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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus Books; paperback / softback edition (June 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749939036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749939038
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (724 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,901,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J.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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252 of 270 people found the following review helpful By Misuzmama on June 4, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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I started out reading Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series because I enjoy the Paranormal Romance genre. The love stories in the prequels to LEn are excellent (with the exception of Lover Unbound) IMHO. But it looks like this series has come to a fork in the road. Choosing the Urban Fantasy route verses the Paranormal Romance one. I don't mind the change in genre so much (as Ward is a captivating writer) but others might and may feel duped. So you've been warned.

I didn't particularly care for the romance in this book. A quick recap: Phury is the Primale. Essentially the Brother chosen to breed more Brothers. He is the sire of a 'harem' of forty Chosen females. Phury is supposed to mate with them and produce many children, the males of which will hopefully become the warriors (Brothers) who defend the vampire race from the evil lessers. Phury's first mate is Cormia. Their romance is tepid at best. I did not *see* them fall in love at all. More like I got the vibe that Cormia is merely a soothing and gentle influence on Phury's tumultuous life. She came across as a helpful friend rather than mate potential. Not the I-would-die-without-your-love feeling I got in the previous books. Since those books were so smack down emotional, I hoped this one would be too. I just didn't feel it.

But, BUT, and this is a big one. The rest of the book rocks! As I recall the lessers were sadly missing in LU. They are back in a BIG way here in LEn, specifically with the Omega making multiple appearances. John, Qhuinn and Blaylock also all have prominent roles in this book. Their stories make major advancements as well. With tons of surprises.
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159 of 183 people found the following review helpful By Aim111 on June 15, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Before I found J.R Ward's BDB series I'd never read a paranormal romance. I read only historicals and thought that anything that was so weird as vampires and other baddies that go bump in the night were ridiculous until I read Wards work.

Now I'm a Vampire Junkie I can't get enough of them and the first four books of the BDB series will be on my to be read over and over and loved forever shelf..they are in my top 10 all time books and I've read enough books to fill a rather large book store. I am not easily pleased and Ward pleased me very well, gave me everything I wanted and all that I didn't know I wanted in the Brothers. With each book I fell madly in love with the characters, I couldn't decide who I loved most, they were all just so incredible! The leapt off the pages of the books, their world was so real, she brought them to life for me and I loved every word of every book...until V's book.

I felt very sad that V's story was not primarily about V as Wrath's, Rhage's and Z's and Butch's stories were about them. I felt cheated, not because as many others expressed, that V got stuck with a ghost but that he got stuck being a co star in the book that should have starred him. It was quite a let down. But, I didn't give up, I held out hope that she may have just had a problem writing him since he was so very complex. I thought that Phury was next and his would be better.

I am another who waited with breathless anticipation for this book. I adored Phury from day one. I was waiting for his book by the end of Dark Lover, truthfully, about 1 second after I read about him. I thought HE would be THE true romantic hero out of the series when I first read DL.
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Natasha Anders on June 12, 2008
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I feel so ripped off. I pre-ordered this book, eagerly anticipating Phury and Cormia's love story. What I got was definitely NOT what I paid for. What I got was a lot of detailed information on the 'tweenie (or whatever they are) trainee vampires, John Matthew and his buddies, a lot of building-up to Rehv's romance (which I will probably buy secondhand after reading as many reviews as possible about it) and a bunch of information on the lessers. Where were Phury and Cormia? Oh they were there, Ward spent about 10 minutes thinking about them I'm sure... but she was much too busy setting up her next five books to actually put a lot of thought into their story.

Cormia spent a lot of very sweet moments with John Matthew (moments which, I thought, would have been better spent with Phury - but hey we're building up to John Matthew's book as well, so he needed lots of "face time") but her character remained largely undeveloped. There was a lot of potential for Cormia, how she adapted to the BDB world should have been an entertaining, heart-warming, read... but that was not to be.

Phury, one of my favourite characters in past books, spent a lot of time in his room feeling very sorry for himself and smoking up a storm. He had long conversations with a "wizard" in his head... and while we're on that subject: Ms. Ward, liberal (and annoying) use of the word "mate" does NOT a British accent make! Phury did not come across as "tortured" or "damaged" he just seemed whiny and pathetic. How did he and Cormia fall in love?
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