Review: The Black Dagger Brotherhood An Insider’s Guide by J. R. Ward

Review: The Black Dagger Brotherhood An Insider’s Guide by J. R. WardThe Black Dagger Brotherhood An Insider’s Guide by J.R. Ward

Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by NAL on October 7, 2008
Format: eBook
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five-stars  

‘There’s an Insider’s Guide?  Gotta read that!’ were my first thoughts when I saw this book existed.  I always have so many questions when I start to really like an author and his/her writing:  What gave you the idea for this?  Tell me more about your characters.  What were you thinking when you wrote … scene?  Who’s your fav?  Who’s your hardest to write?

Yeah, all those questions and more were answered when I picked up this BDB extra treat.  It covers information from the first six books so I definitely recommend reading it after those so spoilers don’t hit you.

What does it include?   A Zsadist & Bella novella, character interviews, character bios, book discussions from the author, fav quotes, on-line chatting between the brothers, deleted/extended scenes, Brothers interviewing the Warden, and more.  Yes, it’s the typical stuff in a series extra guide, but-

It’s all written by J.R. Ward and it is done in her wry voice in the most interesting way- the whole thing reads like fiction (almost).

The novella makes the guide worth its weight without the rest, but the rest was totally awesome too.  Loved the story, Father Mine, told of what happens after Nalla for Zsadist and Bella when ‘real’ life isn’t so Happy Ever After for the couple.  But all the other pieces were what answered so many of my questions and it even answered questions that I didn’t even know I had.  I was so fascinated by getting this unique opportunity that J.R. Ward provided for her fans and readers to get so far inside her head.

I whole-heartily recommend (insist you read) this book of extras for any Black Dagger Brotherhood fan who has cleared their reading to at least book six (Phury’s story).

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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.
  • I love this series. Especially Zsadist and Bella. Lately the series hasn’t grabbed my interest and the next one may very well be my last unfortunately.