I have to admit that I was skeptical when I was reading this book.
For those that have read J.R. Ward BDB series, you will totally understand what I am talking about. For those that haven’t, I hope my review will intrigue you to read the series as it is the best vampire series that I have ever read!
This book is about Layla, The Chosen, as she deals with her love for her children, her King, and her love for Xcor, the leader of the Band of Bastards.
Layla is also dealing with post partum depression. Heavily weighed down by her guilt of going out to see Xcor while she was pregnant with Qhuinn’s young. Feeling guilty for her feelings for Xcor, the traitor that tried to assassinate Wrath, the King of their species. Even though she tries, she tries to hide her feeling from Qhuinn and Blay, the fathers of her children, Lyric and Rhampage. But Qhuinn can see that something is wrong and that she is hiding it from everyone. It’s only when he finally talks to her about what she is hiding that everything comes out. Thinking that they are on the same page, Layla admits of her transgressions in sneaking out to see, feeding and her love for Xcor.
Qhuinn loses his mind!
Literally. Which leads to bad choices on his part in more ways than one. He loses Blay to words that were said in the heat of the moment. The King has removed him from that part of the castle due to his irrational actions.
Ever since the attempted assassination of Wrath, Tohr has been the one that wanted to have first shot at taking down Xcor. But with the revelation that Layla has admitted to, Qhuinn now wants a piece too. Xcor is still a captive hidden away in the Brotherhoods secret cave hidden on the side of the mountain where the Kings castle is hidden. After being in a conscienceless sleep for the past month, Xcor finally awakens, only to find that he does not want to harm the King or the Black Dagger Brotherhood. All he can think of is The Chosen, Layla.
Now this is where I had to push through. I’m not a fan of Xcor. With this book, you get to read more of his memories from his birth and throughout his life. It was a little long, but worth it in the end. Xcor does show his worth by lining his allegiance to the Wrath. And with that the Band of Bastards follow suit in following Xcor’s allegiance to the King. With this allegiance, the Bastards agreed to go back to the old country, leaving Caldwell to be taken care of by BDB.
Now, in my reviews, I don’t recall if I’ve ever spoke about Lassiter. The Angel that brought Tohr back to the compound. He can be funny, but also a pain the ass. Now in this, he gave cryptic messages to Layla, the Chosen, about her situation and what is in store for her in the future. NO SPOILERS are being given. But he works in mysterious ways to work out for those associated with BDB.