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Review: THE SHADOWS by J.R. Ward

In The Shadows by J.R. Ward, Trez and iAm, twin brothers from the S’Hisbe tribe have been on the run for years. Trez was sold by his parents shortly after his birth to the Queen of the tribe after it was determined that the stars said he would become the Anointed One to the Princess. Trez doesn’t want to be forced into a mating he doesn’t want and eventually the twins escape the palace and end up in Caldwell, New York as part of Rehv’s entourage. Trez and iAm know that they are running out of time before the Shadows come after him. When Trez falls in love with a Chosen and bonds  with her, all bets are off. With the backing of the Brothers and the Sympaths, can Trez remain a free man?

21849362I am a certified fan girl of The Warden ‘s. I have been known to talk about the series for hours  (I even once spent an entire flight to Atlanta, Georgia  discussing the series with my seat mate when she said she had read it). Vishous became one of my first book boyfriends before I even knew what the term was.

I wasn’t sure how much I would like this book because the twins are not one of my favorites.  They’ve always been in the background as part of Rehv’s muscle,  doing the dirty work when needed. It is hard to like Trez, who up until the last book had slept around and runs a prostitution ring out of his clubs. iAm was a bit more likeable at least with his protective streak towards Trez and having a more respectable job of running am Italian restaurant.

While the twins will never be my favorite ( that spot belongs all to Vishous! ), I did enjoy this book a lot more than I thought I would. I got so much more insight into Trez and his captivity at the palace.  His promiscuous behavior now makes sense. iAm’s devotion in trying to protect his brother is shown through out the book as well.

I don’t think it’s ever easy for an author to kill off a character. The Warden shocked her readers years ago when she killed off Wellsie. Without saying who, Ward does kill off another character in this book, when one of the characters is diagnosed with a terminal illness. But instead of focusing on the tragedy,  Ward focuses in how that character lived life to the fullest once the diagnosis was made and how they met death with dignity. It was especially heartbreaking to see all of the Brothers and their mates pulling together to make both happen.

I can’t say that this book will be a top favorite of mine in the series,  it was an enjoyable read for me. Ward introduces several new plot twists to the series involving Assail,  the Lessers, and the Band of Bastards. More importantly readers get to meet, Paradise,  Abalone ‘s daughter,  who will be the heroine of the first book in the Legacy series coming out this winter.

If you are already a fan of the series,  I would definitely recommend you move this up on your tbr list!  If you’ve never read any of the books and love paranormal romance with a dark edge,  you should definitely read this series.

Reviewed by Candy

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About the Book:

Title: The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #13)

Author: J.R. Ward

Publisher: NAL

Release Date: March 31, 2015

Category: Paranormal Romance

Source: Purchased from Amazon

Book Summary:

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…

2 comments

  1. Chris

    I love this series and I reallyenjoyed this one. Like you I’m not a big fan of the twins but this book…..WOW!

    1. Amy

      I have only read the first one so far, Chris. It was good! I hope to find time to continue with the others.

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