Title: The Chosen by J. R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood
Release Date: April , 2017
Format: Audiobook (17 hrs and 32 mins)
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Published By: Ballantine Books
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 am still baffled that Scribe non-Virgin (herein “SnV”) just left her creation/children. How does a mother of a race just bounce? She leaves knowing the Omega is somewhere out there trying to destroy them but she is worried about being worshiped?
I liked it better than the last book but this whole brotherhood has an attitude problem. I am talking Qhuinn, Tohr, Vishous and sometimes Wrath. In addition, WARDen’s weak attempt at redeeming Xcor made this installment less than impressive.
✧ Layla and Xcor finally claimed each other in this book and had lots of boring sex. I like them together and I like the change they bring to each other’s life. I wish there had been more to atone for his past behaviors, but he has made a grand gesture.
✧ Baby daddy Qhuinn was having no part of it the two “traitors” being around his kids. He was selfish and self-centered like he was in his own book. He actually shot his gun in the room with his young and baby mama because he was so full of rage.
He said some terrible things and alienated just about everyone.
✧ Qhuinn and Blay also experience marital woes because of Qhuinn’s attitude. I don’t think I will ever really like Qhuinn again. Blay deserves better. His mismatched eyes and his family’s abuse can’t be his excuse for everything. I lost a huge amount of love for Qhuinn.
✧ Vishous is going through midlife crisis and marital boredom. But I truly suspect that V isn’t fulfilled by the doc because she was NEVER the one. The Dhestroyer, Brian O’Neill is and will always be the one and the WARDen needs to figure out how to correct that. But those two are two halves of a whole according the creator, Scribe Non-Virgin [See united by their clasped hands, they became again the two halves, the light and the dark. The Dhestroyer and the Savior.” (Pg. 457 in Lover Revealed)]
✧ Tohr is grieving his first shellan as this was Wellsie’s birthday. So I understand where he is coming from. It would have been nice if the WARDen spent more time on Tohr’s pain and the subsequent revelation regarding his family. I also understand his need to protect Wrath as it seemed that the King is making an unwise decision with Xcor and the BoB.
✧ Lassiter as the new Scribe/Protector of the race is dicey for me, but I will reserve judgment. He just seems too clownish versus SnV’s seriousness.
✧Wrath’s forgiveness and acceptance was too easy. It was too cheesy and over the top sweet with everyone and the baby for me.
Overall, it was an alright read.
I never felt that all consuming excitement to make me stay up all night and finish the book. The narrator Jim Frangione was the same so he doesn’t add or detract from the book at this point. I am looking forward to Throe as a fiercesome villain but other than that, this series isn’t as exciting as it used to be.