The Chosen

Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book #15

By J.R. Ward

ISBN# 9780698192980

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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

*Beware of Spoilers*

Layla had been seeing Xcor in secret until he ended things.  Now the Brotherhood has him as they wait to dole out his punishment, death, for trying to kill the king.  And, if all of that wasn’t bad enough, Qhuinn just discovered that Layla’s been secretly seeing Xcor and wants her rights to their twins terminated.  Nobody knows the wonderful male that Xcor can be and she’s about to lose everything.

Layla has opened Xcor’s eyes and now he no longer has aspirations for the throne, but is ready to follow and support the king fully.  But his death sentence is near and it’s too late to prove that he’s a changed male.  However, when Qhuinn comes to confront him about Layla and end him once and for all, the unthinkable happens.  Xcor escapes!

The threat of the Band of Bastards seems to be non-existent now that Xcor has changed his view on things, but Throe isn’t ready to give up on the throne quite so easily.  And, now he’s more powerful than ever as he builds his army and prepares to attack.

This was another enjoyable read in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.  I thought it would focus more on Layla and Xcor and because of their connection to Layla, Blay and Qhuinn than this book actually did.  They were definitely a focus, but there was a lot of other things going on with problems between Vishous and Jane, the struggles Thor is having with the passing of Wellsie’s birthday, and the fact that he hasn’t been able to take his anger out on Xcor as he wishes.  Blay and Qhuinn also hit a bump in the road with how Qhuinn is handling the situation with Layla and the twins.  However, when disaster strikes everyone comes together like a family should!

It really bothered me that it seemed that Layla was more concerned about Xcor than her own children though.  When Xcor got injured it was like she completely forgot that she left them in the sanctuary.  She just seemed very sex obsessed in this book, always trying to find a way to get Xcor in bed with her.  Ward tried to make it seem like Layla was so tough and fierce in this book, but I thought she was the same weak sheltered Chosen she’s always been.

And, boy was Hharm an ass in his day!  Geez!  I never knew Tohr had such a douche for a father.

We also get to see Trez as he continues to mourn Selena’s death only to be confronted by a woman that looks and sounds just like his deceased shellan.

I’m a little bummed that Throe is going even further down the bad boy rabbit hole.  I’ve had hope that he’d eventually flip to the side of the good guys and join the Brotherhood.

And, we finally find out who will be taking the Scribe Virgin’s place and I have to say I love it!

This was a good book and the ending had me grinning like an idiot!  Now I go back to impatiently waiting for the next installment!