The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood Series #12)

The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood Series #12)

by J. R. Ward
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The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood Series #12) by J. R. Ward

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451417060
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/26/2014
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood Series , #12
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 38,361
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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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The King 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 457 reviews.
Arch_Angel More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
neversurpassed More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Way to many Character stories. This was more like a cluster of novellas.
Zarabee More than 1 year ago
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).
RedHM More than 1 year ago
Awful!  far too many plot lines going on here.  Writing style so different, it makes me wonder if JR Ward actually wrote this.  All of the current pop culture, name dropping references were just, well, irritating.  I have been a loyal fan of BDB but this book needed serious editing and I really hated what was done with it.  Big question, if Wrath is the last full blooded vampire, how is it a valid excuse to depose him because his wife is a half breed & his offspring would be as well?  Wouldn't ANY of his children be of mixed blood?  Seems like this rather important detail was ignored.  I'm really angry about this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First, i absolutely love the stories of Wrath and Beth. I am in love with Wrath and highly envious, yet intrigued, by Beth. I have been waiting on edge for this release. Anxious. Hugh fan. Now the nitty gritty with **SPOILER ALERT** I wanted a little more insight on John and Xhex. Didnt deliver. Z and Bella. Didnt deliver. Rhage and Mary. Didnt deliver. Butch and Marissa. Were they even mentioned? Kinda like what's happening with them now. You never get the real gist on John's seizures. We as readers know what they're about but it is never revealed. I love the clues that leads up to Beths outcome of her "sickness". But you dont quite get if Layla has had her baby. Nine months for Beth/18 months for Layla should have had both babies born around the same time. Umm? Actually, Im disappointed a Chosen would chose to have her body used in a way to help her King. The King himself and the Primale would have hung her out to dry to even think of such a thing and she knows it. Speaking of Chosen, where is the Scribe Virgin? Where are the fights with the Lessening Society? "There is no way Im letting my wife out without heavy backup..." Where is Butch? Where is Xhex? Dont get me wrong, love iAm, but the Queen could have had more of an army if Xhex was involved with protecting her mates sister who can also go out in daylight and can transport. There would have been no issue of the Queen undressing in front of a man who was not her mate/husband because Xhex was there and iAm could have stood guard outside. Whats the deal with Assail and Sola? Did that even have to play that much of a role in the novel if they were ending up where they did. Heartbreaking and who really cares, although Sola breaking out of the house was rather cool. Those were the cons. The biggest pro I can give is Wrath with Beth. From beginning to end, loved them. Adored the storyline, especially the back world of Wrath's father. Although, i would have loved to know more of the details leading to the assasination of the elder Wrath and mother. How did she know to hide her son? The spitting in the face of the Glymera? Beautiful! And a side note: George, Boo, and Fritz are just tooooo cute. All in all, it only took me 8 days to read this book because i worked 7. Probably would have finished it sooner-pesky jobs. But i find myself going back to some areas just to disappear into the Black Dagger Brotherhood a little longer. I feel like its the last novel, but really do hope it isn't. This book was rushed and there are way too many loose ends to tie up. Trust, i have read ALL of thr BDB novels. Final note, usually, i am annoyed with grammatical errors, but amazingly, i dealt with these. I only wish J.R. Ward would have had someone to proofread for her. I know my I's are not capped, but my errors are nothing but laziness and im not writing a book. Lolol
XXXOOOBookwormOOOXXX More than 1 year ago
I understand setting up the next book in the series and I love seeing some of the side stories. But in this one there was : Beth and Wrath, Layla and Xcor, Sola and Assail, Qhuinn and B (a tiny bit), Selena and Trez as well as flashbacks to his parents. All in all it was too many stories and not enough attention went to the main story. That being said if it weren't for the Layla/Xcor and many of the Selena/Trez sections I wouldn't have finished this book because I wanted to slap Beth for the majority of it. The side stories were all extremely engaging don't get me wrong, but in a 534 page book when you're spending over 50% on other characters it seems to me the main characters weren't the right "set" to focus on.This is NOT a stand alone book and really should be read in order. One of my favorite parts about how these books are written is that they're like a soap opera; while the book is always centered around a man couple (Wrath and Beth in this book), all of the other characters have leading roles as well, so that everyone's stories continue and not just the Leading Couple" Love it! The King is a great addition to an already addictive series that sucks you right in to the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and their mates. I cannot wait for the next book to be released, I never want this series to end!! 
SacKizzie More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should have stuck with beth and wrath's story. Too many additional side plots muddied the water.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.     
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
ritzrita More than 1 year ago
I cannot believe that JR wrote this book.  The writing style is so different from the previous books.  Cannot stand how words were  STRETCHHHHHHHHH.  So unprofessional.  I have not even finished read as yet (only on chapter 7).  Was there a ghost writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading this series and instantly fell in love with the characters. I actually re-read the series while waiting for The King to be released. The Brothers and their shellans, their stories are engaging. I devoured this book. The author always wraps up the main plot line, but leaves one wanting more with the other stories introduced. I really enjoyed this book and I enjoyed the new characters that were further explored. However, I miss the old characters. I like Trez and iAm, but I want to know what is going on with Butch and Marissa. Are they thinking about expanding their family? Rhage and Mary? How about interaction in between Rehvenge and his brother in law or how about interaction between Bella and Ehlena having a moment? How about all the shellans getting together and having a dinner and discussing their fears, concerns about their hellens, having children, and all of them living in the same house. I miss the characters - I like the new characters - but I want to know how the other ones are doing - they are why I fell in love with the series in the first place; I would like a novella concerning these couples just so I can stop wondering what is going on with them in the house. It is like they are on the fringes and I keep hoping that they are going to say something or have some role, but they are just in the room - no true interaction. I miss the Virgin Scribe- why I don't know - but where is she? DId the lack of belief make her nonexistent? Who is Xcor's father? Are we ever going to find out about Murhder? I would love to have background stories on Murdher, Torture, Agony orother Brothers-The foundation of the now present Brotherhood. Do we ever find out about Beth's mother - why won't Beth or JM go to Fritz to ask about their dad? He knew him and about Beth's existence. Surely he may have some information about Darius that would be of interest to his children. How about the other children that he lost? W I know that I am rambling but I want the answer to these questions and I don't know if I can wait years. This is an appeal - to the author, I have enjoyed your books thoroughly- please think about your first characters- please re- visit them. You don't have to give them a whole book just a chapter - or a novella. What about Lassiter? His story an past with Vishous- why do they do not get along? Sorry I just have a lot of questions about these characters that have completely enthralled me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Writing style changed and some recent events mentioned made me think this book was put together at the last minute. I personally dont care that much for the other characters...would like to see more on brothers....like janeen taylor, writing from beginning young in series to grandchildren and death of main couple.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shame on Barnes and Noble!!!!! Release the book already!!!!!! Or I'm buying a kindle!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I actually put off reading this book because of some of the other reviews here and I didn't want to be disappointed . Wow, did I ever make a mistake doing that.. In my humble opinion this is the best BDB book Ms. Ward has written and that is saying something . I was hooked from the beginning, yes it had the previous Wrath in there but it was a perfect parallel to the current story of Beth and Wrath. Other readers said that it was too busy not enough about Beth and Wrath, it was absolute perfection, just the right amount it wouldn't have been nearly as good if there hadn't been the other bits and pieces tying it all together. I don't normally get super emotional about characters but this one had me in tears, happy and sad, throughout the entire book. J.R. you far exceeded my expectations and this fanatical romance reader gives you one hell of a standing ovation.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
The King is the 12th book in the popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series by American author, J.R. Ward. While the main plot concerns the King, Wrath, son of Wrath and his Queen, Beth, much of the narrative is also devoted to Assail and Sola Morte (Marisol), Wrath’s parents, Wrath and Anha, Shadow Trez and Selena, and Xcor and Layla. As well as the threat to his rule from the glymera and Xcor’s Band of Bastards, Wrath is trying to deal with Beth’s wish for a baby, something that he is against for several reasons. Sola Morte discovers another side to ruthless drug lord and cold-blooded killer Assail when he sets out rescue her. Shadow iAm’s character is expanded on with a few surprises. Trez finds that his plan to foil his destiny with the s’Hisbe backfires on him when he wants to get closer to Chosen Selena. And the pregnant Chosen Layla makes a secret deal with Xcor. Beth’s cat Boo takes a liking to a household member. A gutsy Sola Morte solves a security thumbprint dilemma with aplomb. The seventeenth century narrative about Wrath and Anha also elucidates the history of the association between the Brotherhood and the King. Lessers and the Band of Bastards make very few appearances in this installment and the noticeable lack of fights will certainly please some readers. A rather atypical member of the glymera who is (somewhat unfortunately) named Abalone (though he is not at all shellfish, sorry, selfish) is instrumental to a rather neat solution to the battle for Wrath’s leadership. This instalment has kidnapping, pregnancy with associated food cravings, birth, a traditional wedding, morning sickness, ultrasounds, a sedative dart, a poison chalice, an epileptic seizure, migraine, vengeance, sparring, a divorce, blackmail, and quite a lot of ice cream. There are a few twists in the plot and while some of the narrative strands are nicely tied up, there is plenty of scope for further novels in the series with several unresolved threads. As always, this is an addictive read and fans will look forward to the 13th book, The Shadows. 
Intrigued_by_Romance More than 1 year ago
What can I say.....I truely LOVED this book. It took my quite sometime to finish the book...it was not because I didn't find it intriquing.....it took awhile because of something we call work. I thought J.R. Ward did another Outstanding job! I have read all the Black Dagger Brotherhood books in the series and fell in love with all the characters throughout the years. I have grown to love them all except the lessioning society, but then again, without them, the stories may not be as equally intriguing. The King was Awesome. I found it hard to put the book down.....I found myself getting into the books so much; that I was staying up later to read one more chapter...then one more and as hours slipped by; you find yourself getting less sleep because you are held xaptive by the awesome story J.R. Ward tells.....you just don't want to stop reading. As with all of the BDB books....J.R. Ward does an Outstanding job telling you as much as she can...painting a vivid explanation of everything that is happening. I have invested quite a bit of reading time in the series, and have become long time reading friends with the brothers; when the books are finished...I find it hard to read that last page knowing my time with the BDB is coming to an end for awhile. I would highly recommend "The King"! You will not be dissapointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been addicted to the BDB from the start and i enjoyed the King immensely. The only complaint i have would be out ended a bit abruptly after such a long book and so many stories it was just over! I get that only one story gets a final conclusion, that seems to be Ward's way to continue the series and build up the next story but even Beth and Wrath's story went from 60 to 0 in like 8 pages. But still it was an amazing read i couldn't put it down I can't wait for Trez and iam's story I hope for 2 books out of them cause I love em so much already! I want more ass kicking in theirs too! Read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I still gave it 5 stars even though I felt the side stories were just filler and I ended up skipping through to get back to why i bought the book - Wrath and Beth! The BDB is fighting, rugged, sexual, and sardonic.. Where was the lessers? The adventure? I miss that. However... the LOVE connection and bonds, still kept me in love with the Brotherhood.