Thursday, February 23, 2012

Lover Unbound by J. R. Ward


Ruthless and brilliant, Vishous, son of the Bloodletter, possesses a destructive curse and a frightening ability to see the future. As a pretrans growing up in his father's war camp he was tormented and abused. As a member of the Brotherhood, he has no interest in love or emotion, only the battle with the Lessening Society. But when a mortal injury puts him in the care of human surgeon, Dr. Jane Whitcomb compels him to reveal his inner pain and taste true pleasure for the first time-until a destiny he didn't choose takes him into a future that cannot include her...

My Review:

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Vishous was the son of a horrible man, one only known as the Bloodletter.  He never knew his mother, but suddenly she appears in time for his 303rd birthday, claiming he must take up the mantle for the Brotherhood by procreating with the Chosen.  He accepts his responsibilities, but not willingly.  After being mortally injured, he finds himself in the care of Dr. Jane Whitcomb, and he can’t help but want her over responsibility.  But will the future visions that have been torturing him and the destiny of his responsibilities prevent him from having the life he never expected to want.

So, this was better than the 4th book in this series, but still not as good as the first 3 books in the series.  Vishous has always seemed a bit of a loner in the other books, but here, we get a front row seat on how his life hasn’t been a bed of roses.  Full of his present, the visions of the future, and his tortured past of living in his father’s camp, you can’t help but get a picture of a man who has buried all his emotions.  Even his physical scars and tattoos just more reminders of what he has been through.

It is because of his past and present that seems to be why Jane is such a good match for him.  After the loss of her sister, and even the loss of her parents, she has learned to only depend upon herself.  Though none of her scars are physical, she carries a lot of hurt from what her parents did, or didn’t, do. 

I think one of the best parts of this book is getting a real beginning look into the Chosen community.  These women set apart from birth and by genetics keeps the Brotherhood/Chosen bloodline going, are extremely sheltered and separated from the world they are suppose to be helping.  You can’t help but wonder how they have survived this long with such isolation. 

I did like the pacing of this book.  It had a good even flow, with the exception of the first 4 or 5 chapters.  Those chapters seemed to drag out, I guess primarily because of the disconnected feeling Vishous seemed to be showing. It honestly only started to particularly pick up during the hospital escape (not a spoiler exactly, but definitely worth looking forward to if you haven’t read it…).  Also, very nice twist on who the actual villain is.  I didn’t catch it, until after he/she/it was caught, and that was a pleasant surprise. 

Overall, I think this was a good book, and I do recommend this book.  

Happy Reading!


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