Lover Enshrined

Lover Enshrined

Book rating: 03 Paperback Black Dagger Brotherhood

By (author) J. R. Ward

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  • Publisher: Signet
  • Format: Paperback | 560 pages
  • Dimensions: 107mm x 170mm x 33mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 3 June 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Hawthorn
  • ISBN 10: 0451222725
  • ISBN 13: 9780451222725
  • Sales rank: 4,840

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In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other--six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. And now, a dutiful twin must choose between two lives... Fiercely loyal to the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Phury has sacrificed himself for the good of the race, becoming the male responsible for keeping the Brotherhood's bloodlines alive. As Primale of the Chosen, he is to father the sons and daughters who will ensure that the traditions of the race survive and that there are warriors to fight those who want all vampires extinguished. As his first mate, the Chosen Cormia wants to win not only his body but his heart for herself- she sees the emotionally scarred male behind all his noble responsibility. But while the war with the Lessening Society grows more grim, and tragedy looms over the Brotherhood's mansion, Phury must decide between duty and love.

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J. R. Ward lives in the South with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in health care in Boston and spent many years as chief of staff for one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation.

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By Michelle Freer 11 Apr 2013 2

Having read all the Black Dagger Brotherhood series I was eagerly looking forward to Phury's story.
BUT what a disappointment, I'm not sure whose story it was, it certainly could have been Qhuinns, Blay's or Johns as they certainly took up a good amount of the storyline. Their buddy Lash had a starring role as did Rehv and his cohorts.
JR Ward spent an extraordinarily amount of time trying to tie up loose ends at the expense of Phury and Cormia's journey as a couple so the reader really never got know what makes them tick or connect during this very disjointed storyline.
The other part I was disappointed about was the inconsistency with the brothers relationships Butch,Rhage & V seem to be MIA during this book and Phury and Zhadsit twinship took a real beating, it seemed like neither cared about the other nor did Wrath the King who was quite happy to split the Brotherhood with what seemed very little care.
Overall not a good effort.

By Marianne Vincent 23 Dec 2012 4

Lover Enshrined is the sixth book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R.Ward and concentrates on the story of Phury and Cormia, but also expands the reader's knowledge of Rehvenge, Lash, Blay, Qhuinn, John Matthew and the Omega. Having agreed to be the Primale, Phury takes Cormia from the all-white Sanctuary to the Brotherhood's mansion. Once there, he procrastinates on doing his duty with Cormia, mostly from a sense of unworthiness of the task. Added to this, his torture of lessers and his drug addiction continue. Elsewhere, the Omega has a new secret weapon to unleash on the Vampires, with devastating results for the glymera; Bella is still pregnant; Qhuinn loses control in a violent manner and Wrath solves the resultant problem in a very creative way; Blay admits his feelings for a certain vampire; John Matthew confronts his fears and makes an impression on a female; the actions of Rehv's blackmailer threaten his health; Phury and Z resolve some issues and, after five months of whereabouts unknown, Tohr is found. While Phury is not an easy-to-like hero (I kept wishing he'd get over his issues, shut that irritating wizard up and get on with it), I liked how Cormia's character developed. Ward keeps the interest by adding new concepts: a tangible ghost in the last book, a fallen angel in this one, plus the interesting sympath features. Phury's ultimate relationship with the Chosen was a cute twist. I look forward to Lover Avenged. Warning: this series may be habit-forming.

By Shayla 15 Oct 2011 3

3.5 Stars
Spoilers alert!
Scroll to second part to avoid overview!

"I want you to love someone for real. Not like you think you love me."
"Please pay me the respect of not assuming to know my emotions better than I do."

Phury of the Black Dagger Brotherhood is a celibate the most noble warrior who had never seen true happiness from the time his twin brother Zsadist had been kidnapped and sold into slavery; his family had never gotten over the tragedy and his guilt had been killing him from when he had found his brother ruined from being a blood and sex slave to a cruel vampiress. He also lost one of his leg saving his brother and falling in love with his brother's wife Bella, the women he can't ever have has further intensified his torment driving him to break his celibacy vows in a way opposed to his nature and take his warrior brother V's place as Primale to the chosen to mate to one Chosen and breed with the rest of the 40 to ensure the survival of the warrior race again very unlike him; all to get away from his feelings for Bella.

In the prologue we discover that the Omega is brother to the Scribe Virgin and that he'd started the war among lesser and vampires was birthed from his envy of his sisters ability to create a new race. He has produced a son from the past; a hybrid of vampire and a part of him to defend against the Destroyer, Butch of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Mr.D a psychotic killer now the forelesser had been given the task of finding the Omegas son who has recently transitioned.

It's been 5 months since Cormia was brought to the mansion by the Primale after witnessing her forcefully tied for the mating ceremony and he has yet to make any move to bond with her. She had been spending most of her time by herself with books and her toothpick model until now; Phury had asked John to keep her company and he helps her loosen up and learn more about this word.

Phurys state is worsening with his the Wizard who appears in his mind tormenting him with his failures and driving him further into the ether of drugs and violence making him the torturer feared among lesser for he mauls them before killing. No longer trusting him to rebound, Wrath, the king suspends him of Brotherhood duties permanently. Phury later decides to take another as his First mate despite his growing feelings for her and how she soothes him for her sake since she never wanted this in the first place. Cormia on the other hand is beginning to embrace her individuality and this new world. And she wants Phury for herself alone.

Quinn one of Johns close friends slits Lashs throat for verbally abusing and assaulting him in regard of a rape incident that had happened in the past causing Quinns family to chase him out; he have been shunned by his family all his life for his mismatched eyes for they were a sign of imperfection, his deed now proving him evil. He gets beaten to near death by his brother and the honor guard sent by his family in the middle of the road. Revhenge, Zsadists brother in law has been having trouble with his regular doses of drugs that he takes to numb his symphaths urges. Dr. Havers hospital gets attacked by lesser and they abduct Lash, the son of the Omega. It was unfortunate that Phury finds himself attracted to Cormia after taking her off the First mate commitment and he definitely didn't expect her to reveal her intimate feelings for him but in the midst of heat and pleasure he abruptly rebounds causing Cormias anger to flair. All of a sudden Phury feels that Zsadist not having acknowledged his sacrifices to save him was a reason he carried the baggage till now.

Upon knowing the truth behind the incident between Quinn, Lash and John, Wrath makes Quinn Johns Ahstrux Nohtrum, a private guard with a license to kill to protect the person guarded. Meanwhile Lash works on his plans to start a political war within the vampire society; he kills his parents and head to Quinns home next as other lessers attack other glymera homes. Revhenge endures his regular payment to the symphath princess, his blackmailer. Blay is relieved when his friends, John and Quinn regard him the same after his confession that he's gay and about his feelings for Quinn as they head for the Brotherhood mansion.
In between his struggles with his lost role in the Brotherhood, the Primale status he had no interest in and his drug addiction, Phury realizes that he may have fallen in love with Cormia whereas he's chosen another as his female and Cormia is deeply hurt and torn between two worlds as she prepares to leave the mansion. All his reasoning evaporates as his bonded mate possessiveness roars out at the sight of John and his friends wide eying Cormias naked body as she act indifferent about it. In a single minded resolve, Cormia throws away all her obligation to her sisters and decides that she was going to let him mark her and keep him for herself but after it was done she realized that it would not change anything.

The male who had been living in a cave for month with the wish to join his wife and child in the fade gets rescued by the fallen angel Lassiter who intends get him back home. Upon seeing Cormia bleeding, John stomps with vengeance to Phury with the determination to defend her. The brothers wash their hands off Phury when they find him near death after consuming heroin.

Zsadist, "Look, you didn't fail me. Because you can't fail at the impossible"
"I wake up and panic whether you're still alive"


It was her dream come true when Phury declares his love for Cormia and seeks only her but she had to stone her heart for the sake of the race for there are only four brothers remaining, thus the Primales role is crucial. For the first time in so long, he's guided by his own voice rather than the wizards' destructive voice. Cormia helps him overcome his fear towards a path on his own life and he decides to honor his role as leader of the chosen just not in the way they expected. They live with a group of chosens who are interested in life on this side at Revhenges place and Phury works on curing his addiction.

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Lover Enshrined was an eventful novel that touched deeply on several secondary characters and was filled with twists and interesting progress. The plot was solid though I wish there were more on Phury and Cormia and less from the lesser point of view. While I love some adventure in romance novels it should complement the romance. I'm glad the author is getting back her writing flair after the mess up in the last book but I felt the romance between the main characters yet again was underdeveloped.

Phury is a self sacrificing hero who is constantly battling with the inner voice that drives him to the edge of his sanity fueling his guilt of having failed his parents and brother and being in love with Bella his brothers wife; all that leads to drug addiction, thus failing the Brotherhood. In an attempt to at least live up to his promise as the Primale, he has to give up his love for Cormia; the love that may have the power to bring him out of his inner hell. Cormia is a Chosen who lived by the purpose of the chosen but had been forced to be the First mate to the Primale as a punishment for thinking of herself, opposing the chosen as a whole; it was blasphemy to think of yourself. Cormias transformation and self discovery was subtle and I like how John and Bella played a part in it. My opinion is that it could have been made a more exciting journey than it was. The romance scenes between Phury and Cormia were well written but there were not enough of it. While I really enjoyed the story of John and his friends, it overwhelmed the main characters. John, Quinn and Blay were the focus of the book which was unjust. One major problem is the failure of Ward to show how Phury realized that he did not love Bella which seemed to be the reason he dipped deeper into drugs and wanted to leave his brothers and live on the other side away from Bella. The Wizard in his head was a good input; it depicts his inner turmoil and psychological state well. I felt Phurys transformation had the head and tail but missing the body.

Having touched the above, this book serves well as a foundation for the next bunch of main characters. It portrays the transformation of John, Quinn, Blay, Revhenge, Xhex, Lash and then Thor is back with a new character, Lassiter and Payne sister of V awakes. I really missed the brothers and their usual camaraderie as well as Mary, Beth and Marissa though. I thought John's character has improved in this book from the whiny boy he was in the previous books; the transformation was subtle and believable. There's an interesting connection between Quinn and Blay. I thought Xhex was more likable here and we got into Revhenges life more here; I find the symphaths intriguing. The introducing of Lash into the Lessening society was definitely an interesting twist; promising a more worthy enemy. Now, since all these secondary characters development is crucial for the continuation of the series, Wards should have written an extra 100 or so pages on Phurys and Cormias romance to rightfully call it their book.

Overall, I thought this was better than the last but still lacking with the repeat of similar mistakes. Nevertheless, a BDB fan should read it for the development of the future protagonists as they were the focal point of the book. If you're looking for romance, pass this. So far the best were "Lover Eternal" and "Lover Awakened". I would recommend Kresley Coles "Immortal After Dark" series for fans of fantasy and romance genre novels.

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"Best new series I've read in years! Wickedly sexy and just plain fun." -- Lisa Gardner