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The King: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12 | [J.R. Ward]

The King: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12

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.
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Publisher's Summary

J.R. Ward's number-one New York Times best-selling 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?

©2014 J. R. Ward (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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    Erin Millers Creek, NC, United States 04-02-14
    Erin Millers Creek, NC, United States 04-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent as Usual!!"

    This installment of the BDB, like most, has a LOT going on. The main focus is on Wrath and Beth and a back story of the elder Wrath and his queen. The laws and paperwork required to lead the race, Wrath's role in doing so, his desire to do so and his continuing growth as a male, a mate and as king are all part of the story, and there is not as much action movie material as some of the others, but there are also the continuing sagas of Assail/Sola, Xscore/Layla and Tres/Selena. Wrath and Beth also have struggles with each other and with those who want Wrath out because of his choice in queen.

    I've seen some negative reviews, and the complaints seem pretty superficial. If you are one of those people who 1- don't care about any new characters other than the brothers or 2- like to complain about about the few (true and funny) pop culture references and/or 3- have nothing better to do than denigrate the hard work of an author who has provided you and others with a large quantity of great entertainment, pick up Pride and Prejudice, re-read it often, and have a nice life.

    Those who love the series will not be disappointed in this one. Absolutely worth a credit or the cash.

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    whitney HILLSBORO, OR, United States 04-23-14
    whitney HILLSBORO, OR, United States 04-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I'm confused..."

    Why is everyone raving about this book? Was it even written by J.R. Ward?? I am a HUGE fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and Ward, but this one was so immature I could barely get through it. It seemed like Wrath transformed into a mouthy, cussing, insecure and immature teenager. I'm so sad to say this was a total thumbs down. I've listened and read the whole series a dozen times or more, but I'll never listen to this one again. It did not do credit to the series. The only saving grace was the narrator, who was awesome, and made the book bearable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    vicki CLINTON, OKLAHOMA, United States 04-15-14
    vicki CLINTON, OKLAHOMA, United States 04-15-14 Member Since 2008

    This is listed under my husbands name but he never listens to audible books. I'm the one that does and my name is Vicki.

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    "Such a disappointment"

    I found this book such a big disappointment! I have been listening to this series from the beginning with the first book. I've loved thim all. My only complaint up till now had been the long time between each book. Each time the wait was worth it. Not this time. This book seemed to go off in so many directions with so many characters that I had to get a list of all the characters that have been in this or any of the other books to try to help me with the confusion. The book was advertised to be about Wrath and Beth and their desire to have a baby but it was a good half way thru the book before this topic was really delved into. There was just too much jumping around from couple to couple without really having a clear direction for any of them. Wouldn't recommend it for any lover of this series.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 04-03-14
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 04-03-14 Member Since 2010

    bookworm

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    "LONG LIVE THE KING.... & THE BDB"

    As a fan of the whole series I pre-ordered this, then counted the weeks, days, hours and minutes until I could finally listen to this much anticipated story and, although I was half-way through another book (which was good by the way), I stopped it knowing that, for me, a new BDB book was going to be epic..... and I was right.

    There was the main story of Wrath, his roots, his fears and dreams and Beth's all consuming needs as she lost focus for just a short while but came back fighting, then there were so many sub romances, sub plots and new characters that, at times, you think your head's going to explode. Beth and Wrath's dilemma was so painful, touching and raw, his throne is both a curse and a joy which he eventually found out and he may be blind but he finally gets to see the bigger picture.

    A lot of very emotional bitter-sweet torment and turmoil because of the ups and downs in all the romances, danger and threats made by old enemies, twists, turns and surprises and various visits through time to the 17th century to hear of the love and plight of the former Vampire King and a lot more was shared about the Shadow brothers and their lives. There were familiar well loved faces as well as new ones..... but always, through everything, The Brotherhood were there ready to support and rejoice in welcoming in the dawning of a new era.

    Worth a credit? Wicked plans were thwarted, blood was spilled, revenge was sweet and love and bonds were deepened so, at the end of Chapter 76, after 22 hours of listening pleasure as the overall plot-line grew, morphed and moved forward, all I can safely say is YES it was well worth the credit, the sleepless nights and the lost hours in my shortened days.

    23 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Tucson, AZ, United States 05-02-14
    Lynn Tucson, AZ, United States 05-02-14 Member Since 2011

    EOD wife and loving mother!!!

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    "Very disappointed"

    This book just didn't keep my interest and was all over the place. Just when I started getting into it, things switched to a completely different story. It was my least favorite of the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Miss ReadsALot in the middle 04-08-14
    Miss ReadsALot in the middle 04-08-14 Listener Since 2007

    reading with a coffee in my hands

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    "Terrific! As usual."
    What did you love best about The King?

    LW. And Assail and Sola. Looking forward to their story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Impossible to say. I devoured it as fast as I could so I'm sure I missed vital details. Will listen again soon.


    What does Jim Frangione bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It took me awhile to get used to Jim Frangiones voice as the BDB narrator. Now I wouldn't want anyone else. I do wish the female voices were different but still wouldn't ask for another narrator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    WTF?!


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the credit as usual. Thanks Warden!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rhunette 04-04-14
    Rhunette 04-04-14
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    "J.R. Ward does it again"

    Well folks, the Warden does it again. This book was well worth the wait. All I can say
    is that it was a wonderful read. Thanks J.R. and a special thank you to the narrator
    J. Frangione who really knows how to deliver a story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Winston Salem, NC, United States 04-24-14
    Amazon Customer Winston Salem, NC, United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "good but not great"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was time well spent.it answered some of the questions that the last book left lingering


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    it wasnt what i was looking for.but it was good


    What does Jim Frangione bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love listening to his voice.He gives the book mystery.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would because I love the series


    Any additional comments?

    The book was good,but not great.I was looking forward to this book for a long time and it didnt live up to the hype

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth APPLE VALLEY, CA, United States 04-07-14
    Ruth APPLE VALLEY, CA, United States 04-07-14 Member Since 2013

    BlithelyBookish Reviews

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    "LONG LIVE THE KING!!!"

    I'll make this review quick; I LOVED this story! Loved the WARDenisms - the slang, the brand name dropping, the unique style of writing that draws me in and keeps me coming back for more. Loved it all! Even the side stories drew me in, connecting me with the couples and their struggles...

    But best of all? Seeing our beloved Wrath and Beth up close and personal. Revisiting them, in depth, as they deal with the Band of Bastards, the Glymera, and everything else life is throwing at them. THE KING is the perfect visit with the Brotherhood!

    But the audio - just okay. Jim Frangione has a great voice, but too often I felt like he was reading the story rather than performing it - or living it. I didn't get the feel that he was into it, at all. And the mispronunciations of names and words? After 12 books, that is completely unacceptable! Finally, at about 30% in I stopped listening and just read the Kindle version, and enjoyed much more. (Giving the audio a 2.5 of 5.)

    The bottom line:

    I can't even put into words how painful and beautiful and sexy this story is. Listen to the audio sample and decide for yourself. Clearly, I'm in the minority when it comes to my thoughts on his narrative skills.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne MD, United States 05-07-14
    Katheryne MD, United States 05-07-14 Member Since 2009

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "Perfection!"

    Plain and simple I loved this book! It's everything you've come to expect from a JR Ward BDB book. I'm amazed after 12 installments I still find these characters interesting and enjoyable. (unlike other vamp series) Kudos to the brilliant author and fantastic narrator. Keep 'em coming!!

    5 Stars!!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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