Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment has been a heartbroken shadow of the vampire leader he once was. Brought back to the Brotherhood by Lassiter, the fallen angel, he fights again with ruthless vengeance. He’s told he must learn to love another to free his former mate and son who are trapped in a cold, isolated netherworld, Tohr knows they are all doomed . . .
Except then a female with a shadowed history begins to get through to him. Against the backdrop of the raging war with the lessers, and with a new clan of vampires vying for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between the buried past, and a very hot, passion-filled future . . . but can his heart let go and set all of them free?
To be named was to be claimed, and it made her feel … reborn.
Lover Reborn is the 10th book of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. It is the story of Tohr and No’One (a.k.a. Autumn), and as usual, there are many other storylines.
Tohr and Autumn
Lover Reborn raises many questions and debates: why Wellsie wasn’t saved, like Jane and Mary? Is it too soon for Tohr to move on? Does No’One deserve a HEA? Is their love real, or is No’One only a substitute for Wellsie?
I was disappointed in Tohr’s “development”, and I think No’One is the least impressive “heroine” and their “love story” is the least satisfying in the BDB series. Sorry for the quotations marks but you get my point, right?
I liked their backstory which was revealed in Lover Unleashed. It could have been a great base for the romance, but the execution was superficial, hasty, and utterly unsatisfying.
I always loved him, but now… I have no words. I hope he’ll have his own story.
John and Xhex
Xhex and John’s marriage crisis started interesting, and I sympathized with both of them, for different reasons. Sadly, it became flat in the middle of the story, and ended in a predictable way. But I still love them together, and like the insights of the marriage of Vishous and Jane in Lover Unleashed, this secondary storyline was also refreshing.
Xcor and the Band of Bastards
Despite their assassination attempt against the king, I can’t take the B.o.B. seriously. But the characters are intriguing.
First Xcor seemed to be only a power-greedy, not too smart maniac with a ridiculously absurd aim. Even his soldiers realized that “with a mind like his and plans such as he had, that was not a good combination.” Of course, these traits are still his, and just because he has an abusive past, it doesn’t make him likeable. But slowly it is revealed that he has compassion, principles, and he is capable of regret. So he has values, but also very bad political senses. I still don’t like him, but his character is definitely promising.
Qhuinn and Blay
Qhuinn is totally consumed by his feelings for Blay, by the anguish of their situation and his future in general. He still stagnates in the same emotional state, as he did in the previous book, Lover Unleashed. To my utter disappointment, I can’t see any development. He is still disillusioned, still jealous, still lonely, still in anguish, still feeling himself to be an outcast. He doesn’t communicate, not with Blay, and not with anyone else.
In spite of their book being the next one in the series, I felt Qhuinn and Blay’s storyline neglected in this installment. Of course their story has been building up since Lover Enshrined, so actually I’m complaining because I didn’t get enough of them in Lover Reborn. Qhuinn’s heroic (or insanely brave) act made me very proud of him, and I really looking forward to their book.
Qhuinn and Layla
Their hasty decision is questionable. We’ll see…
Xcor and Layla
What the author doesn’t manage to achieve with the Band of Bastards, she does with the attraction between Layla and Xcor. This thing between Layla and Xcor would make a nice conflict. I would really love to see it!
Seriously? Who’s this guy? And why should I care about him?
I missed very much the King’s viewpoint. Considering the political situation they are in, not presenting Wrath’s thoughts is a big defect of the novel.
All in all
Lover Reborn is one of the weakest (or let’s be honest, actually the weakest) book of the series. And now, for the second read, and also having read the following two books, I can see that this book was where the series started to go downhill. But it is an amazing and outstanding series up to this installment, and it will be always one of my favorite PNR series.
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