Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla.
Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear—even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation, and death.
As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.
It’s been a while since I read The Beast, which was the 14th book in The Black Dagger Brotherhood series. To be honest, I probably should have gone back for a quick re-read before I picked up The Chosen, but it didn’t take me too long to catch up.
Layla was in an impossible position. She loved her life for the most part. She had two beautiful, healthy children and two supportive males who loved them as much as she did. Plus she had the entire brotherhood, their mates and the staff as well. Yet, her heart belonged to the enemy and there was no way to be with him and keep her family together. That’s basically the gist of the story. It’s how Xcor and Layla overcome all these odds that keeps the pages turning.
As with most Black Dagger Brotherhood stories, Layla and Xcor aren’t the only focus, although even the side stories revolve around them to an extent. There are a lot of crazy revelations and some surprising outcomes. Hopefully it won’t be 2+ years before I get a chance to pick up The Thief and The Savior because I really, really want to read Where Winter Finds You… *sigh*
As for The Chosen… here are some of the things that struck me the most:
- More than one Brother needed a LONG time-out
- Wrath is still the biggest, baddest of them all and will remain one of my favorites
- What in the h*ll is V thinking?!?
- The females in the brotherhood are the only ones with level heads (most of the time)
- Qhuinn… I have no words… none
- Blay pretty much broke me
- Trez… Where Winter Finds You can’t come soon enough
- Thor… I haven’t been this frustrated with him in a VERY long time
I think that about covers it. Of course, there were quite a few other things going on and some added craziness on the sidelines that will be coming to a head soon. I know that there are lots of readers who think that this series has gone on long enough, but I’m not one of them. I love the BDB and will continue following them as long as J.R. Ward choses to write about them. 😉