“You’re my home, Blay. You always have been. I’m lost without you, and yeah, I’m still man enough to adit tha I’m nothing if you’re not with me.”
This review will not make much sense if you haven’t read the previous books and also, I don’t want to spoiler anything. I took a couple of years off, I haven’t read a BDB book since back when The Beast was released and I now I get to read two books back to back which is awesome because the way The Chosen ended, THAT ENDING!
The Chosen is, mostly, about Layla and Xcor. But like most BDB books I say mostly because there’s never just one couple the main one of the story, or even split between two, or three. As per usual, this story had a bit of everything in it, and for the most part it worked. For the most part. Xcor, the leader of the Band of Bastards has been captured by the Brotherhood and is being tortured, Layla is a new mom and is dealing with her newborn twins but also Xcor being led to his death, and Qhuinn is dealing with both of them without knowing about their relationship.
The Chosen is definitely a lot to take in, it was full of WTF moments and not the good kind of WTF, Qhuinn is totally going out-of-character here and for the most part his behaviour is abnormal, he goes crazy in the nursery after finding out about Layla and Xcor, takes it out on Blay later and then at the end has a change of heart. Layla annoyed me like hell for 99% of the time here, she was legit a completely different Layla – even though in the previous one she had shown how strong her feelings for Xcor were but to put him above her twins was a bit weird for me.
Tohr is probably one of the characters I really loved in this one other than Blay – and that tiny mention of Z, Z DESERVES MORE PAGE TIME! – Tohr is still not over Wellsie’s death, which reminded me once again how fast Autumn entered the picture. I don’t like everything that happens and if a series has to juggle a hundred different characters some subplots won’t please everyone. Autumn and Tohr was that subplot for me, I loved Wellsie and her death is still very new to me as a reader which is why I got how Tohr acts in this one. He was still kind of an ass but I got the reason.
“Sometimes kindness and love could be just as difficult as violence to witness. Sometimes, when you were on the outside looking in, watching two in-sync people was a scene from a horror film, the kind of thing that you wanted to look away from, forget about, banish the memory of — especially when you were about to go to bed for the day and facing hours upon hours of being alone in the dark.”
Which brings me to Vishous. And Jane. And Butch. *sigh* Why? Just whyyyyyy?
There’s literally a million things to talk about, like how the King dealt with Xcor and whatever Throe is doing. And my sweet, sweet Fitz, who’s legit one of the best secondary characters that I’ve ever read. And Lassiter… *looks around* I don’t how that is going to go but oh
boy angel. The Chosen only worked for me because of the characters, this is like the Marvel universe of books, sometimes it’s about the characters not the story and that’s fine. I’ve spent years with these assholes and frankly just them hanging out is enough, I can take a weird out-of-character book in order to have the plot shift to another direction, because that’s what this was about, having a few drastic changes mashed together to move the plot up a level and I’m okay with it. The Thief better have more Z. I NEED MORE Z!