Review: Prisoner of Night
Prisoner of Night (Black Dagger Brotherhood #16.5)
by J.R. Ward
Published January 7th 2019 by Gallery Books
From #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward comes an unforgettable story of passion and vengeance in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world.
When Ahmare’s brother is abducted, there is nothing she won’t do to get him back safely. She is unprepared, however, for the lengths she will have to go to save his life. Paired with a dangerous but enticing prisoner, she embarks on an odyssey into another world.
Duran, betrayed by his father, imprisoned in a dungeon for decades, has survived only because of his thirst for vengeance. He has been biding his time to escape and is shocked to find an unlikely and temporary freedom in the form of a determined young female.
Battling against deadly forces and facing unforeseen peril, the pair are in a race to save Ahmare’s brother. As time runs out, and the unthinkable looms, even true love may not be enough to carry them through.
There was a time where I devoured urban fantasy books on a daily basis. J.R. Ward was one of my go-to authors for said genre. I loved the BDB books. Not all of them, but a good many. But many moons have passed since I picked up a book in this genre. I recently had the opportunity to revisit the world that Ward has so carefully cultivated, and I couldn't say no.
Prisoner of Night fits between The Thief and The Savior in the series. Because this is a .5 book, it is still in the BDB world, but it doesn't really deal with the main characters of the series. Prisoner of Night's two main characters are Ahmare and Duran. Ahmare's brother has been abducted and to free him, she is sent on a task with a prisoner, who may be her undoing. Duran has been in a dungeon for two decades, and Ahmare might be his only chance of escape. Together, they have to overcome major obstacles, or lose everything they hold dear.
Ward always gives her characters interesting backstories and characteristics. Her characters are flawed, yet you can't help but cheer for them. Ahmare and Duran complement each other with their strengths and weaknesses. The story line was fast paced and exciting. I didn't love this book like I love some of the earlier books in this series, but I was entertained nonetheless.
It was nice to go back and revisit this world. Looking at the series list on Goodreads, I see I have some catching up to do though. New readers will be able to jump into this series with little trouble. Urban fantasy readers will enjoy Prisoner of Night.
*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley. This in no way influenced my opinion.