Review: Prisoner of Night

Review: Prisoner of NightPrisoner of Night (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #16.5) by J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #16.5
Published by Gallery Books on January 7, 2019
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 176
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four-half-stars

FINAL DECISION: I really enjoyed this story. Damaged hero, strong independent heroine, lots of action and an engrossing love story makes for a really good story set in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world.

THE STORY: Ahmare will do anything to get her brother returned to her — even kill. When she is forced to recover the beloved of the man who is holding her brother hostage, Ahmare is paired with another of the man’s prisoners in her quest. Duran has been imprisoned for decades after being betrayed by his father. It is now time for Duran’s vengeance so while he is on Ahmare’s quest, he has his own agenda.

OPINION: This was an enjoyable foray into the Black Dagger World where the familiar characters exist, but are not present in this story. I really enjoyed this story which is primarily focused on the relationship between Ahmare and Duran. This more intense focus on the two characters and the situation made the story more intense.

Duran is a very broken vampire as the story begins. Held and tortured for decades, he only has one mission on his mind. I loved his character because he is so damaged and yet manages to find the way to be kind and gentle with Ahmare.

Ahmare is a good person who has dipped her toe in the dark side in order to save her brother. Now she wonders whether things will ever be good again. She is incredibly strong and does what is necessary.

These are two characters where the darkness of life challenges them. In one another, they find some of the good and lightness in life.

The plot works well and had action and excitement. This is a nicely focused story. Everything and everyone is nicely wrapped up by the end.

WORTH MENTIONING: This is a much shorter story than the usual BDB book, but is full and complete in itself.

CONNECTED BOOKS: PRISONER OF NIGHT is book 16.5 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. While this book takes place in the BDB world, it is not necessary to read the prior books to enjoy this one and it can be read as a standalone.

It is a nice introduction into the BDB universe for those who haven’t had the pleasure of reading the series.

STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.

 

four-half-stars

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