Series Reading Order: Black Dagger Brotherhood

This is the reading order for the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and the spinoff Black Dagger Legacy books by JR Ward:

Black Dagger Legacy begins chronologically after The Shadows:

*Denotes short story/novella


  1. Theresa Cebollero says:

    I like the paper back books because I can put it in my purse or jacket. When does The beast come out in paper book ? I love the series but did not connect with Blood Kiss.

  2. julia a capps says:

    I can’t find where on line to purchase your Black Dagger Brotherhood Books. I only have four. I need the first about Wreath, then on until Lover Mine then continue to the last one you wrote except for Lover at Last. Please help me find where to go to purchase these wonderfully written novels. Thank you very much for your assisst.

    • julia a capps says:

      I placed my name and my email on the required space.

    • Jen at Red Hot Books says:

      Each book in this list is a hyperlink to a review. At the bottom of each review is a buy link for Amazon. I hope that helps.

    • Amazon is excellent for getting either new or used titles!

    • I use a free download able app called general e-books reader. Have to type that into Google and choose the link that has the website general e-books and as soon as you the website you can download and every single book in the series is on this app for free. Instead of.8.99 in paperback at barnes and noble. Which I bought anyway because I like book stash. But many any titles and series I’ve found for absolutely free instead of buying. Another great series is “the nightwalkers” jacklyn frank I believe. There is no credit card required. No sign up. No account needed…nothing. I use this app on my phone all the time now! It’s amazing. Download available for android and Mac I’m pretty sure.

    • eBay!!

      It’s used books but they’re in really good condition!! I have almost the full series and each paperback cost me about 3 dollars each. And i have two hardcovers that cost me 5 bucks.

    • Amazon Kindle or b &n Nook…….these books are just awesome…..I have the entire series and am always checking for a new one…..

    • Tamra Deitsch says:

      I have the whole set in Hardback, most I found on Amazon, look for her books, then go down to new and used, some of them are just a few dollars including the shipping! To find the first book, I ran across a couple that were 1300.00! Her books are collectables!

    • Mary Stewart says:

      Amazon has them all!!

  3. I am so looking forward to THE CHOSEN …

  4. Edria Johnson says:

    I have read each and every black dagger book. Some of them twice. You are an extraordinarily writer. I would love to see what you do with Lassiter , also can you get make Trez happy? Will Assail get the girl? Oh and I read all of your Fallen Angel books. In the last book, it was implied Lassiter would be the next person of interest. BDB or Fallen Angel? Thanks

  5. Lynn Hernandez says:

    I love this series, pleae tell me they are going to make a movie or at least a mini series.

    • I’m also hoping that this book series becomes a set of movies or a tv series. We are desperately in need of a good vampire series. Especially with the ending of the LJ SMITH series ending.

    • Paisley Munro says:

      There would be no way you could find Males (Humans) fit enough to play the characters, and it would spoil our own images of them, plus they couldn’t show what goes on in the book!.

  6. Eadie Murray says:

    I have been a fan since the beginning of Black Dagger Brotherhood, I have read every single book in the series and anxiously await the next book. I absolutely love this series and hope that JR keeps it going for a long time to come. I also am addicted to the Black Dagger Legacy. I was so disappointed when the Fallen Angels series ended after the 6th book. I just love, love, lover J R Wards books, and can’t get enough of them. Please J R never stop writing these series!!
    A devoted fan.

  7. Hello:
    I am legally blind and was wondering when the rest of your books are going to be put into audio so I can access it through barred the talking book Library.

    • Meona Goodday says:

      All the books are on audio, including The Chosen. I get them from but libraries get them within 3 months or so

  8. Good post, keep

  9. CYNTHIA SNEED says:

    I hope HBO, Sundance or maybe netflix, huli- does a cable series on the entire black brotherhood series. The networks
    will never Jason Moma (sp); Vin Diesel, Arnold S. Jude Law, Russel Crowe, C. Hunan to play these Vanps.

    I promise it would be an astonishing hit: n only on cable is there any hope of doing the erotic scenes correctly!!

  10. I feel like I may have missed a book or novella somewhere. All of a sudden, the children of Layla ate born. Was the birth covered in one of the books?

  11. Christina says:

    I’m currently at the point in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series where I need to read ‘The Beast’, but I saw a reading guide that suggested I read ‘Blood Kiss’ from Legacy in between ‘The Shadows’ and ‘The Beast’. Is that accurate? I started to read ‘Blood Kiss’, but it seems to start weeks after the ending of ‘The Shadows’, so I wasn’t sure exactly how the time line appropriately matches up.

  12. I’ve been reading BDB and BDL books and there is one mistake in this post I know of so far! Blood kiss comes after The Beast and NOT after The Shadows. In The Beast, it becomes clear that they
    are getting ready for new trainig class to start, they talk about it, when discussing how many guns they want to buy from Assail, chapter 33, page 320, quote: “The new training class is coming in soon, right?”
    and it is clear throuhgout the book that trainings haven’t started yet… So… Someone corret the error, please.

    • Jen at Red Hot Books says:

      Thank you, Nino, for your eye for detail. Blood Kiss was released between The Shadows & The Beast and I have added the books as I read them and they were released.

      I’m happy to make that clearer in the original post.

  13. Brittanie Zombro says:

    This series is so addicting I love these books they expiredme to start to write my own book.

  14. Great stories. They have a great story line. Need to be made into movies. Prob not too R rated though.

    • Paisley Munro says:

      No IF there is a movie made, you can’t imagine the vampires loking like you want them to, plus there would have to be to much cut out, (all the best bits!)

  15. BDB you made me cry, laughed, smile, sad, happy lose sleep and my heads killing me right now….ah but what the hell! I wouldn’t change a thing! I love everything i read i can’t wait to read Assail & Sola!! I love a good happy ending OMG. Okay I’ll go sleep now until THE THEIF comes and wake me up

    • Christy S says:

      Lol omg you sound so like me! This series is THE MOST addicting thing in my life right now lol! That sounds so sad!

  16. When do we find out who Darius became reincarnated to?

  17. Love the books. Hard to put down when I stsrted reading them. Wonder if she is going to write about the children that were born now? Hhmm

  18. Paisley Munro says:

    Hi, when is vishous going to bring his many languages in to a book? like finding someone who can only speak Spanish or something, in one of the clubs??

  19. Christy S says:

    Im confused on what book comes after the Shadows? Is it Blood Kiss? Or The Thief? Can someone help? Lol

    • Jen at Red Hot Books says:

      I read Blood Kiss after The Shadows, since that was the order of release. But remember, Blood Kiss is a spinoff book. In the main series, The Beast would be the next book. In my opinion, you’d be ok reading either one of these next.

      • Christy S says:

        Hey! Thanks for the help. I have googled it so many times, but I always seem to find different order lists. So it really should go After The Shadows…Beast, The Chosen & then The Thief? Then it goes into the spin off books? Is this correct?

        • Jen at Red Hot Books says:

          The spinoffs do tie in to the main books, but only a little. It worked for me to read The Shadows –> Blood Kiss –> The Beast –> Blood Vow –> The Chosen –> Blood Fury… which was the order they were released. Some people say The Beast starts chronologically before Blood Kiss, but I promise, you are fine reading those two in either order.

      • Christy S says:

        You’re are right, it is the next book technically. Thank you.

  20. Tracey says:

    The Thief was way too short, it also doesn’t tie up anything between Jo Early and the Vampires except a small bit in the Chosen. But some more is needed Ms Ward don’t give up on your readers now!

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