The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #6.5)
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The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide (Black Dagger Brotherhood Compendium)

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  20,310 ratings  ·  789 reviews
New York Times" bestselling author J.R. Ward delivers a behind-the-scenes look at her "to die for"(" Publishers Weekly") Black Dagger Brotherhood series-and a brand-new short story starring Zsadist and Bella.
This is a book no Black Dagger Brotherhood fan should miss-an insider's guide that will seduce readers as powerfully as the sexy band of Brothers and the world they l...more
ebook, 378 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by New American Library
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Oct 04, 2008 Auntee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the BDB series
I'll start by stating the obvious--this book is a must-have for all BDB fans. It is filled with so much fun "stuff" and will keep you occupied and entertained while you await the May '09 release of the latest in the BDB saga, "Lover Avenged".

Chief among the goodies is a short story about Zsadist, Bella, and baby daughter Nalla, called "Father Mine". In it, we see Z and Bella having marital problems, coping with being new parents and all the adjustments that entails, and watch Z struggle to bond...more
Here's the thing: there are people who read books, and there are people who are "readers." People who read enjoy books. Readers take that to an almost insane degree. They don't just read books, they immerse themselves in them. And, to the extent that they have a "favorite" book or author, they can get lost for days....or longer. Readers read favorites over and over (and over) again. It isn't so much about the words that are put on the page, although those can be very good. It is more about how y...more
This is essential reading for BDB fans. Zsadist and Bella's 81 page short story alone is worth the price of admission. Huge insight is given into each book in the series and the Brotherhoods world, as well as a ton of other information. JR interviews each of the Brothers getting them to fill in a question/answer sheet with hilarious results, giving us a greater understanding of their characters. I actually came away from this feeling like the Brothers were rea...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
WOW! I'm just not sure what else to say about "The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide" by J.R. Ward. For those who have gotten caught up in this series, it's an absolute 'must buy' for your keeper shelf!

Ward has included, among other things: a shiny, new short story about baby Nalla; the original proposal for Dark Lover which started the whole series; some deleted scenes (different from the ones originally available on her website); some of her favorite quotes from each book; a teaser...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
I cannot believe how long I waited to get this book. If you're a member of J.R.'s official BDB forum, then you may be familiar with some of the pieces in this compilation, such as the Slices of Life pieces and the Brothers on the message boards. But even if you are, that doesn't mean you should skip out on this one. There is a ton of stuff to indulge in that will satisfy your hunger of the Brothers until the next book comes out.

One of my favourite parts of this book is the deleted scenes. Ward g...more
Jun 11, 2010 Julianna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the BDB
Reviewed for THC Reviews
Father Mine Father Mine is yet another incredible story in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. It fills in the blanks for Zsadist and Bella, covering the events that occurred in their lives between the final chapter and epilogue of Lover Awakened. It relates the narrative of Nalla's birth, and the subsequent return of Z's nightmares of his horrific past. Z is one of my favorite brothers, because he is tough as nails on the outside but broken and vulnerable inside. He...more


A comprehensive guide to the Brotherhood and their Universe.
Full of unsuspected goodies, as apart from the Stats on all the brothers and the reminder of the giggle-worthy Quotes from the first 6 books, the Q&A from the author, the samples of Old language writing, the Timeline of the Brotherhood from 1600 to present, the Table of Abbreviations (so now we all know WTF the Brothers are taking about) as well as many more usual "compendium" goodies, it also includes s...more
Nov 04, 2008 L8blmr rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: You know!
I am CRAZY about these guys ... or else I'm just crazy! When I'm in the world of the BDB, I'm really IN it - do you know what I mean? I totally buy everything and everybody in each book, and when I finish one, I'm more than a little let down that I have to return to reality, true? Of course, Ward perpetuates these feelings, what with her "interviews", board postings, etc., further adding to the ease with which you can slip into believing these guys are living and loving in Caldwell, NY! Not many...more
How can I not give five stars to Wrath fly fishing??

5 stars – Vampire Romance

This features the BDB short novella Father Mine: Zsadist and Bella's Story that is such a beautiful, emotionally moving tale of what happens after the HEA. I (like so many other BDB series fans) love Zsadist and Bella and their against all odds love story. It's J.R. Ward at her very best and makes the BDB Insider's Guide truly worth the buy/read!
Cyndy Aleo
When I was finally done with J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) series, I felt a sense of accomplishment for making it through all of them, even the bad ones. Then, however, another friend informed me of The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide. Never one to read hokey "companion" books, I thought nothing of it until I was told it contained a novella about Zsadist and Bella involving the birth of their child. Naturally, I had to borrow it, just to make sure I'd read everything, r...more
Lisa Lap
I read this book in virtually one day as it was filled with a new short story with Bella and Z that helped a LOT with where things were left off with them, lots of juicy details regarding all the brothers, lots of information I already knew and just a bigger glimpse into the world JR Ward has created with the brothers.

I liked the new interviews with the brothers as it provided them with even more depth if you read the first interviews on her website and compared them to the interviews in this bo...more
Robin & Fo
Rating 5/5 stars


I enjoyed this so much, and It's almost needless to say that if you're a fan of BDB, you simply MUST read this book.
It has so many extra's and so many questions are answered!
The book starts off with Father Mine: A Novella of Zsadist and Bella and Nalla, where Zsadist still struggles with his past, and it's 87 pages wooo!
I'm really glad that J.R. writes stories like this, because it shows you how life goes on for brothers after the...more
Beth F.
Utterly ridiculous. And fan-freakin-tastic, ha!
Janelle Dazzlepants
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Jen (Red Hot Books)
I have to tell you, I never buy guides to books. They always feel like a combination of rehash and filler. And to be honest, I didn't buy this one either. (A friend lent it to me.) But I did buy the ebook version of the "Father Mine" novella. Had it not been available, I would have bought the whole thing in a heartbeat. And it would have been worth it.

"Father Mine" is the story of how Zsadist becomes a father to his daughter. Yes, we saw how Nalla was conceived back in Lover Awakened. But the no...more
Jill Dunlop
This really isn’t going to be a book review, but more of an informative collection of my thoughts. For those of you who are fans of Ward’s Black Dagger Series, hopefully this post will help you determine whether or not it would be worth your while to purchase it.

First up, the Guide is actually pretty hefty, weighing in with a whopping total of 474 pages. The book is trade paperback size and actually has a small font. I’m going to guess it’s a 10 font. So, as you can surmise, there is quite a bit...more
Reviewed by Kati Dancy
4.75 stars

I think that JR Ward must be a genius. I say that with a mixture of dismay and total admiration. You see, with her last book, Lover Enshrined, I’d given up on the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. For a variety of reasons that really aren’t important, except to say that I felt that she’d moved away from romance and into a confusing urban fantasy series that wasn’t much to my taste. All of that has changed with the publication of this book, which Ward refers to as t...more
Mar 08, 2011 AH rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Black Dagger Brotherhood fans
The highlight of Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider’s Guide was the novella Father Mine. Father Mine takes place after the birth of Nalla to Bella and Zsadist. Bella is struggling with the demands of a young infant, the insecurities of being a new parent, and postpartum body issues. Zsadist is also struggling with his own personal demons and his past.

I loved how this story filled in the gaps up to the moment in Lover Avenged where Zsadist is portrayed as the doting and devoted father to Nalla...more
I am disappointed with this book. I don't feel that I have gained anything by reading it, the book is almost written in two types that alternate throughout - the first being that JR Ward is a person in the BDB world who visits them in their own surroundings and holds individual interviews with each brother. Then it changes and is written in the 1st tense from the author and includes all her ramblings, and her style and rules of writing. Firstly I don't like the way it indicates that they are all...more
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Well, okay, I liked the Bella / Z short. But other than that, all of this should just be on her website.* I couldn't even bring myself to read the "interviews" -- just too self-indulgent and cheesy. The part where she explains what it was like to write each book is better, but again, not really necessary to publish a book about it. I'm not going to finish it all, and I'm never going to buy it, but if you like the rest of the series it might be worth borrowing for the 80 page short alone. Next.

 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~
Okay this guide is awesome!! If you think you have a feel for the Brothers through reading their stories, then you will feel even closer to them reading this. I found myself at times kinda forgetting these guys are fictional characters while reading this. Which has never happened to me while reading fiction.

Yes, getting lost in their world and stories for sure, happens and that's cool. But you always know these are not real people. For some reason reading this guide/series, and I don't know how...more
Jun 23, 2009 Jennifer rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: really really hard core JR fans who want to BE her.
Recommended to Jennifer by: Beth F.
Shelves: 2009, j-r-ward, crack, vampires
Huh. Well I just finished this and I am not sure what to say. The woman needs a shrink but I also think she is clever as hell with her self promotion. I at times thought The ego of this woman while I read this. Having the characters in your books interview you? Having 80 pages of the book being message boards from your fan site? I don't know. I enjoyed reading it but I just could NOT lose myself in this.

I did think a few times about stopping. I admit it. I think this book pulled back the curta...more
Penny Watson
Here's a quickie review from Penelope's Romance Reviews....

Father Mine by JR Ward (in The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide).

Oh, how I miss Zsadist! That series just hasn't been the same since Lover Awakened. I bought this book for the short story about Zsadist, Bella and Nalla, their new daughter. Did I like it? I loved it! This is why I fell in love with this series...Z rocks, Bella is awesome, the secondary characters such as the dermatologist are fascinating. Most of all, the bea...more
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Nov 11, 2008 MelissaB rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: BDB fans
Recommended to MelissaB by: Auntee
I really enjoyed the Insider's Guide, it reminded me of all the stuff I love about the series. I feel much better about some of the controversial stuff in the books after reading her reasoning behind the books. I feel more like she wrote the parts out of the creative process instead of just trying to do something shocking after she wrote herself into a corner.

The best part was the short story about Z and Bella, I loved the feelings expressed and the hot love scenes.

I can't wait for Rhev's story...more
5 stars to Father Mine

I ABSOLUTELY ADORED this novella. Nalla is born beautiful and healthy with Bella also doing well. The only hiccup in this lovely picture is the absence of Zsadist being a father to his baby girl. His lack of participation also drove a wedge between him and Bella. But Zsadist is scared that his past will have too much effects on his girl's growth, which is why he hasn't even picked up Nalla yet. So either he steps up or Bella is stepping out, taking their girl with her.

I lov...more
This insider's guide was published after the 6th book in the series - Lover Unbound (V's story) and contains a short novella I read and reviewed separately - "Father Mine".

Took me long enough to get to this Insider's guide, I had it even before I started re-reading the series I just didn't find the right time to get into it. Thing is, if you read the books a long time ago then some of the things you've forgotten so I'm quite happy I decided to wait to read it after a re-read of the series.

♥ Tina ♥ (Martina Bookaholic)
English Review:
I am a fan of Ward since the first book and therefore I’ve been looking forward to this book for a long time, to get also a look ‘behind the scenes‘ and to get to know more about the world of the Black Daggers. However, the whole book is hard to be rated or reviewed because every chapter or every part in it shows something different, where I’ve liked some passages exceptionally much, but others less.

At the beginning we get presented the story of Zsadist and Bella, and how they h...more
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Jessica Rowley Pell Bird was born on 1969 in Massachusetts, USA. She is the daughter of Maxine F. and W. Gillette Bird, Jr. She began writing as a child, penning her thoughts in diaries as well as inventing short stories. She read her first Harlequin Presents novel in a rose garden when she was in her teens. She was hooked immediately. By the time she went to college, she had boxes...more
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“-BDB on the board-
Knitter's Anonimous
May 8, 2006
Rhage (in his bedroom posting in V's room on the board)
Hi, my name is V.
("Hi, V")
I've been knitting for 125 years now.
(*gasping noises*)
It's begun to impact my personal relationships: my brothers think I'm a nancy. It's begun to affect my health: I'm getting a callus on my forefinger and I find bits of yarn in all my pockets and I'm starting to smell like wool. I can't concentrate at work: I keep picturing all these lessers in Irish sweaters and thick socks.
(*sounds of sympathy*)
I've come seeking a community of people who, like me, are trying not to knit.
Can you help me?
(*We're with you*)
Thank you (*takes out hand-knitted hankie in pink*)
("We embrace you, V")

Vishous (in the pit): Oh hell did not just put that up. And nice spelling in the title. just have to roll up on me, don't you. I got four words for you, my brother.

Rhage: Four words? Okay...lemme see... Rhage, you're so sexy.
Rhage, you're SO smart. No wait! Rhage, you're SO right! That's it, isn't it...g'head. You can tell me.

Vishous: First one starts with a "P"
Use your head for the other three.

Rhage: P? Hmm... Please pass the yarn

Vishous: Payback is a bitch!

Rhage: Ohhhhhhhhhhhh
I'm so scuuuuuurred.
Can you whip me up a blanket to hide under?”
“Okay. Right. Horror meets romance meets erotica meets fantasy meets hip hop. Throw in some leather and some Miami Ink shit, stir with a baseball bat and a tire iron, sprinkle on some baby powder, and serve over a hot bed of Holy-Mary-mother-of-God-this-has-to-work-or-I'm-going-to-be-a-lawyer-for-the-rest-of-my-natural-life.
No problem."
(J.R. Ward on the elements of writing the Black Dagger Brotherhood)”
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