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April 07 2015 @ 02:47 pm
The Shadows (#13) by J. R. Ward  
Title: The Shadows
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, 13
Author: J. R. Ward
Pages: 590
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Book Description:
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...


My Thoughts on the Book
I seriously thought about giving this book a 1 just because it killed me. I feel a little lost. I feel like crying my eyes out because not everything is perfect at the end of this book and it kills me. I understand Ward is going for a more realistic life for the Brother's and there shellens but this book!

I was intrigued by the Shadows way back when we really started learning about them. iAm seemed the most likely to win me over but even now I feel I don't know him because Trez kicked down the doors in this book and stated boldly that he was here to devastate us with his sense of romance. Trez fell hard for Selena way back and I remember loving that he'd wait in the foyer just to catch a glimpse of her.

[Spoiler (click to open)]What really kills me is that Ward not only let's Selena and Trez have a love story but it doesn't end well. I think we are supposed to feel their love from beyond the grave especially with the Fade scene but all this did was kill me. I mean I couldn't even read through the tears. There have been so few books that devastated me and this one has to take the cake. I've read books that ended with the lovers separated (until the next book) but death wasn't the obstacle and while Ward has overcome death before her rule in the past was that Doc Jane hadn't crossed over. Selena was in the Fade. She's lost to us and Trez and apparently Trez feels okay to just support his brother with the new love iAm has found. No. Not okay at all.

But having said all that. I still loved the story. I can't say I will be able to read this book again. I think we need a novella that cuts out all of Trez's story and just leaves us the rest so should we want to look back on the other characters we can.


Then there is this whole s'Hsibe thing and you keep thinking throughout the book that Trez can't stay with Selena. He can't choose to be with her but then we never did see what the Princess Trez is supposed to mate thinks about all of this which is a great change.

But probably some of the best things about this book is Assail's choices, Layla and Xcor's push and pull, and Rhage's unease that is clearly going to come to something in the next book called THE BEAST (ah remember his Beast).

And while I have to say this is probably my least favorite and my favorite all at once... I don't know that I could read it again. I've thought about getting the audio and listening to it but if I cry while putting on makeup in the morning... Ward will make me late to work.

I adore this series and even if at times Ward disappoints me, it is more a sense that life is less fair for our lovely Brotherhood rather than Ward is trying to deliberately stab us in the heart with one of those Black Daggers.

While these are vampire stories, I've always felt the Brother's could be anything. Vampire is just what they are labeled but their story never struck me as just a vampire story which is yet another reason why I love Ward's tale.

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