I found Lover Reborn really interesting and a bit different from the rest of the series. It has all the facets I’ve come to expect and love about J.R. Ward’s work but it felt like she’d put something extra into Lover Reborn. Several threads from the last couple of books get resolved and while yet more open, they are in a direction I didn’t expect. I have the utmost respect for Ward in doing this as I couldn’t see quite how the usual good guys vs. bad was going to keep going book after book. Don’t get me wrong, it has worked perfectly up until now, but it felt time for a change, and Ward has delivered that.
This book is mainly about Tohrment and his grief over the loss of his wife, a few books before. The impact that loss had on him and the Brotherhood was huge and has been a very poignant note as time has gone on. When I heard this would be his story, I couldn’t wait to read it, wondering if there was anything that could heal his shattered heart or give him the will to live again.
It’s a story about cycles and redemption, of grief and coming to terms with who you are, not just for Tohr but other members of the Brotherhood and their extended families too. It was beautifully written, emotionally charged and several times my heart was in my mouth over events I didn’t think could or would happen. The new threads coming into the story are gripping and make me feel a fresh love for this series all over again. There are so many possibilities and directions the next book can go in that I honestly don’t know what will happen. With previous books I could hazard a guess but I am truly in the dark about it now.
As always the characterisations are just so well done, I feel like I know them, that I experience their stories with them instead of watching them via words on a page. My heart has bled for Tohrment for so long, for John Matthew, for Blay and Qhuinn, for No’One and her tragic existence. Just so much emotion and passion accompanies these warriors, whether they are fighting to save their race or being with the loves of their lives. Another point I have to note is the humour and camaraderie Ward gives to the Brothers. The banter is often crude but hilarious with one liners coming out of nowhere and it makes you feel part of them as they trade funny insults and release much built up tension.
Without a doubt one of my absolute favourite series’ and J.R. Ward delivers a stunning read every time. I can’t recommend it enough!