A scorching forbidden love threatens to tear a rift through the Black Dagger Brotherhood in J. R. Ward’s newest novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.
Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla.
Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear-even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation, and death.
As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.
The story of Quinn, Blay and Layla has always been one of complications. But in this latest Novel I find that they seem to go out of their way to make everything become the worst case scenario to the point of stupidity. The whole argument that explodes to the point where Quinn pulls a gun on the mother of his children is utterly absurd. This seriously wouldn’t happen, in that the character itself just doesn’t seem capable. But that’s reality too isn’t it? Especially magnified in these characters, perhaps Quinn could be capable of murder against one that he loves if he believes there has been a threat to his young.
Quinn’s relationship with Layla is not the only one that needs thought however, as he manages to also make things difficult with Blay. Not to mention the discovery of what love can do to a pair of Vampires who find themselves bonded just as Layla and Xcor do.
My favourite part of the story however, is Layla finding her voice. After being the tearfully afraid subservient blood bag for the Brotherhood for so long, she finds her own courage and voice when it comes to defending her young and the Vampire she loves.
Over all I would recommend this novel to anyone interested in Vampires, especially when mixed with so HOT Romance. I give The Chosen, authored by J. R. Ward, a rating of 8/10 stars.