|The Shadows by J.R. Ward|
Author: J.R. Ward
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication Date: March 31, 2014
While reading this latest release of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series I was very excited to finally get the story of the Shadow brothers Trez and iAm because in the previous books we have read about them though it was only a tease. I wanted to finally understand the Shadow brothers who captivated me from the first time I read about them. I also wanted to find out how it would turn out between the Chosen Serena and Trez who since they first laid eyes on each other have been slowly trying not to fall in love with one another. Trez is such a complex character since he’s a Shadow surrounded by vampires that he has grown to care about and also who have come to accept him and his twin brother iAm without completely knowing all about their background. Reading this novel was a bit frustrating because the novel followed so many different characters but reading about Trez and Serena was heart breaking since we find out that she has a human disease that is fatal. It was fun to reading about Rhage and Mary again since we haven’t read too much about what was going on with them since their story in Lover Eternal. Rhage is going thru something in this novel that had me a bit confused on what is going on with him since he seemed to be getting some sort of panic attacks whenever something bad would happen to someone in the Brotherhood. I’m wondering if maybe in the next novel or so we will finally know what is going on with him like when Ward decided to go back to Wrath and his life with half vampire Queen Beth in the novel The King.
I was not happy with the way this story ended which is the second time it’s happened while reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood. The first time I very upset with the end of one of the books was when I finished reading Lover Unbound the story about Vishous and the human surgeon Dr. Jane Whitcomb. Jane was murdered though they were able to be together since she became a sort of ghost, which Vishous would be able to interact and touch. It was not the happily ever after that I would have liked for both of them but I figured at least they would be together and live their lives as best they could. Now when I found out that things would not end with a HEA for Trez I almost stopped reading the novel but I knew that I would have to find out what would happen with Trez after he loses Serena and also to find out how things would end for his brother iAm. The novel does go on for a long time about the tragic love between Trez and Serena that could have been shorter since in the end they didn’t get to have their HEA. After finishing the novel I just wished that instead of dragging Trez and Serena’s story Ward could have written more about iAm and the Shadow Princess, which I’m sorry to say, I can’t even remember her name. They end up falling in love and getting the HEA that Trez and Serena didn’t get to enjoy since Ward cut their lives together very short. In the end I enjoyed this latest novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood though it could have ended better in my opinion and so I’m giving this book a rating of 4 Open Books.