Title: The King
Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood,
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Can I have my money back?
"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?”
After I finished reading The King I turned off my Amosu Couture 24-carat Gold-plated Kindle and took a deep breath, then I put on my Lanvin slippers and got up from my Sunpan Modern Bugatti sofa. While considering if to write a review or not I walked to my kitchen, open my Meneghini La Cambusa refrigerator, grabbed a bottle of Grey Goose L'Orange and served a good two ounces in a Lalique Facet tumbler. After enjoying my drink I decided to write a review (alcohol courage). So I went to my office, sat behind my Parnian desk on my Aresline Xten chair, open my Stealth MacBook Pro, and got up again, I needed to change; my Channel dress wasn’t comfy enough for what I needed to do. So I went to my designer closet, grabbed one of my Bottega Veneta tracksuits and changed. I was now as ready as I was going to be to write this review.
After that introduction I think you can guess some of my thoughts about The King. To tell you the true I wasn’t sure about writing this review because I didn’t want to write a bitchy review, so please bear with me, I’m going to do my best to write a not-too-bitchy review.
First I have to be honest with you and tell you that reading this book was a pain in the… there. I consider myself a relatively fast reader, but with this book after 24 hours I had only accomplished to read 18%!!! I thought about putting it on the side and picking up another book, but I really wanted to read it or at least I wanted to know what was the deal with Wrath and Beth; so I did the only thing left for me to do, I skimmed the hell out of it.
There were so many points of view in this book I felt as if I was watching a soccer game with the ball going everywhere but the arch. The biggest problem with this was that I didn’t care about half of the people in this book. Assail (who is a lame version of Rehv) and Sola… boring! Selena and Trez… kind of boring. Xcor and Layla… interesting enough but not enough page time to draw my attention. Wrath and Beth… good at times. There was also something with John Matthew but sadly that didn’t go anywhere.
The feel of this book was very different from previous books, there is no fighting, and there is no feel of the Brotherhood. The only conflicts are political and personal.
The prose is all over the place; the characters switch from “old” English to modern English every time they change their underpants. The timeline is completely wrong and the pop culture references are repetitive and over the top and let’s not talk about the brand naming. Ok, let’s talk about it. OMFG!! J.R. Ward even named the brand of the bottle of water Assail gives to Sola! Water people, water!! But the best
one for me was the H. Which H? This one: “the gold H of his belt scratching at
her”. Really? Really? H? J.R. Ward can’t say belt buckle, noooo, she couldn’t
missed the opportunity to drop the Hermès name there. *headdesk* Of
course not a normal desk, a Parnian desk.
In summary, the first two thirds of this book were booooooring, last third was better but not great. The conflict was not conflict at all and the surprises were not surprises. My highlight of this book was one scene with Lassiter, just because of that scene I gave an extra ½ star to this book.
Do I recommend you to read this book? Only if you are a masochist like me and want to lose a day in your life. Will I read future books in this series? Right now I say no, but as I said before I’m a masochist so most probably I will. *cries*
This book was so over the place I needed to use some math to rate it.
The first two thirds of this books = 2 ½ Stars
Last Third of the book = 3 ½ Stars
2 ½ + 2 ½ + 3 ½ = 8 ½ /3 = 2,83, but I’m feeling generous so I will round it to 3 Stars
As I said before I'm going to add an extra ½ star just because of Lassiter for a total of 3 ½ Stars (you see, I’m very generous).
My Very Generous Verdict: 3 ½ Stars
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