Book: Dark lover
Author. J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood Book 1
393 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published February 19, 2005
Dark Lover – Black Dagger Brotherhood
Ward takes us into the world of Wrath and Elizabeth. Wrath is the last pureblood vampire and king of their race. He is the warrior with a capital W, he is the embodiment of fear, he pursues his enemies with a doggedness that borders on madness. Wrath is pure terror. As the highest-ranking member, he is also at the head of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. A tight circle of strong and experienced warriors who exchange information and fight together against the Lesser. The Lesser are humans who were voluntarily left without a soul and serve a vile and terrible master who wants to wipe out the vampire race.
Shortly before his death, Elizabeth’s father asks his master to help him transform his daughter. Darius knows that the king’s blood is strong and pure and represents Beth’s best chance of survival. Plagued by guilt and duty to one of his brothers, Wrath finds his companion’s daughter. When he sees the breathtakingly beautiful Elizabeth, he already feels the unfamiliar feelings of love, adoration and devotion.
Beth is a mixture of human and vampire, raised in orphanages and foster homes, she has no friends, no life partner, no family. Her daily life revolves around her job in the newsroom of a provincial newspaper. The dangerous streets of the city are not only haunted by vampires and lessers, but also by bad people with no morals. Attacked by two of them, she manages to get away with rape and to make things even “nicer”, she meets the Blind King that night. When she learns the story of the father she has never met, she approaches the matter with suspicion. As she gets to know Wrath and searches for the good drop in him that will make her a believer, Elizabeth gets closer and closer to the moment when she turns her back on man.
Dark lover… The price?
A hair-raising but successful transformation into a worthy member of the Brotherhood. Intoxicated by his feelings, he forgets how dangerous Lesser can be. Because of her mixed blood, Elizabeth can walk into the light without fear of turning to ash. However, this will also prove to be the reason why Roth’s enemies strike where it hurts the most.
Will he be able to fight for what he loves most and survive?
Dark Lover got 3 stars from me. I didn’t have high expectations, in fact I was pleasantly surprised at times. My interest wasn’t piqued because of Wrath or Beth, but rather the other brothers. Each of them has a story or a secret and I am very interested in learning more about them. If I hadn’t been so curious about the brother wars, I wouldn’t have picked up the second installment. There are readers for every book, and I know the series has many loyal fans. I hope the next books are better.
The only purebred vampire left on the planet and the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who killed his parents centuries ago.
But when his most trusted fighter is killed — orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate — Wrath must put down his dagger and usher the beautiful female into another world.
Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn’t there before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of the Brotherhood and blood frighten her. Yet his touch ignites a dawning new hunger one that threatens to consume them both…