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The King: Number 12 in series (Black Dagger Brotherhood) [Hardcover]

J. R. Ward
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3 April 2014 Black Dagger Brotherhood (Book 12)

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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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (3 April 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0749959584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749959586
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 15 x 5.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (286 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J. R. Ward lives in the South with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in health care in Boston and spent many years as chief of staff for one of the premier academic medical centres in the nation. She is the author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and Fallen Angels series.

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Heartwarming and heart-stopping, this is classic Ward! (RT Book Reviews)

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Now the # New York Times bestselling series continues as a royal bloodline is compromised by a grave threat to the throne.

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed 4 April 2014
By Smee
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
*******SPOILER ALERT! ********

I am a huge fan of the early BDB books...although after Rehv's book I started to become disenchanted with the series, so I really wanted this book to be the one that made me fall back in love with the series but it feels like JR Ward has lost her way; too many characters, not enough interesting story lines, too much waffle and unfortunately, that hasn't changed with this book.

I didn't think I’d ever say this about the BDB series but the book was far too long. I actually skipped through sections…the three other story lines - Selena/Trez, Xcor/Layla and Sola/Assail - added absolutely nothing to the story and I got bored with them quite quickly as there was no real relevance or depth to the characters.
I found Xcor's turnaround unbelievable and as there was no resolution to any of these stories, I’m guessing that’s where the next book is headed but it felt like there really isn't much further to go with the stories; that they were so close to being finished that she will be dragging them out if she wants to carry on with them. I mean, with Trez and Xcor they clearly want the females and the females know that but won't get them initially, then after lots of waffle and introspection, they'll get their HEA. Snooze!

The main story line of Beth and Wrath was so protracted that I got to the point where I didn't care what happened to them, which as the “First Couple” (in the series and as King and Queen!) was a shame.
I know they had issues to work through - her wanting a baby, him not and the threat to the throne - but it felt all so drawn out and I think could've been covered in a novella. I just wanted the book to end!!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing......... 5 April 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I found this book disappointing on so many levels. I wasn't in the slightest bit interested in the side stories. The series is called the BLack Dagger Brotherhood but now there are far too many additional characters who have no relation to the original characters or their purpose in being. The conflict resolution was just bizarre. The ending was rushed and I had the feeling that Ward was both bored with the characters and winding down the series. I won't be pre-ordering the next book in the series and unless it's a lot better than this offering, I won't be buying at all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to standard 26 April 2014
By nicki
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First off I would just like to say that this is one of my favourite series of books. Saying that I wait with much anticipation for the next book like most BDB fans do. I was how ever left feeling very disappointed with this book. In my honest opinion it just did not deliver.

The reason I love these books are the great story lines that so far seem to have all fit and connected. I love each vampire who has had his story line. The Lessers are a major part of these books as they are the main enemy and that brings me to another great reason and that is, the action in the books. You have a great set of books with hot vampires, great leading ladies, all out fight scene and some really great erotic scenes to tie it all together to make a great book.

The king just did not fit the bill. Where was the fights, where was the interaction with the other brothers and even the sex scenes in this book were lame compared to the others. Where is the lessoning society. Only mentioned a few times in the book as a dead one was found and Butch needed calling. I appreciate where this book was heading but to me it is going to far off the beaten track that its loosing the feel of the brotherhood. You now have so many loose ends that she has left open for other books that I feel have no relevance to the BDB. The whole point of the series I thought was the good and bad - You have Omega (bad) not even in the book and the Scribe virgin (good) not even in the book. We all waited for the last book for Blay and Qhuinn story and it so delivered because of the build up for so many books. Now this book had no build up and totally left me feeling flat and not even in the slightest wanting to read the next book which I believe is about Iam.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre at best! 21 April 2014
Firstly, it annoys me that the author has decided to start releasing these books in hardback first as I feel this is purely money making!
That aside, I really felt this book was just filler and no substance. The synopsis claims the book is about Beth and Wrath and their battle over her desire for a child, I personally felt the book was 40% Beth and Wrath, 30% Assail (who cares?), 15% Trez and 15% Xcor.
The whole book took about 1700 pages to realistically where a novella could have gotten more entertainingly.
JR Ward seems to have lost her way in the last few books, trying to introduce new characters but with nowhere near enough connection for the reader to have affiliation with them.
I will not be rushing out to buy the next book and will probably wait for it to reduce in price when the paperback is released, I'm only really sticking with them as I have the series and I'm slightly OCD about having them all on my bookshelf :)
Come on JR Ward, you're better than this!!!
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I waited 9m for this book to come out and I was not disappointed I only hope there are more to come I LOVE THE BLACKDAGGER BROTHERHOOD more please.
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The King, the much anticipated book by J.R. Ward did not disappoint! Bringing a long-running plot to what looks like a final close, we get to witness Wrath's battle for the throne... Read more
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oh my god!!!this author just keeps getting better, brilliant
Published 13 days ago by Rachel From Harrow
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old brothers
it was lovely to have an update on wrath and his brothers lives. I do feel that there is too much going on elsewhere in the book, too many sub stories and not enough about the... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Laura
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This was fantastic. I am a JR Ward fan, and this lived up to my expectations of her novels.
Published 13 days ago by J. A. Royall
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, more please...............
Love all the Brotherhood books and this one certainly didn't disappoint.
I can't understand the reviewers who didn't think the other three side stories brought anything to the... Read more
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Love the brotherhood
Published 15 days ago by tammy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Could not put any of these books down when I began to read them. I couldn't wait for the next one to be released.
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