- Publisher: PIATKUS BOOKS
- Format: Paperback | 592 pages
- Dimensions: 154mm x 233mm x 42mm | 770g
- Publication date: 4 April 2014
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0749959592
- ISBN 13: 9780749959593
- Sales rank: 12,841
Now the Sunday Times bestselling series continues as a royal bloodline is compromised by a grave threat to the throne. Long live the King...After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father's mantle- with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything - and everyone- at risk. Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she's unprepared for Wrath's response - or the distance it creates between them. The question is, will true love win out...or tortured legacy take over?
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After graduating from law school J.R. Ward began working in health care in Boston and spent many years as chief of staff for one of the premier academic medical centres in the US. She lives in Kentucky with her husband.
By Nuzaifa Hussain 31 Aug 2014
After I finished Twilight I was on the hunt for less sparkly and more kickass vampires. I found them in J R Ward's The Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Once I finished Dark Lover, I binge-read the rest of the books. Every year I eagerly anticipate the moment when Ward announces a new addition to the series.
Yes, BDB is that addictive - Run while you can guys. I know that I am far too gone and can't save myself.
In The King we do a 360 and go back to where it all started-Wrath and Beth. However, there were many story lines and narrations from multiple POVs. My favorite POV was of course, Wrath and Beth. Man, Beth totally rocks in this installment. Throughout the series she's always been smart, fierce and simply awesome but in The King she takes her bad-ass-ery to a whole new level! After Dark Lover, I kinda expected Wrath and Beth to ride of into the sunset and have a happily-ever-after. Apparently, Ward had other plans. The royal duo have their bond truly tested in The King and it was an absolute pleasure to see them sort through all the issues. The flashbacks to Wrath's parents were a pleasant surprise too.
The King and Queen aside, I also really enjoyed Xcor's, John Matthew's, Trez's and iAm's side of the story. I need Xcor to have a HEA, guys. This complex anti-hero was simply hilarious in a quiet, unassuming way and I adored his interactions with Layla.
This scene where he goes shopping to get ready for a "date" with Layla, had me giggling:
“What kind of look are you going for?” he asked instead.
“Knock her dead, my man.”
“Oh, no.” Xcor shook his head. “That shan’t be necessary. This one I like.”
Trez and iAm kept stealing the show with the fascinating world of the s’Hisbe. I can't wait to see what Ward has in store for the twins!
Saxton, Selena and Assail had plenty of screen time too There's a lot of unanswered questions so their narrations have definitely made me curious. Something that I've heard from other readers is that they disliked the multiple POVs. The constant shifts from one POV to another were slightly jarring but I felt that after a couple of pages it all came together really nicely.
As much as I loved Ward's writing I couldn't help but be annoyed by the over use of pop-culture references, 'bro-talk' and brand name dropping. So yeah, Ward you might want to cut back on that in the next book.
But there's no doubt that the sensual, dramatic and epic world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood had me enthralled and hooked from page one.
To quote Rhage...
“There was a sniffle from the crowd.
At which point, Rhage’s voice hissed, “What. This is beautiful, ’kay? **** all y’all.”
By Karen Roma 31 Mar 2014
This is probably one of the hardest reviews I have ever written. So where to start?
I suppose I should begin by admitting that I have not counted down the weeks for the last month before release of the last few BDB books as I did in the beginning.
Why? Because I personally felt that the author had lost the passion shown for her characters in the earlier stories.
So with that in mind, and knowing that it was because of DARK LOVER that my love affair began with the BDB, I was both anxious and wary of the release of THE KING.
That said; the BDB books have always had more than one story happening in each book; however the primary storyline has always been the featured couple. Well it was in the first 7 books anyway. But I felt that after LOVER AVENGED, the books became busier, with a lot going on, yet less focus on the hero and heroine, so to speak.
So, if you’re expecting a story that is primarily about Wrath and Beth, it isn’t. The title actually relates to the former and the current Wrath, as well as the obligatory parallel stories we’ve come to expect.
In THE KING this is even more prevalent, as these parallel stories have a powerful flavor of their own, but as usual no defined resolution.
The book is monumental read of 573 pages; so is it impressive? Yes it is; and in all honesty, I closed the book believing that J.R.Ward could quite easily never write another BDB novel as it ended, as you would expect a series to close.
Some will think I’m harsh not to give this book a 5 Star rating, but hey, I’m just one reader, and previous disappointments in this series have left me more judgmental; however THE KING will be a bestseller, there is no doubt.
'J.R. Ward's unique band of brothers is to die for. I love this series!' New York Times bestselling author, Suzanne Brockmann. 'Erotic and frighteningly addictive... Ward has earned an Anne Rice-style following, deservedly so' Publishers Weekly.