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King of the Damned (League of Guardians #2)

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  178 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
It's the book Julianna Stone fans have been waiting for: the story of Azaiel, the ultimate fallen angel, as he fights the forces of evil in a desperate attempt to save his true love. King of the Damned is one of the biggest, darkest, most powerfully romantic League of Guardians books yet. New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon says that Julianna Stone is "on he ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 360 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Avon
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Laura the Highland Hussy
Dec 16, 2012 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it it was amazing
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I love this author’s PNR because it’s always a little bit dark and a lot sexy. Her characters never take the easy way, and they have to earn their HEA. I tore through the Jaguar Warriors series last year and I was super excited for the spin-off series.

We first meet Azaiel in His Darkest Embrace book 2 in the Jaguar Warriors series and we learn in His Darkest Salvation why no one in the League of Guardians trusts him, I say this mainly because th
The Window Seat
Nov 15, 2012 The Window Seat rated it really liked it
Ok... I have been really lucky lately. I have had some really good paranormal series kind of fall into my lap and the League of Guardians is another new, good one.

Rowan is a witch that is from - where else? - Salem, MA. But she hasn't been home in six years. Instead, she has been trying to build a regular life for herself in Southern California as far away from the "otherworld" existence she knows about as she can be. But destiny has other plans for Rowan and she is soon drawn home to meet up wi
Carey Sabala
Nov 09, 2012 Carey Sabala rated it it was amazing
First, can I just say how much I am loving this series (shout out to Avon for introducing me to this fab author). Let me first begin with a bit of a synopsis for you other then the blurb above. So jump to the bottom if you don't want spoilers but I'll keep it to a minimum. We do have a bit of a classic plot line in this book (girl has a destiny, she doesn't want it, so she runs away and tries a "normal" life in another city, tragedy brings her home and destiny won't be denied). Even though we do ...more
Barbara ★
What can I say, I'm a sucker for a bad boy trying to be good. Fallen angel Azaiel is definitely my kinda guy. He's incredibly hot, puts of that bad-boy vibe, has a tortured past and feels that he's not good enough for any woman.

Then we have a powerful witch named Rowan James whose family partnered with demons to survive the Salem Witch trials and forced their descendants into slavery to a really, really bad demon who marks his next victim and when it's time takes them to hell forever.

Well Rowa
Vanessa theJeepDiva
At the end of Wicked Road to Hell readers learn that one of the members of the League of Guardians has been murdered. Bill the leader of the group needs to know if there is a bad seed within the folds of the League or if outside forces were at play in this witch, Cara’s death. Against the wishes of many of the other League members Bill sends the Azaiel to investigate the reasons behind Cara’s death.

Readers are first introduced to Azaiel in His Darkest Embrace, book #2 of the Jaguar Warriors seri
Lisa Annesley
Rowan James, a powerful witch, is marked by a high demon to become his slave. She's been hiding from him for years. But after her grandmother is killed, she decides that it's time for a showdown with the demon, to put an end to her family's curse generation after generation, once and for all.

Enter Azaiel, a fallen seraphim, a tortured soul, and a member of the secret League of Guardians. Unknown to Rowan, her grandmother was a member of the League. Azaiel and the Guardians working with him must
Oct 22, 2015 Maria rated it it was amazing
First time I have read something by this author and i liked it....A LOT!

Rowan, our heroine, a witch marked by a demon who wants to collect his prize...her. Azaiel, the Fallen, who has come to see who killed Rowan's grandmother and friend of the League of Guardians. From the first meeting sparks fly and we know we are in for quite an adventure. Both are bold and have secrets that haunt them...but can they fight what they feel for one another.

As time draws closer for Rowan's claiming the family (c
Aug 23, 2016 Storm rated it really liked it
This is great urban fantasy romance that I could get lost in and enjoy. It's a bit long, but I treated it as my feel-good snack and I never wanted it to end.

I really enjoyed the heroine. Rowan was an awesome character. I really enjoyed every moment with her on the page. She could easily take care of herself, yet be vulnerable where it mattered. I love how her attraction to a mysterious superpowered stranger was handled very maturely. I also enjoyed reading a story where the heroine's problems a
Rowan is a witch, hunted by a demon lord who has been feeding off her family for generations. The murder of her beloved grandmother brings her back home to Salem. Azaiel is a fallen seraphim hoping to get his powers back and be forgiving for his past mistakes. Forgiveness and acceptance are big themes here. Azaiel wants forgivenes for his past and Rowan needs to forgive her mother. I felt the main focus was the action, and there was a lot of it. Rowan was kick ass and I loved that, she was in ch ...more
Pure Textuality
Jun 11, 2014 Pure Textuality rated it it was amazing
Shelves: avon-addicts
King of the Damned was my first time reading anything by Juliana Stone and I loved it!

I went into this book much like I do a lot of others – I knew nothing about the author and I knew nothing about the series. In fact, I didn’t even know it was part of a series. All I knew was it was a urban fantasy / paranormal romance from the fine folks at Avon Books and they hadn’t steered me wrong yet. So I snagged off of Edelweiss and put it in my to-be-read pile. Shortly thereafter I became a member of th
Stephanie  G
Thanks to a bad decision made centuries ago by a James witch, the entire family has been marked by a demon lord that consumes the women that bare his mark. Rowan is unlike any witch that came before her. The power residing in her is immense and if the demon lord gets his claws on her, it will irreversibly tip the scales in favor of evil.

Rowan is fierce and although she's terrified, she's determined to face her demons head on. She tried to get away from it all but the brutal murder of her beloved
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Feb 27, 2013 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it really liked it
The more I read from Juliana Stone, the more I enjoy her books. This story centers around the fallen angel Azaiel and a witch named Rowan.

We've met Azaiel before. He's part of the League of Guardians, a supernatural consortium that tries to keep the balance between good and evil. But before that, he was an angel who betrayed his kind for the affections of a beautiful woman who eventually betrayed him --then was held captive for countless years in hell. Now, he's on a mission for his brother --th
Dec 06, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
What do you call that middle ground between romance and urban fantasy? I'm never sure, but King of the Damned is an excellent blend of both, having elements of both genres and successfully mixing the pacing and action of UF while tapping into the emotions of romance. Azaiel and Rowan are an incredibly intense couple, sizzling with sexual chemistry.

At the beginning Azaiel seemed defined by the sins of his past, punished and betrayed by the one he thought to love. Eventually he understands that hi
Barb Lie
Nov 27, 2012 Barb Lie rated it it was amazing
King of the Damned is the 2nd book of Juliana Stone’s A League of Guardians series. When we left off at the end of Wicked Road to Hell, we met Azaiel, who is our hero in this book.

Azaiel is a fallen angel, who was saved by the Seraphim Bill, who secretly head the League of Guardians. Azaiel, due to his previous deeds, that led him to become a fallen angel, is not liked by most of the Guardians. Bill sends Azaiel on a mission, to find out who killed one of their own Guardians, Cara, as well as t
Rowan is a witch who has denied her powers, wanting a different life from the expectations of being a part of the coven and fearing what she is capable of. Yet she returns to Salem when she has a feeling something is wrong with her beloved grandmother, only to find the woman missing, and a taciturn and mysterious stranger inside the house. When demons start attacking the house, she has no time for questions, they fight together, and open up a can of worms, involving not just Rowan's grandmother, ...more
Cyndy Aleo
Dec 03, 2013 Cyndy Aleo rated it liked it
Reviewed for Brazen Reads:

This is the second in Juliana Stone’s League of Guardians series, but readers new to the series should have no problems jumping in here at book two. Witch Rowan James has been marked for possession by a demon, but now it appears the demon is taking out members of her scattered coven one by one, starting with her beloved grandmother. Rowan is determined to fight her fate, reassembling her coven along with
Nov 30, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
Extraordinary, filled with action, passion, and a dark intensity, KING OF THE DAMNED - book 2 in the League of Guardians series - by Juliana Stone is beyond good, it is incredible. Imagery that pulls you into a story that is amazingly real and terrifying - this is more than a romance, it's an adventure. A cast of characters, some of whom we've already met in both the League of Guardians series and the Jaguar Warriors series, takes this story to a new level. Whereas the darkness is deep and dark, ...more
May 06, 2013 Tracy rated it it was amazing
------ I received this book from Edelweiss and the publisher for my honest review------

This was a really good book. Both Azaiel and Rowan are great characters. Azaiel as a Fallen I am happy to say is while not happy about being a Fallen and not having complete control of all his powers does not lament on that. Instead he recognizes the fact and moves on, oh do I prefer a character like this instead of one that whines and complains about what they don't have. Thankfully Rowan is a very powerful w
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
If you're looking for a sexy paranormal romance with an edge of danger and suspense then look no further, Juliana Stone is your woman!

Following the events in Wicked Road to Hell, Bill, the leader of the League of Guardians, has sent the Seraphim, Azaiel, to investigate the death of a witch and find out if a traitor is behind her murder. Not everyone in the League is happy with who Bill picked for this assignment but Azaiel arrives in Salem determined to find answers.
Rowan James is a powerful wit
Nikki Brandyberry
Rowan has been running for years. Running from her past and her family legacy. Excelling at her job and finally in a “safe” relationship she heads home to Salem for a much needed visit with her grandmother only to be confronted with her death. Salem is slowly being infiltrated by demons intent on making her family suffer in their search for her. Long ago she was given to a high level demon. She’s thwarted his attempts to find her by shutting down her mark burned into her skin in the past. Now fa ...more
Jennifer Thomson
May 06, 2014 Jennifer Thomson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I did enjoy this book. I read it as fast as the others in this series, but it wasn't my favorite. Nothing was wrong with it, I guess I just was drawn in more by Logan and Kira's and Declan and Ana's stories. Still recommend though. Especially if you read the rest of the series.
Kristi Marie Cook
Jan 15, 2014 Kristi Marie Cook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did really enjoy the ending of this book. I liked that they could still be together, although I did not like the fact that he had to give up everything he had to stay. I think that's just a bit unfair. Bill of all people I think could have seen passed that. But it still kinda worked out because Rowan isn't immortal so at least they get to grow old together. I do wish though that they were more accepting of each other a littler earlier in the book. I feel like I was only reading it to see if th ...more
Jan 16, 2013 Stephanie rated it liked it
I felt this book was all over the place. I was lost a few times. I was also looking forward to more action. Jumping from what was building to be a hopeful action scene to one filled with doubt and dread, made me not want to continue to read the book. Completely bypassing the scene altogether was not a smart decision in my book. Also making the big bad Azaiel look like a big baby did not bode well for me. I think he gave in to easily. Not one of her strongest books thusfar but there was an openni ...more
Dec 11, 2012 Paraphrodite rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
3.5 stars

Azaiel the Fallen (one of the original seven Angels) was newly recruited into the League in the previous book. The back story of his fall was apparently played out in the Jaguar Warriors series. So now I have to go and look for that series :)

I quite enjoyed this book. Rowan is definitely a kick-ass heroine and had no trouble taking charge of a group of 6ft+ otherworldly warriors as well as her motley crew of witches and hunters. Talk about Girl Power!
Dec 01, 2012 Tracey rated it it was ok
It was an okay book. I liked the back story of the main male lead. The female main lead was hard to like. I get she was this tough no-nonsense kind of girl , but come on there is a limit to how many times you can say "You are to follow ME!". We got it the first time and the second time and it's drilled into our heads by the third time. Her cousin I found was much more likeable.
Oct 10, 2012 Victoria rated it liked it
I received this book as a review copy from Edelweiss. Review to come later!
Debra Taylor
Sep 09, 2012 Debra Taylor rated it really liked it
ARC received courtesy of Edelweiss. Full review at a later date.
Aug 15, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. An amazing read.
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USA Today bestselling author and2015 RITAwinner JULIANA STONE fell in love with books in the fifth grade when her teacher introduced her to Tom Sawyer. A tomboy at heart, she splits her time between baseball, books, and music. When she’s not singing with her band, she’s thrilled to be writing young adult as well as adult contemporary romance—books that have garnered starred reviews fromPublishers ...more
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League of Guardians (5 books)
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