In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.
Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…
Point of view:
3rd person. Multiple perspectives. Not always clearly defined.
I’m pretty sure that this is my favorite (admittedly I’ve only listened to the first 11 so far) book of the series. I don’t know if it’s because Zsadist has been intriguing from the beginning or the fact that Bella could sense something in him that even the Brotherhood couldn’t. The back story and the continued development of the other characters are also fantastic in this one.
The epilogue too – it’s just perfection.
Jim Frangione has a really unique voice. I still have the same complaints about Jim Frangione’s narration that I’ve had, he’s more of an animated reader than a true performer that I’ve come to expect from engaging narrators. He is, however, the voice of the books and at this point I can’t imagine anyone else narrating.
About the author:
J.R. Ward is the author of over thirty novels, including those in her #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling series, The Black Dagger Brotherhood. There are more than 15 million copies of Ward’s novels in print worldwide and they have been published in 25 different countries around the world.
After graduating from law school, Ward began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot.
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About the narrator:
Jim is the voice of many of Dennis Lehane’s books (The Drop, World Gone By and Live By Night), JR Ward’s popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series and her new spinoff Legacy Series, also Spencer Quinn’s Chet and Bernie Mysteries, as well several popular new novels by Christine Feehan. Jim has narrated over 200 titles, was selected as one of AudioFile Magazine’s “Best Voices of 2015”, has received numerous Earphones Awards, was nominated for an Audie Award for fiction and was just recently nominated for a Voice Arts Award in the Mystery category for his narration of Scents and Sensibility by Spencer Quinn.
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My Favorite Quotes
Sometimes your whole life could hinge on a fraction of an inch. Or the beat of a nanosecond. Or the knock on a door. – Lover Awakened by @JRWard1 #Audiobook narrated by Jim Frangione #BDB #Vampires #RomanceTweet