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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Review: The King by JR Ward

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?

       The Brothers and their Shellans, their stories are engaging. I love 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 a lot. I do like Trez and aim, being added to the family, but what about the rest of the brothers and their females?  How about interaction with the characters that we already know and love? I felt there were too many side stories going on that I wasn't emotionally vested in. I also did not like the fact that their were hardly any scenes with the other Shellans. It's like once J.R. writes about a character in a book she rarely looks back to let us know how these characters are doing. I am not sure why she writes like that. Most readers love to see some interaction between the brothers and their Shellans. Instead of having all these side stories, how about focusing on the other brothers relationships.

       The warden did a great job in bringing Wraths father to life and allowing the readers to get to know them. She did a good job in telling their story to make the reader's understand how Wrath got to be the man he is.. I was happy to see that the author brought the shadows in so that we could learn more about them. This book was fantastic. I did a 10 hour reading marathon yesterday and it was awesome. it’s great to be back in the Brotherhood world again. I don't agree with other reviews that say the slang can be distracting/ over the top but I do think that there are too many side stories and they interrupt the flow, but these are minor points, in a series this long with so many fans it would be impossible to please everyone. Authors like JR Ward have the ability to create such a vivid world that you feel very protective of your favorite characters and places. I think that just like any series we all have our favorite books and for me it’s, Lover Eternal (Rhage and Mary) or Lover Awakened (Bella and Zsadist) even though Z's book was probably (and may still continue to be) my favorite, this book, along with the others, continues to be my favorite series of books of all times

        I love everything that I have read in this series so far. I am still giddy with excitement that I was able to read this story, we had to wait way too long for it! And now the painful wait begins for book 13. Dark Fantasy and Paranormal Romance junkies, rejoice! J.R. Ward has knocked another one out of the park. If you have not yet read this series, jump on it- and for those that are already fans... You are going to love this one, though you may be a little frustrated with a couple characters leaving things unresolved.

         Like I mentioned before, there is a lot that happens in this book and at times it became too much. There was a lot of jumping around from chapter to chapter and it got frustrating. When I was invested in one story, the next few chapters would be about two others and then you would go chapters without reading about it again. I didn't really care for the haunted manor side story. It just felt drawn out and was boring to read. I know J.R. doesn't just write in useless side stories but I still could have done without. The King is just as delicious, just as exciting and just as 'can't put it down' as all JR Wards previous Black Dagger Brotherhood novels. I love this author's imagination. She has created one of the most exciting vampire series out there.. Her work is filled with steamy sex and good old fashioned 'bad versus evil' confrontations and bad ass fight scenes. The Warden has no fear of pushing the envelope when developing her characters. She gives
 them some very controversial characteristics but one can't help loving and admiring these bad ass shit kicker wearing Brother.

 Black Dagger Brotherhood remains among the best fiction out there.

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