Here you have it: It's FINALLY HERE! We took to Twitter and found some of the most epic reactions to all of the events in J.R. Ward’s The Chosen (Black Dagger Brotherhood #15), out today. This post is made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended only as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back.
(If you're not ready to discuss The Chosen, check out our post talking about J.R. Ward's Bourbon Kings finale, see which Black Dagger Brotherhood book earned a spot in our list of the 7 most romantic scenes in fiction, and then discuss Ward's take on Death and the Afterlife).
MAJOR SPOILERS IN THE COMMENTS.
SPOILERS SO MAJOR THEY WILL RUIN THE BOOK FOR YOU IF YOU HAVEN’T READ IT.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
***LAST CHANCE: Seriously, leave this post now if you haven’t finished The Chosen. This is a post to discuss the entire book. ***
From our friends on Twitter, we learned:
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Note: Our Blogger, Kate Rothwell, is still in the process of reading the book, stay tuned for more commentary in the comments!
I’m not done yet but yes, for sheer readability, I like this book. Truth is, the rhythm of Ward’s language and her cutesy repeated sayings sometimes annoy me (if I never hear the phrase “shit-kicker” again, I’ll be fine) and yet something in that same writing always sucks me right into her books. I can’t put the damn things down. As usual my attention doesn’t wander. Life doesn’t happen when I have a new Ward book in the house.
The things he does almost at the start (shooting off a gun in a nursery? Because he’s angry that his kids were put into danger?) and the things he says to people he “loves” . . ..That’s going to take more than a grovel and so far his groveling has been pathetic. He’s way too self-righteous. And Blay is being mature but I can see that he’s wilting because he loves Qhuinn. That set-up reminds me of a lot of abusive relationships I’ve seen—so this part of the book is a real wince-fest for me. All of the “I’ll die to protect my mate” thing doesn’t mean doodly if strong emotion turns you into a total monster to them.
And anyway, Qhuinn has spent too much of his time growling about That Slut Layla, going after Xcor, and not enough pining for Blay.
To be honest, what Qhuinn said to Layla ended him for me. He went from kind and understanding to a wall of abusiveness in four seconds. Nope, sorry. Done. If Qhuinn doesn’t spend pages groveling and in life-transforming pain at realizing his own abusiveness, he will remain done to me. Even then, well….we’ll see. I’m about half way through and I’d say he is no kind of hero and doesn’t deserve Blay, whom he shut out way in the most painful way he could.
I read on the reviews that Vishous also is a moron later in this book. Well, fine. I can’t wait to have another one turn into a horror show.
Hey, I care about these guys enough to get all ranty. But on the heroic heroes scale, only Xcor gets a 4 or 5 star rating, no, wait, the king, as usual, gets the 5 stars. Qhuinn? You get negative ten. Blay is ranging in the 3 to 4 at the moment.
Still to come...
So far (46 out of 70 chapters read. I’m doing an audiobook so it’s taking forever and it’s a real pity how my life has ground to a halt) my favorite thing has been a reveal about Lassiter and of course Xcor and Layla, though they’re kind of a done deal. The tension between them is resolved which I suppose is a relief. Maybe later on in this book, we’ll get more. Xcor’s backstory is good and Ward weaves it in just fine. I know they’ll have to part, but that doesn’t feel real enough to hurt yet.
And the apparent reincarnation of Trez’s love? Hmm. . . I dunno about this one. What do you think? She feels written to a familiar Ward theme—plucky character who’s apparently been rejected by family and poverty stricken. Mid-way through, she’s not a unique enough character to know if we’re rooting for her.
It’s been only a few months since Trez’s true love died. I’m not sure I buy the fact that just because the woman looks, smells, and sounds like his lost love she can take her place. That makes the whole bonding in these books seem kind of superficial. I wonder if readers’ outrage about that is what brought on this new character?
But at least she isn’t Qhuinn. Rawr.
And that left us wondering...
- How do you think Vishous' actions will effect future books?
- We've learned that Qhuinn does something pretty unforgivable... how will he redeem himself?
- Do you think in another life that Xcor and Wrath could have been friends?
- Was Xcor a worthy hero to Layla?
- Was Layla the heroine Xcor needed?
Have you finished the book? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!
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