Published by Random House, Ballantine Books on 4/4/17
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
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A scorching forbidden love threatens to tear a rift through the Black Dagger Brotherhood in J. R. Ward’s newest novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.
Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla.
Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear—even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation, and death.
As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.
The Chosen is a thrilling, emotional, and thoroughly compelling ride that is nearly impossible to put down.
The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward is a long and complex one. At this point, this series isn’t one you can simply jump into without repeatedly asking yourself, “What the fuck is going on here?” Which makes this review futile for new fans, but a fun one for long-standing followers of these memorable brothers.
To follow this series is to fall in love with a family and to experience great joy and angst as each character—each couple—evolves over multiple arcs and twisting story lines. If you’re looking for an opinion on whether to begin this series, then hell yeah you should. Now go on your merry way. If you’ve been following this series religiously or sporadically, then I’m happy to say that this book, number 15 (yikes!) in the series, is one of the freshest, most impactful, and gripping installments in the whole bundle. I absolutely loved reading this book.
You know that The Warden loves her multiple POVs, and I’m sure that at one point or another each fan has experienced moments when they’ve skimmed a side character’s chapter, frustrated with the lack of focus on the couple they feel matters. There was a moment during this series when I was ready to drop it because those moments were too often recurring, but these last two books have been pretty well balanced. The Chosen is practically perfect. 521 pages and I only lost patience with the pace once. There were other reasons I was frustrated (fucking Quinn!) but those were the good reasons that makes a book compelling.
Nearly all my favorite series characters are featured in this book: all the flawed ones, all the complicated ones, all the juicy ones. I got to hang out with Xcor, Layla, Quinn, Blay, Wrath, Vishous, Trez, and a few surprises, and their arcs blended so well together it culminated in a banger of an addicting read. It was a moving one as well, with plenty of moments of emotional volatility. This series has always been entertaining to me, but there have only been a few times when I felt my blood pressure rise outside of the exhilarating action scenes and the hot sex scenes. During The Chosen, my pressure gauge was regularly at a critical level. The plot and character development…it’s so good.
I’m a slow reader, but this one I inhaled. There was no other way for me to read it. The Chosen is a top notch entry into this beloved series, a series that J.R. Ward impossibly keeps making better. I’m sure most BDB fans have already decided whether they’ll read this or not, but if you’re one who’s on the fence then I’m telling you to read this one sooner rather than later. It’s one of worth.