|Series||Black Dagger Brotherhood #7|
|Tags||demons, paranormal romance, vampires|
Caldwell, NY, has long been the battleground for the battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the Lessening Society. It’s also where Rehvenge has staked out his turf as a drug lord and notorious nightclub that caters to the rich and heavily armed. His shadowy reputation is exactly why he’s approached to kill Wrath, the Blind King, and leader of the Brotherhood.
Rehvenge has always kept his distance from the Brotherhood, even though his sister is married to a member. Because he’s a sympath, his identity is a deadly secret - the revelation of which will result in his banishment to a colony for sociopaths. And as plots within and outside the Brotherhood take their toll against Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in a darkening world - Elhena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him - and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.
Review & Comments
The three interlocking relationships in this book are a joy to read - although not always a joy. Wrath and Beth get some additional screen time here and it's wonderful to see the character of Wrath come back into focus this way. The interactions between John Matthew and Xhex are great in their realistic missteps. And both Rehvenge and Ehlena are wonderfully rich, complex characters.
Unfortunately this story is not as tight as the other books in the series. Ehlena is not integrated into the action or the other characters very well, the Rehv-Ehlena romance is hand-waved into maturity, and there are too many small but annoying unanswered questions at the end. (For example, what about the dopamine?)