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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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    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.

    5 of 5 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 2015
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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.

    23 of 27 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 2014
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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.

    8 of 9 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 2015

    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.

    12 of 14 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 2015

    I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again

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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.

    24 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Meg E Dobson United States 04-25-14
    Meg E Dobson United States 04-25-14 Member Since 2014

    Avatar by The Domestic Goddess at allavatars

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    "retread, I'm sorry to say"

    Even JR Ward must be tired by now. No action plot until the last 10%. Plenty of mandated sex, but without even the attempt at an action plot. Very disappointing. And not sure I'll be back.

    My advice? Jettison 90% of the characters, relocate, and start from scratch.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. Wendy M. Kulterman 01-18-15

    Mama Wendy

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    "SNAP, CRACKLE, PLOP!!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Unfortunately no. JRW started a mind blowing series with the BDB. She lost her mojo once Thorment's story: Lover Reborn was released. Does she have a ghost writer? The plot is all over the place. Did Wrath and Beth get demoted to supporting cast roles, along with the other original BDBROTHERS??? This book shouldn't be a part of the series, there are no evil ones to truly despise. JRW wrote in her BDB anthology her inspiration for the series was like Rice Krispies: the ideas and characters formulated: Snap! Crackle! Pop! She is all PLOP now as her last 3 books in this series have been a disappointment


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Any of the Sherrelyn Kenyon series, or Nalini Singh's psy-changeling, Gulid Hunter or Archangel novels.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    I think Jim has always done a great job with this series.


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

    YOU COULDN'T PAY ME TO.


    Any additional comments?

    I really, really hope Ms. Ward will find her mojo again and if there is a next book in this series, it will be a cohesive one. No more jumbled plots filled with multiple characters who are not a part of the original brotherhood. What happens to Manny? Does he follow his brother Butch's footsteps? Does Thor carry out his vow to Wrath? If JRW's mojo is back, then so am I!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharilyn Flint, MI 10-08-14
    Sharilyn Flint, MI 10-08-14

    Sharilyn

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    "Expected better"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Everything! This is not the JRW book I'm used to. It was dull compared to the rest of the BDB. I didn't like where she took Wrath and Beth. None of it was what I've come to expect from her.


    Would you recommend The King to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, only to keep up on the story tho...if you've already invested in the rest of the series, you may as well finish it.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Frangione – was your favorite?

    IDK, I liked his narrating period.


    Was The King worth the listening time?

    Eh, not really, but I'm still glad I finished the series.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    YeahYeah 05-15-14
    YeahYeah 05-15-14
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    "The Warden Can Do Better"
    Would you try another book from J.R. Ward and/or Jim Frangione?

    BDB is slipping. Too many POVs but I will give one more a try. Not a fan of Jim Frangione. He doesn't change his voice between characters which makes it hard to following who is talking.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting part was wrath's father situation. Least interesting Sola and Assail


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He didn't change his voice. It was hard to figure out who was talking or who's head we were in. Since there are so many POV it was very confusing.


    Any additional comments?

    The Warden needs to remember why her fans love this series and get back to that.

    1 of 1 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 2013
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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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