The King

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The King

Black Dagger Brotherhood, #12

It always takes me a little while to acclimatize to the cadence of language used by the Brotherhood and others in these books, especially the alternative spelling used. This inventive and spicy paranormal series has a breathtaking quantity of interwoven storylines which form a complex tapestry of vivid scenes that blend modern references with the stylized and sometimes archaic rituals surrounding the vampires who coexist with humans. There are memorable scenes that are even funnier just because of the juxtaposition of these massive sexy alpha males who are blindsided by the most humble things...such as a persistent feline who refuses to be rejected, or a male who is afraid to resume relations with his pregnant mate because it “just doesn’t seem right” since his child is in there...or a fallen angel who dresses as Elvis to perform a wedding ceremony.

I don’t recommend that anyone new to this particular world try to enter the series without starting at the beginning but the effort will be warranted. Even though I have read most of the books in this series, I was still a little overwhelmed by the different threads because there are so many side stories going on, some of which I either don’t know enough about or remember sufficiently to appreciate. It was hard to establish a sufficient sense of rapport with all of the pairs who are touched upon in this particular book but the main story compensates for any lack, especially with the background it provides with the flashbacks to Wrath’s parents and the evolution of his and Beth’s relationship. I missed seeing more in-depth descriptions of some of my favorite characters but I enjoyed spending time in this complex world and look forward to reading about the developments yet to come.

“The King” by J.R. Ward is part of the ‘Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB)’ series. The primary story centers around the blind king, Wrath, and his half-human mate, Beth, but there are multiple secondary themes being explored as well, including the interactions between females and some of the enigmatic males belonging to other factions. Wrath is feeling smothered by his responsibilities as king, complicated by his blindness and his mate’s desire to have his child. The political maneuverings to remove Wrath from power, the revenge being wrought on Marisol (Sola), the corner that Trev is boxed into complicated by the feelings that the Chosen Selena is sparking in him, and various other undercurrents provide a breathtaking and complicated glimpse of the dangerous world of the BDB.

Book Blurb for The King

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?

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2014 4.00