Friday, April 25, 2014

J. R. Ward-The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood #12)

Paranormal Romance

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 everyone--at risk.

Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response--or the distance it creates between them.

The question is, will true love win out... or tortured legacy take over?

{4.5 stars}

***spoiler alert***

Wrath/Beth - 5 stars
Wrath/Anha - 4 stars
Trez/Selena - 3 stars
Xcor/Layla - 3 stars
Assail/Sola - 2 stars

All in all, (all 573 pages), it was a great book. Ward has done an amazing job bringing the series back to life and into a new era. A lot of authors would keep running the same old storyline, book after book, until we have lost all interest. But Ward keeps it spinning in new directions that keep each one fresh and exciting. 

We cover a lot of couples in this one, even getting some updates about all our favorite Brothers along the way. Flashing back to Wrath's parents help you understand where it is our current Wrath needs to go to survive in this new world. He needs to get "in touch" with the people he serves and make changes that will benefit all. 

I have rated all the couples in this book as to how they played out in the story. Assail and Sola, I really just "speed read" thru them, not sure how they matter in the series as a whole. They don't seem to have any direct ties for right now, so I was not totally interested in them. My love for this book rests in Wrath and Beth. Yes, we all read the first book about them. But this one is different, it takes us to a new era of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. From their beginnings with Wrath's parents, to how they all need to figure out how the future needs to be to survive. They can't keep living with the old ways and traditions, as the world moves forward, so must The Brotherhood. 

Beth's need for a child throws all kinds of complications around, but in the end, isn't every child a precious gift? Trez and iAm are an interesting addition to the household. I find iAm more interesting than Trez, he is a quiet, unassuming character that I enjoy reading about. Trez has wasted to much time running from his predestined duty. And when the one thing that could bring him joy happens, he is too poisoned by his past to embrace it. Xcor and Layla are a good side story, not sure where that is going to go in the long run, but they are a couple I would be interested to follow thru the series. 

Looking forward to what the future holds for the Brotherhood......

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