The Vampire King (Kings Series #1)

The Vampire King (Kings Series #1)

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by Heather Killough-Walden, Antony Ferguson
     
 

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It was immediate for Roman. In three thousand years, he'd never lost control of his emotions, or his heart. But the moment he laid eyes on Evelynne Farrow, he knew she was the woman who haunted his dreams. And everything changed.

Everything.

Evie Farrow has always loved a good vampire romance. In fact, she makes a living writing them. While sitting in a coffee

Overview

It was immediate for Roman. In three thousand years, he'd never lost control of his emotions, or his heart. But the moment he laid eyes on Evelynne Farrow, he knew she was the woman who haunted his dreams. And everything changed.

Everything.

Evie Farrow has always loved a good vampire romance. In fact, she makes a living writing them. While sitting in a coffee shop and working on her next mega-hot book, Evie is approached by a tall, dark, and handsome man who could have been pulled directly from one of her novels.

Unbeknownst to her, Roman D'Angelo is exactly what he appears to be—a vampire, and not just any vampire, but the king of vampires.

Unfortunately, while Roman is both ancient and invulnerable, Evie is flesh and blood. Just as Roman decides that he and Evie have a date with destiny, for reasons of their own, an ancient god and a homicidal vampire take an equally strong interest in her.

Can Roman fight off the incredible forces that would have Evie as their own long enough to win her heart, or will destiny betray him and destroy everything he has ever dreamed of?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Audio
Killough-Walden’s vampire novel—which is connected to her Big Bad Wolf series—forces narrator Antony Ferguson to plunge right into the action: the book opens in medias res, with a female author named Evie injured and trapped by a romantic rival in a cold basement. How Evie got there, and how vampire king Roman D’Angelo threw her life into turmoil, is unraveled gradually, allowing Ferguson to draw the listener into the myth slowly and deliberately. The narrator’s steady pacing works well here, as the book contains much information about Killough-Walden’s imagined universe, and a more hurried delivery would risk losing those details. Ferguson proves himself equally adept at rendering dialogue and action scenes—and the result is a fun listen for fans of the genre. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
"Ferguson proves himself equally adept at rendering dialogue and action scenes—and the result is a fun listen for fans of the genre." —Publishers Weekly Audio Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452611198
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
04/15/2013
Series:
Kings Series, #1
Edition description:
Unabridged CD
Sales rank:
744,963
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

AudioFile Earphones Award winner Antony Ferguson, a native of London, England, is a classically trained actor and has appeared in numerous productions in London, Off-Broadway, and regional theater. As a voice actor, he has over fifty audiobooks to his credit.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite things about the stories that Heather Killough-Walden writes is the way her characters come to life. Even though this is a spin-off of The Big Bad Wolf series the characters, previously introduced or brand new, are extremely all well developed. The Vampire King stands on its own and, thanks to the incredible story telling gift of Heather Killough-Walden, you will soon come to love (and hate) the characters you meet in this series. Roman DeAngelo is everything you would expect from a 3000 year old vampire king, and then some. Dark, to die for (he-he) gorgeous, unbelievably sexy and more than extremely powerful. He has only one weakness, Evie Farrow, a lovely human (or so she thinks) writer who can't quite connect to the human world. She is everything Roman dreams of, literally. His enemies would do anything to bring him down and Evie could be the way to do it. Evie Farrow is the kind of female lead that we (okay, I) want to be. She is intelligent, strong and determined. She is touched with a hint of magic and has that extra something that can't quite be described or understood. Not only does she have Romans heart from the moment he meets her, she has attracted one of Romans most dangerous enemies, a very powerful warlock who is also a rogue vampire with a never ending hatred for Roman. TVK is a wonderful romance with edge of your seat suspense in an adventure full of agonizing and wonderful twists and turns. It begins with the first chapter and it never lets up. Even the ending is a promise of things to come...
CafeGirl60 More than 1 year ago
I just finished The Vampire King by Heather Killough-Walden and the first word out of my mouth was "WOW!" This author has laid out a fast paced, exciting storyline that makes it almost impossible for the reader to put this book/ebook reader down. The story of self-published author Evelynne Farrow, who has always believed in vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures, is that of a hard-working young woman who spends most of her time writing stories and taking care of her infirmed parents. She really doesn't have much of a life, but that soon changes when she unexpectedly meets Roman D'Angelo aka The Vampire King. Roman, who is said to be over three thousand years old, has never met a woman like Evie and that's where their relationship begins. As their story continues, you will meet several fascinating characters who work with/are friends of Roman and those who also want to destroy him by any means possible including killing Evie. I love the way this talented author weaves the histories of the secondary characters into the main story which makes the reader want to see these characters reappear in sequels. Some of these characters are the Thirteen aka the Thirteen Kings and each has a special power or ability that is necessary for protecting the Offspring. This story is rich with details and readers will lose themselves in the progression of Evie and Roman's relationship and the mysterious twists and turns that this story takes. Be ready for a thrilling and bumpy ride, but promise it will be worth the chills with an ending that leaves you breathless! I can't wait for the next book in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book. The first of The Kings series, The Vampire King is action packed and has a romantic twist. It's a spinoff of the Big Bad Wolf series and doesn't disappoint in still having some of the BBW characters in it! It picks up where The Hunt (BBW #4) left off. And the best part is that you don't need to have read the BBW series to know what's going on! Heather did an amazing job of reintroducing the characters and plot of BBW and keeping TVK it's own book. I loved it and could NOT put it down! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I won't be the one to spoil any big thrills of this tale. I will, however, encourage any and everyone to open this book, find a comfortable seat and get lost in the world of the vampires. Heather has the perfect recipe for a fantastic story with a pinch of revenge, a cup of loyalty, a splash of edge-of-your-seat-excitement, and a whole lot of love. Even if the Big Bad Wolf series wasn't read prior to The Vampire King, readers would have no problem understanding the problems being encountered in this book (the fight between the supernatural beings and the Hunters). Heather made the "spinoff" transition smoothly and filled in readers the background of the Hunters and Werewolves from the BBW series without it becoming confusing. On the other hand, if the BBW series was read prior to, such as in my case, both series' parallel each other and they come together beautifully in a magical lust-filled adventure that is hard to put down even for a bathroom break. 5 stars to the author and plot. I recommend Vampire King and BBW to all!
IrishHeart More than 1 year ago
My Favorite author has out done herself!! The Vampire King is Brilliantly written and her best book so far. It's hard for me to choose one favorite because I Love all her work. She has an imagination I could only wish for!! Vampire King Roman D'Angelo has finally found his true Love after 3,000 years of being alone. He is gorgeous, extremely powerful, and force to be reckoned with. He is very protective and loyal to those he cares for and loves. Evelynne Farrow..Evie to her friends, is 30, beautiful, smart, strong, a humanitarian and she is very human....or is she? She is thrown into Romans world. A world of magic and creatures she thought came only from our imaginations! What she doesn't know is that she is meant to be there. But, there is one creature that wants her for himself and wants to use her to destroy The King! I loved that our author brought in characters from the books it was spun off from...The Big Bad Wolf Series. Ms Walden takes us on a fantastic journey. This tale drew me in from the first moment I started reading it. What a wonderful start to this new series! You'll just have to read it to see what happens. You will be Thrilled!! I will be patiently waiting for Book two in The King Series!! Thank you Ms Walden!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I became a fan of Heather Killough-Walden with book one of The Big Bad Wolf Series. The Vampire King, a spin off, is another magical series I cannot wait to sink my teeth in to further. The characters capture your heart and interest from the first sentence and leave you anticipating the rest of the "Thirteens" stories to come. If you haven't read the BBW series I encourage you to do so, however it is not a requirement as the previous characters are woven into the story in such a way you have a full understanding of who they are. Congratulations Heather as I am certain this will be another BEST SELLER! I am eagerly anticipating books 2, 3, etc..... Please don't keep us waiting too long.
Author_Carl_Henegan More than 1 year ago
Any author will tell you that the one draw back about our occupation is the lack of time to read any books other then our own. With that said as an author, I am extremely picky about what books I chose to read. I came across this author’s work when I read an excerpt of her new novel and thought this is some great writing. As a thriller writer and an enormous fan of the genre I have to admit that outside the classics and of course likes of Nelson Demille, Joseph Finder, Ken Follett my knowledge of other author’s works is limited. So needless to say, I went into my reading of The Vampire King with little to no expectations. When an author can not only transform another into a reader but also fan, trust me she has a gift. Once I became an author my entire approach to reading was altered. Due to the automatic tendencies to notice character development, view points, prose, and things like transitional sentences and or chapters it is hard to become just a reader. Not that readers or any less critical the authors but readers naturally approach a novel as if it was written solely for them and them only. Authors on the other hand recognize and understand the extreme difficulty it takes to complete a novel and do it in the level that this author made look effortlessly. I began reading this as and author reading another’s work but Heather transformed me into a reader that was able to enjoy great writing, combined with a brilliant plot, and characters that exploded from the pages, or rather in my case, the kindle screen. If anyone passes over this novel thinking of it as another vampire book they are doing themselves a great disservice. This novel was a thought provoking journey with enough action to make film maker John Woo salivate. Which brings this warning to mind. If you happen to see the author’s photo do not be fooled by her delicate features. Her words will snatch you out of your arm chair and tear into your mind till in certain scenes you feel almost voyeuristic in reading her work. Her words, sentences, and chapters are biting and gripping but flow from one to the next with the smooth grace of flowing water. I will recommend this novel to everyone because no matter what genre you gravitate to everyone loves the escape of an addictive page turning adventure. Get The Vampire King and this author’s work will be your new guilty pleasure. But don’t beat yourself up if you find yourself tossing and turning all night wondering what author Heather Killough-Walden with make your favorite character do next (believe me, there are plenty to chose from) it happened to me. Until I read her book I had never even picked up a vampire novel and now this sweet and innocent looking author has pulled me to the dark side. However when I recalled a line from The Vampire King I felt a little better about myself. “Even the Dalai Lama has skeletons….”
tricialen More than 1 year ago
Heather Killough-Walden has an exciting new series out! The first story, The Vampire King… Power…it’s aura is strong and radiant, shimmering all around him….Roman D’Angelo… everything about him screams Alpha Ruler! Ancient, wise, proud, and terribly alone …until Evelynne Grace Farrow…Evie to those close to her. She is simply beautiful…inside and out. Always doing the ‘right’ things whether for her family, friends, helpless animals. She has a sweet heart. And she is as alone as Roman…. He desires her more than precious life itself and she falls hard for the feared king… it was his eyes…. Never mind that he is Vampire… their king….never mind that they truly exist outside of her imagination…never mind that an entire world of the supernatural has opened up and swallowed her whole…. Were’s and Witches do exist and the world that she has known has been shaken to its very foundation… Evie is now a believer…and very much in love with a vampire…as he is with her. But there is always a snake in the garden, isn’t there? Or snakes….lol Enter a mad vampire, bent on revenge, with a hatred that could topple the vampire world and an ancient god…. Seems Evie is special in her own right…..and very tasty.. We know how powerful evil is…good will have to be very, very good to prevail against these odds… If this isn’t enough to peak your interest…. Did I tell you about the Were’s and the uhmm, yummm Vamps? Oh yeah …Heather is so cleaver…weaving a tale to make your toes curl…in a good way. Oh and the blazing hot lovemaking doesn’t hurt either… All of this makes me very eager for the next installment of what I know will be a huge hit for Heather. You must have this book in your library! I promise you will not be disappointed!
JenyH More than 1 year ago
HKW does it again! Book One in the new "Kings" series is excellent, a MUST read! Her ability to craft delightful, relatable characters while maintaining the fantasy that readers of this genre love is addictive. The storyline flows and you can almost feel the paths that open as the plot thickens and coalesces into what you know will be characters in her next stories. Doubly nice, as with any first book in a series, she doesn't short the reader on the background info which is extremely important, and manages to maintain the focus of the story where it belongs not allowing us to get lost with what is to come or sacrificing the reason we're reading this book in the first place, Roman and Evie. I also love that she twines characters from her previous books into the story keeping them alive, but letting The Vampire King stand alone. HKW whets the readers appetite for her other books, but doesn't make it necessary to read the previous ones to know what’s going on...however, trust me, go read them all, not because you have to, but because they are soooo good you will want to. You will NOT be disappointed. I for one am not. Thanks again Heather! Can't wait for the next one!
ReadingRockStar More than 1 year ago
Roman and Evie are a compelling pair whose story is a "getting to know you" tale tainted by an antagonist who is hell-bent on revenge. The author weaves a tapestry of obstacles and inner conflict, some of which can be solved by magic and some by pure grit. What does a vampire king do when he meets his fated queen? When the machinations of a courtier threatens his future with his mate and both their very existence? He follows his heart and convictions, armed with the surety that life would cease to matter if he were to lose his queen. "The Vampire King" is a wonderful read with lots of arresting characters. The plot is well woven and interspersed with nerve wracking and unpredictable twists and turns. A satisfying read richly embedded with secondary characters whose potential stories have you looking forward to more in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I simply drank this book in! Literally didn't put it down until I had read the whole thing. Wonderful flow of action and drama, great tie ins to her Big Bad Wolf series and vivid characters. I can't wait for the next of the Kings books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heather out done herself again. This novel captivates the reader allowing them to place themselves into the storyline. Enchanting her readers to continue to the very last sentence. Not only does the book put the readers into the mind of each main character it allows them the see the story through different perspectives. Each character is truly is one in it's own accord; not taking the stage from the other. In the end it leaves the reader wanting more. Letting her readers live vicariously through her characters. With twists through out the novel. I personally can not wait for the next installment of The Kings Series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finished this book in 2 days - Just could not put it down. The sdtory line in unique and keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. When is the next book scheduled to arrive from this series? I just purchased the BBW series to get me through until then.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PLEASE HURRY WITH BOOK #2!!!!!
striderfreak72 More than 1 year ago
Amazing Author!! If you like J.R. Ward you will love Heather's work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG!!! LOVED IT! as much as her Big Bad Wolf Series! Can't wait to dive right into the second book of this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HKW has a way of drawing you into her books. She opens the door, allowing you to experience the world she's created. You instantly relate to one or more characters - I related to Evie because Roman is 3000 years old. I sometimes feel three thousand years old, but mostly, I related to Evie! :) You keep reading because you are firmly planted in a world of make believe. The Vampire King is no exception. You feel what the characters feel (the chemistry between them all was delicious!), see what they see and sometimes find yoursef wracked with indecision, even if they aren't. I don't know how she does it, but I somehow I found myself not only rooting for Roman, the good guy, but a tiny bit for Charles, the bad guy, as well. This day in time when an author has the abilty to elicit a reaction from a reader, she's doing something right. The gasp that escaped my throat in the final chapter then made me smile because in a world of predictable plots, it's nice to be surprised. Good job Heather Killough-Walden, good job!
BrittanynCory More than 1 year ago
Brittany Weidenfeller ‎Heather Killough-Walden is probably one of the most addictive authors I’ve ever come across. Her writing style is unique. Her tales are sensational. The fact that she’s not been snatched up by some bigwig corporate publishing house blows my mind. I’ve tried to write reviews for her books before and I’ve always had the same problem. I never feel that I’m able to do them justice. I first found Heather when I came across The Heat (book 1 of the BBW series) while playing around on my new Nook nearly three years ago. I remember reading the first chapter and thinking, “she’s a good writer”, it took a few more chapters before I realized I was wrong. She wasn’t JUST a good writer, she was one of the best I’d ever read. Over the last couple of years, I’ve been reading her books as she releases them and every time I think that her next book can’t possibly live up to the last, I’m once again proven wrong. The fact that she’s able to write about the supernatural (my favorite. genre) and yet keep her books from becoming too dark/violent/gory and still have them turn out as exciting as they are, is a huge plus for me! Heather has to be one of the funniest women on the planet because the witty banter/inner dialogue struggle is laugh out loud funny! The passion and romance is insanely HOT and the action keeps you on the edge of your seat desperate for more. Not to mention the way that every one of the character's stories are so neatly intertwined and the way that it's all brought together in every book is nothing short of brilliant. I am seriously in awe of her writing. I've never cared for novels that have too much going on in the way of characters. Multiple p.o.v drive me crazy when it’s messy back and forth. I do not have this problem with The Big Bad Wolf series or it’s spin off The Kings. In fact I think that her biggest strength is that she can bring so much to the table and yet still make it work as flawlessly and as entertaining as she does. I don't know how you write your books so that they flow so well Heather, but you not only make it work, you make it so damn hard to pick a character to root for! They're ALL so equally amazing and SIZZLING hot! Thank you for going for your dreams and sharing your love of writing with us. I look forward to reading your books for many years to come and sharing them with others every chance I get!!! Thank you for everything, Brittany
Phyl12 More than 1 year ago
But i am so tired of series. I hate waiting for sequels. And there couuld have been a little more going on between the main characters
Chelle34 More than 1 year ago
This book is the first in a spinoff series from Heather's Big Bad Wolf series. There are some characters in this story that have appeared in the other series however, if you have not read the Big Bad Wolf series do not be discouraged. As a wonderful author does she supplies backstories to characters that allow you to know what is going on with each person wether or not they had thier own story in another book or series. This book creates a wonderful heroine who is caring and a little lost in the mundan human world. Evie is a selfless indie author who takes care of her aging parents and volunteers at the animal shelter. Evie had alway written about the supernatural world containing vampires, werewolves, and other beings. She is thrust into the world seemingly by chance of fate. Evie is a wonderful heroine strong and analytical. She is lovable and relatable much like many of Heather's characters. Roman D'Angelo is the vampire king. He is an ancient powerful being who upon first site of Evie is immediately smitten with her for reason he himself cannot understand. Roman is mysterious and carries the emotion weights of his age and position. He is an immediately strong and charasmatic character with power and grace that only comes from age and experience. He does not come of as cocky or arrogant. I will not give too many plot spoilers as you should read yourself. I will however tell you this is a facinating romance novel with enough action and twists to keep you on your toes. You are introduced to other supernatural beings some friends and some foes of the vampire king, all playing an important role in the future of supernatural races. The fates have thrown these people together can they possibly work through an differences and beliefs for the best of thier races. This is a wonderful start to a new series. I myself cannot wait for the other titles to be released. This left enough questions as to the future to keep the reader wanting more as all of Heather's books do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best vampire book iv read in a long time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First HKW novel I've read. Great read.
Ravelin More than 1 year ago
The Vampire King was a good novel, I really enjoyed reading it. I loved the characters and the different PoVs. I find that it always makes the book more interesting to have more than the main characters PoV. Mind you I don't like having too many either, because it just gets confusing to remember what is going on where. In this book we get to see through both Roman and Eve's eyes as well as the eyes of a killer. It made for an intense book that had me spellbound. I am not going to go much into the plot because what is written above is what it is all about. So first off we have Roman who has been the King of the vampires for centuries and he has always followed his rules and expects no less from others. When he encounters Eve he finds himself questioning some of his beliefs. I enjoyed reading his struggle to be a part of Eve's life without taking over. For once it was nice to see a Vamp actually feel bad for using his abilities on his mate. Sure he uses it anyway but at least he feels guilty for it. Roman sure had a battle ahead of him to win Eve over. Now Eve is your basic everyday woman (kinda) except she just happens to have caught the attention if the most powerful vampire ever. She doesn't know what to think when she meets (and remembers) Roman. She finds out he is a vampire and that he has been around for three thousand years, not only that but that he is a King. She is a great mate for the sexy Roman. The best thing about Eve is that if she does understand something she doesn't go off the deep end about it. She was not willing to sit on the sidelines and keep on rose coloured glasses. I liked her character a lot. And of course that she is a paranormal romance author makes things fun. I laughed at a few parts when the vampires are trying to control Eve with mind manipulation and it's not working. I can just picture that stumped look coming across Roman's face and him thinking "well it worked before". I loved watching the fireworks between the two, there was some serious chemistry going on. It made things a little light hearted. Something you definitely need once in a while. When all is said and done I really did enjoy reading The Vampire King. I can't wait to read about the next King to be taken by a Queen.
JadedDreamer More than 1 year ago
The Vampire King will leave you breathless! Heather Killough-Walden delivers yet another, action packed, passion filled novel! Heather gave me a copy of The Vampire King to read. Heather, You Rock! And, so does The Vampire King! This book is the first in a spinoff series from Heather’s Big Bad Wolf series. Heather delivers another great story of good vs. evil. She has a way of making us truly feel for the characters in her books! The Vampire King Is full of plot twists, action, sexiness, and very well developed characters. Reader’s, be prepared to lose yourself in the progression of Evie and Roman's relationship. The chemistry and passion between Evie and Roman is spine tingling. Just as the Big Bad Wolf series had left me breathless, Roman, the 3000 year old vampire did the same! The Vampire King is a very promising start to yet another great series by Heather Killough-Walden!
nicshack More than 1 year ago
Like so many of Heather's books that I've read so far I just couldn't put this book down. I love that its a spin off from the Big Bad Wolf series and I can't wait to read the next in the series. If you like this type of fiction, you will not be disappointed.