Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Book Review: The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood #12) by J.R. Ward

The King by J.R. Ward

Description from Goodreads
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?

My Review

I am a huge fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series of novels by J.R. Ward. This is the 12th book, and is centered on whom the first book is- Wrath, son of Wrath, aka the King. It's not like Ms. Ward is running out of characters- she's actually still introducing new characters and working their stories into the existing ones, but it's necessary to go back to Wrath because the glymera votes him out of being King.

The book also centers on his wife, Beth, wanting to be with child. And becoming with child. And Wrath being a huge asshole one minute and then being totally fine with it the next. (Okay, so not quite, but it was within 20 pages and problem solved!) His reasoning was sound- he didn't want his child to be doomed to rule the way he was. And part of the glymera's issues with Wrath is that Beth is not a full vampire- but no one really is except Wrath. 
All I really get is that a majority of the glymera are complete assholes, and Ward has done nothing to prove to me otherwise. They're also really easily influenced.

The book also has stories about Sola and Assail (probably my favorite part of the whole book was the part where they were in it, his rescuing her and her decision left me pretty torn up), Trez and Selena (He needs to get over his past in a big way), Xcor and Layla (I'm interested to see how the Brotherhood will handle this relationship!), iAm (Trez's brother), and John Matthew was also in this story quite a bit, since he is Beth's half brother. 
If you're a fan of the series already, this is a great addition to the story, but if you don't know anything about the story, this isn't a book you want to start with and go back- it definitely hinges on you knowing everything up to this point. I had to get on wiki and google a couple of times, because there are so many main characters now!

The next book is going to be Trez and iAm, and that makes me pretty excited. I'm interested to see who they end up pairing iAm with (if anyone), because there aren't really any hints on who it could be, but he's a really interesting character. 

I gave this book four stars on Goodreads- Like I said, it's a great addition to the series as a whole, and really continues to expand it further. You can purchase a copy of this book for Kindle here, or a physical copy here. Or, pick up a copy from your local library, like I did!

FTC: I borrowed this book from my local library. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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