Review: The Shadows: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward


The Shadows

A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood

by J.R. Ward

Publication Date: March 31, 2015



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…



Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/Donna

Rated: 5 Stars

I wish I could score this higher than a 5 because I am still lost in this book and can’t let go.  It hit every one of my buttons and emotions so that I was laughing one minute and crying the next.  I had to get up and walk around a few times to get myself under control in order to continue.  All the BDB characters were there to back up the Shadows and deal with their own problems in true Brotherhood fashion.  I cannot be more specific on the story as it is something you must go through yourself.  All I will say is life isn’t always perfect, crap happens and even books should be realistic on showing that things don’t always work out the way we want and show the strength of character to face adversity. Suffice it to say, it is a book to remember and I loved it all.  The story wove several viewpoints seamlessly and opened the way to her new series which I think I’m going to like.  It also touched on Xcor and Layla’s ongoing struggles but none of that overshadowed Trez and iAm’s story.  I will be rereading this book and anxiously awaiting the next installment.

*Review copy provided by Berkley/NAL in exchange for an honest review.



Kindle $11.99 | Amazon HBK $16.77 | B&N (HBK $17.91/ Nook $11.99) | Kobo $13.19 | iBooks $11.99 



SERIES LINKS: Amazon | B&N | Kobo 

✦Dark Lover ➢ Kindle

✦Lover Eternal ➢ Kindle

✦Lover Awakened ➢ Kindle

✦Lover Revealed ➢ Kindle

✦Lover Unbound ➢ Kindle

✦Lover Enshrined ➢ Kindle

✦ The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider’s Guide ➢ Kindle

✦ Father Mine: Zsadist and Bella’s Story: A Black Dagger Brotherhood Novella (eBook – the printed version of this story is also found in “The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider’s Guide”
✦Lover Avenged ➢ Kindle

✦Lover Mine ➢ Kindle

✦Lover Unleashed ➢ Kindle

✦Lover Reborn ➢ Kindle

✦Lover At Last ➢ Kindle

✦The King ➢ Kindle

✦The Shadows ➢ Kindle


imageJ.R. Ward is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series of vampire books. She is a winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best Paranormal Romance and is a multiple RITA nominee. A graduate of Smith College, she was a double major in History and Art History with a medieval concentration in both and she still longs at times for a return to those days sitting in dark lecture halls, looking at slides of old triptychs and reliquaries. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was a corporate attorney, serving for many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard Medical Schools premier teaching sites. Her idea of absolute heaven is a day filled with nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot and the Brothers, of course.

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Spotlight & Review: The King: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward

The King: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood (Book 12)
Reviewed by: Reading In Pajamas/ Cori & Donna
Ratings: Cori 5 Stars/ Donna 4 Stars

J.R. Ward’s # 1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood continues as a royal bloodline is compromised by a grave threat to the throne.

Long live the King…

After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle–with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything–and everyone–at risk.

Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response–or the distance it creates between them.

The question is, will true love win out… or tortured legacy take over?

BDB fans wait impatiently all year for the next book in this incredible series and The King did not disappoint! I loved it! Without giving too much away because these books are best read spoiler free we got to hear Wrath’s parent’s story and I completely fell in love with his father. We also got the side stories of three other potential couples. I’m looking forward to all of them. J.R. Ward announced at her signing that the next book will be titled The Shadows and will include Trez and iAm’s stories. I loved this second look at Wrath and Beth’s relationship, all the hotness that comes with it and their struggle with whether to have a baby. This series is so incredibly addicting and I think it’s because it’s emotional, action packed, suspenseful and incredibly hot. They always leave me wanting more and The King was no exception. I can’t wait for the next book!

I truly enjoyed the book and was unable to put it down. I don’t want to give too much away on the story but the intrigue and emotional situations had me tense one moment and relieved the next. Which is always a good thing. I loved Wrath’s father! I will however, go out on a limb and say that I almost wish she had written Wrath and Beth as a side story and focused on someone new. Or narrowed the number of side-stories down to just a few, so those stories could be told in greater detail. That being said, I laughed, cried and bit my lip on more than one occasion and I want to read it again soon. It’s a shame that we have to wait a year to see what happens to them all.

Amazon Hardcover $16.44 | Kindle $11.99 | B&N (Hardcover $16.44/ Nook $11.99) | Kobo $14.99

✦ #1 Dark Lover ➢ Kindle $5.99 | B&N $5.99 | Kobo $7.99
✦ #2 Lover Eternal ➢ Kindle $5.99 | B&N $7.99 | Kobo $7.99
✦ #3 Lover Awakened ➢ Kindle $6.17 | B&N $6.49 | Kobo $7.99
✦ #4 Lover Revealed ➢ Kindle $5.99 | B&N $7.99 | Kobo $7.99
✦ #5 Lover Unbound ➢ Kindle $5.99 | B&N $6.49 | Kobo $7.99
✦ #6 Lover Enshrined ➢ Kindle $5.99 | B&N $7.99 | Kobo $7.99
✦ The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider’s Guide ➢ Kindle $9.99 | B&N $12.99 | Kobo $12.99
✦ Father Mine: Zsadist and Bella’s Story: A Black Dagger Brotherhood Novella (eBook – the printed version of this story is also found in “The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider’s Guide” ($3.79)
✦ #7 Lover Avenged ➢ Kindle $5.99 | B&N | Kobo $7.99
✦ #8 Lover Mine ➢ Kindle $5.99 | B&N $7.99 | Kobo $7.99
✦ #9 Lover Unleashed ➢ Kindle $5.99 | B&N $6.49 | Kobo $7.99
✦ #10 Lover Reborn ➢ Kindle $5.99 | B&N $6.49 | Kobo $7.99
✦ #11 Lover At Last ➢ Kindle $4.99 | Nook $6.49 | Kobo $5.99
✦ #12 The King (April 1, 2014) ➢ Amazon Hardcover $16.44 | Kindle $11.99 | B&N (Hardcover $18.31/ Nook $11.99) | Kobo $14.99


J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times and USAToday Best Selling author of erotic paranormal romance. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot.