The Jackal by J.R. Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Great characters, lot’s of action!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 😳🤬😏🙃🥰
The heroine: Nyx – Her sister Janelle is in the hidden prison of the Glymera and has been there for many years. Nyx has learned self defense and fighting skills but has never been able to find the entrance to the prison. One night Nyx and her other sister Posie are driving and they hit something. It turns out to be a young man (pre-trans) who is dying and has information on how he escaped.
The Hero(s): The Jackal (a.k.a. Jack) – He has been in the prison for over a hundred years and was an aristocrat and a kind of architect/builder before he was put in the underground prison. He has learned everything there is to know about the prison and the prisoners. He has learned to become invisible.
The Story: Nyx meets The Jackal not long after sneaking into the Prison. They work out an exchange for him to help her find her sister. They end up in one tense situation after another while navigating through the prison. There are a lot of guards and the one in charge called “Command” who has some evil plans and is holding something over The Jackal. He took over after the majority of the Glymera were wiped out and he has kept many of the prisoners for much longer than their original sentences.
I really liked the whole prison world and the storylines. However, there were so many secrets that Jack was keeping, not only about why he was in prison, but he also keeps referring to the terrible things that happened to him. The more Nyx finds out about him, the more questions arise. I enjoyed the other prisoners as well, Apex, Mayhem, Lucan, and Cain. So many twists and turns
Regarding the narration, I don’t know why J.R. Ward seems to like Jim Fragione so much. His voice isn’t deep and he sounds too old for the characters. Granted he is a great reader and my annoyance went away pretty quickly, but I get in to the story much more when I can relate the narrators to the characters. Also BDB is such a huge selling series you would think she could afford to have both a male and a female narrator.
Lastly, I liked all the secrets, but I was able to guess most of them before the big reveal. It wasn’t that there were too many hints like in some books, I just knew that things that could never happen in real life always happen in books, so I figured some of the main things pretty early on. But there were a few that really surprised me and the story was very good.
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