A scorching forbidden love threatens to tear a rift through the Black Dagger Brotherhood in J. R. Ward’s newest novel in the #1 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.
Warning! Mild spoilers below.
Normally, I would recap the story but not this time because The Chosen is one of those novels that you have to read from the beginning til the end. I will say this, Xcor and Layla fans will be very happy with this installment after waiting forever for their story to told. I’ll admit that I used to hate Xcor especially after all the things he did. Layla on the other has always been one of my favorite of the Chosen since she appeared. So it was a real painful surprise to see these two get pair up. In fact, I wanted J.R. Ward to kill off Xcor in The Chosen. However, after reading this latest installment, my thirst for Xcor’s blood just like Tohr’s has calmed down. Part of the reason is Xcor’s past which was a really painful thing to read. The other part of the reason is Xcor’s actions in this installment. The Chosen may not be my favorite installment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series but it was still worth the reading. Not to mention, The Chosen has given as looks of what seems to be possible future story-lines. Some good and some bad. Shame that we have to wait another year for the next installment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.