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Black Swan

(The Kingmaker Saga #3)

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  34 reviews
In the blink of an eye, Karina Ashworth lost everything.

But in the pits of her despair, she finds a new purpose—a reason to keep living.

Uilleam Runehart might have shown her how ruthless he could be, but she’s no longer the girl he once knew.

No longer innocent and blind to the cruelties of the world, she’s now a woman fueled by vengeance and fury. And by the time she finis
Kindle Edition, 417 pages
Published May 25th 2019 by LM Books, LLC
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Eve (Between The Bookends)
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: may-5-star-reads
description Only this author can get me to 5 Star a book where the main characters are apart for the ENTIRE book. (lol) Black Swan picks up from the end of the previous book and covers around six years of this couple's separation...I think. There were timeline issues with my ARC copy, that I assume will be cleared up in the final editing. But this book covered a lot of the DEN years.


Whereas I found the previous book to be a little slow and drawn out this book took off running from the start and didn't sto
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May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adore Karina, I'm slowly forgiving Uilleam (though he still has a long way to go yet) and I am desperate for this pair to find everlasting happiness.

I have to wonder way, way back in the past, when Ms Miller wrote Red, the first book in the Den of Mercenaries series, if she had this entire story arc in mind. The imagination, planning and the painstaking recording of details needed to make this series work, to have it blend so seamlessly with the Den series of books, leaves me in absolute awe.
Julia ⏃  ✦ :The Romance Rebels: ⏃ ✦

5 𝙇𝙚𝙩 𝙞𝙩 𝙗𝙪𝙧𝙣 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙨

Honestly I don't even know where to begin to properly describe my feelings for this book without coming across like a crazy lunatic. . . I cried, laughed, and cried some more.

𝘼𝙣 𝙚𝙮𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙖𝙣 𝙚𝙮𝙚. . .

This book. . .
No this series is just phenomenal. I just want to cry in a dark corner right now because Black Swan broke my heart. It's rare when I come across a book that leaves me speechless and legit fangirl endlessly at the same time. Let me just say this, Black swan was an ins
Little Steamy Reads
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let the chess game begin!

I’m speechless. The love, the loss, regrets, the grief… Black Swan is full of these feelings and so much more! After the ending of previous part in the series I was completely devastated and to be honest I was a little bit scared of what London Miller would do to my poor heart next. I’m so invested in Karina and Uilleam’s story that every twist and turn takes a bit of my soul. And Black Swan is filled with these to the brim.

An indescribable loss left Karina in a state of
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was recently given an amazing opportunity to read an ARC of the upcoming book Black Swan by London Miller. Like many readers, I’ve been swept into this world of Russian mobs, mercenaries, and the Kingmaker himself. I’ve been hooked since I first read Mischa and Lauren’s story. I’ve had a hard time closing my Kindle app because I love these stories and the characters we’ve been given a glimpse of. Characters who just make up parts of Uilleam and Karina’s story. Before starting my review, I have ...more
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
BLACK SWAN (The Kingmaker Saga 3)
By London Miller
5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Holy $hit! This book was like seeing behind the scenes of all the Den books. Every calculated and strategic move by Karina and Uilleam was explained in so much detail.

Seeing how things played out through their eyes was so crazy. Everything fell into place and the battle between Belladonna and the Kingmaker had me on edge. It’s funny because you know the gist of what is going on or what is gonna come if you’ve read the Den of Mercenaries bu
A Klue
With its major, jaw dropping, cliffhanger ending of book 2, I really had no idea which direction this book would begin. The smoke and mirrors, carefully orchestrated events that were set into motion and unfolded here set the stage for a deadly cat and mouse chess game showdown designed to teach some very painful lessons.

With its “checkmate” conclusion, this storyline evolved over several years and was surprisingly slow paced. In some ways, it felt like a time filler sequel introducing a larger
Jessica Denny
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Where oh where to begin? This installment of the Kingmaker Saga, leaves off where White Rabbit The Fall left us (still bereft). I have said it before, but it bears repeating, London Miller is a master storyteller. She has the uncanny ability to build worlds that span three other series. She continuously pops in favorites into scenes that you crave (Hello Luka! Sigh). I imagine Ms. Miller writing in a room where an entire wall is covered with all of her characters and notes to make the crossovers ...more
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star, favorites
This book was a dream come true for me.Literary.I honestly enjoyed every page and every second of reading it.

First Uilleam and Karina...definitely two best antiheroes in the world.It's really great to see the way these two changed after meeting each-other.

After what happened to her in the previous book,Karina is left to mourn the life she will never meet or hold in her hands.You can feel how much that changed her as a person,her pain is reflected in everything she does.And her feelings for Uille
May 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: trash
Wow, this book was a whole ass waste.
The first 40 pages + last 10 pages where relevant out of the 400+.

This is the first 2 star rated LM book I have and only because I love her work (usually) I didn't mark it as a 1 star.

Hide spoilers you say? well, there aren't any lmao.
I was waiting and waiting and FUCKING WAITING for anything to happen.......... literally anything and nope. If you are going into this series read book 1, and I will tell you what happens in book 2-3 because the end of book 2
Kelly Williams
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC on return of honest review

The wait was worth it. In this issue we find lies, deception, Revenge and in several chapters the point of view or reactions of some characters from the series Den of mercenaries, which I liked a lot.
In this part of the series there aren't really many surprises because most of them we only see events a little more detailed than what we read in previous books but that give us a more personal idea of certain characters.
This author continues to trap me
Simply Honest
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 out of this world stars ✨

I just finished reading this masterpiece... WTAF 🙌🏻🖤

I need to gather my thoughts and get a hold of my emotions!

I will be posting my full review tomorrow.

Just know this guys! You are not ready! This journey that we are on with Belladona and the Kingmaker? Yeah, is fucking wild!



Book 3 in the Kingmaker saga continues the emotional journey of Karina Ashworth and Uilleam Runehart. AKA Belladona and the Kingmaker.

Suzanne (Lily)
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Black Swan takes you to another breathtaking installment within The Kingmaker Saga. The pace was slower than the previous two books but my thoughts were constantly on alert. Through Uilleam and Karina's PoVs, revelations on familiar situations shone a new light adding both depth and clarity to the overarching saga.

Warm moments of romance were a distant memory. Steeped deep in the meticulous, unknown wars waged between Uilleam and his enemies with Karina being a foe he still won't acknowledge. Be
Maria Engblom
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Did you miss me? Holy Crap 5 stars isn't really enough. Black Swan picks up 3 years later and gives us the understanding of actions that we have read about prior in The Den. Not only are you getting insight on Karina and Uilleam, we are getting pieces of this complex puzzle we didn't even know we were missing. Yes she is that good. If you didn't have a favorite mercenary before, I will place the bet that The Jackal-Sebastian will grab your heart and not let go.

You will be on such a ride with th
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Arc kindly received in exchange for an honest review.


I am at a loss for words that can truly do justice to Black Swan. It is an immense read. I think with this book comes the realization that you have not simply read another book in a series, you have actually been emerged in a whole other world for longer than you knew (some of you may have been quicker to come to this realisation ;)),a reality created by an author of true talent and incredible ability. Black Swan begins to put into place
Mizz Kris Curlz
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
FIRST...I received a ARC in exchange for my honest thoughts squished together into a review. SECONDLY...I'm a fan so I've bought this book as well ...just as a FYI.
I've got a review..want to hear it? Here it goes!!
This is 5 stars for me because it took all my favorite Den of Mercenaries books also by the lovely London Miller and cracked them wide open to show the true master pulling the strings of these powerful people. Belladonna is as beautiful and deadly as I hoped she would be BUT so gracefu
Nicole Mcclain
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All hail Miss Karina, or should I say ‘Belladonna’?
I have been waiting for this story for so long. Why? Because we get the explanations on so many questions. The first two books were the introductions, now it’s about the game.
It’s three years later, Karina and Uilleam are both hurting and trying to get on with their lives. Both have experienced loss and the pain of that is ever present daily. Slowly secrets are unveiled, plots are being devised and revenge is the distraction they need to overco
Lin ( Nerdy Bookworm)
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank so much to the author for the ARC

This third book is the continuation of Karina and Uilleam’s hate/love relationship. The author did an astonishing job of delving in the dilapidated mind of both characters (Belladonna and Kingmaker). Katrina reeling from her discoveries into who was behind her ordeal and Uilleam reeling from his loss frivolous and the betrayal of so many opponents. Uilleam (Kingmaker) myriad of enemies had grown and the attack on his life has escalated and become inexorable
Mia Bui
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Ana Laura Crispim
May 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
First of all I would like to emphasize that I love the author's books. Everyone I've read to date has surprised and cheered me in the best ways! I was very, very very anxious about this sequel, but the feeling after I had finished this book was just ... meh. What I read was just a bunch of nothing. It was as if the author used a huge time pass only to make the Uilleam redeemable and show another side of Karina but that did not serve any purpose. No interaction between the two, just nothing. I wa ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! London has truly outdone herself with this book. The twists
and turns throughout the book all the plots and secrets that are revealed will leave you speechless. The story continues with Karina coming out of her shell and becoming Belladona . It’s truly remarkable how much she’s willing to do to avenge Poppy and what was taken from her. This book covers the span of the den of mercenaries but we get the thought process behind why it was created and some backstories to go with each chara
Sandy Lieberman
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A page turner that will hold you prisoner!
The Black Swan continues the saga of Karina and Uilleam. It is fast-paced and I felt like I was on a whirlwind as I read each page. I devoured every word searching for a clue as to what was going to happen next. I love Uilleam, The Kingmaker and his Den of Mercenaries. As I turned the last few pages I felt like I was having a panic attack waiting for Uilleam to finally see Karina. Up to the last paragraph I was hanging on to every word. I did not see thi
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is a reason this author is one of the best

Even though this story was told as a backstory to all of her other stories, this gives an depth perspective from the characters pulling the strings. In this series I have found a new appreciation for not only the story but in the masterful way the author depicts something that is almost otherworldly. Truly magnificent and spellbinding storytelling.
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Retribution is served in five star excellence.

The way that London is able to write her stories intertwined like this is amazing. Even though this is a separate series from the Den it runs concurrently and the other brings perspective to one another. Karina and Uilleam are certainly in all their glory and this books is really just a prelude to the even better bits. This saga is well worth the read. & Red Herring is already preordered before I wrote this review.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Did you miss me?

All I can say is.... wow. This book took me longer to read than normal, I spent time rereading so many parts, putting together the books from other characters and walking through their lives. Brilliant London.
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There simply aren't enough words to express how I felt, Hell still feel about Black Swan. Tiltillated. Excited. Sympathetic. Mystified.Wizend and Bloodthirsty to name a few.

Bravo London Miller. BRAVO. now gimme the next book already!!!!
Kay Ridge
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just Thrilling!!

This series just keeps getting better and better! I can't wait til Uilleam and Karina get back together, you know how explosive that's going to be!!!!! Reading this last book has made me want to go back and start where it all began!
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing

She did it again... now i have to wait months to get the next book 😭.

I’m almost scared to read the next one. The waiting is torture!
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With a degree in Creative Writing, London Miller has turned pen to paper, creating riveting fictional worlds where the bad guys are sometimes the good guys. Her debut novel, In the Beginning, is the first in the Volkov Bratva Series.

She currently resides in southern Georgia where she drinks far too much coffee, and spends her nights writing.

To learn more about London Miller and her novels, please

Other books in the series

The Kingmaker Saga (4 books)
  • White Rabbit: The Rise (The Kingmaker Saga, #1)
  • White Rabbit: The Fall (The Kingmaker Saga, #2)
  • Red Herring (The Kingmaker Saga #4)