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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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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 04-03-14
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 04-03-14

    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.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    kewtpie 04-04-14
    kewtpie 04-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "an amazing listen for true BDB fans"
    What did you love best about The King?

    I love that we came back to where it all started. The continuation of Wrath and Beth story.was better than I could have anticipated.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It didn't feel like the retelling of another story line in the series but a progression, a fitting progression, to the lives of Beth and Wrath.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    amazing as always. I find no fault in Jim. :-)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. every where I went I would listen to the book. hated when it was over which is not usually the case for long books for me (22 hrs).


    Any additional comments?

    i see some criticisms of the book on amazon and must say I don't find them to be fair. there are complaints of multiple story lines. Ward has always had multiple story lines in her books. In her earlier works I found myself skipping over the stories of the lessening society folks more and more. The newer novels have story lines that I care about and enjoy reading. I also believe the historical story lines recounting things of the past were compelling in this novel and although its relevance to the current plot was subtle it was still relevant.

    Not to disparage Janet Evanovich, but if you want novels based on the same people just a different day, over and over again, read her Stephanie Plum series! I personally appreciate Ward's desire to progress the world she has built. I love Z and Bella, but I don't need them to have a major plot in BDB every novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rhunette Philadelphia, PA, United States 04-04-14
    Rhunette Philadelphia, PA, United States 04-04-14 Member Since 2002
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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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    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.

    1 of 1 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 Member 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!

    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

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Liguori RIVERDALE, NEW YORK United States 04-07-14
    K. Liguori RIVERDALE, NEW YORK United States 04-07-14 Member Since 2011

    Vampire Lover

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    "YES ALL HAIL THE KING !!!"
    Where does The King rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I gotta say the ranking on this BDB book is 7. Although Frangione has improved greatly when it comes to reading from another characters point of view but he still needs improvement. I read the book first than listened to it. I just wish he had some imagination. he makes the brothers sound like wussy's sometimes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    ***** SPOILER ALERT******I loved finding out about Wrath's parents and their love story. It was nice to also see that Wrath's father was not the male Wrath thought he was, he only became that once he found out that someone killed his father and was trying to kill his Shellan the same way. He also didn't wanna be king but his Love made it easier for him to step into that role. I also loved the fact that we finally got to see the Shadows and understand the relationship between Trez and Iam.


    Have you listened to any of Jim Frangione’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to all the BDB books, and as I said above he really needs to work on his Portrayal. He has to stop making the brothers and females sounds like Wussy's. I could think of a couple other's I'd rather hear than him. there are several people that will not listen to the audio book because he ruins the brothers for them.


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

    THE BROTHERS ARE COMING!


    Any additional comments?

    Although I love the series I find that JR Ward likes to take idea's from Role players and add them to her books,even though she constantly states how much she does not like role players. funny though the last 4 books she has taken word for word verbatim from one particular group. My thing is these are your fans stop alienating them and let them do there thing I'm sure they love seeing there work show up in your books. and obliviously they are very inspiring. So just leave them be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amie S MO, United States 04-07-14
    Amie S MO, United States 04-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow The King!!"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is awesome! You get to see not only what is going on for the Black Dagger Brotherhood but there is so much going on with the Shadows, Layla, Xcor and Assail. Jim Frangione did an exceptional job narrating as always! Can't wait for the next book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Indianapolis, IN, United States 04-06-14
    Amazon Customer Indianapolis, IN, United States 04-06-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Incredible!"

    I absolutely love this book if I could give it 6 stars I would. J. R. Ward keeps world building and tying up loose ends in this series. I guess if it ever ends I will be heartbroken. I love BDB!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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