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Book review: 'The King' by J.R. Ward

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"The King" a novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward


New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward offers up her latest novel in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, “The King.” This novel focuses on Wrath, the pureblood vampire king to whom the title refers, his relationship with his half-vampire, half-human wife, Beth, and the threat to his throne. Fans of the series know exactly what to expect when they pick up a novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood; sexy vampires, complicated relationships, violence, more sexy vampires, and the requisite amount of steamy scenes as befit’s the paranormal romance genre. The author delivers as she always does, with strong characters struggling against dark forces, fighting for their lives, making difficult decisions for their family and loved ones, and still making time for ice cream and cute pet-related moments.

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The novel flashes back to Wrath’s past, some time in the 17th century to illuminate his present conflicted attitude toward having a child with Beth and the threat to his throne. Action and suspense ensue. We gain insight into Wrath’s character. The subplots continue the story of Sola and Assail, and focus more attention on Trez and Selena, and Layla’s strange relationship with Xcor, another flawed, tortured, yet sexy vampire with a name to drive your spell check mad. Xcor clothes shopping is a priceless chapter. As always, the author knows exactly when to lighten the mood. Ward also sets up the groundwork in this novel for the next one, or two or three, as the author of a popular series should, so fans can rest assured the next installment is on its way. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long. Meanwhile, paranormal romance fans may want to check out J.R. Ward’s “Fallen Angels” series, if you aren’t already hooked on that series as well.

For more information, and fun extras on both the Black Dagger Brotherhood and the Fallen Angels series, click on J.R. Ward’s official website here.

“The King” by J. R. Ward is available wherever books are sold, online, in bookstores and of course, at your local library.