Review: Blood Fury by J.R. Ward

Posted January 6, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 27 Comments

Review: Blood Fury by J.R. Ward
Blood Fury

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Series: Black Dagger Legacy #3
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Ballantine Books
Released on January 9, 2018
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher

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The Delight

Continuing the pattern of a young trainee and an older BDB character having two separate story threads running side by side, I was thrilled that this was Peyton and Novo along with Saxton and Ruhn’s stories.  There was so much heart in this one as these two romance pairs faced tough pasts along with some present dangers.


Blood Fury is the third book in the Black Dagger Legacy and cleverly runs a parallel side story within the greater world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series without stepping on any toes there.  While this series doesn’t need to be read in sync with that series per se, I’d at least suggest that it isn’t begun until the reader has gotten at least as far as The King in the BDB series so the Legacy series makes sense.

Peyton and Novo are both BDB trainees and have been around since they were introduced in Blood Kiss.  Peyton is a son of an aristocratic Glymera family and Novo comes from a social climbing commoner family.  Saxton has long been part of the BDB series as the King’s First Counsel and Blay’s lover who was set aside when he and Qhinn reconciled.  Ruhn is Bitty’s uncle who showed up as a fairly new character in the last Legacy book, Blood Vow.

If there is a theme to this book, at least at first, it’s unrequited love.  Three of the four main characters have experienced it and are hurting from it.  But, happily, they aren’t left to suffer long as the author slips in new chances for them all if they can get beyond their pasts.  Novo is a tough as nails chick who has her reasons for the titanium steel wall she has built around her emotions that somehow Peyton has a way of getting past even though she sees him as a spoiled rich boy at first.  Peyton has his own hidden burdens to bear.  Oddly, Saxton and Ruhn have the whole class difference romance and Saxton struggling to not get his hopes up a second time especially since he believes Ruhn to be straight.  While Ruhn feels he has nothing to offer someone like Saxton though his loyalty, heart, and honesty shine so beautifully in Saxton’s eyes.

The plot shifts back and forth between the two pairs with confrontations with gangster humans and lessers to keep things interesting.  I really felt for all of them and the way they were hurting.  I cheered them on as they found their romances.
There are a list of people I wanted to boot up the butt, but I think Peyton’s jerk dad and Novo’s witch of a sister lead the list.  Waste of oxygen on either of them.  There was something of a mystery to me of what was fueling Peyton’s dad’s hate and what was the big dark secret the girl that was being shoved at Peyton was.  I hope it gets resolved in the next book.  And man, the agony of Assail off in the background and Qhinn’s brother have me glad that Assail’s book is next.

Unlike the older series, the Legacy books are much less complicated than the older series that has a complexity of plot threads running through it.  I like the change in gears of going back and forth between the two and still getting the author’s fantastic writing and style and the BDB world in both.
So, I definitely recommend readers not skip this Black Dagger Legacy series if they love good Paranormal Romance.

My thanks to Penguin-Random House for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • I really liked the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, so I will most certainly enjoy this series! I must go now and check my library to see if they have any of this series. ☺ Great review!!

    • Oh yeah! Glad to get you excited for the spinoffs. I really do like them.

  • I haven’t started this series yet because I’m so far behind on the Black Dagger Brotherhood right now but it still sounds good. I’m sure I’ll like this series.

    • It’s a hard series to keep up with especially once the books got so much fuller and the story lines are zinging around everywhere. LOL But this series is back to the simpler times of the early books and I think you’ll love them, too, Mary.

  • I have this one pre-ordered on Audible. Can’t wait to read it. I am so ready for both of these romances! Great review!

    • You have a treat coming, Lorna. Maybe at some point I’ll do re-reads with the audio version.

  • i have never read anything by J R Ward, I know, I know… but your review makes me want to pick up the series. 🙂

    Sorry I haven’t been commenting, December was a crazy busy month but things are back to normal now 🙂

    • LOL, I promise not to whip you with a wet noodle. I have so many popular series that I haven’t managed yet, either. So many out there.

      And, no sweat. I never like folks to feel obligated. Stop by when you have a minute, but no worries if you don’t. 🙂 That said, glad your crazy busies are more steady now. 🙂

  • Ha! You will have to arm wrestle me for it. I love it, too. LOL

    I look forward to hearing what you think of this one. It was rather good. 🙂

  • I can’t believe she already has out 3 books in this spinoff series. I might read it one day.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads & Books of My Heart

    • Oh yeah! It’s great. I think she puts out one a year along with the original series. They’re great. I love seeing the different side of the brothers and Wrath as trainers and the older generation along with these stories about the up and coming generation.

  • RO

    I’m woefully behind on all things JR Ward, but I still keep adding the books to my pile. This one sounds really thought provoking, and I suspect I may shed some tears. Great review! Happy Sunday and HUGE Hugs…RO

    • LOL! And that ‘just keep adding to the pile’ part does not sound weird at all. I have so many series where I have a stack and haven’t even started them.

      It had some definite tender moments, for sure.

  • Shari Delighted Read

    I have tried to read The Shadows and The Beast and found myself drifting because they were to overwhelming with so many plots. I am in love with the Black Dagger Legacy series as they seem to be more on target and a lot like the first books in BDB series. I have this on pre-order for next week!

    • Those have soooo many plot threads that you feeling almost dizzy flipping through them all. But oh how much I loved The Beast’s main thread.
      These are definitely easier to read and enjoyable for their simplicity. 🙂 Hope you love it!

  • It is nice that you get the two series running side by side – the more intricate one and the more simple one. I did read the first BDB book and it just didn’t grab me. I’m not sure if I will continue or not.

    Great review, Sophia!

    • LOL, yeah, I was only meh about book one, but by Zsadist’s book I was hooked. But, its not a big deal if it never catches for you. I’ve got a few popular authors (Feehan) that didn’t take right away or at all.

  • I haven’t read this new series yet because of how she wrote the BDB series, so many complex plot lines that could be confusing. So I am glad to hear that this series is proving to be more simpler where that is concerned.

    Lovely review.

    • Yes, this one is written very differently and more typical of PNR books. I think you would like them, Renee!

  • Wow…5 stars! I really need to go back and read J.R. Ward. I loved the BDB series but just stopped picking up new books at some point. I think that this sounds really good.

    • Yeah, the series got intimidating in the size of the plots and books and there are always so many other books to read, too. Hope you get the chance at this one, Carole. This side series is as good or better in some ways than the BDB series itself. 🙂

      • I wasn’t really intimidated by the series at all. I read everything available and just didn’t remember to grab the new ones as they were released and now I have a lot of catching up to do. I have done this to quite a few series. That year wait between books gets me distracted 🙂

        • LOL! I’d like to say I’ve never done that, but oh man, I forget to stay caught up on all kinds of series.
          I think for me with the BDB later books, it’s not so much that I’m intimidated, so poor choice of words there, as much as some threads are more interesting than others. I don’t want to miss out so I read them, but with less patience.

  • Karen

    I gave on the BDB several books ago but man am I tempted to read this one after reading so many good reviews – even from people who have been disappointed in her latest books.

    Gah! I think I’m gonna cave lol

    For What It’s Worth

    • LOL! Book temptresses working on your willpower, Karen. It’s a pretty good one so I don’t feel badly about it. 🙂

  • I really enjoyed this one, too, and you’re right, there’s less complexity, less of a need to know all the histories in the BDB series. Some of those plot threads make me dizzy! Wonderful review, Sophia! 🙂

    • Yeah, me, too. I’ve read each book and I still can’t keep up with all that is going on in the BDB world with all those threads. 🙂