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Reasons To Read The Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) Books


A wonderful author named J.R. Ward has created a book series that I am absolutely obsessed with – the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I’ve been reading them for about ten years now, and I’m still just as hooked as I was on day one. These books are a hard sell, though, because they’re part of the paranormal romance novel genre. We’ve pretty much reached peak vampire romance saturation in pop culture, but I’m recommending giving the series a go. I’ve put together some basic info to help persuade you in that direction – my only goal is to introduce other voracious readers to quality offerings they may enjoy!

Readers of my blog are probably familiar with my book obsession. I enjoy reading a wide variety of genres, but only certain authors/books really resonate with me emotionally. These characters make me laugh my ass off, cry my heart out, and everything in between. They’re vulnerable smart asses with hearts of gold and real struggles that you can’t help but care about. If you’re looking to get sucked in, these books are it. You know the story of the Velveteen Rabbit? Well, if loving a book could make it real, all of these would have sprang to life from my bookshelf. Seriously, the cover image is the books on my actual shelf and you can see they’ve been read and re-read to the point of nearly falling apart. That’s book love for you!

Black Dagger Brotherhood Overview

In Caldwell, New York, there’s a whole society of vampires living among humans. There are also vampire sub-species, which are explained thoroughly as the series develops. The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a collection of special vampires with extraordinary strength and passion; they protect the race from the forces of the evil undead lessers. They also fall in love, get it on, joke, talk shit, and fight a whole lot. It’s action, adventure, comedy, and romance, all in one!

Vampire Caveat

I know the titles seem a little silly (Dark Lover, Lover Eternal, Lover Awakened, etc). Don’t let that prevent you from giving them a chance! These vampires don’t sparkle. They aren’t traditional vampires, though, because they don’t drink human blood. They eat regular food but also require blood from other vampires of the opposite sex. They aren’t undead; they’re just a separate species. The author delves into their origins, anatomy, genetic differences, culture, and pop culture. It’s a complex, well developed fictional world that is sure to suck you in. Also there are some sexy sexy sex scenes, along with graphic violence. The fan base is mainly female, but the characters and plots have a solid male following as well.

Diverse Representation & Super Feminist!

The series as a whole is incredibly feminist and equal opportunity. The first couple books baaaarely pass the Bechdel test, but they become more balanced and feminist as the series progresses. I’m not going to get into why feminism is considered by some to be a dirty word, but please understand that I mean it in an entirely positive way. Here are some cool elements to consider:

If this isn’t enough to convince you, then you should consider checking out my Black Dagger Brotherhood character guide, and Black Dagger Brotherhood family tree.

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