Megastar Ward goes back to the beginning with impressive style in The King. Readers were first introduced to the intricate world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood with the unusual courtship of Wrath and Beth. Much has changed in this world and now treachery threatens its foundations. Per usual, Ward does an incredible job balancing multiple compelling character plot threads, but at the core of this is the story of blind King Wrath and his queen, Beth. Heartwarming and heart-stopping, this is classic Ward!
Trouble has been coming at King Wrath and the Brotherhood from two sides. There is the ongoing war with the demonic Lessers and the challenge to the throne from the Band of Bastards. As Beth is half-human, some are claiming she is not fit to be queen and any child would not carry enough royal blood to be king. Recently Beth has found herself yearning for a child, but Wrath is adamantly opposed. This clash has placed a strain on their relationship that is only exacerbated when a seditious political play is revealed. The future of their society is now at stake. (NAL, Apr., 592 pp., $27.95)