17 November 2008

Review: J.R. Ward - Black Dagger Brotherhood - An Insider's Guide

Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: NAL Trade (October 7, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451225007
ISBN-13: 978-0451225009

This is a book no Black Dagger Brotherhood fan should miss—an insider’s guide that will seduce readers as powerfully as the sexy band of Brothers and the world they live in. And also included is an original short story about stars Zsadist and Bella!

This comprehensive guide features insider information on the Brotherhood, their dossiers, stats, and special gifts. Readers will savor interviews with their favorite characters, deleted scenes, exciting material from the J.R. Ward message board and the answers to their burning questions. They’ll learn what it’s like for J.R. Ward to write each installment of the series, and in a fascinating twist, read an interview with the author—conducted by the Brothers. Plus readers will get a sneak peek at the much anticipated next book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Lover Avenged.


Father Mine made me fall head over heels again for Zsadist with his crass attitude that hides a deep well of emotions. With a new girl in his life old wounds are ripped open and he has no clue in how to deal with these changes, with the emotions and to do right by Bella. The feelings of insecurity that comes along with first time parenting is identifiably described by Ward but when applied to the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood various aspects just have other consequences.

It is the Brotherhood I fell for 2 years ago, sharing each other’s joys and pains, standing strong together while the romance between a Hellren and his Shellan overcome obstacles and grow stronger. Nevertheless, much has also changed, if only to look at all the beloved characters added to the world of the initial six brothers. Though it is an element in this novella it is all about Zsadist and Bella growing comfortable with the new situation and it is not going as easily as one might think.

Father Mine is poignant, endearing, and rich in the BDB vibe. Though it has 81 pages it is a well rounded story and packs in depth and emotion, especially as an addition to previous full length novels. Every reader of the series can revel in it and the only complaint is, more…I wanted much more. Get tissues ready for once starting in this novella you’ll likely to read it in one sitting! J.R. Ward starts this Insider’s Guide with a spectacular bang.

From reading the novella I tumbled into the BDB dossiers and started reading the interviews and from tears on my cheek I went to full blown laugh out loud moments. I just loved the interviews with each Brother, each exudes his own personality, questions answered in their own way and it was a treat to read:


Q Wrath – What was your last dream?
A: None of your damn business

Q Rhage – Where are you?
A: in my bed. Naked.

While those larger than life vampires made me sigh and giggle it is the craft comments that nurtured another part of me as a reader. Namely, the curiosity I have what makes an author tick, how does the creative process go when writing such books and Ward even had some comments on all the reactions to her books. For me it gave an in depth view of J.R. Ward as an author and though I still feel that the romance is subdued the last two books I can understand the process a bit more. Also Ward says she writes Urban Paranormal Romance and this would fit the bill more than just Paranormal Romance!

The Insider’s Guide is filled with juicy tidbits, from deleted scenes, where one with Phury and Cormia just rocked and made me feel: ‘Yes, this is what I wanted and needed in LEn.’ Slices Of Life where fun to read and the collection of quotes from each novel where like an appetizer for the real deal. I loved it all, what protrudes for me personally was the Brother’s on the board section. Who doesn’t love the interaction between those males of worth? I have two favorites: Valentine’s Day, oh how I laughed about that one and the one that grabbed me the most was: The Ceremony. Now that I read LEn it added so much beauty and affection between Phury and Cormia and I’m always moved with how the mating ritual is executed.

And last but not least, the excerpt from Rhev’s story, intriguing…very intriguing, ‘s all I’m saying! The only thing I did not read is the segment for writers but the rest was a true joy to read and for someone who doesn’t frequent the cellies board all that much a feast. Perhaps for those who are intimately acquainted with the message board of Ward a lot of things might be: ‘been there, done that’ but I reveled in it and will pick up this Insider’s Guide from time to time just to get my BDB fix again!

If you love to visit the Black Dagger Brotherhood then get this Guide and inhale that unique vibe that made this series so beloved by many readers!

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