Tuesday, 10 May 2011

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insiders Guide - JR Ward

Release Date: 12/05/11


Prepare to enter the dark, passionate world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and get up close and personal with each of the Brothers. You'll find insider information on the Brotherhood and interviews with your favourite characters, including a heartbreaking conversation with Tohrment and Wellsie, conducted three weeks before she was killed by lessers. You'll discover deleted scenes in addition to exciting material from the J. R. Ward message boards and the answers to questions about the series posed by readers. You'll learn what it's like for J. R. Ward to write each instalment of the series and, in a fascinating twist, you'll read an interview with the author ? conducted by the Brothers themselves. For the first time ever, you'll see a brand new, never-before-published novella about Zsadist and Bella, and witness the miracle of their daughter Nalla's birth. Also, you'll receive a sneak peek at the much-anticipated next book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Rehvenge's story.


To be honest if you’re a fan of the series this book is going to be indispensible, there’s something for everyone and whilst parts may not be quite as relevant to some fans as others there are some nice touches. First of all there is a short story featuring Zsadist, Bella and Nalla which adds some extra flesh, there’s deleted scenes, character excerpts from the message boards and my personal favourite Writing Tips and Advice including the original proposal to the publisher.

It’s a wonderful addition however there is the major problem that some of the information within is contradicted in later books and whilst this is a reprint of an earlier title, it would have been nice had it been updated to fix these omissions. All in, a title that fans will love and one that does give a fuller flavour of the authors world. The only thing that I would warn the author and publisher about is the abbreviations, which whilst it combines the forums with novel ones in one easy section, parts of it could be misconstrued leaving possible forum members from signing up feeling that its unfriendly environment.

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