Tuesday, April 17, 2012

J.R. Ward- Lover Reborn

Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment is a heartbroken shadow of the vampire leader he once was. Brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel, he fights again with ruthless vengeance- and is unprepared for a new tragedy. Seeing his beloved in dreams—trapped in a cold, desolate netherworld—he turns to the angel to save his former mate, only to despair at the path he himself must take to set her free. As war with the lessers rages, and a new clan of vampires vies for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between an unforgettable past, and a future that he doesn’t know he can live with… but can’t seem to turn away from.

LT's Review-First of all we have waited a very, very long time for Tohr's book.. I loved. it, I liked it and was not happy in certain parts. But LOVED it out shined the other feelings I was having here and there. Before I tell you about what I loved most about Tohr and No'One/ Autumn's story, let me start off by saying I have missed Phury so much in the past books it was really good to see and hear the real Phury come back. But i feel I'm still owed more but enough of that..lol No'One's story was so sad, all the pain she went through and then all the pain she keep to herself. No'One and Tohr were punishing themselves for hurt & pain that they didn't cause. It took a long time but glad at the end they fixed themselves so they could be healthy together, that's almost like real life, no matter how much you want to help someone, they must help themselves first. But when I see J.R Ward, I will ask her why so many stories at one time..lol other than that a wonderful read.
My rating: 5

Wendy's Review:  Loved it, cried & cried at times, hated it and had to put it down once or twice to gather my own thoughts and understand what was going on. Thor was so emotional that he actually hurt my heart at times and to throw in No'One's self imposed servitude was just so much to take in. John Michael going completely bonded male really surprised me but to read what he was going through it really should not have surprised me at all. I loved how all the guys came together in this book, especially when it was time for the Fade ceremony- ugh bawled like a baby at this part of the book. Lassister was fantastic and I am looking forward to him getting his own book. Knowing that Qhuinn & Blay are next is just awesome but back to this book. The Band of Bastards are driving me nuts, just when I thought I had Throe figured out Layla was thrown in and then Xcor too- seriously???
I've read a few other reviews from people saying they could not like No'One/Autumn because the liked Wellsie too much, well I was not like this reading the book, yes I felt so bad that the character died but to have Tohr miserable for years to come was worse to me than the sad feelings I had about her dying. I could really go on and on with this review but I will be nice and stop. My Rating: 5

Sandy's Review- Oh my what can I say. The book was great. I enjoyed everything that happened in this book. Loved seeing a nicer side to Xcor and I must say I was totally shocked at what he did to Throe. I did not see that coming. I also can't believe what Xcor and his BoB did in this book. I knew he was planning something but really didn't think he would go to that extreme. I thought Lassiter was great in this book and I knew he would come through for Tohr and Autumn. Let me just say Autumn is one of my top shellans. She was great in this book and I loved how she told Tohr about her feelings. I am glad Xhex and Autumn connected in this book. I also glad that John and Xhex worked out their problem. I was worried about those two. Also Quinn is becoming one of my favorites. He is coming into his own and I can not wait until Blay and him get together. I feel sorry for Layla. I was thinking she would maybe get together with Throe(one of the best of BoB) but no she has feelings for Xcor. Which I did not see coming at all. I am wanting to see what happens with Assail. He will be very interesting and can't wait to see what happens. Let me just say I was fretting at the end with what happened but am so please how everything went.
My rating: 5

Terena's Review -The latest offering by JR Ward is another hit in my opinion. As with most series' it is important to read the previous books in order. This series is especially that way. It would be very hard to follow the stories and to realize what is going on without having read the previous books. There are several different story lines going on at once in this book, with the front and center one being Tohr and No'One. It is a beautiful story of personal growth and falling in love in spite of unfortunate circumstances. Tohr is a Brother who is haunted by love for his first Mate, who was killed by Lessers. No'One is a tragic figure that took her own life with Tohr's knife, right in front of him long ago, after giving birth to a baby she felt completely helpless about, when it was conceived after she was abducted and raped over and over. Their story is beautiful and told in such a way that even though we loved Wellsie (Tohr's first Mate), we love No'One and him together also. Another story is Xhex and John Matthew. This story line picks up when they are about to go back into the field (to fight the Lesser war) after taking time off for what we would call a honeymoon. Faced with watching his Mate fight for and with the Brotherhood, and knowing she will be in constant danger, he has a hard time coming to grips with the reality of possibly losing her in a battle. Their journey together to get to a place they can both live with, allowing Xhex to be what she innately is, is both griping and heartwarming and brought me to tears a couple of times. And of course there is the continuing saga of Qhuinn and Blaylock. Fortunately for us and them, their story is the next book up and hopefully all questions/problems for them will be answered and resolved. The other storyline is getting us more and more acquainted with the Band of Bastards. At this point they are in serious trouble for an attempt on Wrath's life. It's hard to see how that can all work out, but I guess that will be dealt with in upcoming books. I am left with serious questions about Xcor and Throe and possible HEA's and whether or not Xcor is a good guy or a bad guy (he did try to assassinate Wrath, after all,, and he almost killed Throe for no good reason). And of course, last but not least, is Lassiter's role in this whole book. I didn't have a good grasp on him in previous books, but after what he did for Tohr and No'One/Autumn, I am now excited about him having his own book. There was a lot of questions answered, information given and information designed to put great big question marks out there, all coming together to make us true believers in the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I for one can't wait for next spring (ummm not wanting to wish my life away here) when we get to have more of their lives brought to us. I definitely give this book five stars.

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