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Book Review: Shadows, by J. R. Ward (2015).


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 Selena 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 . . .


By far the best novel of the series so far, Shadows the thirteenth book had me unable to take my eyes from the pages. I have really loved the storyline. The way the pain is portrayed, the anguish and grief. It is all set out raw and agonisingly painful. Trez using a phrase from these books – “Is such a man of worth!”.

The connection between Trez and Selena sensually deep that it is almost palpable within the words, and It really is touching to watch unfold. The addition of the complicated relationship between iAm and maichen is tantalising in itself, but hat It Is some sort of consolation of the great loss that is grieved for by those within the Black Dagger Brotherhood. But it does not overtake the main storyline of loss, the greatest heartache of all. The loss off one’s shellan.

Throughout the series I have officially grown to love these characters and I feel emotion permeating from these pages. This is the best of the series so far and I am pretty sure it will be hard to top. Overall, I feel that the over use of slang terms to be something that can be completely overlooked when reading something of this calibre. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the vampire and Romance novels. I give Shadows by J. R. Ward a rating of 9/10 stars.


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