The dysfunctional and abusive upbringing of siblings Vishous and Payne has scarred them emotionally and physically. In Ward’s latest Black Dagger Brotherhood offering, she tackles the lingering effects of this abuse, which makes this story graphic, dark and disturbing. As Ward doesn’t hesitate for a second to explore the extreme highs and lows of human behavior, her novels resonate with a darkly edgy appeal!
Having escaped the prison their mother, the Scribe Virgin, kept her in, Payne has joined her brother Vishous in the modern world. Payne’s freedom is short lived however, when a terrible accident paralyzes her. Payne’s only hope is gifted human surgeon Manuel Manello, Vishous’ mate Jane’s former boss. Suddenly Manny is plunged into a dark and dangerous world, but given the instant connection he feels with Payne, there is no backing down. The war with the Lessors continues and new players in the game add yet another layer of unpredictable danger to the peril Brotherhood and those they love face. (NAL, Apr., 495 pp., $27.95)