“J.R. Ward’s # 1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood continues as a royal bloodline is compromised by a grave threat to the throne.
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?”
– Taken from Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17703290-the-king)
After a year-long wait, I finally managed to get my hands on The King. I have to admit I was not looking forward to reading more about the Lessening Society and the Band of Bastards (or whatever they’re called). I felt that the focus given to those groups detracted from the Brotherhood.
Therefore, it was a pleasant surprise to find out that there were few scenes involving the Band of Bastards (and those scenes were directly linked to the Brotherhood) and no scene starring the Lessening Society. This meant, of course, that much more attention was given to Wrath, the Blind King, and Beth. And boy, did they need and deserve that attention.
As the synopsis makes very clear, Beth wants to have a child. Wrath does not. Because both of them are headstrong, this becomes quite a big issue. I could understand both sides, though, at points, I thought Wrath was being a big drama queen (or king, such as it is). I’m not spoiling that plotline, rest assured. But it was really interesting to have the two standing their ground in regards to the delicate matter of having a child or not.
One thing I noticed was the absence of several of the older characters. It seems that so many new characters have been introduced in the last few books that the members of the original Brotherhood and their mates don’t get as much attention as they deserve. Point in case? Butch didn’t make an appearance. Neither did Mary, Rhage’s mate. Tohr was also pretty absent here. I understand that introducing new characters allows Ward to write more books, but still, I missed seeing the older characters.
The ending of this book felt so final that I was afraid The King was the end of the series. After digging on Facebook, however, I learned that it is not the last we will read of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, though further details are still pending right now. There was a bit of a twist in the ending, but I thought it was predictable, given how the story was conducted.
Rating: 4 out of 5