The King: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood [NOOK Book]

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J.R. Ward's # 1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood continues as a royal bloodline...
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The King: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood

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Overview

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?
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Wrath the younger has finally become king, but the crown rests precariously on his head. As the war against the Lessening Society rages on, he must also contend with the aggressive Band of Bastards. He also must wrestle with his mate Beth Randall's insistence that they have a baby. At stake on many fronts is the very future of the vampire race. (P.S. J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood romances continue to lure in new readers.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101602188
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood Series , #12
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 53
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

J.R. Ward
J. R. Ward is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She lives in the South with her family.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Yesssss

    Omg I can't wait

    29 out of 62 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    I give it a 5 ONLY because its a BDB book!!! Im so irritated with B&N right now!!!!!

    B&N I am so disapointed right now I preordered months ago so I could wait for this night. If this is how you reward us Nook owners maybe its time to swich to kindle!!! Again the only reason this reveiw got a five is because I wouldn't ever reveiw a BDB book with anything less. B&N way to let us avid readers down!!!

    18 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2014

    This is probably one of the hardest reviews I have ever written.

    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.

    17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    I paid for this in advance because I want to read it when it is

    I paid for this in advance because I want to read it when it is released.  Everyone in the world is readinng it EXCEPT PEOPLE WHO HAVE A NOOK!  Get your at together Barnes & Noble.  I'm buying this from Amazon.     

    17 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    I'm sure the book is AMAZING!!!!

    Shame on Barnes and Noble!!!!! Release the book already!!!!!! Or I'm buying a kindle!!!!!

    15 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Awesome series.. not so happy about Barnes and Noble holding it.

    Awesome series.. not so happy about Barnes and Noble holding it... its April 1st... GIVE IT TO US!!!

    14 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Complaining people...

    A lot of time of have your preorder book, you just need to reset. Or if its in your wishlist still showing preorder, if you go to the book in shop, it is available. I know it takes 1 extra step but the book can still be accessed. Leaving the author a low book review, simply because of a small, easily fixed technical issue, is STUPID!

    11 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    I wish I could give this a five star I really do, its just I can

    I wish I could give this a five star I really do, its just I can't. I've read all the BDB books and with this one is felt like I had to force myself into reading it. The only thing that actually got me throw this was getting the little crumbs about the other 'newer' romances plots. These are my feelings alone, I was just disappointed Id rather reread all the other books then actually reading this one..

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    RATING: 5 for BDB, 1 for Barnes & Noble. Can't put a 1 for

    RATING: 5 for BDB, 1 for Barnes & Noble. Can't put a 1 for BDB so I have to put the 5 here. The fact that you pre-order and they get our money for over 2 months before the book is released (in my case) and we are the only ones to not be able to read it is absolutely a slap in the face to their loyal customers. I had this happen once before with a different series and stupidly thougth it was a one time glitch. Apparently Barnes and Noble has no real respect for its readers. I will never pre-order again. Books and the Nook are their "thing" you would think they would lead the industry. SAD, ANGRY, DISGUSTED and DISAPPOINTED!!!! AND STILL WAITING!!!!

    9 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    This will be my last BDB book. I'm so irritated how JR Ward chan

    This will be my last BDB book. I'm so irritated how JR Ward changed her writing style. Introducing new love stories and made Wrath's and Beth's story an after thought.  She had to hurry towards the end to get their story out. It was rushed and a huge disappointment

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Disappointed

    I remember when I first discovered this series. I fell in love! Sadly, the last few books did not meet my expectations. I feel like in this book there were too many side stories going on and Beth and Wrath did not have the spotlight. I bought the book because of them, not for new characters.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Not The best off the BDB

    Way to many Character stories. This was more like a cluster of novellas.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Watching the clock!

    I'm going bonkers! Reminds me of watching the clock on the last day of school before summer vacation.

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2014

    I agree with another reviewer that this book seemed that is was

    I agree with another reviewer that this book seemed that is was written last minute and has a lot of uneeded fluff to fill pages. The last one in the series, Lover At Last, was amazing and I was counting down the minutes until it appeared in my Nook library (after several calls to customer service after I also noticed that it was more expensive in the pre-order than when it released!). I was dying to read the Xcor/Layla story line that had developed in the last book, only to be given a small morsel! Too much time was placed on flashbacks of Wrath's parents that could have been cut down to a couple of pages and use those pages to fill out the other story lines going on. I found that I was more involved in the new storylines (that I didn't care about from the last books, except for Xcor/Layla) then in the Wrath/Beth, Wrath's parents storyline that dragged on and was honestly a bit boring mid-way through. I gave it three stars because I feel like a bonded mate that got aroused by the scent, but then they dematerialized on me. The only way the last chapters could have been more unfullfilling is if they were about Lessers (thank you for not wasting eink on them).

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    Loved it!

    The Warden has done another wonderful job bringing characters we know and love to life. You will cry and laugh so hard you cry in parts. Can't wait for the next book!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2014

    I'll be honest, it almost broke my heart to give this book three

    I'll be honest, it almost broke my heart to give this book three stars. To be truthful it felt like a betrayal. With the exception of the firs book, which I also did not love, this is my favorite series of books and I like so many others pre-ordered, and waited on baited breath for it's release.
    As always, Ms. Ward writing takes you to another world. The story-lines are...magical, the characters all feel like old friends or live long enemies. It was the same for The King the book simply lacked...something. It was not a boring read, not a bad read, it just missed some of the...heat and excitement of the others as if Ms. Ward had a deadline to meet and instead of writing from the heart she wrote from her head if that makes any sense. I do not want anyone reading this to not read the series, this is book twelve and I've read the first eleven twice, most of them three times and several of them more than that. I recently saw on Ms. Ward's facebook page that she would write this series until the story stopped coming to her and I hope they never do. I would read this series if it had a hundred books in it.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    So disappointed

    Should have stuck with beth and wrath's story. Too many additional side plots muddied the water.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Interesting

    First and foremost I am always a huge BDB fan. I love the writing and think JR Ward captures her male characters exceptionally well. I enjoyed this book but alas I did not fall in love with it. I am always happy when she revisits the brothers however there were so many future stories being set up that I found it difficult to appreciate what was happening with Wrath and Beth. That's not to say that I'm not looking forward to reading how things will pan out for all of the others. It just seemed as though there were a lot of stories unfolding only to be ubruptly cut off to hastily jump ahead in time to wrap up the primary story all in about 20 pages. In the end I still enjoyed the book. I mean I'm already finished.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    Love BDB

    I really loved the book. But with so many side stories I think it should have and could have been longer. Yes longer. I have read many books that are much longer. The Eragon series for instance. Then she could have told us more about the time between Beth finding out she was pregnanant and the birth. And more if them with the new baby. Instead if just telling us that she is a fantastic mother we could see into that more. The only interaction with Blay Quinn and Llayla was once in Layla's room, when the queen tries to apologize. So many things could have been made more clear. As for the flashbacks, I didn't mind those. Actually more would have been good. Like the time leading up to their slaughter and the hiding of Wrath etc. It was interesting to see how Wrath remembers it a lot different. It shows that his parents shielded him from so much. He thinks his father's rule was all perfect but it was not. I hope in the future that we get to actually see them raising the baby. The lessons they teach him and not just flashes like we get of Nala. I would not complain about more in depth stories. What about the up and coming soldiers and the training? A flash of Lash returning and what the lessers are planning would help too. So no, longer books would not bother me.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Yeah

    I just restarted my Nook and I am so ready to read!!! Love this series....

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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