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The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide

(Black Dagger Brotherhood #6.5)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  29,461 ratings  ·  1,083 reviews
Prepare to enter the dark, passionate world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and get up close and personal with each of the Brothers....

You'll find insider information on the Brotherhood, including their dossiers, stats, and special gifts. you'll read interviews with your favorite characters, including a heartbreaking conversation with Tohrment and Wellsie, conducted three
Paperback, 467 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by NAL
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MommaBear No. This was written after first 6 books. No Rehv, JM, or BoB. But, a must read for Z's novella alone. The "interviews" are good, and since those infa…moreNo. This was written after first 6 books. No Rehv, JM, or BoB. But, a must read for Z's novella alone. The "interviews" are good, and since those infamous boards are now long gone, those snippets are now priceless.(less)

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Jun 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


More. More. More.


But sometimes it’s just because you’re looking into the eyes of your lover and your gratitude for having them in your life overflows... because you showed them what was on the inside and they didn’t run scared or turn away, they accepted you and loved you and held you in the midst of your passion or your fear... or your combination of both.

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
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
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Seriously this is a slice of Phury heaven ❤

For Phury, the nature of the Do Not Have, the Cannot Have, the Never Possible, the Unfulfilled is taking him into darker places than he could have predicted. I think he assumed that if Z ever healed a little, that his own suffering would be over.
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Just a few paragraphs about my boy's and their shellans hanging out ;))
Cyndy Aleo
May 20, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: vampires
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
Julie (jjmachshev)
Jul 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008-reads
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
Apr 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
How can I not give five stars to Wrath fly fishing??

Debra Johnson
The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide by J.R. Ward
Genre; Insiders guide/Information
3 Stars

Includes the novella Father Mine which I read Jan. 16th, 2015. That one I originally gave 4 stars to. I liked it.

Mostly this is just a companion type book to give you a little more behind the scenes to the BDB.

I originally downloaded it to find info that a friend of mine said was in here. I got so bored I kept skipping. I'm not good with these types of books. And, I never found what my friend was
Oct 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, vampires
This was very short but I loved it!!!

Sooooooooooooo that was movie night (day). Next one is going to be an Aliens marathon. And yeah, Rhage is going to insist on acting out the alien out of the stomach routine on the floor in front of the TV. *sigh* Hollywood's just like that, you know?
Apr 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: really really hard core JR fans who want to BE her.
Recommended to Jennifer by: Beth
Shelves: crack, vampires, j-r-ward, 2009
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
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!
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
It was nice and it showed something special, well for us normal, in their lives. Just to sit, relax and watch the movie. Really nice :)
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Main reason I gave in and bought this was for the short story about Zsadist Bella and Nalla. I can't get enough of those three. Adorable angsty gorgeous little family. <3 I've been really dying to see more scenes of Zsadist interacting with baby Nalla. This definitely fed my curiosity but I want more. WAY MORE. I love the father-daughter sweet-as-hell bonding moments. Ward could you please give us more of that?? Anyways seeing Zsadist's personal demons and struggles to be a good f
Jill Dunlop
Feb 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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~*~
Feb 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Aja: The Narcoleptic Ninja
May 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
I've been through a few series with guides and I usually enjoy reading them, but this... MAN. First is a story about Bella and Zhadist and being parents and dealing with their marriage and hey, shouldn't this have actually been in one of the books? We had to live through dozens of chapters about Bella's pregnancy even though the end of the third book spoils that she lives and is fine. Why weren't these actually included in the other books? It takes place after book 6, so book 7 was Rhevenge, Bel ...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
Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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Melissa ***BITCH, I'M READING!***
I wanna watch movies with the Brothers!!!

Merged review:

This book is a MUST HAVE! love the interviews and the deleted scenes!

BUT I'm confused! the deleted scene with Cormia and Phury having a young (boy named Ahgany born 5 years after Nalla)since it was "deleted" that means they don't actually have one right??

I saw a post where someone was talking about their young and I'm like "WHAT??!! THEY DON'T HAVE A YOUNG!"(I never read the deleted scenes until now)
their son is never mentioned in any of t
Nov 24, 2008 rated it liked it
Utterly ridiculous. And fan-freakin-tastic, ha!
Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
4 stars. Zsadist is J.R. Ward's favorite character. It is written. It is word. It is bible. That's honestly the main thing I took from this. The woman has impeccable taste and I'm not just saying that because I am absolute Z trash. Nope. Not biased at all.

While I absolutely loved all of the Slice of Life short stories about the boys and their shellan's my favorite thing about this guide was the way Ward talks about her writing process about the first 6 books. That whole section and her writing
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad J.R. Ward wrote this part of the book to give us a little more insight as to how she was able to write this series. I enjoyed reading it and the convos that she gave us to fun to read with Vishous.
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J.R. Ward is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She lives in the South her family.

Other books in the series

Black Dagger Brotherhood (1 - 10 of 19 books)
  • Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1)
  • Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2)
  • Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3)
  • Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #4)
  • Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5)
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  • Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7)
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  • Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9)
  • Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #10)

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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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