I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Chosen by J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #15
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Published by Random House Audio on April 4, 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Length: 12 hours, 30 minutes
Source: the Publisher
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A scorching, forbidden love threatens to tear a rift through the Black Dagger Brotherhood in this highly anticipated installment of J. R. Ward’s 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.
I have to come clean and admit I’ve never been a Xcor fan and have hated Layla’s duplicity about her relationship with him. Because these stories have a multitude of storylines, I wasn’t concerned about these two characters being the major focus as I was counting on the others to hold my interest. Xcor launched into to this series as a cruel and brutal man, no way was there any possibility he could redeem himself in my mind and it irritated me that Layla betrayed the Brotherhood by continuing to see him. *sigh* I caved.
Layla’s revelation was received explosively, much more than I ever anticipated and my imagination was pretty creative. It set off a series of events that unsettled the Brotherhood and beyond, which hooked me through the end. It changed my opinion of some of the other characters (yes, that means you, Qhuinn), no matter how this ended.
There were quite a few controversial situations in this story, some many may take serious issue with and I refuse to rehash the details. I’m not sure how I feel about some of them but I was very much drawn into this book. The storytelling is superb, the pace breakneck, the drama…well, dramatic. The narrator, Jim Frangione, continues to nail the characters and the crazy dialogue. I’ll never go back to reading these books!
I enjoyed this book immensely, even while some of the characters’ directions angered me or offended my sensibilities. But isn’t that what a good story is supposed to do? I also consider it a miracle that Ward made me end up rooting for Xcor and I’m still unsettled about that. I’ll be waiting in line for the next one. Love it or hate it, you will not be bored.
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