Book Review: The Shadows - J.R. Ward
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 create 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 Cadwell, NY for years - all the while on the run form 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...
3/5 stars (liked it)
It was nice to see a book that focused on the shadows, Trez and iAm as they have been in a few books but we didn't know much about that. I would have like to have seen more of Lassiter and I hope in other books he is featured more. Rhage was having emotional issues and that was never really resolved. There is the story with Trez and Selena and that took up most of the book. iAm finds love but we don't see too much of that. Also a new character, a young female named Paradise which was just put in to set up her story in the spin-off series Black Dagger Legacy. Overall a typical book by J.R. Ward and enjoyable to read.