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Book Review: Lover Enshrined July 4, 2008

Posted by battysgirl in Books, Reviews.


Lover Enshrined

J. R. Ward

Date: June 3, 2008 —   $7.99 —  Book

Three and a half stars (of a possible four, of course)






From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Wards’s terrific latest picks up the Black Dagger Brotherhood of vampires where Lover Unbound left off. Phury, a sworn Brother who has also become the Primale, is wrestling with a destiny he doesn’t want, an addiction he can’t handle and an insurmountable feeling of inadequacy that bleeds over into his love for Cormia, his Chosen First Mate. He holes up at the Brotherhood’s rural New York base. The Omega, bent on destroying the vampire race, is meanwhile growing ever stronger, and his long-held plan to destroy the Brothers, via the Lessening Society, is coming to fruition. Younger Brotherhood trainees John Matthew, Qhuinn and Blaylock are learning what it means to come of age and are immersed in their own drama with Qhuinn’s malicious cousin, Lash. The stories all reach a shared climax, leading to explosive revelations that set up the next book beautifully. Focusing less on Phury and Cormia and more on the Omega’s plot amps the tension on all sides. A subplot involving Rhevenge, John Matthew and the female symphath Xhex is particularly exciting, with Ward diving into varied subspecies, sexual predilections and questions of identity. Ward has outdone herself with this latest Brotherhood novel. (June)
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From Batty’s Girl

Since reading my first Brotherhood novel last year, I’ve enjoyed each new installment by J. R. Ward.  This one was no different, and I enjoyed the fact that she was gearing up the background information for other novels with the side stories in this one.

That being said, and this is a personal opinion, of course, I found it hard to like Phury much in this book.  I used to think he was a wonderful Brother, but I can’t get beyond his bad side… similar to how I never quite liked the book based on his brother Z… can you really become that much of a good person after having been so terrible?  I would like to think so, but jeez, she makes it look like it can happen overnight and is easy and I don’t find them likeable that quickly… although, in her defense, she makes it known that Phury is struggling to be a better man and my enjoyment of this book was heightened after she did so.



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