Book Review

by J.R. Ward

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Sensuality: HOT

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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)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: NAL

Published: April 2014

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4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
(2 ratings)

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The King

Submitted by Robin in PA on April 7, 2014 - 7:58pm.

The blind king, Wrath, and his queen, Beth, are front and center in this book. The couple have been together for two years, but the stress of the monarchy is taking its toll on their relationship. Wrath is spending hours and hours trying to retain his throne from the constant pressures of the Glymera, and questioning if he is the right man for the job. But one thing he is sure of is the fact that he doesn't want a child. This is a big sticking point with Beth since becoming a mother is her number one wish.

I love that Ward takes an established couple and goes beyond the Happily-Ever-After and into the relationship ups and downs. Their story keeps evolving and I was happy with how everything turned out. Along with Beth and Wrath's story, we are treated to flashbacks of Wrath's parents and how their relationship paralleled Wrath and Beths.

We also have the story of iAm, Trez and Selena. The Shadows are getting more and more interesting. I can't wait to get the next book to see where this story is going. I also like Selena. She isn't naive and fragile, like some of the other chosen. She seems to know what she wants (Trez) and is not afraid to go for it.

One story I was looking forward to was Assail and Sola. The story picks up where the last book left off. I liked the first half of their story, but lost interest in the second half of the book. I keep questioning where they fit into the overall story arc.

Along with some humorous scenes between Beth & iAm at the doctor's office, and xCor shopping for clothes at the mall, one of my favorite parts of this book is the story of xCor and Layla. They don't take up very many pages, but they definitely left an impression. I certainly hope they are featured in an upcoming book in the future.

Overall, this book is a winner. My only problem is some of the heroes tendencies to believe they are "not good enough" for their heroines (ie. Assail, Trez, and even xCor). I don't mind that in one hero, but I think it is being over-used in this case. My rating: 4.5 Stars.