Book Review: The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood #13) by 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 created 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 Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from 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...

Release Date: March 31, 2015
Age Group: Adult
Source: Purchased
Reviewed By: Kelli

The Black Dagger Brotherhood series is my favorite guilty pleasure.  It's not exactly a series I'd share with my mom, but oh my word is it good!  J.R. Ward's vampire world is dangerous, sexy, thrilling, and consuming. 

Once I start a BDB book, there is no stopping until I've finished it.  This is how it goes for me each year: J.R. Ward releases her yearly BDB installment.  I have it pre-ordered on my Kindle to download at midnight on the release date.  I wait until Kaitlyn goes to my mother-in-law's house for the day (she goes once a week) and then I sit and read.  And read.  And read.  Until the whole thing is done.  These books are long so it usually takes me most of the day.  And what a glorious, delicious day it is!  I used to try to make the BDB books last a few days to a week and I never could.  I finally gave up on that pursuit and just focused on enjoying them while I'm reading them.

I absolutely hate waiting for a year for the next book in the series.  But...Ward makes each book so good, so intense, that they are worth waiting for. 

You would really have to already be a reader of the BDB series to understand what The Shadows is all about.  The world is so richly layered, the characters so well-developed, that I can't accurately summarize it in a few paragraphs.  Suffice it to say, The Shadows was just as awesome as I expected it to be. 

As usual, I cannot wait for the next book in the series.  If you're new to J.R. Ward, try her books.  You won't be disappointed! 


  1. oh I wouldn't share this series with my mother either, but I do enjoy it, but I have had a difficult time with the later books in the series, the complex plot lines were difficult for me to get through them, but one of these days I will finish it up. Glad you enjoyed this one so much.

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