Audiobook Review: Darius by J.R. Ward

Title: Darius
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #0.5
Author: J.R. Ward
Release Date: July 19, 2022
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Audio for sending me an advance copy of this audiobook!


In this powerful audio exclusive, #1 New York Times bestseller J.R. Ward shares the star-crossed love story of reader favorite, and original member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Darius.

Darius, son of Marklon, isn’t looking for love the night destiny comes to claim him. He’s also not interested in crashing his new car. But when a human woman runs out into the road and he must swerve to avoid killing her…everything goes off course.

Disillusioned by his King’s lack of leadership and the losses in the war against the Lessening Society, Darius finds purpose in protecting a woman he cannot make his own. Love finds a way, however—until the truth of what he is comes out and she leaves him in horror.

Unbeknownst to them both, Anne is carrying his young, a female who is destined to be Queen—and after a tragic reunion, he vows to protect their daughter. Resigned to perpetual sadness, he is determined to serve the memory of his beloved no matter the cost…unless by some miracle, fate sees fit to once again bring them together.


If you’re a true fan of the original Black Dagger Brotherhood series this is an absolute must read. I admittedly stopped reading the series after Blay and Qhuinn’s book because I saw the original brothers all matched up and was complete. I’m so glad Ward decided to circle back and give us a book about Darius though.

Darius was always this looming presence over the brotherhood, but we lost him before we even got to know him. We knew how his story ended up not how heartbreaking it truly was even before then. While I loved this book, I thought he deserved better. The poor man got like 3 days of happiness in his entire life it felt like. He was so noble and all for his cause in the brotherhood, the only one who seemed to take it seriously for years. I’m glad he finally found peace though and thought the epilogue was the perfect wrap up of the entire series.

I listened to the audiobook of this and was a bit iffy on the narrator at first. He ended up doing an amazing job with the voices though and sucked me into the story quickly. I think overall this was a great audiobook and thank you to Simon & Schuster Audio for reaching out to me and giving me a copy to review.

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