Monday, January 19, 2015
Review of Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood #6) by J.R. Ward
Fiercely loyal to the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Phury has sacrificed himself for the good of the race, becoming the male responsible for keeping the Brotherhood's bloodlines alive. As Primale of the Chosen, he is obligated to father the sons and daughters who will ensure that the traditions of the race survive, and that there are warriors to fight those who want all vampires extinguished.
As his first mate, the Chosen Cormia wants to win not only his body, but his heart for herself. She is drawn to the noble responsibility behind the emotionally scarred male. But Phury has never allowed himself to know pleasure or joy. As the war with the Lessening Society grows grim, tragedy looms over the Brotherhood's mansion, and Phury must decide between duty and love....
Review: I was not sure how I would feel about Phury, as he has been slowly making his descent into being a drug addict for a while now. It seemed as though, once Z found Bella and Phury did not have to watch out for him as much, he has just let go of everything within himself. Things go so far, even, that everything in his life is touched - which is so true of how addiction works.
Phury has taken V's place as the Primale, and he is to be bonded to all of the Chosen. Cormia has been named as the First Mate, though she is not at all willing. Phury sees this, however, and decides to basically abduct Cormia and bring her back to the Other Side with him so that she can decide, on her own, what she wants. This actually allows both of them to draw closer to one another, though Phury continues to push Cormia away, along with everything else in his life.
Meanwhile, we see that John, Qhuinn and Blay continue to get closer through their training with the Brotherhood. One act, however, changes everything for these young men, as well as changing everything in the balance of the fight between the Vampires and the lessers. For, the Omega has had a trick up his sleeve, for many years now, and it is time for him to utilize this secret weapon. This turn of events also has lasting impact on everything - from the Brotherhood, to what Phury decides to do with the Chosen, and even to the King, himself.
I appreciated that the author included the option for NA meetings for Phury. One of the most touching moments in this book comes at the end between Z and Phury. I literally started crying at seeing this breakthrough in their relationship, as brothers. It continues to amaze me how bleak the future or the choices can seem for each of these characters, and yet, the author brings them through. It is not always in the easiest manner, and it certainly is not always with hearts and rainbows - there is always a balance that must be had, which includes bad things happening, but...she manages to make it work!