Continues the saga of the Black Dagger Brotherhood with the story of Rhevenge and Ehlena. Not a horrible book, but not nearly as good as the first few books in the series. Definitely not worth the cost of a new hardcover, so get it used or at your library.
There were lots of subplots going on in this one. It set the stage for the next book (John and Xhex). There was a fair amount about Wrath. The rest of the brothers were in the book but only superficially.
If you like the series, I think it's a "must read" because the books build on each other and you would have information gaps otherwise.
I have to agree with another reviewer that there were alot of subplots going on in this book and made it a little difficult for me to get into, but as with the rest of the books in the series I did enjoy it alot.
The main plot involves Rehvenge aka The Rehverand aka Bella's older brother, and Ehlena the one nurse at Havers clinic who isn't afraid of him. Ehlena is a great character, she has a good heart and no ulterior motives ~ she simply wants to be happy and make others better around her. Rehvenge is an interesting character ~ what you see on the outside doesn't tell the full story. He is part sympath and goes to great lengths to keep that secret ~ although the brotherhood knows. As the story goes along you get to see his heart and why Ehlena is drawn to him.
As stated before there are alot of subplots going on in this one, which of course will set up future books.
There is the Xhex/John Matthews story ~ which is the basis of the next book in the series, Lover Mine.
There is the John Matthews/Tohrment story ~ which I hope works itself out. These are two of my fav characters in the series and I really am looking forward to seeing where Ward takes these characters.
Wrath & Beth appear in this book and need to work out some problems they are having.
Lassiter, the angel who found Tohr, is an interesting addition and the interaction btwn him and the brothers is hilarious
The Brothers themselves always provide a great amount of entertainment.
And the brief appearance of Payne ~ the Scribe Virgins daughter and Vishous's twin sister ~ makes me wonder what her story will bring into the mix
Although I'm not a big fan of Lash or the Lessers, I understand the need for them to be around and given space ~ and the fact that Lash will play a huge role in the next book.
The one thing that confuses me is why the Scribe Virgin isn't as strong as she was in the first books. I know that there have been changes, but she just isn't the Scribe Virgin I've come to love to read about.
But regardless of all the information being thrown at the reader in this one, it is a great addition to the series and a keeper.
Loved the addition to the series~! Story of Ehlena and "Rev", has great subplots on John and Xhex as well updates us on what is going one with Lash and Wrath. A must have for the series. I bought this in April but kept putting it off and now I can't wait for John's story. Its 550 pages and nothing is fluff, totally worth the Hardcover price.
To be honest, I was a bit scared to read this book. I am in love with the brothers and didn't understand why Ward wanted to write about Rehvenge since he was not one...but OMG what a story! I was so deeply in love with him by the end of the story, I didn't care what group he was a part of...a bit scare of the "barb" but that turned out ok too.
Lover Avenged is a great addition to the Ward series!! Those following the story line gets updates on many of the characters they have grown to read and love. Wrath/Beth/Blindness sub-plot, the setting up of Lash/Xhex/John Matthew trio for Lover Mine. Most importantly Rhev abd Ehlena's story. I thought it was fantastic actually moving me to tears a few times during my read. I thought Ward takes a unsympathetic gangster and transforms him into a like-able character. Ehlena is just fantastic and their story is beautiful!