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Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 2015
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About the Author
J. R. Ward is the author of more than twenty previous novels, including those in her #1 New York Times bestselling series, the Black Dagger Brotherhood. There are more than fifteen million copies of her novels in print, and they have been published in twenty-five different countries around the world. She lives in the South with her family.
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If you’ve been away from the BDB books for a while and you are wondering if you can jump in here, the answer is: absolutely! You only need to be aware of the basics in the Marissa/ Butch/ V relationship. That, and the fact that the hero and heroine met once before, as he asked her for an application to join the Brotherhood and she gave it to him. Now you’re ready.
The whole premise of this quasi-spinoff is that the Brotherhood is opening its doors to trainees. The core romances will circle around these new characters. But this didn’t feel like a spinoff because it’s steeped deep in the core characters from the early original books. Especially Butch and Vishous. But almost everyone is there from Wrath to Rhage, even Bella and Z.
But as promised, our main couple consists of two members of the training class. Paradise (whose name may be the worst thing in the book) is the daughter of Wrath’s First Advisor. She is pure pedigree glymera, but she wants more from her life than to be a cosseted child, with no rights or choices. Craeg is a working class vampire, who has joined the training program after the deaths of his family. He is attracted to Paradise from the beginning, but fights it. Obviously, it’s a fight he loses, but it’s fun watching him fall.
A lot of time is spent with Butch and Marissa, who are a good parallel for Craeg and Paradise. The major themes in the book include the elitism of vampire culture and way the glymera treats its women. Marissa is still struggling with how that affected her past as Wrath’s betrothed and how it led to her break with her brother, Havers. Add to that, Butch’s tendency to put her on a pedestal and she has some stuff to work through, especially when a battered young woman lands on her safe house doorstep, and she has to turn to Havers for help.
I really liked Paradise as a heroine. She is strong and takes control of her life in a society where that is very difficult for a female to do. She goes after what she wants, while still maintaining her empathy and humility. Craeg is sexy and strong, but in a lot of ways, has more growing to do than Paradise does. I liked the tension between them and thought they were a good match, despite the differences in their history.
My only niggle: I thought the bad guy was pretty obvious from early on. You’ll figure it out long before the big reveal. But it didn’t really detract from my enjoyment of the story. I will definitely keep reading for the next installment. I’m curious which recruit will be up next.
I LOVE the BDB and most of the books therein, but at times the storylines with the lessors, the Omega, Scribe Virgin and the BOB seem to overwhelm the romance and legacy of the vampires as a whole. This book brings it all back in a blaze of glory!
Here we get a glimpse into the lives of Butch and Marissa. We see that the couple is struggling with how to live in the present while hiding from the past. It all comes to a head when Marissa is faced with a tragedy at Safe Place and has to face her past in the form of Havers.
Butch is also having trouble, and he struggles to keep it from Marissa because the last thing he wants is to visit his troubles upon her. He has placed her on a pedestal and until one or both of them realize that her place is beside him, they will continue to do so.
All as of this comes to a head, the training program ramps up. To separate the wheat from the chaff, the initial gathering brings the brotherhood out in force. When all is said and done, Paradise and Craeg are part of the seven who remain.
Paradise has been intrigued by Craeg since they first met at the King's audience house. Craeg is focused on his training and doesn't want to like Paradise, he wants to avenge his family who were killed in the raids. When Paradise feeds him, he knows that he will never be the same, even if he doesn't want to admit.
I love the way Ms. Ward writes and she has outdone herself with Blood Kiss.