Blood Vow

Black Dagger Legacy, #2

“Blood Vow” by J.R. Ward effortlessly immerses the reader in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and reminds us of the violence and tenuous accord existing between humans and vampires. The wondrous connection between Rhage and his mate Mary as they are bonding with young Bitty is beautiful to read about and one agonizes right along with them through her travails and the threats to them as a family. The group of trainees including Axe, Peyton, and Novo are challenged by their instruction and interpersonal dynamics in addition to the unrequited attraction each of them deals with in very different methods.

It was so much fun to be included in this world and given the chance to see what was going on in the lives of favorite characters. Although it is mind-boggling to see the new generation of vampires and touching to see how these big bad warriors melt around the young, there are also the sizzling and intensely sensual interludes that characterize this series. I think what I enjoy the most is the cynical humor and extreme reactions that are provoked by folks like Lassiter and the contrast between the remarkable powers of these fantastic beings and their fondness for mundane things like popcorn and classic movies, not to mention their unconventional way of looking at things. This was a great addition to an enthralling and imaginative series, filled with emotion and action, and I can’t wait to find out what happens next in the lives of these beings.

This dark urban fantasy story is part of the ‘Black Dagger Legacy’ series that spun off from the original BDB series. A new generation is being trained and has its own challenges while those of the original series are nesting, for lack of a better term. Rhage and Mary are settling into their roles as parents to Bitty and dealing with all of the trauma and challenges in her life while waiting on tenterhooks to see if any other relative is going to disrupt the family bonds they are forming. Axe and his fellow trainees are struggling to finish training but his life is turned upside-down when he becomes involved with Elise, a female of high blood who is rebelling against the dictates of her position. And, of course, there are always the lessers, who want to make sure that none of the Brothers or their trainees lives happily ever after. In other words, sitch normal.

Book Blurb for Blood Vow

#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward returns with an all-new tale of paranormal passion in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to train the best of the best to join them in the deadly battle against the Lessening Society. Among the new recruits, Axe proves to be a cunning and vicious fighter—and also a loner isolated because of personal tragedy. When an aristocratic female needs a bodyguard, Axe takes the job, though he’s unprepared for the animal attraction that flares between him and the one he is sworn to protect.

For Elise, who lost her first cousin to a grisly murder, Axe’s dangerous appeal is enticing—and possibly a distraction from her grief. But as they delve deeper into her cousin’s death, and their physical connection grows into so much more, Axe fears that the secrets he keeps and his tortured conscience will tear them apart.

Rhage, the Brother with the biggest heart, knows all about self-punishing, and he wants to help Axe reach his full potential. But when an unexpected arrival threatens Rhage and Mary’s new family, he finds himself back in the trenches again, fighting against a destiny that will destroy all he holds most dear.

As Axe’s past becomes known, and fate seems to be turning against Rhage, both males must reach deep—and pray that love, rather than anger, will be their lantern in the darkness.

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2017 4.75