Rating (out of 5): 3 stars
Note: As with all our reviews, we may mention events of earlier novels but won’t spoil the book we’re reviewing. If you haven’t read the previous Black Dagger Brotherhood novels, please check our other reviews. The first book is Dark Lover.
At the end of Lover Unbound, Phury agreed to take Vishous’ place as the primale of the Chosen. The virgin brother agreed to marry the 40 women on the other side and make lots and lots of babies. So, you know, that’s going to go well. Phury brought his first mate Cormia over to the mortal side and has her living with the Brotherhood. The massive change is a bit much for her and she spends much of her time in her bedroom. The two rarely interact. He knows she was forced into this and he doesn’t want to be with someone who is being made to mate with him. Only Cormia really loves him. He wants her, but fights it. Instead he has John Matthew hang out with her in a platonic way.
While the previous BDB novel took a break from showing us the progression of things on the Lesser side, big things are happening with the slayers. We discover the Omega found a way to father a child, and had planted this one in with the vampires. Now, 25 years later, he will extract his vampire offspring and use him to fight against the vampires. No spoilers, but the choice here is befitting and loved this angle.
I thought I’d want to spend a whole novel with Phury. But between his scrimping on Brotherhood duties and Cormia’s toothpick-and-pea craft projects, he was my least favorite part of Lover Enshrined. That said, this novel is where I truly decided I needed to read more about John Matthew. And the Blay/Qhuinn dynamic is delicious.
Sexual content: Please, this is J.R. Ward. Graphic sexual content. Adults only.