The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #12). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #12)

The King by J.R. Ward

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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?

BLURB: The King

In chess, the Queen protects the King.

If you like the Black Dagger Brotherhood, you can’t help but like Wrath and feel for him. I mean he is the toughest of all the BDB warriors, he never wanted to be the King, all he really wants to do is fight against their enemies, but the fact that he lost his sight prevents him from going out on patrol with his brothers like he wants. Even though he can fight as good as anyone despite his blindness, he gets stuck in his office doing paperwork.

So many things happen in this book, not only between Wrath and Beth, but in other parts of the ongoing storylines. One of the main things that picks up in this book where the last book left off is the fact that the human thief, Sola Morte, was kidnapped at her Gran’s house. If you have read the previous books you will remember that she was hired by Benloise to spy on Assail, the drug dealer.

Assail is very interested in Sola, especially after Benloise shafted her in the payment he owed her and she retaliated by breaking into Benloise’s house, and moving one of his statues a bit off center, barely moving it, but apparently he is such a perfectionist that she knows something like that will really piss him off. Apparently she didn’t know just how much because, he had her kidnapped and brought to a house where he has people tortured to death.

Another storyline is the thing that happens to John Matthew when he gets near Beth. He feels some strange connection, then has a sort of seizure. We have seen where John Matthew is sometimes remembering things that only Darius should know. Beth is Darius’ daughter and John Matthew is his son, so they are half-siblings even though they didn’t meet until one of the early books in the series.

It is looking more and more like either John Matthew is the reincarnation of Darius or has some sort of weird connection to the dead Warrior, in addition to being his son. I have read in the wiki that John is Darius reincarnated, but frankly I think it is something else, like the the soul of Darius is inside John, but so is his own. Though what do I know? That could be the definition of reincarnation.

The storyline about the shadows, Trez Latimer and his bother iAm, is also in this book. You really have to feel for these guys. Trez was sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe when he was young and is meant to be the stud to the queens daughter. Basically that will entail a life of sexual servitude in a gilded cage. Trez and iAm left their home for that reason, but they keep getting calls from the Queens High Priest for Trez to return.

Trez will not answer the phone when the High Priest calls, so it falls to iAm to take care of. iAm is constantly taking care of Trez, whether it be when he is downed by one of his frequent migraines or whether he is just trying to get Trez to change his lifestyle. Apparently back home they think of their bodies as temples and even have strict rites when it comes to the sexual act. Starting with bathing and keeping their temple clean. Which is why Trez is so rebellious and he does it with human women so often in just about any way and any place he can. Though now he is starting to really feel something for the chosen, Selena.

Beth wants a baby, and after seeing Wrath nearly bleed out in a prior book when he was shot by XCor, she wants it even more. She feels that then if something happened to him, at least she would have a part of him. However, Wrath knows that the death rate is high among pregnant female vampires, and he doesn’t want to chance losing Beth. They are at odds with each other on that point and the fact that Wrath is working so hard in a job he hates isn’t making things easier.

I really enjoyed this book. I had a long break between the last book and this one because it is a bit hard to read 500-600 page books with the same ongoing storylines one after the other for 10+ books, it is almost like one exceedingly long book. However, the break did me good and I am totally into the lives of the Black Dagger Brotherhood all over again. I really can’t wait to hear what happens to Trez in his book and I am especially waiting to see how (and if) Xcor and Layla get together.


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