The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's GuideThe Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider’s Guide by J.R. Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you’ve read the first six books of the Black Dagger Brotherhood (and why wouldn’t you?) and you are a fan, then you have to get this book. Simple as that, really.

It contains a short stories, biographies of the brothers, deleted scenes and extracts from the boards.

The guide starts with a short story called Father Mine which is a touching story of how Zsadist comes to terms with his issues and finally becomes a father to Nalla, his daughter. It’s easy to see why Zsadist is the favourite brother of a lot of reader. Butch is still mine, but it’s a close call!

That’s followed by the biography section where the vital statistics of each brother is given as though they had completed a questionairre followed by a section from J.R. Ward on what it was like to write each book. This is laugh out loud funny when Rhage gets involved.

There aren’t that many deleted scenes for reasons explained by J.R Ward but there is a peach of one that came from Lover Enshrined. Whilst it was probably not essential to the book, I would have loved to have seen it in there. I’m glad I got to read it in here, though. Yeah, I’m a sucker for sappy stuff. What of it?

The extracts from the boards are very intriguing. It’s a though the brothers were posting themselves and some of them are downright hilarious whilst others fill out more of the story between the brothers and Lassiter.

Slices of Life are just that. They are slices out of the lives of the brothers such as what happens during a movie night. It also includes a meloncholic one with Tohrment and Wellsie.

There’s also a short section where the brothers interview J.R. Ward which is very interesting in how she portrays them not as characters to do with as she sees fit but as people inside her head whom she has no control over. As someone who writes (very occasionally!) for a hobby, I totally get that. Glad to see that I’m not the only one.

Finally, there is the old language’s alphabet and explanations on the acronyms used through out the books.

I thoroughly enjoyed this as it was a behind the scenes view on the books, much like you get with films. It’s not necessary to read this anymore than it’s necessary to what the extras to a film, but it will enhance the enjoyment of the story even more, I think.

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