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The Shadows
The Shadows: Number 13 in series | J. R. Ward
**Goodreads Finalist for Best Romance 2015**Two brothers bound by more than blood fight to change a brutal destiny in the heart-wrenching new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by Sunday Times bestselling author J. R. Ward.Trez "Latimer" doesn't really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S'Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He's never had anyone he could totally rely on . . . except for his brother, iAm.iAm's sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing - and he knows he's failed. It's not until the Chosen Selena enters Trez's life that the male begins to turn things around . . . but by then it's too late. The pledge to mate the Queen's daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others - or forever leave behind the female he's in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice . . .
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TheSpineView
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This is book 13 in the series. One of the few series I have not lost interest in. I think because Ward continues to introduce new and interesting characters instead of trying to dream up new plots for the same set of characters. This book is mainly about Trez and Selena with some other characters mentioned and their stories advanced. The plot was surprising because it was not your usual HEA. Sometimes we don't get everything we want and that....

TheSpineView Made this book feel real. I also liked the character of Paradise and want to learn more about her. I am looking forward to reading the next book. 4 ⭐️ Also another book finished for the #SeriesRead2022 challenge. 1mo
Tera66 I love this series! 1mo
TheSpineView @Tera66 Me too! 1mo
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#BookMoods @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs
#CurrentRead&Selfie

Currently reading the two books pictured. The Shadows is an audio book from the library. The Transfer Problem is an ARC. I hate myself in pictures, so here is one from Friday last week riding Ready Or Not (aka Spicy).❤️📖❤️📕❤️🏇❤️🐎

Eggs Great photo! And covers! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome photo 🐎 ❤️ 2mo
Gissy Nice photo! 🐎 👌❤️ 2mo
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GingerAntics
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@julesG okay, so here we go… all together… Queen Catra vin SuLaneh etl MuLanen dev FonLetahn
#jrward #BlackDaggerBrotherhood #TheShadows #ProblematicCharacterNames #SayWhat?! #Who? #Why?

BookwormAHN And thats why I get a lot of fantasy books on audio 😸 3mo
GingerAntics @BookwormAHN you and me both… although I‘m not sure this counts as fantasy. Does supernatural count as fantasy? 😆 3mo
BookwormAHN According to Stephen King fantasy is a broad term that covers most genres that aren't straight fiction so yes, I think it counts. 3mo
GingerAntics @BookwormAHN cool, then this definitely qualifies. The names certainly make it worth the audiobook. That‘s for sure. 3mo
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GingerAntics
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It was cool getting to know Trez and iAm in this one. It was also cool seeing the amazing integrity and honour Wrath, the brotherhood have. The end is a real tear jerker, too. This book was also different from the previous books in the series. I‘m really hoping the second half of the series continues with this shift. The books really stand out from each other this way.
#jrward #BlackDaggerBrotherhood #TheShadows

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GingerAntics
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I think the biggest transformation in this book was iAm, honestly.
#jrward #BlackDaggerBrotherhood #TheShadows

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GingerAntics
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@julesG and we thought the brothers had some complicated names… Ward is really trying to 🤬 with us now.
#jrward #BlackDaggerBrotherhood #TheShadows

julesG Say what? How the hell is that supposed to be pronounced? 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG god I heard it a few times in the audiobook… no bloody clue still. Plus, it will probably change in another several books anyway? 🤷🏼‍♀️ However the hell you want is my vote. 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG Katie. It‘s Katie. 3mo
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julesG Makes total sense. Not! 🙈🙈🙈 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG 😂🤣😂 it‘s bugging me, because I genuinely can‘t remember how this was pronounced… but it probably won‘t get used often in the rest of the books so it‘s probably okay. 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG GOT IT!!! Queen Cot-rah vin Sue-Lynn-ah ettle* Moo-La-nin day Fun-ler-on (*Think nettle without the n) 3mo
julesG 🙈🙈🙈 3mo
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GingerAntics
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🤣😂🤣 leave it to Lassiter.
#jrward #BlackDaggerBrotherhood #TheShadows

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GingerAntics
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🤣😂🤣
Don‘t piss off the brotherhood, or this is how they‘ll introduce you to your king.
#jrward #BlackDaggerBrotherhood #TheShadows

julesG 😂🤣😂🤣 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG 😂🤣😂 thought you‘d like that 3mo
julesG Wait, is it pronounced Rage, or Hage? Silent X is a thing (one of the most un-silent consonants in my understanding, maybe silent R works too? 3mo
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julesG I'm tempted to write A Linguist's Guide to the Blatantly Obvious Mispronunciation of Fictional Names - Or how you can spoil the reading experience by inventing names and pronunciation guidelines that just don't make sense at all. 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG nope, he‘s still Rage. Now I want to see if that changes. If that changes I‘m out, too. You mess with the brothers and I can‘t even. 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG I would read that. 3mo
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“Embrace the miracle that was conception, incubation, and impending expulsion.”
So much to say about this line. It‘s certainly remote and rather cold. Incubation of course brings up thoughts of Amy Coney Barrett saying women should be incubators. 🙄 Oh, so much to say about one sentence.
#jrward #BlackDaggerBrotherhood #TheShadows

julesG Yuck! 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG right? She is talking about human views of pregnancy, so perhaps it was a flash of Ward‘s social commentary? Even this Chosen , who is fairly new to the world of humans, can see that humans think of females as nothing more than incubators? 3mo
ravenlee Then there‘s the politician in Ohio who thinks that pregnancy by rape is an “opportunity” for the victim. As in, she thinks that by being forced to bear a child of violence, the victim can become the ideal woman - you know, an incubator. Because that‘s what we‘re here for. 3mo
GingerAntics @ravenlee 🙄🙄🙄 I can‘t even. An opportunity!!! An opportunity for daily PTSD. An opportunity for daily flashbacks if this poor kid looks like it‘s father. An opportunity for her rapist to mess with her further when he sues for visitation rights because that‘s allowed in Ohio. You‘ve got to be kidding me. 3mo
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GingerAntics
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I‘m rather hoping Trez gets out of the weird “husband” sex slave gig and gets to stay with Selena. Fingers crossed. After finding out what his parents did to him, I was kind of hoping the queen would kill them (yeah I got problems), but them losing their social status probably does make the suffer more. Hopefully we get to hear more about that (see, problems); but first, some more sleep.
#jrward #BlackDaggerBrotherhood #TheShadows

GingerAntics @julesG suddenly, in this audiobook, Xhex (John Matthew‘s shellan) has gone from zex to hex and Xcor (head of the band of bastards) has gone from score to core. Eh. Not a fan. Zex and Score make more sense to me. Zexania sounds better than Hexania. Xcor‘s face is scored. It just makes more sense. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Apparently Ward said they were meant to be Hex and Core, so no idea why they were pronounced differently in the first half of the audiobooks. (edited) 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG I have to say I haven‘t heard “cocksucker” in a while. It‘s definitely nowhere in this book… I can‘t remember if I heard it in the last one. 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG primale has gone from prime-male or prime-ale to prim-all-ee. No idea why. It‘s really getting weird. 3mo
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julesG Oh no! After what, 12 books??? Even if it's been mispronounced so far, they should stick to the version we all got used to. 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG totally agree. It‘s really distracting. 3mo
julesG Cocksucker - Qhuinn said it when Blay and what's-his-name hooked up for the first time and he got jealous. So, book 9? 3mo
julesG Didn't she listen to the early audiobooks? 3mo
julesG Also, why come up with the crazy names in the first place? Next we know, Qhuinn is actually pronounced Hoo-een? 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG this is the 14th bloody title - 13th novel plus the novella numbered 6.5 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG I think that‘s right. It was certainly in Blay and Qhuinn‘s book. I‘m not sure it‘s in The King and it‘s definitely not in The Shadows. 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG I get the names being English words but slightly different. Like this is a different culture and society and these are traits that are prized sort of thing. I get that, but why pronounce them weird? If Qhuinn changes, I‘m out. That would be absolutely ridiculous. It seems to be this silent X thing. Maybe she couldn‘t have Xhex (zex) and s‘Ex (sex - the shadow executioner). 3mo
julesG Pronunciation "rules" would say (okay, Italian does it. Latin did it?) that an H after a consonant results in this consonant being a plosive/hard consonant. Hence Xhex is Zex not Hex. Silent X just doesn't make sense. Not at all. And Xcore being Core ???? like nucleus? The middle of something? The stabilising muscles in your body's middle? ? Nothing stable about Xcore, he's volatile. He might see himself as the navel of the world, though. ? 3mo
julesG Btw, I know it's Xcor, but my phone insists on the E 🙄🙄🙄 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG even your phone takes issue with the madness. lol Yeah, when a word starts with X, it tends to sound like a Z. I just don‘t get it. Yeah Xcor as score makes far more sense. He does think of himself as the Center of the universe, sure, but score as in cut or slice works so much better. It‘s more logical. He does love his daggers. 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG oh god you broke me!!! Every time I hear “Qhuinn” on the audiobook now, I think “Hoo-een!!!” 😂🤣😂 Clearly I‘ve turned slap happy. 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG I can‘t believe I didn‘t think of this before. Ward doesn‘t allow fan fiction. She‘s too territorial of her work… or just that pretentious. Given the strange pronunciations, I‘m going with pretentious. The whole bloody thing is pretentious. 3mo
GingerAntics THERE IT IS!!! Cocksucker made an appearance after all. Ward REALLY likes that word. 3mo
julesG Pretentious fits 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG 🤣😂🤣 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG bloody hell, has she run out of weird names?! Now there is a Craeg… like Craig. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Next there is going to be a Bob or Will. 🙄 But it‘ll be Xwhill and Bhobh. 3mo
julesG 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
julesG It's probably going to be Xwhille. Why not add a silent E too? 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG 🤣😂🤣 or perhaps it‘s supposed to be pronounced Willie… in that his Willie is his most prominent feature?! 😂🤣😂 names aways seem to perfectly describe the vampire in question. I wonder how Bhobh describes the vampire? 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG Xwhilleg… the silent g makes the e long. 👍🏻 (edited) 3mo
julesG 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG perhaps Bhobh is a female and the o is really oo. 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG then Xwhilleg and Bhobh can get together… I bet that‘s the next book coming out in 2023. 3mo
julesG 🤣🤣🤣 More tea going down the wrong pipe. 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG 🤣😂🤣 I‘m sorry… I think. 😂🤣😂 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG you know how they are males and females because they‘re not human, so they‘re not men and women? Ward is really wedded to that. Wrath was just referred to as “a good statesmale.” 3mo
julesG Humanoid non-aliens? 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG precisely 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG just had a thought. Xcor being score is literal. He has that cleft lip thing going on. It‘s a literal name. Core makes NO sense from that standpoint either. WTF 3mo
julesG That's how I understood the name. And I think we both said so in the comments to one of the other blurbs. 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG oh, I was thinking of his love for his scythe. He would score lessers as he killed them. 3mo
julesG 🤣 That too 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG so we have at least two literal reasons for his name to be score, and still exactly zero (and possibly a negative number) reasons for him to be core. It makes no sense. I wish she would explain her reasoning. We did find out that Xcor is the literal brother of a member of the brotherhood… well, Layla found out and it‘s going to come out in this book I think. 3mo
julesG Sorry, wanted to write that I'm curious whose brother he is. Then brushed against the wrong symbols and my phone posted nonsense 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG he is Tohr‘s half brother. They are both sons of Hharm. 3mo
julesG Do we pronounce it "harm" or "arm"? ?? 3mo
GingerAntics @julesG 😂🤣😂 that‘s still being pronounced harm. The prologue of this book is actually Hharm being a total prick at Xcor‘s birth. 3mo
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Lauren_reading
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Just cried my eyes out for last hour. This book was so good, but damn- my heart was just ripped out. JR Ward is awesome.

CoverToCoverGirl I adore the BDB! 3y
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staceynicole
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I absolutely love this series,
The first book was a challenge to get into but now I‘m up to number 14 and don‘t see myself stopping until I‘m finished

It‘s such an exciting and fun world

#blackdaggerbrotherhood #vampires

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Michollio
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Michollio
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📘 Dear god that woman knows how to break my heart
🍽️ Depends on the day, the food I have available, and how lazy I'm feeling
😨 A trip to Disney World when I was 8 and the Mad Hatter insisted on finding me a boyfriend
👃🏻I don't know about favorite. Maybe B&BW's Twilight Woods
👨‍🎤 Boundless Black

#FriyayIntro
@howjessreads

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Dariachick
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Omg... talk about book hangover im still crying with this one. READ WITH TISSUES.

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BeverleeWitvoetAbell
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Saturday night reading!! I always find it hard to put these books down!

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BluestockingDuchess
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Taking a break from working!☀️☀️☀️
#poolside #pool #jrward #kindle #ebook #lilly

JoScho All the pretty colors! Where are you in Georgia? 4y
Reviewsbylola Love Lilly! That water bottle is especially adorable. 4y
BluestockingDuchess @JoScho I am from Augusta 4y
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Velvetsun
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🔴 The footsteps he left on the white marble were red.
🔴 606
🔴 Amusement
🔴 Selena
🔴 Purple
🔴 Paranormal Romance
🔴 First -Trez. Last - Calls.
🔴 Black
🔴 JRW
🔴 Night
🔴 2015
🔴 Angela Knight
🔴 Yes
🔴 Yes. About 13 of them. 😁

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Velvetsun
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Only one day off this week. So, I'm planning on hibernating on the couch with a blanket and my book. #bdb #ineedavacation

TricksyTails Yoda! R2! Kong! 🙌😆♥️ 4y
Velvetsun @TricksyTails Well spotted! 😆 4y
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Lizpixie
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#TuneIntoNovember #day18 #Shadow The shadows in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series are a sub type of vampires,the s‘Hisbe, that can walk in daylight and have other abilities that “normal” vampires don‘t. Trez & IAm are brothers who escaped the community they were born in because when they were children their parents basically sold Trez into marriage(slavery) to the royal princess, which he has no intention of honoring. Two of my fave characters.

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Found this book the other day also at Kmart for $5. It's the only one of the series they had and I was so hoping it was the 1st one. But it's the 13th... the 13th! Why do they sell the 13th but not the 1st?! Just means I got some book shopping to do now though haha got 12 books to buy!

xMsBunny Did you buy the rest of the series? 😍❤️ 2y
InBooksILive @MrsDozer_x no I never did! I completely forgot. You just reminded me haha I've heard this series was really good too 2y
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Lizpixie
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#RockInMay #day5 #ScenesFromAnItalianRestaurant This may be an odd choice, but one of the Shadows in this story, a black vampire, runs a very successful old school Italian restaurant in Caldwell, NY. There's quite a few scenes in an Italian restaurant in this book. I wish it was real, I'd definitely eat there!

Cinfhen Leave it to you to find a nice Italian restaurant run by vampires 🙌🏻💕🍕🇮🇹😀 (edited) 5y
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sprainedbrain
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Day 2 of #feistyfeb

Maybe too obvious or literal as a choice for #shadows 😂

This is the next book I need to read in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I was keeping up so well, but now I'm a couple of years/books behind. 😞

Joybishoptx It's a lot of books! 6y
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Lizpixie
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#feistyfeb #day2 #shadows Had NO clue how to interpret this one, so I'm going with a book called The Shadows. Trez & IAm are brothers, they're members of a race called S'Hsibe. Called Shadows, they worked as bodyguards before running their own restaurant. Sold by his parents to the Queen of their race, Trez has spent most of his life on the run but now his heart has been taken by another & he will fight to stay free for her.

sprainedbrain My pick too! 👍 6y
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Synder
Shadows | J R Ward

Picked this series back up recently after a few years. Enjoying it as a break from academic reading!

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Sammidnightsun
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Wow I was in tears

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Sammidnightsun
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Love my signed copy now to finish it lol

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Aim4theNeck
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You've got to love a bit of Brother and Angel banter!

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Louisedr
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Love this whole series. Cant stop reading.....

Sammidnightsun Agree 😃 6y
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