Review: The King (Book #12: The Black Dagger Brotherhood) by J.R. Ward

Title: The King Series: Book #12: The Black Dagger Brotherhood Author: J.R. Ward Format: ebook, 592 pages Published: April 1, 2014 by Penguin Group (USA)  ISBN: 110160218X
Title: The King
Series: Book #12: The Black Dagger Brotherhood
Author: J.R. Ward
Format: ebook, 592 pages
Published: April 1, 2014 by Penguin Group (USA)
ISBN: 110160218X

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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?

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My Rating: 3/5 stars

My Review: 

**contains spoilers and a rant**

The day I have long feared has finally come to pass; today is the day I have to admit that I didn’t absolutely, head over heels love a Black Dagger Brotherhood novel. Yes, dear reader, this makes me one very, very sad panda 😦

I have long supported the BDB series and with the exception of Phury’s book (he’s a serious whiner!) I have loved each and every read. The characters are rich and full-bodied, the plot lines – both short- and long-term – have remained fresh and exciting and the dialogue and naughty bits have always kept me well entertained. So, why then, does The King, a book that should be phenomenal fall flat? Plainly put, the plot is seriously lacking.

This installment I found to be only marginally interesting at best. There is a lot of rehashing going on in this read and quite frankly, I am getting a bit tired of it. Yes, we know Wrath hates being King; yes, we know Trez and iAm are up to their butts in trouble with their people; yes, we know Beth wants a baby; yes, we know the Glymera hate Wrath and his kind and want them gone; yes, we know Assail has a serious crush on Sola and he is addicted to drugs and; yes, we know WHO John Matthew is so just spit it out already and stop dragging out the damn drama. I am not suggesting the entire read is a rehashing of old events but a large portion is and the rehashing isn’t balanced out by new material. Quite simply, I feel like I have already read a large portion of this book in previous installments. Continuing with this line of thought is my frustration over the lack of any long-term plot and/or character development. It’s more than time to move forward with some of the smaller plot lines so do it! Finally, I found the ending to be completely lame and a total waste. Are you kidding me? After decades (centuries!!) of hating Wrath and wanting to take his throne, Xcor just quits and with a bunch of falsely created documents and a single vote, centuries of vampiric traditions are gone, wiped away?? This ending felt like a cop out to me; as if, there were only X number of pages available for text and once Ward got near that limit she just threw together something quick and easy that is far, far, far from satisfying.

Now that I got that out of the way! There are some things about this read that I did truly enjoy. For example, Trez and Boo the cat are so endearing; Sola’s totally oblivious grandmother cooking and caring for two hardened and stone-cold killer vampires is pretty awesome; the story of Wrath’s parents is nice to FINALLY know and; Wrath stepping up and finally becoming a true and proper king to his people is heartwarming. Unfortunately, these things are such a small part of the read as to be almost insignificant and that is also extremely frustrating.

The Bottom Line: I am trying to figure out why it took a year to get this book completed and on the market. With the incredible amount of rehashing and small amount of evolution, this could have been done and ready for readers a lot sooner. Am I done with the BDB? No, not quite yet but the next book is the make it or break it read for me. Should the next installment in the series be as inadequate as The King then I will I have to say goodbye to a series that I have dearly loved for many, many years and that too makes me a very sad panda.

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