Blood Vow: Like a Picture of a Divided Country

Blood Vow
Black Dagger Legacy #2
By: J.R. Ward
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Genre: Fiction – Romance – Paranormal – General
Release Date: December 06, 2016
14 Hours
ISBN: 9781524756390
12 Unabridged CDs/Unabridged Download


I voluntarily reviewed a review copy of this book provided by the publisher.  No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

The Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to train the best of the best to join them in the deadly battle against the Lessening Society. Among the new recruits, Axe proves to be a cunning and vicious fighter—and also a loner isolated because of personal tragedy. When an aristocratic female needs a bodyguard, Axe takes the job, though he’s unprepared for the animal attraction that flares between him and the one he is sworn to protect.

For Elise, who lost her first cousin to a grisly murder, Axe’s dangerous appeal is enticing—and possibly a distraction from her grief. But as they delve deeper into her cousin’s death, and their physical connection grows into so much more, Axe fears that the secrets he keeps and his tortured conscience will tear them apart.

Rhage, the Brother with the biggest heart, knows all about self-punishing, and he wants to help Axe reach his full potential. But when an unexpected arrival threatens Rhage and Mary’s new family, he finds himself back in the trenches again, fighting against a destiny that will destroy all he holds most dear.

As Axe’s past becomes known, and fate seems to be turning against Rhage, both males must reach deep—and pray that love, rather than anger, will be their lantern in the darkness.


My Take Oblong Shaped

I was neither offended nor thrilled by this chapter in the Black Dagger Brotherhood Saga and Spin-Off.

As the elder bros step back from the action one story line – that of Rhage and Mary, has continued as a thread in the series. This thread has to do with adoption, family, love and selflessness.  It is pretty emotional and teary and Frangione does a good job voicing a young girl.

At the same time the Brothers are training new members for the BDB. They come with all the same issues as the old gang but the presence of 2 women on the BDB has opened up the job to women. This is very forward for the vampire culture, and one father decides to ask for the right to seclude his daughter until he can locate a suitable male for her. I don’t even understand how they could make the roles such that women are able to fight but are still expected to be dutiful and deferential daughters.

I kept thinking, “What!?” Wrath (the King) couldn’t possibly consider that father’s request as he is allowing women greater rights. That quandary was not resolved although the issue was.

This new series explores what we called in the 1960s, a generation gap represented by  the clash between the fathers in the upper classes and the new guard.  The catalyst for the change is the BDB and Wrath’s finally accepting his throne a few books back.

My question is whether this new group of student-Brotherhood members can have the same appeal as the old guard. They came to us already as a group. This new group is not as compelling for me. They don’t all live in the BDB house and have a lot of different backgrounds.

I also wonder about the fragility of the vampires these days in the battle against the creepy as ever Lessers. I would like to see if the series can continue as well without them.  A lot less substance abuse and such is happening in these later books.

In any event, while it was interesting and had a lot of suspense about the future of some of the older brothers and the disposition of family issues, it just fell flat for me.

Frangione did a great job with the multitude of voices, genders, and classes in the book. 

Speaking of classes and wealth, the Vampire people have a huge gap between the ruling class and the commoners. This is cultural but it reminded me a lot of the current state America is supposed to be in. I thought it offered an interesting parallel.

It also fit in with the holidays!

A must read for the series aficionado, but not a real standout.


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