Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Piatkus
Released on January 7, 2019
I enjoy perusing author emails and newsletters particularly when I get to read excerpts from future book releases, but there is a con to all the pros, waiting for that release. I read three chapters of Prisoner of Night a few months back and I was hooked and needing to know what came next. I pre-ordered. There was no doubt this book was getting read as soon as I could. The rest was worth it.
Prisoner of Night is technically the 16.5 book release in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I say ‘technically’ because in truth it is a standalone story set in the BDB world. Any one who has at least read a few books in the main series can easily pick this one up and do great. New characters and plot make this a fabulous bit of extra that packs a punch in its own right.
Ahmare is way outside her frame of reference when she takes a life- no beheads a person and brings the head along to an evil warlord type who is holding and torturing her brother until he gets what her brother owes him. He’s willing to settle for trade. She thinks they’re square until the sadistic slime tells her that she must recover his beloved and quickly before she will get her brother. He tells her that she has access to his weapon, but she must bring it back along with the beloved. The weapon turns out to be its own new complication that leaves her with a horrid choice when she grasps the full situation.
Duran has endured in that dungeon for twenty years with only thoughts of revenge to sustain him. The female who is on a quest to save her brother is his ticket to freedom and his revenge. A distraction like feelings for Ahmare leave him with a choice of her needs or his own.
The impossible choices this pair must make and the dire circumstances of their mission kept the suspense taunt, but set against that background is a emerging love story that had me cheering for them to find a way through an impossible mess. Ahmare is brave and determined, but she is kind and generous. She knows that she’s in over her head and she faces a horrible decision in the end.
I had a hunch about what was going to be unveiled as surprise twists because this is a novella and there was only so mamy answers there could be. Knowing some of this stuff did not take away from my enjoyment of the book. It read fast and easily, but there was depth in the characters, their romance, and in the strong plot. It was a fully fleshed out story for all its brevity of pages. I found myself smiling at the end after all that had come before it.
So, this was a nice side story for those who enjoy the BDB world. It happens separate from the bigger series arc though it is not a light and breezy story. The grit and suspense, the action and sensual heat are all there. These newly introduced characters are as engaging as many the series has introduced. I can definitely recommend not skipping this one or not bothering if a reader isn’t caught up on the series.
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