The King

The King

From #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes the next installment in her Wicked series.As Caden and Brighton's attraction grows despite the odds stacked against a happily ever after, they must work together to stop an Ancient fae from releasing the Queen, who wants nothing more than to see Caden become the evil Prince once feared by...

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The King Reviews

  • Maria Naydenova

    Wow! Holy fae babies, everywhere. What a kingly way to get back in this world once again. I’m starting to fall head over heels in love with these characters and I need more!

    This story was so unexpected and a bit bordering on the dark side, but I loved the way it managed to surprise me and all the emotions it gave me even though it was just a novella. Sigh, how I wish this was a full-length novel. I really fell under the spell of this magical fae world and didn’t want to leave it.

    The

    Wow! Holy fae babies, everywhere. What a kingly way to get back in this world once again. I’m starting to fall head over heels in love with these characters and I need more!

    This story was so unexpected and a bit bordering on the dark side, but I loved the way it managed to surprise me and all the emotions it gave me even though it was just a novella. Sigh, how I wish this was a full-length novel. I really fell under the spell of this magical fae world and didn’t want to leave it.

    The book picked up where The Prince left. It started a bit on the slow side and I thought we may get more of a romantic type of story than an action-packed one, but boy was I wrong. And how much this lazy beginning with flashbacks to the past calmed me and gave me the sense of ease and fooled me to believe we’re getting a lighter story. And then BAM! Everything started happening one after another and then all at once. So many twists, so many unexpected truths revealed, so many new things happening. And the romance in between was so well intertwined. Swoonworthy moments there. Movie-worthy. I kid you not.

    Also, the passion and chemistry were off the charts hot and so intense.

    Fans self. Really steamy.

    I wasn’t a big fan of Caden at first and he earned so many black points in my book, but I have a thing for these bad boys after all. Plus he kind of redeemed himself eventually. He was trying to act this strong, unbreakable alpha that he was, and I could understand his reasons for being this way, but at the end of the day, he had such a soft spot for the people he loved.

    I wish we could have heard his voice. I’m sure he had a lot to say at some point in this book.

    I loved Brighton. She was one of the quiet ones that turned into a real force to be reckoned with in this book. And although I hated what she had to go through, I was in awe with her strength and determination.

    I felt like my heart was squeezed in a vice a good 30-40% of the book and I was biting my nails so hard at some point I don’t think I have a single one left that isn’t chipped. It was so intense, so painfully raw, dark and even frightening at places. This was a level of darkness I’m not quite familiar coming from Jen, but it was so well written it gave me all the feels and then some. I wanted to shout and scream at what was happening. I wanted to press undo and go back to the beginning where everything seemed sweet and cheerful. But I kept reading and it only got better and better.

    I loved the action in this book and the intense, put-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat moments, but the emotional, romantic ones at the end were just as amazing.

    And it had plenty of those. This book brought me to tears even though it was barely 200 pages. It was raw, dark, and painful and managed to surprise me in so many ways, but all the feels were present and you wouldn’t want to miss this exceptional adventure in this unique fae world. Now I need more. I can’t wait to see how the story would evolve in The Queen. So many possibilities to go from here and I’m bouncing with excitement to discover every single one of them.

  • ☽ TheBibliotheque

    Oh Caden, you've stolen the words from my lips.

    To say I'm obsessed would be putting it lightly. The Prince and The King are far, faaaar, better than the Wicked trilogy and hell, I don't even know what to do with myself until next year.

  • Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥

    When I finished that last page, I was shocked again that I read a novella. At almost 200 pages, there was so much packed into this book and I even found myself crying because I was so emotionally invested. The King was definitely a phenomenal follow up to

    ! So if you're a fan of The Wicked Trilogy, fae or Jennifer Armentrout then you have to pick this one up!

    When I finished that last page, I was shocked again that I read a novella. At almost 200 pages, there was so much packed into this book and I even found myself crying because I was so emotionally invested. The King was definitely a phenomenal follow up to

    ! So if you're a fan of The Wicked Trilogy, fae or Jennifer Armentrout then you have to pick this one up!

    The story started two years after

    ended. Brighton was focused on hunting down the fae who killed her mother and nearly killed her too. It didn't matter that she had never hunt fae for The Order, she'd been trained just like everyone else. So

    , but their story was oh so seductive and sexy. And when we learned both of their secrets, ohhhhhh it was so good! With twists and turns, it was impossible to put this book down. Especially since you can binge it in one sitting. While one of the twists hurt my heart, the other one I saw coming! But hold on because there are also some dark and twisted moments that left me horrified to read what unfolded next.

    And while this story pulled at my heart, there was also moments of lightness since we got to spend time with our favorites. Tink was hilarious as ever with his Amazon addiction and his antics with Dixon. Ren, Ivy and so many others we cared for from The Wicked Trilogy were in the story too. Plus I loved watching how much Brighton grew emotionally and physically. And Caden. Sigh. He stole my heart even more. Caden was beyond protective and while I knew he had to have a huge heart, well, I can't say more other than he easily became one of my book boyfriends!

    But start with

    . And if you even want to go further back, then you can pick up

    . They're all so amazing! Now I'm counting down the days until I can read the third and final book about Caden and Brighton. That ending has me desperately wanting to know what happens next but also left me screaming and smiling I Knew It!! Enjoy!

  • Lori Dunn

    If this book is even half as good as the Wicked trilogy and the first novella The Prince then it will be well worth these 5 stars. The Prince left us in an OMG place and I for one can't wait for the continued story of Caden and Brighton. I am hoping that The King picks up immediately where The Prince ended.

    7/13/19--- well I just officially finished this book and my first reaction was OMG you didn't Jennifer, how could you? This book totally lived up to the hype and surpassed it. I went back and

    If this book is even half as good as the Wicked trilogy and the first novella The Prince then it will be well worth these 5 stars. The Prince left us in an OMG place and I for one can't wait for the continued story of Caden and Brighton. I am hoping that The King picks up immediately where The Prince ended.

    7/13/19--- well I just officially finished this book and my first reaction was OMG you didn't Jennifer, how could you? This book totally lived up to the hype and surpassed it. I went back and reread the prince first then read The King today. It really put me through the emotional wringer. It is a great story and I was so ready for a HEA, not the shocking cliff hanger I got. I was totally not aware that another novella was coming and if she doesn't have plans for one she better watch her back. Im just sayin.

    Go out and get this story if you haven't yet Itasca total winner. 5/5 stars again.

  • Stacie

    5 "This book should be retitled BRIGHTON." Stars!

    Wow, wow, wow! does this novella pack a punch! It leaves you satisfied, yet craving more. This is a must read for fans of the Wicked Trilogy- now turned saga. I don't think this is a standalone.

    I don't want to say much, but here it is:

    1. This was surprisingly dark.

    2. Though Brighton started off on my nerve, she has earned my utmost respect.

    3. Caden need to learn to share his thoughts.

    4. I cannot wait for

    . A WHOLE FREAKING YEAR! That

    5 "This book should be retitled BRIGHTON." Stars!

    Wow, wow, wow! does this novella pack a punch! It leaves you satisfied, yet craving more. This is a must read for fans of the Wicked Trilogy- now turned saga. I don't think this is a standalone.

    I don't want to say much, but here it is:

    1. This was surprisingly dark.

    2. Though Brighton started off on my nerve, she has earned my utmost respect.

    3. Caden need to learn to share his thoughts.

    4. I cannot wait for

    . A WHOLE FREAKING YEAR! That is just not right... 😫

    Happy reading!

  • Alexandra

    Following the events of the first tie-in novella, The Prince, I truly didn't expect an e-book so small to inflict so much PAIN and FEELS! Brighton and Caden, now King of the Fae, fall between duty, love, and secrets as the threat rises in the world of the Courts and the Order needs desperately help. Now there isn't much action here and there are some scenes that might cause disturbing images to form,

    Following the events of the first tie-in novella, The Prince, I truly didn't expect an e-book so small to inflict so much PAIN and FEELS! Brighton and Caden, now King of the Fae, fall between duty, love, and secrets as the threat rises in the world of the Courts and the Order needs desperately help. Now there isn't much action here and there are some scenes that might cause disturbing images to form, but Jennifer is a master of words and delivers a heart-pounding novella sequel despite the absence of action and yet filled with revelations and secrets.

    The ending was also a cliffhanger!

  • Jasmine

    Okay, before I start fangirling over The King (Ha! Pun intended!), I’d like to admit some trivial stuff. First of all, The King is book #3.6 in the Wicked Trilogy, which was published several years ago (even earlier than my discovery of Jennifer L. Armentrout for the first time); thus, it’s understandable that I haven’t heard or read the series yet. Even though I’ve seen it somewhere, sometimes, the trilogy just never piqued my interest enough to

    Okay, before I start fangirling over The King (Ha! Pun intended!), I’d like to admit some trivial stuff. First of all, The King is book #3.6 in the Wicked Trilogy, which was published several years ago (even earlier than my discovery of Jennifer L. Armentrout for the first time); thus, it’s understandable that I haven’t heard or read the series yet. Even though I’ve seen it somewhere, sometimes, the trilogy just never piqued my interest enough to allure me into its fantastical realm called the Otherworld. Well, what a huge mistake I’ve made. Not too surprisingly, after picking this novella up and devouring it in a go (C’mon, it’s Jennifer L. Armentrout, for God’s sake!), all I can think about now –day and night and day and night–is to start savoring the Wicked trilogy from the first page till the last.

    That being said, despite the fact that I haven’t read the original series, these additional novellas can apparently be read as standalones, which serve as the perfect teasers for both JLA fans and newbies. For those who’ve never read JLA’s books, I highly recommend starting with these novellas since you’ll be amazed by how easily Jennifer’s writing style can draw your full attention with simply the first sentence of each chapter, each book.

    As far as I’m concerned, The King is the second novella in the Wicked trilogy, with The Prince being the first spin-off bonus. In the Wicked trilogy, the main plot revolves around Ivy and Ren, whom I believe are halflings, meaning both of them are half human, half Otherworld-species. *sorry in advance if I couldn’t quite point out their features considering that I jumped into this book without knowing anything about their world beforehand* Since Ivy and Ren got their what-I-hope-would-be happy ending in the trilogy, it’s time the evil, lesser known side characters got their own. See, this is how JLA rolls: Everyone has their own stories to share, and Jennifer will make sure they all get a chance to tell them to your face. *insert my worshipping gif*

    As a result, The King focuses mainly on the evil characters in the trilogy, Caden the King of Summer Fae, and Brighton, a seemingly ordinary human girl. Deep down, I know I should’ve read The Prince before starting this one because Caden used to be the Prince prior to ascending the throne. Anyway, I love every single detail in this novella thanks to Jennifer’s typical writing style. In order not to spoil anything, all I can say is that Brighton suffers through 70% of the book, which reminds me of Alex from the Covenant series, but all those gory and slightly violent (mercifully, the content won’t make you uncomfortable) scenes captivate me even more. I’ll always have a soft spot for Caden, regardless of whatever terrible things he’s done in the past.

    However forbidden Caden and Brighton’s love is, I can’t wait to witness how Brighton alters the future because she’s badass like that and based on the MAJOR CLIFFHANGER we’ve got in this book, I am 200% sure she’s going to make history. All in all, The King is a rather delightful read to me and as much as I’m excited for the next novella, The Queen, which will be out sometime in June, 2020, I’m currently having my nose buried in the Wicked trilogy and that’s kinda enough for now.

  • Larissa Ione

    This was an intense read, a difficult read at times...which is precisely why it was so damned good. It tugged at my emotions and nearly had me in tears. The heroine is strong beyond belief, the hero hotter than hell and so protective I was melting. A solid read and now I can't wait for the next book in the series. Jennifer Armentrout has become an auto-buy for me!

  • Nadine

    The King picks up after the events of The Prince. Brighton is still hell bent on getting revenge and Caden, now the King, is determined to keep her safe.

    What I enjoy most about these novellas is Brighton as a character. She’s the perfect mix of a capable badass while not letting her skills define her as a person. Watching her grow from the character she was in the original trilogy to who she is at the end of this novella has been a journey to say the least.

    Brighton and Caden’s chemistry is

    The King picks up after the events of The Prince. Brighton is still hell bent on getting revenge and Caden, now the King, is determined to keep her safe.

    What I enjoy most about these novellas is Brighton as a character. She’s the perfect mix of a capable badass while not letting her skills define her as a person. Watching her grow from the character she was in the original trilogy to who she is at the end of this novella has been a journey to say the least.

    Brighton and Caden’s chemistry is spicy. It’s a mix of will they won’t they with a sprinkle of forbidden romance. A lot that is revealed in The King that explains Caden’s behaviour and his link to Brighton. This information is immensely satisfying. A lot of times when information is hinted at in a previous book, but not revealed until a later book doesn’t feel as impactful as it could. Thankfully, that is not the case with The King.

    The only criticism I have and the reason I rated the novella four stars instead of five is that The King is very similar to some events that take place in the original trilogy. When I say similar, I mean almost exactly like those previous events. This lessened the impact of these events for me and their consequences moving forward.

    I was not expecting there to be another novella after The King, so I was pleasantly surprised and disappointed that I have another year wait for the next novella. Especially after the information that’s revealed at the end!

    Overall, The King is another great addition to the Wicked universe. Brighton is a wicked character that I’ll follow until the end.

    ***I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jemima jamir aka Sentranced Jem

    Such a thrilling read!

    There is a reason why this author is one of my go-to authors!

    The King was so worth all that excitement. King and Caden are omg

    This book was jam packed with so much goodness that it's hard to believe it's a novella yet things aren't rushed or chaotic at all.

    I can't wait to read more!

    Such a thrilling read!

    There is a reason why this author is one of my go-to authors!

    The King was so worth all that excitement. King and Caden are omg 😍🤤

    This book was jam packed with so much goodness that it's hard to believe it's a novella yet things aren't rushed or chaotic at all.

    I can't wait to read more!

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