INTRODUCTION | SERIES

darkloverGENRE:

Paranormal Erotica works, with a little Urban Fantasy and the frequent kick of unexpected Humor.

SETTING:

Caldwell, NY, which for some reason is the world’s battleground for Vampires vs. Lessers. Kind of like the Hellmouth. We have no idea why.

SEX:

Frequent, creative, and R-rated.

OUR HEROINE(S):

“Females of worth” who see past the Brothers’ tough, world-weary exteriors to the tender, yearning souls within, etc. etc. etc., and long to heal the etc. etc. etc. the way that only the Love of a Good Woman can. (The fact that the Brothers are, to a Vampire, hot as the flaming sun probably doesn’t hurt.) Some human, some non-. There are a bunch of Brothers so there are a bunch of Females. Notably, the sinister Vampire Zsadist takes as his mate a beautiful woman named… Bella. Nod to Twilight or just a name? We wouldn’t dare conjecture.

OUR HERO(ES):

The Brothers (not blood siblings) are Vampire warriors who protect and serve their race, particularly against “Lessers” – unsouled humans who are the Vampires’ sworn enemies. The Brothers’ very names bespeak their menace: Wrath, Rhage, Zsadist, Dhestroyer, Vishous, Phury, Rehvenge, Tohrment, and… John Matthew.

LOVE RIVAL(S):

It’s a foolish man indeed who’d dare cross, um, swords with that crowd.

SIDEKICKS:

Human Butch (who eventually warrants his own book, but still)and Lassiter, a fallen angel with a wicked wit,

VOICE:

Third person. (Although Ward has frequent and girlishly smitten first person encounters with her creations.)

VAMPIRE MYTHOLOGY:

Ward has built up a complex mythology around her Vampires. Rather than relating it here, we’ll recommend that you visit www.jrward.com for the details.

STATUS:

They live side by side with humans. And frequently have sex with them.

SOCIETY:

Small-town USA.

NOTABLE POWERS:

Ward’s Vampires can dematerialize at will and strip short-term memories. Some but not all can read minds. Also, they’re second to none in the boudoir.

CREATION:

Vampires naturally transition in their mid-twenties. Before that time, they are, per Ward, “physically weak, sexually unaware and unresponsive, and unable to dematerialize.” Vampires have children, who develop at an accelerated rate.

WEAKNESSES:

They need to feed regularly, and they can’t go out in the sun.

FOOD SOURCE:

The blood of an opposite-sex vampire. They tend not to feed on humans, as human blood doesn’t keep them going for very long. Feeding on a human won’t necessarily cause a human to turn, in any case.

OTHER LEGENDS:

None.

BOOKS:

Dark Lover (2005), Lover Eternal (2006), Lover Awakened (2006), Lover Revealed (2007), Lover Unbound (2007), Lover Enshrined (2008), Lover Avenged (2009), Lover Mine (2010), Lover Unleashed (2011), Lover Reborn (2012), Lover At Last (2013), The King (2014), The Shadows (2015), The Beast (2016).

RECENT:

The Beast came out in April, 2016…

Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself…

For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect—or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved shellan, is by his side and his King and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand—or control—the panic and insecurity that plague him…

And that terrifies him—as well as distances him from his mate. After suffering mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities—and the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world…and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from…

FORTHCOMING:

Xcor and Layla’s story, “a scorching, forbidden love,” The Chosen, is out in April, 2017.

 

OTHER MEDIA:

The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider’s Guide by J.R. Ward, came out in 2008. Audio books of all BDB books are available.

MERCHANDISE:

T-shirts and such at zazzle.com and skreened.com.

ANALYSIS:

So I’m alone in a bar, my long, silken eyelashes cast down over my violet eyes and casting intriguing shadows on my alabaster skin. I am weeping. Suddenly, a man who appears to have been sculpted of marble materializes before me. He is six-foot-four and has piercing amber eyes, flecked with obsidian, like a cat’s. “Hello, my name is Rhage,” he purrs in a deep voice that somehow makes me think of honey, warm honey. “That’s Rhage with an h. For purposes of clarification, I should mention up front that the gods have seen fit to imbue me with a gift for clever barbs, a penchant for leather, ten diamond-hard inches, and I can go all night. Your life is probably in danger right now.” Sound like your cup of O-positive? The Black Dagger Brotherhood books are waiting for you.

WEBSITE:

www.jrward.com

QUOTE:

“Well, if it isn’t good King Wrath and his band of merry-merry-happy-happy. I swear you boys should do kiddie shows, you’re so fucking cheery.”
— Lassiter, Lover Enshrined (2008)

About the author

KATE NAGY

Kate Nagy is Editor at Large of Geek Speak Magazine, meaning that like the Maidenform Woman (80s reference WHOA), you never know where she'll turn up next. Likes: home repair, thunderstorms, 80s references, and the Lost finale. Dislikes: home repair, big crowds, bad music, and the Joker in any incarnation. Yeah, she's a little weird. How weird? Visit her blog, Kate Holds Court, to find out.