Review: Lover Enshrined by J. R. Ward

Lover Enshrined by J. R. Ward

Title: Lover Enshrined (A Black Dagger Brotherhood, 6)
Author: J. R. Ward
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Piatkus (7th October 2010)

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Now a dutiful twin must choose between two lives . . .

Phury has sacrificed himself for the good of the race, becoming the male responsible for keeping the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s bloodlines alive – he is to father the sons and daughters who will ensure that the traditions of the race survive and that there are warriors to fight those who want all vampires extinguished.

As his first mate, the Chosen Cormia wants to win not only his body but his heart for herself – she sees the emotionally scarred male behind all this noble respobsibility. But as the war with the Lessening Society grows more grim, Phury must decide between duty and love.

Rating ***** (5 stars)

LOVER ENSHRINED by J. R. Ward is the sixth book in her Black Dagger Brotherhood series. It tells the story of Phury, Zsadist’s twin brother, and how he copes with the fallout from the choices he has made. This book leads directly on from the previous book, LOVER UNBOUND (review).

A lot happens in this book; not just for Phury and Cormia, but there are a lot of implications for future books in this series. In a lot of ways, LOVER ENSHRINED feels like a pivot point for the rest of the series. Ward dangles some interesting plot threads, which I am hoping will be explored in future books. And, a lot of things that have been on the peripheral in previous books come to a head.

Cormia grows a lot in this book; she becomes a person in her own right, which is a big difference from her first appearance as a Chosen in LOVER UNBOUND where she was struggling between her ideas of self and duty. It was also really nice to see the world from her point of view, as she is one of the more sheltered characters in the series so far. Phury is definitely an interesting character. There have been lots of hints that something is going on with him in previous books, and Ward reveals all in this book. Like Cormia, he definitely has a big – though very different – journey in this book.

The Lessening Society makes a return in this book as one of the many plot threads. I thought that Ward unfolded an interesting plot thread in this book, which will definitely have implications for future books. The Brotherhood and the vampire aristocracy play a large part in this book as well. And we get to see the home lives of some of the trainees, which I found quite interesting.

LOVER ENSHRINED is a brilliant addition to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. The book itself is made up of a lot of interesting plot threads, and is quite compelling to read. If you have enjoyed previous books, then you will definitely adore this one.

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