Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #2
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Date: March 2011
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war raging between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret bound of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Possessed by a deadly beast Rhage is the most dangerous of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetites. He's the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin. Owned by this dark side, Rhage fears the time when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him.
Mary Luce, a survivor of many hardships is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world and reliant to Rhage's protection. With a life-threatening curse of her own, Mary is not looking for love. She lost her faith in miracles years ago. But when Rhage's intense animal attraction turns into something more emotional, he knows that he must make Mary his alone. And while their enemies close in, Mary fights desperately to gain life eternal with the one she loves...
This is the second book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. And, for me, another triumph by J.R. Ward.
This time we have the story of Rhage and Mary. Rhage was an interesting narrator. Given that he has been cursed with transforming into a dragon-like beast whenever he loses his cool, his inner torment was both interesting and heartfelt. He can’t control the beast within and doesn’t want it to hurt any of his brothers… Enter Mary. She’s human, she’s ill and she’s very emotionally fragile. Together they made an odd, yet very compatible pair. They seemed to complement each other somehow. They both needed help with their lives and found a way to do that for each other. When Mary enters Rhage’s life, she becomes a target for the lessers, or ‘slayers’ and so for the first time ever the brotherhood have to take a human into their custody to look after her.
Like with Dark Lover, there are some great little sub stories being told alongside the main storyline in Lover Eternal. My favourite of which is the story of John, the young ‘vampire-to-be’ who can’t speak and is connected to the brotherhood in some way. All his life he has felt like he doesn’t belong anywhere until he is introduced to the brotherhood and it all clicks into place. So I’m looking forward to seeing what happens to him in future books.
We also get some chapters told from the POV of the lessers themselves. Their way of life as vampire slayers and their on-going evil plans to capture and torture the civilian vampire population into giving away the whereabouts of the brotherhood is disturbing and creepy. But this also adds great depth to the storyline. Seeing this world from both sides of the table, to me, is one of the greatest things about this series. And because of the variety of the narrators there’s never a dull or boring moment.
So, this one gets 4 stars from me. I don’t think it’s quite as good as Dark Lover but as Dark Lover sets up the world it was bound to be difficult to beat it. However, Lover Eternal is still an excellent sequel! Bring on book 3!