The King by J.R. Ward
A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood

75%

26 Critic Reviews

...I just can’t get enough of this series. I love the characters still after all these books and I’ll stick with them until the very end. I loved revisiting Beth and Wrath, seeing how their relationship has changed...
-Happily Ever After

Synopsis

J.R. Ward's # 1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood 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?


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About J.R. Ward

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J. R. Ward lives in the South with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in health care in Boston and spent many years as chief of staff for one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation.
 
Published April 1, 2014 by Signet. 591 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
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Peak Rank on Apr 20 2014
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Critic reviews for The King
All: 26 | Positive: 20 | Negative: 6

Examiner

Above average
Reviewed by Eleni Sakellis on May 12 2014

The author delivers as she always does, with strong characters struggling against dark forces, fighting for their lives, making difficult decisions for their family and loved ones, and still making time for ice cream and cute pet-related moments.

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Fiction Vixen

Above average
Reviewed by FV Jen on Apr 09 2014

Overall, it was a typical Ward book. I really didn’t like parts of it but the page time for Wrath and Beth made up for it. I am not sure where I stand with the series though.

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Open Book Society

Excellent
Reviewed by Heidi on Apr 14 2014

The King is the 12th entry into the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and it proved that Ward has NOT lost her touch!

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Nocturne Romance Reads

Good
Reviewed by Lenore on Apr 15 2014

The ending was perfect. I read it at lightening speed because I HAD to know what happened. I may need to reread it a little slower soon!

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Fresh Fiction

Good
on Apr 18 2014

Ward expertly weaves a second romance for Wrath and Beth in a way that makes you further understand their characters. She excels in creating a connection between the couples that transcend what most other authors are capable of.

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Smexy Books

Good
Reviewed by Mandi on Apr 04 2014

I love how it all wrapped up. It was a little mushy with L.W. being born and Wrath becoming a King for his common people. Beth and Wrath having a civil ceremony with Elvis, I mean Lassiter officiating it. *giggle* It felt warm and gooey and I liked it.

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Reviewed by Sandy on Apr 12 2014

...THE KING is a necessary storyline that brings Wrath’s family history full circle: the Glymera reap what they sow: and a look to the future ruling King. My only hope is that JR comes back to the Brothers...

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Cocktails and Books

Good
Reviewed by Shannon Patel on Apr 02 2014

This installment in the Black Dagger Brotherhood started out slowly for me...But from the midpoint on, I was enraptured with the story and didn’t want to put it down.

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The Good, The Bad and The Unread

Above average
on Apr 25 2014

The only downside is there’s a heck of a lot going on, and I’d have preferred more time with the Brothers in that mansion, but it’s still a great BDB book, making me want more and more.

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Reviewed by Jen on Apr 02 2014

...there were little things that bugged me...But having said all that, I enjoyed it overall. The second half of the book –especially the last third—is much stronger than the beginning.

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All the Books I Can Read

Below average
Reviewed by 1GIRL2MANYBOOKS on Jun 05 2014

This series has strayed far in some ways and I feel as though the huge cast of characters doesn’t always serve it well...I wish we had more of that old rapport, it seems somehow missing lately. This was so-so. It’s not a series I feel compelled to continue with although I may read random books if they focus on characters I have previously enjoyed.

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Vampire Book Club

Good
Reviewed by Candace on Apr 03 2014

Wrath and Beth are the backbone of the BDB-verse. Seeing their love grow stronger is what makes The King one of the best books in the series. There is intense emotional upheaval...cold-shower-inducing sex scenes...and vengeance. This book is a winner...

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Good
on Apr 15 2014

All and all, I think The King is an excellent addition to the Black Dagger Brotherhood books. I was pulled into the story immediately and I was never bored, nor did I skim.

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Above average
Reviewed by Jen Twimom on Apr 07 2014

Overall, I thoroughly relished in The King and all of its offerings. Even though it is definitely Wrath and Beth’s story, I enjoyed the other three subplots, each to varying degrees. Although a lot occurs, it is not so much that I felt the book was overreaching.

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TotallyBookedBlog

Good
on Apr 21 2014

The King was jam packed with passion and moments that were in my opinion classic BDB. Whilst reading I felt like we’d returned to what makes BDB so fan-bloody-tastic and why I love J.R Ward so much...

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Happily Ever After

Good
Reviewed by Jess on Apr 16 2014

...I just can’t get enough of this series. I love the characters still after all these books and I’ll stick with them until the very end. I loved revisiting Beth and Wrath, seeing how their relationship has changed...

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Yummy Men Kick Ass Chicks

Below average
Reviewed by Julie on Apr 08 2014

I didn’t dislike the book. I was not as cranky as some after reading it – but I didn’t love it either. I had to put it down once in a while, you know to eat and sleep and such, and found it was quite easy to put down.

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Alpha Reader

Below average
Reviewed by Danielle on Apr 17 2014

I used to really enjoy these books, but now I’m feeling myself cringe while reading. This is not a good sign...

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Hope Chest Reviews

Excellent
on Jan 17 2015

...The King was a very welcome one indeed, and this book definitely did not disappoint in any way, shape, or form. I loved every minute I spent reading it, even better than Dark Lover, and hated to see it come to an end.

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Literary Escapism

Good
Reviewed by Nikki on Aug 05 2014

I could not put this down! I might have become possessed with the need to get to the last page. Course now I’m all sad that it’s over. Don’t you just hate that...I am happy to say, all the interweaving of storyline that Ward is known for, worked like magic in The King.

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Below average
Reviewed by Carmel on Apr 11 2014

I haven’t DNF’d a book in years, I’m too type-A to be able to leave anything unfinished, but THE KING came dangerously close which pretty much says it all in my opinion...this one definitely wasn’t worth the inflated price tag.

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I Smell Sheep

Excellent
Reviewed by Sharon Stogner on Apr 08 2014

While Wrath’s story is the main focus of the book there are multiple major storylines going on. One of my favorite is Assail and Sola. I am a sucker for forbidden love...

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Book Thingo

Above average
Reviewed by Decadence on Apr 10 2014

...I unreservedly loved The King, but I wish we could have been given a longer book to accommodate more of the characters and the interactions...It feels like a character-driven story is being forced into a plot-driven approach at the expense of elements that made the earlier books such great reads.

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The Reading Frenzy

Good
Reviewed by Debbie Haupt on Jul 05 2014

In The King she’s outdone herself, her recognizable street-talk may be the same, the fighting’s just as brutal, the brothers just as big but it’s her attention for detail that will reign. And just like when she outted the Chosen and pretty much closed down the Scribe Virgin’s realm this novel is another game changer.

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Love and Live to Read

Good
Reviewed by Maria on Apr 04 2014

...I enjoyed this book very much and it was good to see Wrath and Beth again! The world-building becomes more complicated with each installment and that is something that I like because I don’t know what to expect!

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Note to Selph

Excellent
Reviewed by Kristyna Selph on Aug 28 2014

I really enjoyed The King. First, I got to revisit characters that I absolutely love. There wasn’t a lot of face time but they each got a moment or two. Second, it was like Wrath and Beth got another happy ever after...I have to give this book five stars. It had everything I’ve come to expect from Ward.

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