In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.
The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.
The first installment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series is the story of Wrath and Beth. This book was my first encounter with PNR, and the series got me hooked immediately. The characters, the humor, the erotica, the devoted friendship and camaraderie between the brothers generated such intense emotions in me for the series that I still feel a deep nostalgia for. It was such a beautiful beginning!
With all its little flaws, Dark Lover swept me off my feat.
Wrath is the rightful king of the vampire society, and the last purebred vampire in the world, and the head of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. The Brotherhood protects the vampire race from their soulless enemy, the Lessening Society. One of his brothers, Darius, asks him to help his daughter, Beth, and this request is the start of a chain of events that fundamentally changes Wrath’s life.
As Wrath helps Beth go through her transition from human into vampire, he can’t resist her beauty, and her strong and insightful personality.
Ward draws really nuanced secondary characters here. The brothers are ingenious, and it is also worth mentioning the appearance of Butch, who, although a human, will always have serious significance in the series.
So, the main strength of this novel (and of the series so far) are the amazing characterization, and the accurate depiction of emotions.
The enemy. The vampires in Ward’s world feed off each other, so they are not dangerous to humanity. Still, the aim of the Lessening Society is erasing the vampire race off the face of the earth. They want to destroy not only the warrior class of the vampires but all of the civilians as well. It is so pointless, so I would say Lessers are simply racist. And it makes them really scary.
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