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

  • AJ

    Wow! JLA has taken us on a wildly intense ride with this book, and I was captivated!

    As part of the 1001 Dark Nights collection, this book is publicised as a standalone. It’s not. At all. Not only is it a spin-off from the Wicked series, but it’s a direct continuation of

    , and it has a cliffhanger of its very own, with another book to come. So despite assurances to the contrary, don’t try to read this one on its own. And if it’s been a while since you’ve re

    Wow! JLA has taken us on a wildly intense ride with this book, and I was captivated!

    As part of the 1001 Dark Nights collection, this book is publicised as a standalone. It’s not. At all. Not only is it a spin-off from the Wicked series, but it’s a direct continuation of

    , and it has a cliffhanger of its very own, with another book to come. So despite assurances to the contrary, don’t try to read this one on its own. And if it’s been a while since you’ve read

    , I would recommend a reread before diving into this one to remind you of what happened because there’s a lot that has gone on and there’s not a lot of recap

    This book picks up right where the first one left off, taking us back to the streets of New Orleans, to where the fae exist amongst humans, and The Order, a group of human warriors, fight to maintain peace and protect mankind from the evil of the Winter Fae. Now working with the good fae of the Summer Court, behind-the-scenes Order member Brighton continues to buck the rules and is out hunting Aric, the fae that attacked her so brutally, determined to end him and the threat that he poses to the whole world. But she still has a major obstacle in her way – Caden.

    After that huge reveal at the end of

    , everything seems to have changed for our dripping-with-chemistry-almost-lovers, but their mad lust for each other has not. Though they have more hurdles to cross now, including Caden himself, there’s still sizzling UST with every encounter, with a healthy dose of anger as Brighton defies all instruction, and Caden’s wishes, and continues to put herself in danger.

    It’s fast-paced and exciting with a sense of anticipation as you just wait for something to happen, and OMG, I was so excited as we finally get some romantic development for these two. With Caden’s enigmatic stoicism, and Brighton’s brave and stubborn sass, they are a fantastic duo, and I just love them together. But their story takes one hell of a twist… more than one, actually, and OMG, I was not expecting the direction it went.

    Surprising, dark, intense, and a little bit shocking, I could not put this book down! It’s full of big reveals which add a lot of depth to the story, and more than one surprise that had me on the edge of my seat.

    Written entirely from Brighton’s POV, I love that Caden remains this big mystery, because it makes every time he opens himself up absolutely fantastic! Without any clue what he’s thinking or doing behind the scenes, we get to experience him as Brighton does, and that brings so much wonder and excitement to the story and I was bouncing up and down as particular scenes in this book played out.

    Series favourites Ivy, Ren and Tink all appear, and I loved seeing them. But this book is wholly Brighton’s as she battles the unimaginable, and I loved getting to see her deal with it all. Her strength is incredible, and we get to see so much more of that in this book, and seeing that, combined with her all-too-realistic vulnerabilities, made me love her even more. And given all that she’s been through, the unexpected fallout and yet another massive cliffy, I can’t wait to see what the next book has in store.

    A fantastic read – 4.5 stars.

  • Jamie Lee Zonneveld

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  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Ceres95

    This book is so awesome, can't wait for The Queen.

    I don't know where to start, this book is absolutely awesome. It’s intense and you must be prepared to suffer with Brighton. This is not the last book, so don't panic when you read The King.

    We find Brighton trying at all costs to kill Aric, she wants revenge and even if only Tink and Caden are aware of it and the latter tries as best he can to stop her.

    Brighton is an interesting character, she has evolved so much since we met her, she doesn't r

    This book is so awesome, can't wait for The Queen.

    I don't know where to start, this book is absolutely awesome. It’s intense and you must be prepared to suffer with Brighton. This is not the last book, so don't panic when you read The King.

    We find Brighton trying at all costs to kill Aric, she wants revenge and even if only Tink and Caden are aware of it and the latter tries as best he can to stop her.

    Brighton is an interesting character, she has evolved so much since we met her, she doesn't realize it and it's Caden who points it out to her. And I might as well tell you that it's not over with everything that's happening to her in The King.

    As for Caden, he remains true to himself, his objective is to kill Aric and protect Brighton but he is clumsy in his decisions and actions.

    I really liked this book, we discover all the strength of character of Brighton, I look forward to reading The Queen in order to know the end of the story, Caden's reaction and especially I want a happy ending for them.

    Quick word: Another nugget written by Jennifer L Armentrout.

  • Misha Carlstedt Robinson

    The King was an action-packed continuation of Brighton and Caden’s story. I have so much respect for Brighton, and I was in awe of her strength in this installment. Brighton does not give herself enough credit; she is a complete badass. Her need for vengeance did cause her to make some poor choices, but I understood how that need could not be ignored. Caden positively melted my heart. I was sympathetic to the demands placed on him by being king. Although he had a few missteps, he more than made

    The King was an action-packed continuation of Brighton and Caden’s story. I have so much respect for Brighton, and I was in awe of her strength in this installment. Brighton does not give herself enough credit; she is a complete badass. Her need for vengeance did cause her to make some poor choices, but I understood how that need could not be ignored. Caden positively melted my heart. I was sympathetic to the demands placed on him by being king. Although he had a few missteps, he more than made up for it in the end. His tenderness was incredibly endearing. This novella was so good that I read it all in one sitting!

  • Jessica (a GREAT read)

    I received this ARC from Inkslinger PR in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

    I was elated to know that Jennifer L. Armentrout returns yet again to the world of Wicked with The King and writes yet another novella that stars Caden and Brighton! Their story was far from finished in the first novella and the story only gets even more exciting from here! And I'm pretty sure there's another novella next year, because OH MY GOD!!!

    When we last left

    I received this ARC from Inkslinger PR in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

    I was elated to know that Jennifer L. Armentrout returns yet again to the world of Wicked with The King and writes yet another novella that stars Caden and Brighton! Their story was far from finished in the first novella and the story only gets even more exciting from here! And I'm pretty sure there's another novella next year, because OH MY GOD!!!

    When we last left Bri and Caden things were complicated, Caden had given her the coldest of shoulders after ascending to his Kingly status. Bri had given her heart to him and he basically crushed it in front of her. Nevertheless, she moves on and continues her hunt for Aric, the remaining fae she has yet to kill for the death of her mother. But her attempts get waylaid when Caden decides to make things complicated for her. It seems despite brushing her off, he can't seem to leave her alone.

    Caden wants Bri to give up her hunt for Aric, promising that he will exact vengeance for her when he kills Aric. But it's just not enough for Bri and basically, this causes yet another rift between them, as if the first rift wasn't big enough. Despite their arguing, they continue to grow closer to one another and Caden seems to be content to stay in Bri's life...even if he decides to make things more difficult for her.

    Wow. Just wow. Jennifer has always written amazing novels and this holds true for her writing novellas as well! I'm pretty sure her grocery list would be a five star read as well! Lol. Soooo much happened in this little story that it held me completely riveted! After a certain event takes place, I was starting to wonder if Jennifer would wrap things up in this novella or not and well...let's just say there HAS to be a third novella in the works because OH MY GOD!!!

    Needless to say that The King was yet another completely breathtaking read! Such a short story combined with action, suspense, intrigue, and a legit spine-tingling romance that leaves you absolutely desperate for more! The story really packs an emotional punch on a few levels here. It gets a little dark and intense in some areas, so be advised about that. I can't say more for spoiler reasons, but did want to advise readers because I know some may not care for that type of darkness. Despite some dark areas, I felt like this was an incredibly amazing story! There was quite a deal of character growth too in this one that will lead to quite the storytelling in the next installment, as I refuse to believe there won't be another.

    If you've read The Prince, you already know you will need to read this one! It was absolutely amazing! I really liked how Jennifer took this character from the Wicked trilogy and made him a character you could root for! This story had everything in it that a reader could hope for, now to wait ever so (not) patiently for the next installment!

    Overall Rating 5/5 stars

    The King releases July 23, 2019

  • 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 spicy

    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.

  • Manon the Malicious

    The King is the second book of this spin-off series. It follows Brighton a thirty something woman who's living in New Orleans and works in the Order, a super secret organisation meant to deal with Faeries.

    I can't actually say much more about this book without completely spoiling either the first book of this series or the Wicked Trilogy.

    They say the second book in a trilogy is usually the worst one. I don't see how

    The King is the second book of this spin-off series. It follows Brighton a thirty something woman who's living in New Orleans and works in the Order, a super secret organisation meant to deal with Faeries.

    I can't actually say much more about this book without completely spoiling either the first book of this series or the Wicked Trilogy.

    They say the second book in a trilogy is usually the worst one. I don't see how that can be true here. This was really great. I actually reread book 1 right before reading this one and managed to read both in a day. I simply could not put this one down. I didn't see most of the twists coming and the ones I did see coming, I just felt smart as hell to have figured it out.

    I love the set-up in the series. The world is incredible, as are the characters. They are so layered and filled with flaws but in the best way. The romance was pretty damn good too, almost as amazing as the side characters are! The banter was on point, as usual with JLA's books, and it made me grin a lot. But I also cried a lot and even sobbed, it was all so perfectly paced and it made me feel so much. I swooned, raged, cried, laughed...

    I also love how short these books are. I mean, they're novellas but it feels like just the right length and that's a nice change of pace for my very full tbr.

    So, yeah, I can't wait for book 3 and if you haven't read this series yet, do it.

  • Grace Wilson

    is book 3.6 in the

    by Jennifer L Armentrout that follows the ev

    is book 3.6 in the

    by Jennifer L Armentrout that follows the events of The Prince and is published as part of the

    .

    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 fae and mortals alike.

    After how amazing

    was, I didn’t think it was possible for Jennifer L Armentrout to beat that but she really knocked it out of the park with

    .

    I absolutely loved everything about

    but most especially the explosive chemistry they shared, not to mention there was still enough antagonistic enemies to lovers’ vibes to keep it interesting and amusing,

    I have to be honest I am having trouble writing this review, mainly because I was so caught up reading

    that I kept forgetting to stop to take notes or highlight quotes, but also because I loved it so much I’m far to overwhelmed to put those feelings and thoughts into any coherent or intelligible format.

    But I guess that says a lot about how phenomenal

    .

    is out now and will be followed by the final novella in the series,

    which will be due to be released July 2020.

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