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The King: A Wicked Novella Kindle Edition
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.
**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**
About the Author
Jennifer L. Armentrout (also known as J. LYNN) is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Wait for You and the Young Adult Lux and Covenant series, among other books. She writes steamy and fun New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. She is published with Entangled Teen and Brazen, SHP, Disney/Hyperion, and Harlequin Teen.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07G5H68P1
- Publisher : Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated (July 23, 2019)
- Publication date : July 23, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 386 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 198 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1948050765
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #171,642 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Let me start by saying that this book is a sequel to The Prince and what appears to be the middle book in a trilogy. I read The Prince and was surprised it wasn't stand alone. I read this one, again surprised it didn't finish the story. Many others have said the same, though the author has stated that it was planned this way.
I love the Wicked world that this novella is set in. I remember thinking there was no way I would ever love Caden because of how horrible he was in Ivy's part of the story. But an author as skilled as this one can change your attitude with a few words. She did that to me. I love Caden. I knew at the end of The Prince that there had to be a reason for why he pushed Brighton away. And there is, a big one. Poor Bri only believes the worst. I think that's one of the things I love about her. She really is a special person but she only sees the bad. I can relate. I love how Caden cares for her even when he's trying to stay away. They have an amazing bond. Of course, I love all the characters in this story. They have depth and feel real.
The story itself is captivating and rich. It certainly didn't go the way I was thinking. No, it was bursting with intensity. And despite the reasons they shouldn't be together, Caden and Bri have hard time resisting each other. Caden wants her to be safe. Bri wants her revenge. So they are often "discussing" that and that gets interesting. But what surprised me the most was the strength of Brighton. She is determined and she holds on so very long. I was so proud of her.
As for the ending, there are no words. I did have a hint to one aspect of it and that didn't surprise me, but the last few scenes played out in a dramatic deluge of information setting the stage for the next book. When I finished, I sat there feeling awestruck and frustrated. Awestruck because I am amazed at the craft of the story. Frustrated because I must now wait for more.
Definitely a great read that will have you demanding more.
I’m a fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout because she crafts engaging plots and wonderful characters that we care about. For the most part she does that in “The King.” I love the arguments between Brighton and Caden. These two light up the story with their passion and the delicious sexual tension that explodes! I really loved The King until I got to the extended torture section.
I understand the crafting need to create conflict, but the extent of Brighton’s torture—2 months—felt contrived, and it reveals a continuity error that is not explained—this is sloppy crafting. In “The Prince” Caden tells Brighton that he “can find her anywhere” since he “reverse fed” her to save her life. So, if that is the case, why didn’t he find her sooner when Aric had her in his psychotic clutches? Caden is a powerful king, and magic ties him to Brighton. Ivy tells Brighton that Caden searched almost nonstop for her, but why didn’t he find her sooner? It would have been simple for Armentrout to have Aric tell Brighton that he’s put an enchantment on the tomb to hide her from anyone looking for her. Maybe there was something else going on that prevented Caden from finding Brighton, but we don’t know what that is, and Armentrout should have told us something! I also did not buy Caden telling Brighton that he wasn’t sure how much the Summer Kiss had altered her. That is not a valid excuse for him not telling her what he did and how that might change her life. Okay, the final thing I have difficulty believing is that after being beaten and starved for 2 months, Brighton did not have a miscarriage. Really? If the magic of the Summer Kiss was keeping her and the fetus alive, it should have led Caden to her. Armentrout can still salvage the continuity error, but she’s got a lot of explaining to do in “The Queen.” I do care about the characters and hope they get their HEAs. I’m also intrigued to find out how Caden’s gift of the Summer Kiss will affect Ivy.
Before you start to read The King, you need to get prepared. Clear off a solid two hours on your schedule. Set up your reading area with snacks and make sure you pee first. Because, once you start this novella, I can guarantee you won't want to stop for anything until it's over.
The King picks up immediately after The Prince ended with Brighton picking up the pieces following Caden's rejection and ascension to the summer fae throne. The hits keep coming to our brave heroine as she finds herself in the clutches of a very bad dude. And then just when you think maybe Brighton might catch a break, another curve ball is thrown her way.
Brighton is a wonderful character to root for. Whereas in the main Wicked series Ivy is someone you identify as a badass heroine right from the start, Brighton has always been the quiet, unassuming underdog who has had to struggle relentlessly to get people to see her as a strong woman. We see a lot of that in The King as Brighton's secrets are harshly exposed and she has to bear unfair judgement from everyone - Ivy and Ren included. Brighton has had to fight for what she wants for years, and never has that been more apparent than in The King.
The feels in this book are absolutely unreal. Brighton is put through hell, both by Caden and by his enemies, and yet she never, ever gives up. I promise you will be 100% in love with this girl by the end of the book and you will be rooting for her to finally - FINALLY - be happy.
But, that elusive HEA will have to wait just a little while longer, because the roadblocks just keep on coming for Brighton and Caden. There's one final novella left - The Queen - and with the set up we get at the end of The King, it's sure to be an amazing finale and the perfect exclamation point to this awesome world that Jen Armentrout has created.
Top reviews from other countries
Caden and Brighton are both out to seek revenge against the most dangerous foe. One of the things that they have in common. On the surface they are always butting heads, but there is this sizzling attraction between them. They come from different worlds though. Is there any way that Caden can forget duty and tradition to get what he wants the most?
This installment is well paced. Some of the scenes are brutal, and the betrayal is bitter. The forbidden love is bittersweet and just when things start to look like it's taking a turn for the better, along comes the cliffhanger. A compelling read so far.
It’s great to see some of the wicked characters we love - but I saw something of myself in Brighton and it made me really connect with the character. It was nice to have an older character too. Great storytelling
But book was bloody awesome. I could not put it down. Would recommend this book, this series to all of my book friends.