Black Dagger Brotherhood: More excerpts from The King and speculation

Black Dagger Brotherhood: More excerpts from The King and speculation

The King by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12) - US editionThe King by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12) - Australian editionJ. R. Ward has been very busy on Facebook lately, with updates on the virtual signing for The King as well as quotes.

You can preorder The King, which comes out next week, from the links below. Click here for more BDB cheat sheets and spoilers.

The virtual signing team ordered in record numbers of books and had just about sold out in a day (a friend ordered five minutes after I did and her invoice number was 200 higher than mine and this was only minutes after the signing opened). There was a massive snow storm that affected later orders, and even J. R. Ward took calls on the customer service line. I was tempted to make that international call, but felt that since my book situation was good, I would have wasted her time and kept someone who was trying to order from getting through. Not cool.

Anyway, she periodically posted anecdotes of the characters answering the phone, like V saying, ‘I’ll tell you when you can order,’ before hanging up. But she couldn’t resist the opportunity to tease her readers by having Murhder answer the phone. ‘Not my problem—yet. But I’m coming…’

Incidentally, international shipping rates have increased substantially, with at least one option to Australia at over $100. I spent an obscene amount on this book, even for a hardcover. But at least the postage is trackable.

Today she announced her new Instagram account at

Here are quotes from The King posted so far:

Beth is upset with Wrath

A rare moment between Beth and JM

Apparently this isn’t so rare off the page, but there is so little room in the books that Ward can’t show all the interactions between different characters. I’m just glad there’s room for it here.

Layla and Xcor

I have to admit, I wasn’t happy when it looked like these two would mate because I thought she could do so much better than Xcor, then I realised that she was affecting the way the war between the BDB and BOB would play out. Xcor started looking at non-violent ways to undermine Wrath. Although I’m sure she doesn’t know it, Layla is a very powerful character and I hope Xcor becomes a male worthy of her. Like Phury, I wouldn’t have picked for her any of what’s happened to her.

Trez trying to resist Selena

Assail briefly leaving Sola to settle scores

I’m wondering if they will work toward their HEA in this book, or if they will get one of their own.

And the one I really want to talk about:

Wrath quieted the chaos by curling up a fist and slamming it down on the table. ‘What’s done is done.’ God, this hurt. ‘The question is, what now. What is our response , and who the held do they think is going to rule?’ (The King, p340)

If the lead-up hadn’t made this clear enough, Wrath is in serious danger of being dethroned, and I suspect that it happens, at least temporarily. Look at what has happened when other characters got their own books. They were saddled with something prior to their story and in their journey towards their HEA, they learn to overcome it. Rhage wanted freedom from his beast, and although he didn’t get rid of it completely, they’ve come to an understanding through their shared love for Mary. Vishous lost what mattered most to him, but in the end, the power he’d always seen as a curse became crucial to his happiness. Phury became the Primale, traditionally the baby daddy for the Chosen, but redefined the role as a protector. And Qhuinn (although an aristocrat, albeit one without family) became the first non-Chosen-born, non-Royal Brother. We’re seeing changes to the current world order where tradition is supplanted by freedom and merit.

In contrast to everyone else’s HEA, in Dark Lover, Wrath was only allowed to be free to be with Beth and only Beth if he agreed to start officially ruling his people. He gave up his fighting (mostly), and took up the strain of endless mountains of paperwork. He has little to no time for himself and Beth and struggles with how his ascribed role chafes against who he is. He’s also against burdening his offspring with the destiny, especially if he’s left a political mess for his son to clean up after him. So, where everyone else has found freedom by the end of their book, Wrath’s HEA has arguably been the least ideal.

Ultimately, what I would predict from The King is an easing of his load. His job is too much for one person to handle and is becoming outdated by the new world order of merit over blood, and choice over tradition. I wouldn’t be too surprised if Wrath sets up a new council of elected officials, or something along those lines. Also, with the indefinite suspension of the training program, there is no soldier class under the Brotherhood to maintain the law and safety of the civilians, not to mention the BDB being stretched thin with hysterical glymera jumping at shadows and crying lesser.

I think Wrath and Beth will have a young, but only after the threat of coup and the burden of ascribed leadership have been resolved. This is speculation based on what I’ve read so far and I could easily be wrong.

What do you think will happen in The King? Will Assail and Sola get their HEA or their own book? How close do you think Xcor and Layla will become and how will this affect the war? How will Trez avoid his fate with the s’Hisbe of Shadows?


Piatkus | 9780749959593 (C) | 9780451417053 (HB) | 9781101602188 (E)

The King by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12) - Australian editionThe King by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12) - US editionLong 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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Decadence's fascination with vampires can be blamed on Anne Rice and although she reads urban fantasy, historical romance, romantica and crime, her first and undying love is paranormal romance. She works in a bookstore and gets no sympathy for the sheer volume of work she brings home, not to mention the TBR mountain that will never be surmounted. Her guilty pleasures include (in no particular order) chocolate, pizza, sleeping in and Alexander Skarsgard and she is a final assessment away from holding a full pistol licence.


  1. Kat says:

    Ugh, you’re right. I didn’t think to check while logged out, but yes, it seems to be restricted to FB users only. That’s a bummer. Let me know which ones you wanted to read (maybe all of them?) and I can email you the things. Most are quite short — a paragraph or a few bits of dialogue.

  2. Decadence says:

    I also think we’ll see The Favour  from Dark Lover being called in, but I’m not sure what the SV will ask for.
    Also, how will Sola and Assail be able to stay together? Whenever there has been a human-vampire pairing in this world, the SV (Mary, Jane) or abilities inherited from the SV (Manny) made it possible for the HEA to extend beyond the normal human lifespan.

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