The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series

20 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 59,172 ratings

Dark Lover Publisher's Summary

The first novel of J. R. Ward's New York Times best-selling Black Dagger Brotherhood series features a unique take on vampire lore and heavy doses of sensuality.

The vampire Darius fears for the life of his half-breed daughter, who is unaware of her unusual destiny. To oversee her transformation, Darius seeks help from Wrath, a dangerous loner and the world's only purebred vampire.

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  • Book 1

    • Dark Lover

    • The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1
    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,822
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,395
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,413

    The vampire Darius fears for the life of his half-breed daughter, who is unaware of her unusual destiny. To oversee her transformation, Darius seeks help from Wrath, a dangerous loner and the world's only purebred vampire.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awsome title even for the Men

    • By John on 04-19-09
    • The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1
    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
    • Release date: 01-22-09
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 6,822 ratings

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  • Book 2

    • Lover Eternal, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2

    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,028
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,042
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,054

    Listeners looking for a fresh twist on vampire tales need look no further than the erotically charged Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Mary Luce is dissatisfied with her life and her job. But when she is unwittingly thrust into the vampire dominion, everything changes. Falling under the protection of the Brotherhood's strongest member, Rhage, she soon finds herself drawn to his animalistic urges.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This series is...just..wow...grab your tissues!

    • By BluBumbleB on 04-25-14

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  • Book 3

    • Lover Awakened

    • Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 3
    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,738
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,774
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,798

    The vampire Zsadist is a former blood slave with a violent past. When he meets Bella, Zsadist thinks her human love could be his path to salvation. Then Bella is kidnapped, and Zsadist will stop at nothing to get her back.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My Favorite!

    • By BluBumbleB on 04-28-14

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  • Book 4

    • Lover Revealed

    • Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 4
    • By: J.R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,026
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,268
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,276

    Butch O'Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard-living ex-homicide cop, he's the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world-to engage in the turf war with the lessers. His heart belongs to a female vampire, Marissa, an aristocratic beauty who's way out of his league. And if he can't have her, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Impassioned, dramatic and delivers a great story

    • By RabidReads on 04-10-12

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  • Book 5

    • Lover Unbound, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5

    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,934
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,148
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,151

    Suffering a horrific childhood as the son of a Bloodletter in his father's war camp, Vishous pledges death to members of the vampire-hunting Lessening Society. Vishous knows no love. He feels no emotion. He lives only to oppose the slayers. But after suffering a mortal wound, a human surgeon named Dr. Jane Whitcomb tends to him. Her ministrations, however, extend beyond his physical injury - and before long her tender hand has awakened feelings of pleasure that Vishous never dreamed existed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Being the bloodletters son says it all...

    • By CindiL on 11-29-09

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  • Book 6

    • Lover Enshrined

    • The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 6
    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 17 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,519
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,780
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,785

    In Lover Enshrined, a member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood must make a decision that could save - or spell doom for - his race of vampires. Phury knows his share of pain, but can the Primale of the Chosen experience love as well?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really Love These Books!

    • By Book Worm on 05-12-09

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  • Book 6.5

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  • Book 7

    • Lover Avenged

    • A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 23 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,449
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,665
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,659

    J. R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood novels have introduced readers to a "different, creative, dark, violent, and flat-out amazing" ( All About Romance) world. Now, as the vampire warriors defend their race against their slayers, one male's loyalty to the Brotherhood will be tested - and his dangerous mixed blood revealed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fabulous...

    • By Patsy G. on 02-11-10

    Regular price: $42.00

  • Book 8

    • Lover Mine

    • A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 22 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,633
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,736
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,746

    John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown. Taken in by The Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was-or his true identity. Xhex has long steeled herself against the attraction to John Matthew. Until fate intervenes and she discovers that love, like destiny, is inevitable.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • MMMMM WOW...

    • By Patsy G. on 08-01-10
    • A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 22 hrs
    • Release date: 04-27-10
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,633 ratings

    Regular price: $42.00

  • Book 9

    • Lover Unleashed

    • A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,246
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,605
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,610

    Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, seductive cloth as her brother. Imprisoned for eons by their mother, the Scribe Virgin, she finally frees herself - only to face a devastating injury. Manuel Manello, M.D., is drafted by the Brotherhood to save her as only he can - but when the human surgeon and the vampire warrior meet, their two worlds collide in the face of their undeniable passion. With so much working against them, can love prove stronger than the birthright and the biology that separates them?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good not great **Spoilers**

    • By M on 04-12-11

    Regular price: $38.50

  • Book 10

    • Lover Reborn

    • A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 23 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,242
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,954
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,965

    Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment has been unrecognizable from the vampire leader he once was. Physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair, he has been brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel. Now, fighting once again with ruthless vengeance, he is unprepared to face a new kind of tragedy. When Tohr begins to see his beloved in his dreams - trapped in a cold, isolated netherworld far from the peace and tranquility of the Fade - he turns to the angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I should have skipped this installment

    • By RabidReads on 04-04-13
    • A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 23 hrs and 9 mins
    • Release date: 03-28-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,242 ratings

    Regular price: $24.50

  • Book 11

    • Lover at Last

    • A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 22 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,090
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,816
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,832

    Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • When it was good, it was very, very good...

    • By C. Mendez on 03-27-13
    • A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 22 hrs and 23 mins
    • Release date: 03-26-13
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,090 ratings

    Regular price: $24.50

  • Book 12

    • The King

    • A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 22 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,263
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,987
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,989

    After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father's mantle - with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything - and everyone - at risk. Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • ✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫

    • By Cyndi on 08-09-18
    • A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 22 hrs and 4 mins
    • Release date: 04-01-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,263 ratings

    Regular price: $24.50

  • Book 13

    • The Shadows

    • A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 22 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,001
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,738
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,726

    Two brothers bound by more than blood discover a conspiracy that will change their destiny in the astonishing all-new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, the "frighteningly addictive" ( Publishers Weekly) series by number-one New York Times best-selling author J. R. Ward.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • You DON'T change names in book 13... Just saying

    • By Patsy G. on 04-04-15
    • A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 22 hrs and 8 mins
    • Release date: 03-31-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,001 ratings

    Regular price: $42.00

  • Book 14

    • The Beast

    • A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3,215
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,925
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2,916

    Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted, and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love it but...

    • By M Oliver on 06-09-16
    • A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
    • Release date: 04-05-16
    • 5 out of 5 stars 3,215 ratings

    Regular price: $38.50

  • Book 15

    • The Chosen

    • A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2,612
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,404
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,391

    Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier's fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla. Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor's life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A FINGER-LICKING BANQUET FOR ALL BDB FANS

    • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 04-07-17
    • A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
    • Release date: 04-04-17
    • 5 out of 5 stars 2,612 ratings

    Regular price: $35.00

  • Book 15.5

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  • Book 16

    • The Thief

    • A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1,937
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,785
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,777

    Sola Morte, former cat burglar and safecracker, has given up her old life on the wrong side of the law. On the run from a drug lord’s family, she is lying low far from Caldwell. Her heart, though, is back up North, with the only man who has ever gotten through her defenses: Assail, who never meant to fall in love - certainly not with a human woman. But they have no future, and not just because she doesn’t know he is a vampire, but because he is not about to stop dealing arms to the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Fate, however, has other plans for them.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • HIGHLY ANTICIPATED AND SO WORTH THE WAIT!!!!

    • By BluBumbleB on 04-15-18
    • A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
    • Release date: 04-10-18
    • 5 out of 5 stars 1,937 ratings

    Regular price: $35.00

  • Book 17

    • Prisoner of Night

    • The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 17
    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 417
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 382
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 381

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author J.R. Ward is back with the next sexy supernatural installment in her “delicious, erotic, and thrilling” (Nicole Jordan, New York Times best-selling author) Black Dagger Brotherhood series.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Book 17 ?

    • By Amy L. Delisle on 01-08-19

    Regular price: $17.00

  • Book 18

    • The Savior

    • The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 18
    • By: J. R. Ward
    • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
    • Length: 16 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    The number one New York Times best-selling Black Dagger Brotherhood series returns with this heart-pounding novel starring Muhrder. 

    Regular price: $27.99