Book Reviews

Book Review: Lover Reborn, by J. R. Ward (2012).

Blurb:

In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. The city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Now back in the Brotherhood – and unrecognisable as the vampire leader he once was – Tohrment is physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair. When he begins to see his beloved in his dreams – trapped in a cold, isolating netherworld – Tohr turns to a self-serving fallen angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost. When he’s told he must learn to love another to free his former mate, Tohr knows they are all doomed . . .

Except then a female with a shadowed history begins to get through to him. Against the backdrop of the raging war with the lessers, and with a new clan of vampires vying for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between the buried past, and a very hot, passion-filled future . . . but can his heart let go and set all of them free?

Review:

Lover Reborn has become my favourite of the series, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, authored by J. R. Ward. Of all the novels, this one has the most heart felt storyline so far. I have fallen in love with the whole Tohr and Autumn saga, forbidden love, but only of their own accord. One could almost wonder whether or not such a love could survive with the heartache that is ingrained in each of their souls. The fact that their fractured existences combined fill each other’s voids until the create a new whole that is also separate and unique to themselves just in a new light. It really struck me as a fantastic storyline founded beneath brutish modern vampires that speak in a way that makes them seem less than they really are.

The storyline of Xhex and John Mathew is intertwined with the first by the attachment of Autumn being Xhex’s birth mother. The whole revelation from previous novels is still strange and new, so it is still hard to swallow in terms of adding another broken vampire into the mix. But this allows the story of Xhex finding her own path in what is a very patriarchal society. While the brothers continue to take their cues from John Mathew, she will never truly be free to fight and be her own person. Thankfully, although it goes against the nature of a bonded male of the species, she can do such a thing. Freeing herself as well as opening a path for future females to carve their own paths without interference of a male making judgement for what is and what could be. Feminism taken to its utmost limits!

Overall, I have enjoyed Lover Reborn, the tenth novel in the series, quite a bit, giving me hope that the rest of the series will continue to keep my interest piqued. An author can’t continue with a series inevitably without the readers attention laxing or becoming completely non-existent. Hopefully the next few books prove me wrong in this aspect. I would recommend this novel to anyone interested in the Vampire genre, especially if you like a bit of romance added in. I give this book a rating of 7/10 stars.

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