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The King

(Black Dagger Brotherhood #12)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  49,866 ratings  ·  4,609 reviews
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 everyo
ebook, 592 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Penguin Group (USA)
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Aisling Zena I don't think so Harriette. I haven't read this one yet but I have read all the others and even though the author might repeat what happened previousl…moreI don't think so Harriette. I haven't read this one yet but I have read all the others and even though the author might repeat what happened previously I think there would be too much detail and events for you to keep track and read it enjoyably. Each book follows a different couple and this one continues the story of the couple in the very first book . I would recommend you read the first book either way,it's a pretty good series.(less)
Caryn I would say no. This is straight up erotica. Also, this book is in the middle of a series, which is not a great place to start. If you are looking for…moreI would say no. This is straight up erotica. Also, this book is in the middle of a series, which is not a great place to start. If you are looking for a great paranormal read, I would recommend _The Chronicles of Nick_ by Sherrilyn Kenyon. She also writes paranormal erotica, but this is a YA spinoff. The first book is _Infinity_ and I couldn't put it down. (less)

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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.

Mar 31, 2013 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

5. Jo
• Lisa •



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
Georgia ♥
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
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: a-ipad, x-2014, mine
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
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 “Long live the King.” Stars

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First read 2014
Reread 4/13/2017

“I’m goin’ nowhere, leelan. You don’t worry about a goddamn thing. Understand me?” Beth wanted to believe him. Needed to. But she feared it was a promise far harder to keep than speak. “Beth?” “Make love to me.” It was the only truth she could put out there that wouldn’t burst the bubble. “Please.” He kissed her once. Twice. And then started to move again. “Always, leelan. Always.”-Wrath and Beth

I loved The King! It was so
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, b
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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,
Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ❤️
In chess, the Queen protects the King.

If you like the Black Dagger Brotherhood, you can’t help but like Wrath and feel for him. I mean he is the toughest of all the BDB warriors, he never wanted to be the King, all he really wants to do is fight against their enemies, but the fact that he lost his sight prevents him from going out on patrol with his brothers like he wants. Even though he can fight as good as anyone despite his blindness, he gets stuck in his office doing paperwork.

So many thing
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
Alex is The Romance Fox
3,5 stars
Do I like The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series???? No, I MORE THAN LIKE IT………………
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I have a secret to tell..….I was absolutely shattered after Lover at Last….. photo wnoy5_zps6vkuydj5.gif
…yes I did. I lost my all-time favorite boyfriend… photo 58149773fb8f3eee55d2c5550a8a61df_zps0d57f9b6.jpg
…yes, Qhuinn left me for someone else!!!!!
Anyway, I have moved on…..and what better way than…..yay….more about Wrath & Beth….i adore the King & Queen of all Vampires….
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So, I get THE KING the day it comes out…I am so excited, over the moon…..
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And by page 116….I give up…impossi
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
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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 r
Erica Ravenclaw
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
☆ ☆

No spoilers and and definitely colorful language abound!


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

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, to reconnect with the characters who started it all. With a looming sense of dread I started The King, and let my b
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: expected-better
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
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Wrath - Beth x Overnight = Psycho-hose Beast”

I was so pleased that I had a chance to read Wrath and Beth's story again. The King was my favorite book of 2014. Although I reread it again this year, I still insist this is as good as the first book of the series where all the stories begins. Wrath overcame his blindness and live happily ever after with his shellan, Beth, in the last books. Yet in The King, Wrath has to face a new challenge when his Beth wants to have a child, that's not easy
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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
WHAT DOING ???. Answered prayers !!! YES !!! Wrath ❤❤❤


Aestas Book Blog
Jun 19, 2013 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
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
January 15, 2018~ (Audiobook) Reread

It’s been awhile since I’ve read this, I was getting twitchy and needed a Wrath fix. I’m still completely and throughly devoted to Wrath!!
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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 f
Sophia Triad
Wrath, Beth and LW ( (view spoiler))

It is time for Wrath

1. to fall in love again (And for us to fall in love with him again):

“I can smell you,” he groaned against her ear as he ran his fangs up her throat. “The most beautiful thing in the world—except for your taste.”

2. To renew his vows to Beth:

“You have given me something ... I didn't even know I needed. It's the greatest gift I will ever receive--it's, like, completing me already in places I
MsMiz (Tina)
Mar 31, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ll be honest I was not looking forward to this one, it actually took me a year to finally pick it up and read it. Mainly because I desperately wanted a book for other characters and was disappointed this book was going to be about a character who already had their story.

Well I was wrong, way wrong. I actually loved this one. I felt such a connection to Beth and was able to understand her desires. I felt like this story was so much more than the usual lesser slaying and loved how the story rea

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 exceede
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
**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...
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the series
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
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
* Meli Mel *

♥♥♥ 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
Where to begin with this one?? For starters, I will say that I was so looking forward to this book. I swear that once a year just is not enough for the BDB series. I was nervous about this book because my expectations were through the roof, and whenever I have high expectations; I am usually let down in some way. Unfortunately, in some ways I was let down; however the story certainly wasn't drastically bad. My biggest complaint was that I just didn't get enough of my wonderful origional brothers ...more
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J.R. Ward is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She lives in the South her family.

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Black Dagger Brotherhood (1 - 10 of 19 books)
  • Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1)
  • Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2)
  • Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3)
  • Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #4)
  • Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5)
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