The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #12)
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The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood #12)

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  16,883 ratings  ·  2,975 reviews
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 Less...more
ebook, 592 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published January 1st 2014)
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Hey, I just thought of something . . .


*passes out*

Scroll down for exciting news on the future of the BDB series, tidbits about the Fallen Angels series, and info on the next book. But be warned: there are spoilers if you've not finished reading Lover At Last.

>The next book is about Wrath and Beth and is titled The King; it will be about him having an heir.

Jun 20, 2013 kristina marked it as to-read
Eeeeeeeeeee we have the cover :D

Wrath looks scary but I love it!!


Omg a 12th book???

They are going to try and have a baby!

But we have to wait until 2014.

Blacky *Romance Addict*

1. Wrath/Beth - LOVED! Every bit of it!!!!! Made me cry the scene where he shows the picture to everyone <3

2. Assail/Sola - First half of the book was good with them, I liked how he was (view spoiler), but then, in second half Assail turned into a p*ssy (pardon my language) and I didn't like him or Sola.

3. Trez/Selena - I don't give a sh*t about those two.

4. Xcor/Layla - I don't give an even bigger sh*t about those two

Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥
4 Long Live the King Stars

To survive one must not be alone.
And one must have a partner of worth.
Possess that? And you are richer than any King or queen who e'er roamed the earth.

The players we know...

But the game is more painful than we could ever imagine...

What happens after the HEA? When everyday troubles creep around the corner, family and duties busts your bubble of happiness.

For a normal couple? Counseling.
For the Blind King and his Half-Breed Queen? Hoping to stay together, alive and save...more
Lisa Jayne



JR Ward has not failed me yet, this series is nothing short of phenomenal and I don't ever want to stop reading about this band of brothers. My fascination with this series started in April 2013 and I can say without hesitation that it has been a consistently fabulous series. 'The King' was received with excitement from myself mainly because since book one I've had a soft spot for Wrath, the Alpha warrior King and as a result you can imagine that I've been impatientl...more
Taryn at My Secret Romance


The intro to the signing in Ohio. March 30, 2013


- Wrath and Beth trying for a baby!
- Saxton is part of a major future plot line.
- We will see more of Trez and Selena.
- Ward is working on Mary and Rhage's baby book as well.
- Quhinn and Blay will be mated, their story is not over.
- Lash will be back!
- She's working in Rhage and Mary's book. It's 146 pages as o...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
I finally finished the book! My first in April, actually. Yes, it's the 14th. It's called real life, bitches. Sometimes books take a backseat.

By now, most of the die-hard fans who were going to read this have already done so. I've seen the complaints. I share a few of the complaints.

But it's Ward. She's like this comfort-food writer for me. Even when it's bad, I always know that I'll laugh a few times, and will get at the very least a few moments of good sexual tension. So I keep reading.

But de...more
If this was fanfiction it'd be good. But as an entry in the series by the actual author, it's bad. Very bad.

The series started off with the typical PNR conventions of insta-love, but ever since Lover Unbound was let down by a number of fans declaring an undying loathing for its heroine, Ward has branched out into a new form of story-telling. Whereas the first four concentrated solely on the main couple and their story, with a few fights in the war and a hint of subsequent couplings, the books af...more
5 Blind King stars!

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I’ve been waiting all year for this book. The 12th book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I am obsessed with this series, can’t get enough of my boys. This author could write dozens more books and I would keep on reading. I loved the idea of going back to the beginning- to an original brother. I may have been a little concerned since we’ve already had a Wrath book, but I shouldn’t have been. It was fantastic!

I find these books incredibly difficult to review. In each book, we...more
UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...
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If you loved the earlier stories which were filled with passion and romance and happily ever afters obtained through faith, trust, honor, dignity, soul cleansing pain, and making compromises for the one you love because you love them above all else... you'll be happy to know that The King has all of these things, and more!

And that quote up there... "Let yourself go and I shall catch you..." applies to so many people and situations in this story - trust, faith, hope... beautiful things.

Full revi...more
April 5, 2014
Sometimes, you didn’t get what you wanted.
But if you had all you needed?

2.5 stars

The King is one of the most anticipated books of the year, book 12 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

Book 11, Lover at Last was a huge disappointment, so I had no intention of reading further books of the series, but I’ve read it anyway.


Well, I realized this series is more and more like... no, actually it IS a soap opera. You don’t really want to watch, or read it anymore, but you want...more
PSA: Gifapalooza

My internal reactions a few pages into the prologue went something like this


and this


Ward, you almost had me going there for a sec. Unfortunately, my feels didn't get much better as I read on.


I was expecting the usual entertaining story, fun banter, cheesy lines, and a lot of kick-some-lesser-flatassery between the brothers.


Instead, I spent much of this 76 chapter book humming the theme song to Scooby-Doo, because the brothers of the Black Dagger Brotherhood were almost nonexisten...more
Aestas Book Blog
Jun 19, 2013 Aestas Book Blog marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-yet-released

Ward said this will be about Wrath and Beth. They're going to try and have a baby!

March 25, 2014
Erica Ravenclaw
☆ ☆

No spoilers and and definitely colorful language abound!

  Oh, how the mighty have fallen.  


The King is upon us, and as a loyal, albeit disgruntled fan, I proceeded with caution. Despite the arduous and at times hysterical journey, I have triumphed.

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It was exactly 3% that I realized the error of my ways. I like many of you awaited the publication of what I hoped to be Wards return to her former glory, reconnecting with the characters who started it all. With an omnipresent sense of dr...more
WHAT DOING ???. Answered prayers !!! YES !!! Wrath ❤❤❤


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Apr 05, 2014 Kelena rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Alpha Vampire Beasts Shippers | Immortal After Dark | Dark Hunters
Review Posted on 4th April, 2014

When you were without your husband, perfectly safe was relative.


Multiple Characters POV's, So there's not just one tale to get along with. An extremely hard task to keep the spirit of book and JR did an amazing job with that,
though it annoyed me sometimes.

Characters Development:
Wrath (King of Wrath I) & Anha
flash back of Wrath's father's life, how he married to Anha and ruled th...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
I am not overstating to say that the release of the new Black Dagger Brotherhood series book is a highlight of my spring, and I view it as JR Ward's present to me for my birthday! That said, let's get to my review:

**Disclaimer: This review is as spoiler-free as I could make it!

Wrath, Son of Wrath and Beth Randall have come a long way since Dark Lover, and it's been my pleasure to accompany them on the ride!

When I first read Dark Lover (about eight years ago), I will be honest in saying that my b...more
MsMiz (Tina)
Mayhap this was the worst book in the series- well no - the desecration of Qhuinn and Blay's story sucked really bad. Ah shit, no Tohr's book was bad....god, have they all recently gotten bad and we are just glutton's for this stuff? Verily JR Ward has gotten ridiculous with the slang, hip hop references, and the uneven old world language. With alacrity this may be the last book I read in the series. Mayhap...not sure.....Okay I lied - I would read Lassiter, Murhder, I'am, I may even be happy ab...more
Dorsey aka Wrath Lover & KA Addict
5 Fantastic Royal Stars!!

We start this book with an introduction of Wrath’s parents, Wrath and Anha, I loved the insight into Wrath's parents. Their introduction, their mating, and the love they find and share. We also, learn of the incidents that turned the former docile King into a Warrior which we first learned about in Lover at Last (remember Wrath’s EPIC speech to the Glymira, still gives me goose bumps!!)

In The King, we get a clearer picture of Wrath, and the recent events that are resp...more
**4.3 Long Live The King Stars**
"Why are you dong this?"
There was only one answer. For tonight...
and evermore:
"Because I love you more than anything else."




Review to come...
✽ Sharon is an emotional book junkie ✽

So we all know this is "suppose to be" Beth and Wrath's book and about them wanting/having a baby and while it's certainly that, it's just so much more!

I have a love/hate relationship with JRW's writing and I think the deeper she gets in this series, the worse it is. In certain chapters, she was bouncing all over the place and it was a hot mess. But... it also allows her to give us many more stories and I do love that.

However, it did take till about 20-30% for me to really get into the book an...more
Meli Mel *Ty and Zane's Creeper*

♥♥♥ 4.25 "All Hail The King" STARS ♥♥♥

What a story. It was quite the long read with SO many things going on but I really enjoyed this one.

I'm sensing a new pattern with this series since the previous book. The books from now on will seem to no longer just be about the main characters they are suppose to be about, now we will be getting the story lines of so many others as well. I will admit that this was the reason I didn't love Lover at Last as I might have liked to. But in this one, I guess I...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

Describe The King in three words

Angela: Satisfying. Emotional. Blissful.

Francesca: Sad. Emotional. Heart-warming.

Suzanne: I Love Wrath

Annie: LONG LIVE THE KING (Yeah yeah, I cheated.)

Did reality of The King live up to the hype?

Angela: Yes! He certainly proved his worth and then some. It’s not a surprise who the people will pick.

Francesca: It certainly did, and in a way that I was not expecting. But Ward is so great at that. This book was magical.

Suzanne: For me…yes it did, in fact it exceeded m...more
Duchess Nicole
Mar 30, 2013 Duchess Nicole marked it as to-be-published
Wow, wow, wow!!! I think the only thing that may top the storm of fangirls of Blay and Qhuinn's book just might be.......

Another Wrath BOOOOOOOOOK!!!!!!!!!!

I think I'm gonna cry ugly tears.

God, I hope this is for real!!!! Can anyone confirm without spoiling Lover at Last?
So I was just updating something here on GR when I see "BDB 12".

THEN I FOUND OUT IT WAS ABOUT WRATH AND BETH (I found out like 10 seconds after, because I didn't really think too much of the title--I was just crazy excited for a next book)

I was pretty much like...

Then came the dancing.

Then I saw the release date...


THIS BETTER BE WORTH THE WAIT! (Who am I kidding? It will be, dammit. It's the king and his shellan's book. But still, a year...)

Plus all this wonderful
Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, LOOOVVVEEEE!!!!!!!

Death by swooning!!!! She broke out the big swooning guns for this one, and I loved it!
Mandi Schreiner
Beth and Wrath: I think we all knew coming into this book, we would see a mating between Beth and Wrath (‘Bath?’) that was going to go through a bumpy road. And I think pregnancy drama was expected. I enjoyed all of their interactions in this book. Wrath’s terror at the thought of Beth being pregnant.

“I need you to hear this,” he said in a dead voice, “and know that it’s the God’s honest. I will not service you in your needing. Ever.”

Now it was her turn to breathe out like she’d been socked in t
I think I've been saying (or thinking) this a lot about the last 5 or so books in the series--"It wasn't my favorite, but I liked it a lot."

There's nothing that can compare (to me) to the first 5 or so books in this series--they were simply outstanding and sooo addicting. That's not to say that there weren't some pretty good books to follow--I remember loving Rehv's book (Lover Avenged and loving the one with Payne and Manny (Lover Unleashed), and Tohr's book (Lover Reborn, and okay I loved JM's...more
AFTER reading:


This review doesn't contain any major spoilers, maybe a couple small ones about which characters the book mostly focused on.

Looking around GR, I've been seeing some hate on this book, and most of those people didn't like the style of writing, the multiple POVs, not enough of the Brothers in the book... And I ask myself how did they even get to the 12th book? Ward is practicing this kind of writing in her books most of the last years, maybe even forever. Everyone's got different opi...more
Anna  (Bananas!)
Why am I....
Okay, nice cover. Maybe that's drawing me in, because I wasn't planning on reading this. I mean - Wrath (MEH), Beth (who?), and a possible baby (fuck no). Overall, one big: -.-

I have some vague hope that I'll see my favorite characters - Blay, Qhuinn, Saxton, Lassiter, John, Xhex, Vishous, Rehv, Zsadist, Phury. Dare I pine for them? Or long for more m/m? Qhuay, I miss your delicious angst already.

But how does this have 50+ ratings already??

What kind of tards rate a book before the...more
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