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Prisoner of Night (The Black Dagger Brotherhood World) (udgave 2020)

af J.R. Ward (Forfatter)

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward comes an unforgettable story of passion and vengeance in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world. When Ahmare's brother is abducted, there is nothing she won't do to get him back safely. She is unprepared, however, for the lengths she will have to go to save his life. Paired with a dangerous but enticing prisoner, she embarks on an odyssey into another world. Duran, betrayed by his father, imprisoned in a dungeon for decades, has survived only because of his thirst for vengeance. He has been biding his time to escape and is shocked to find an unlikely and temporary freedom in the form of a determined young female. Battling against deadly forces and facing unforeseen peril, the pair are in a race to save Ahmare's brother. As time runs out, and the unthinkable looms, even true love may not be enough to carry them through.… (mere)
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Titel:Prisoner of Night (The Black Dagger Brotherhood World)
Forfattere:J.R. Ward (Forfatter)
Info:Pocket Books (2020), 384 pages
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Prisoner of Night is a between the books story that takes place in the Black Dagger Brotherhood universe. It’s short novel length, about the size of a category romance. The book is populated with characters who, to the best of my recollection, have never been introduced anywhere in the series before. It also takes place entirely in the Appalachian region of the US, far away from Caldwell, the fictional city that’s the hub of this universe. While Wrath and the Brotherhood are mentioned, no other BDB characters actually play roles in the story, so this one could probably be read as a stand-alone with little or no problem understanding what’s going on.

Ahmare is from Caldwell. It’s where she grew up and has spent most of her life. She’s one of the working class vampires who lost her parents during the raids, so the only family she has left is her brother, Ahlan, who has gotten himself into a lot of trouble. After getting mixed up with drugs, he now owes a lot of money to an evil, autocratic vampire named Chalen, a madman who trained under the Bloodletter and who basically rules his own little medieval-style castle far off the grid. Chalen is holding Ahlan hostage in his dungeon and torturing him until Ahmare brings him the head of the drug dealer who cheated him. But after she reluctantly does as she’s told for her brother’s sake, Chalen reneges on the deal. He’ll only release Ahlan if Ahmare brings him back his beloved, and he temporarily gives her use of a secret “weapon” to do so. Ahmare is a strong female for whom family means everything. She really would go to any lengths to get her brother back safely, but once she realizes what her “weapon,” Duran, has been through, she can’t throw him under the bus just to get what she wants. Ahmare is the perfect mix between a fighter who won’t give up no matter what and a kind, compassionate female, who gives freely of herself to her emotionally damaged male.

Duran grew up in a cult, where his father abused both him and especially his mother. He loved his mother more than anything in the world and vowed to find a way to escape and get her out. But she died before he could, leaving him devastated. Then his father, recognizing the threat Duran posed, basically dumped him at Chalen’s doorstep. Duran has spent the last twenty years in Chalen’s dungeon being tortured for information on where the beloved is, but in all that time, he hasn’t broken. He merely burns with vengeance, living for the day when he can take his revenge against his father. Then suddenly, Duran finds himself released into the custody of a beautiful female who needs his help to get her brother back. He doesn’t have much choice but to assist her, but he has no intention of going back to Chalen’s castle after their mission is completed. Duran is a very emotionally damaged hero who rivals some of the most tortured heroes of the BDB series. Aside from his mother’s love, he’s basically never really known anything but abuse, and yet he still has a gentle side. He’s a dichotomous character who ping-pongs between being viciously lethal with those who’ve harmed him and being tender with Ahmare. Duran is a deeply sympathetic hero who made me want to wrap him up in my arms and love on him.

Overall, I really enjoyed Prisoner of Night. Ahmare and Duran are both awesome characters, and I liked the supporting characters as well. Duran’s friend, Nexi, a female Shadow whom he helped escape the cult was a particular stand-out, and it was fun to see her get a happy ending, too. There are two reasons I dropped the half-star, both of which are a product of the story being shorter in length. First is that the romance is insta-love (not one of my favorite tropes), with Ahmare and Duran falling for one another within only twenty-four hours of meeting. The other is that Duran, not surprisingly, has a lot of issues stemming from his time in both the cult and the dungeon. While I wouldn’t exactly say that Ms. Ward glossed over these issues and I freely admit that she handled them as well as could be expected in this shorter format, it did leave me slightly unsatisfied that we didn’t get to see more of his healing process. Otherwise, though, it’s an excellent story with plenty of action to keep me turning the pages, as well as some tender emotions that created a strong romantic connection between the main characters. ( )
  mom2lnb | Jul 30, 2021 |
This was an interesting read set in the Black Dagger Brotherhood universe. Kind of a tide-over between actual novels, I liked this story in that it allows us to see how the "normal" (in Ahmere) vampires live, love and fight. The heroine grew up in what could be a typical vampire household until the raids that took her parents. With only her much younger brother, Ahmere tried to just keep on keeping on with life as it were, mourning her parents and taking/teaching self-defense classes. Her life takes another abrupt turn when a murderous old world vampire turned drug king-pin takes her brother in return for drug money owed to him. In order to get her brother back, Ahmere is told she must return the drug vampire-lord's most prized love. She is given a weapon, a prisoner named Duran, to assist her in her quest.

I did like both the main characters in this story. However, I find it pretty unbelievable that Duran could possibly turn out as normal as he did considering how he was raised (basically he was a prisoner for his entire live since birth). Although he was damaged, I think he was a pretty normal character overall. This was a simple, somewhat short story in this universe without any real guest appearances from the BDB characters. I would say that despite this, people who enjoy this universe of books should really check this story out as well. ( )
  Jenson_AKA_DL | Sep 8, 2020 |
It was an ok look into some non-BDB members of the universe. HEA, of course. Very quick read. Looking forward to reading the next BDB book on my list. ( )
  jpeterman | Jul 10, 2020 |
I have not been as deeply invested in a Black Dagger Brotherhood couple since Lover Eternal. Don't get me wrong. You are definitely reading a review from a certified fangirl. But normally from book to book , I feel invested in one character more so than the other in getting their HEA. And connecting with one solidly is not a bad thing, because JR Ward writes an entertaining adventure each and every time for this reader.

Wrath and Beth. Rhage and Mary. They have been forever my equal-on-a-pedestal-in-love-with-both. In a game of choice one to live, I'd tell you to off me because I can't choose who I find fascinating more. Until Ahmare and Duran.

Ahmare is driven by the need to save her brother. Using the 'weapon' known as Duran, she's going to make it happen at all costs. Duran finds helping her leads him on a path to finally realize the revenge he dreams of. What they didn't expect was a connection to each other. Once again, JR Ward spins a deeply woven tale that has you rooting not only for them to get the desired outcome of the quest they are on but to find a connection. I found I was captivated by the strength of character in which each individually and as a couple endured through the process. They are tested in ways that can and should break them apart. Being a part of their journey is what kept me engrossed for the entire read.

As a fan and avid reader, I hope we get to spend more time with the characters introduced here in future books within the BDB and BDB Legacy worlds. Now here comes the surprising part of my review...

There are 16 books to read and to some readers that is a daunting task. Do you start with book one and see if this is for you? Okay I vote yes. But... you know maybe you need a sample. If you don't mind only subtle references to the entire BDB world, I would actually recommend you maybe start here. This story is a singular look at characters without needing to know backstory on how they get here or those characters involved. JR Ward gives you a complete story within their piece of the BDB world that will have you scrambling to read more. ( )
1 stem karenhulseman | Dec 3, 2019 |
This story did not feel like a Black Dagger Brotherhood story. The story begins with a prologue that is 21 years prior to the main story, with Duran being tortured in a dungeon by Chalen the Conqueror. It was a bit confusing because it felt historical but we find out pretty quickly this is current times. Ahmare seeks to free her brother from Chalen and brings the head of his enemy in exchange for her brother. Chalen turns the tables on her and demands she find and return his Beloved to him in exchange for her brother. Chalen gives her Duran as a weapon and tool to find his Beloved. Another weird spot is after Duran is freed and in her vehicle he seems to understand GPS screens which doesn't seem to jive with the technology timeline, nor the fact he grew up in an underground cult that didn't use technology either. Another disconnect for me was how could he be strong and fit enough to fight if he was tortured and locked in a cell for 21 years? Even if he got fed from time to time it didn't seem to fit. Duran flips from PTSD and crying fits, to ferocious killer and Ahmare seems to be the strong one for most of the story.

I think this story could have had great possibilities but the execution just didn't work for me. It didn't even feel like Ward's style of writing. Except for a few conversational mentions of the Brothers I would never have thought this was part of the BDB series. This saddens me because I LOVE J.R. Ward and the BDB series but this was a huge disappointment for me.

You can see more of my reviews at https://wyldheartreads.wordpress.com/ ( )
  wyldheartreads | Jun 20, 2019 |
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward comes an unforgettable story of passion and vengeance in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world. When Ahmare's brother is abducted, there is nothing she won't do to get him back safely. She is unprepared, however, for the lengths she will have to go to save his life. Paired with a dangerous but enticing prisoner, she embarks on an odyssey into another world. Duran, betrayed by his father, imprisoned in a dungeon for decades, has survived only because of his thirst for vengeance. He has been biding his time to escape and is shocked to find an unlikely and temporary freedom in the form of a determined young female. Battling against deadly forces and facing unforeseen peril, the pair are in a race to save Ahmare's brother. As time runs out, and the unthinkable looms, even true love may not be enough to carry them through.

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