A scorching forbidden love threatens to tear a rift through the Black Dagger Brotherhood in J. R. Ward’s newest novel in the New York Times bestselling series.
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.
Before I start my review, I need to apologise for my lack of reviews! I have had a couple DNF's and, if I'm honest, I've been in a bit of a blogging slump! My get up and go has get up and gone when it comes to my blog, so if you have any tips on how to battle the blogging blues, please let me know!
Anyway, now that is out the way, onto The Chosen! SQUEE! My boys are back!! Now, those of you who know me know I went through a stage of loving and hating these books. We had a few with so many side stories that, if I'm honest, bored me to tears but I kept going for my boys. I love these boys to heaven and back. My perseverance has paid off and things have slowly got better, the side stories not playing so much of a role and we are focusing more on the Brotherhood and, in this book, the wider role of the Bastards.
So, in the world of BDB, Layla has birthed her twins with Qhuinn and has been carrying on a hidden affair with Xcor, sworn enemy of the Brotherhood and that comes out with phenomenal consequences, not only for Layla and her role as a mahmen but for Qhuinn and his relationship with Blay (oh, those two, how I love them!).
Now, when I heard this was Layla and Xcor's book, I was worried because of the whole side stories issue and Xcor not being part of the Brotherhood. I was wrong to be worried because we see the brothers in all their glory through Layla. Also, this book is a MASSIVE game-changer by the time it ends, it completely changed my opinion of Xcor and his Band of Bastards. I don't want to give any spoilers away but there is a huge battle at the end that had my heart in my mouth and me praying that all those boys I loved so much survived.
Oh and let me just talk about Blay and Qhuinn. I love those two, I really do and this book broke my heart. Qhuinn isn't happy that Layla has been seeing Xcor and take things way too far when he finds out. We all know Qhuinn is a hot head but that was extreme even for him. His actions really screw stuff up with him and Blay and I hated reading the effect it had on the two of them. I just wanted to lean in, slap Qhuinn for being so STOOPID and then hug him.
All in all, I loved this book! It had my brothers in it and, of course, Lassiter who well, let's just say there's an interesting development with his story... I love it and I cannot wait to see what the various members of the Brotherhood have to say when they find out about it! That will definitely make for an interesting scene to read.
For me this book really completes the return to the old books of the series, of course, I want more of the Brothers (I always do)! Their interactions with each other are my favourite scenes and every one of theri communal scenes in this book had me smiling and laughing. Now the news has broken that the next book will Assail's and Sola's which again, has me worried since I never felt much for either of those characters but I have faith things are on the up!