Everything to Know About Murhder the Vampire before J. R. Ward’s The Savior!

by  | April 1

The Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) series has seduced readers for years with stories of bloodthirsty, sensual vampires willing to kill to protect their community and the women they love. But you don’t have to start at the very beginning of the series to fall in love with #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward’s group of bloodthirsty and sensual vampires. You can start here, with this brief refresher on the newest vampire anti-hero to belong on your bookshelf!

In The Savior, you’ll meet Murhder, the only vampire to be kicked out of the Black Dagger Brotherhood (an elite species of vampires who fight against a society of slayers determined to destroy them). Most Brothers are gifted with unique skills that make them perfect killers, but Murhder is different. His skills previously failed him under mysterious circumstances, and the result was catastrophic: he lost his mind. His insanity made it impossible for the Brotherhood to protect him, or protect themselves from him. After committing unforgivable acts of violence, he had to go.

What happened to make him go insane? In a previous BDB book, Lover Mine, Murhder was a secondary character in love with a female who could never love him back. Xhex is an assassin, a vampire, and also a symphath, gifted with the ability to manipulate emotion. The dark history between them was rooted in violence. Consumed with the need to be her savior, Murhder embarked on a quest that led only to his own downfall—and, in the end, Xhex fell in love with someone else. And not just anyone else, but her true vampire mate: her hellren, John Matthew.

Two decades have come and gone and Murhder is living in isolation from the vampire world. When he decides to return, determined to right the wrongs of his past, it will have repercussions for the Brotherhood and beyond. Especially for Dr. Sarah Watkins, a mortal woman with a haunted history of her own.

Bad things happen when Murhder thinks he’s in love. Can he redeem himself and become the savior he’s always wanted to be? You’ll have to read the book to find out…

The Savior

The Savior

by J.R. Ward

In the venerable history of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, only one male has ever been expelled—but Murhder’s insanity gave the Brothers no choice. Haunted by visions of a female he could not save, he nonetheless returns to Caldwell on a mission to right the wrong that ruined him. However, he is not prepared for what he must face in his quest for redemption.

Dr. Sarah Watkins, researcher at a biomedical firm, is struggling with the loss of her fellow scientist fiancé. When the FBI starts asking about his death, she questions what really happened and soon learns the terrible truth: Her firm is conducting inhumane experiments in secret and the man she thought she knew and loved was involved in the torture.

As Murhder and Sarah’s destinies become irrevocably entwined, desire ignites between them. But can they forge a future that spans the divide separating the two species?

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Lover Mine

Lover Mine

by J.R. Ward

John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown to himself and to those around him. After he was taken in by the Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was—or his true identity. Indeed, the fallen Brother Darius has returned, but with a different face and a very different destiny. As a vicious personal vendetta takes John into the heart of the war, he will need to call up on both who he is now and who he once was in order to face off against evil incarnate…and rescue his one true love.

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Tara Schlesinger is the Senior Digital Marketing Manager with Gallery Books. She loves reading psych thrillers, romance, fantasy, and historical fiction— in addition to maintaining her steady TV, movie, and theater habit. (Faves include Killing Eve, Game of Thrones, and Outlander.) When she’s not at work, you can find her sweating it out in the gym, drinking tea with friends, and daydreaming her next vacation.