That's so sad. The idea of her whiling away the hours making buildings out of toothpicks and peas because she didn't know how to ask to go outside and she didn't know of anything else that she could do... that got to me.
Which isn't to say that Phury's story wasn't hard to read about. It was. He's lost himself in his guilt and his yearning to make things that weren't his fault right. Allowing his guilt over Zsadist's abduction as a child to eat away at him has isolated him from his Brothers. That might be a funny thing to say seeing as how he's the one Brother that seems to always be in the middle of things but he numbs himself with his drugs and his sacrifices and it keeps him apart from the others.
As always, there's a lot of action going on in the background of this book that changes the overall playing field. The Omega makes a big move, the Scribe Virgin makes a big move, something lost is found again, new blood is brought into play... the mythology is evolving in leaps and bounds and I love it.
Onto the next book.
Other reviews in this series:
Book 1: Dark Lover
Book 2: Lover Eternal
Book 3: Lover Awakened
Book 4: Lover Revealed
Book 5: Lover Unbound
More books by J.R. Ward
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