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King of the Damned: A League of Guardians Novel [Kindle Edition]

Juliana Stone
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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For millennia the struggle between light and dark, between the upper and lower realms, has been policed by a secret group of warriors culled from every fabric of existence. They are both otherworld and human, male and female. They are light and dark themselves and known to each other as the League of Guardians. Their pledge, to protect the line between dominions and make sure neither side grows too powerful. If they fall, so shall the earth, the heavens and hell. And there will be no more.

With darkness all around him, The League of Guardians is his only means of redemption...

Azaiel, the fallen, has been given a second chance to atone for the sins of his past. With demons gathering and threatening the league, he must find out if their circle has been breached. What he doesn't foresee is a woman--a fierce warrior--who will turn his world upside down and awaken his tortured soul.

Rowan James is a powerful witch out to avenge the death of her beloved grandmother, but she needs an ally. Will she be able to trust a man with secrets as dark as the sorrow in his eyes? Loving Rowan means risking salvation and yet Azaiel cannot ignore the hunger burning hot between them--his one last chance at happiness. With danger all around them, will these two desperate souls finally find love in each other? Or be forever damned...


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With darkness all around him, the League of Guardians is his only means of redemption . . .

Azaiel, the Fallen, has been given a second chance to atone for the sins of his past. With demons gathering and threatening the League, he must find out if their circle has been breached. What he doesn’t foresee is a woman—a fierce warrior—who will turn his world upside down and awaken his tortured soul.

Rowan James is a powerful witch out to avenge the death of her beloved grandmother, but she needs an ally. Will she be able to trust a man with secrets as dark as the sorrow in his eyes? Loving Rowan means risking salvation and yet Azaiel cannot ignore the hunger burning hot between them—his one last chance at happiness. With danger all around them, will these two desperate souls finally find love in each other . . .or be forever damned?

About the Author

Juliana Stone lives with her family and dog somewhere in Canada. Her passion for music and the written word has been a lifelong addiction, which explains her love of romance books and '80s rock. Juliana is currently at work on the next book in her League of Guardians series.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1244 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062102311
  • Publisher: Avon (November 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HC3OTS
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3.0 out of 5 stars King of the Damned (League of Guardians, book 2) November 27, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Thanks to a bad decision made centuries ago by a James witch, the entire family has been marked by a demon lord that consumes the women that bare his mark. Rowan is unlike any witch that came before her. The power residing in her is immense and if the demon lord gets his claws on her, it will irreversibly tip the scales in favor of evil.

Rowan is fierce and although she's terrified, she's determined to face her demons head on. She tried to get away from it all but the brutal murder of her beloved grandmother has her back home and ready to give all she has to end the family curse. Rowan's not perfect but she's honest and refuses to hide while others fight. What I found most appealing is that she wasn't afraid to go after what she wanted. She doesn't play games and I couldn't have been more thankful for that.

A member of the League of Guardians, a secret supernatural organization that keeps the balance between good and evil, Azaiel is sent along with 2 others to keep Rowan away from the demon lord at all costs. Azaiel is a fallen angel who spent countless years in hell after a fateful decision. Now, he's back on earth and given a chance to right his past wrongs. The attraction he feels for Rowan is unexpected and he feels undeserving of someone like Rowan. I can't point to anything specific I didn't like about Azaiel but he didn't have that extra something that made me swoon. He was a good hero that's in need of redemption, he just wasn't great.

Rowan took the lead in their relationship. She was the aggressor and Azaiel had to turn her down because nothing could come of their relationship. I liked this role reversal and that Rowan wasn't willing to take no for an answer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "King of the Damned is the perfect paranormal treat" January 3, 2013
By M. Nix
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Rowan James returns to her childhood home to discover evil is afoot and her grandmother is dead. Rowan is a witch and her family is cursed. She thought that she could leave this life behind and start anew half way across the country but fate has reared its ugly head and taken from her the one person that was always there for her. Rowan is now determined to do whatever is necessary to end the curse once and for all and she will have help from a very unlikely source.

Azaiel is among the fallen. He has powers unlike any other supernatural creature but what's hunting Rowan James may be something he cannot defeat. Azaiel is a member of the League of Guardians and as a member he atones for his sins the only way he knows how by hunting those that spread evil. His trip to Salem was supposed to be about finding the leak among the Guardian ranks but Rowan James changes all that. She makes him want more and he's going to try his best to save her from the horrible fate that awaits her.

What happens when a witch and a fallen angel team up? Will they find love or the end of everything they know?

Juliana Stone's King of the Damned is the perfect paranormal treat. Rowan and Azaiel pull some powerful punches - the physical and emotional kind. I don't know when I've read about a couple that packed as much magical power as these two. I was mesmerized by Rowan's witchy ways and Azaiel's fallen strength. Ms. Stone throws her readers into the action at page one. Rowan and Azaiel meet each other and the enemy simultaneously and it makes for one spine-tingling fight. I was afraid to blink thinking I might actually miss some of this powerful meeting. There are a lot of cool characters featured in King of the Damned. I cannot wait to meet some of them in future books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely loved this read and I think you will too. November 27, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Before I get started, can I just say how much I am loving this series (shout out to Avon for introducing me to this fab author). Let me first begin with a bit of a synopsis for you other then the blurb above. So jump to the bottom if you don't want spoilers but I'll keep it to a minimum. First, as a side note to the story, there is an underlying classic plot line (girl has a destiny, she doesn't want it, so she runs away and tries a "normal" life in another city, tragedy brings her home and destiny won't be denied). Even though we do have a classic story line, it's totally worth the read.
So our heroine, Rowan James (whom I love BTW), is a witch who's family (coven) is marked by a Demon Lord. The Demon Lord is picking the women off, one by one through a mark he brands into them. He is literally using them for batteries to fuel his power and Rowan is by far the most powerful James yet. Rowan knows she is marked and her grandmother (Cara) has muted the mark, so she can't be found. Knowing this, Rowan has moved to California to escape her destiny and is trying to live a normal life away from the supernatural but when said grandmother is killed, Rowan is forced back into the fray. She is the one who discovers her grandmother has probably been killed (Que big blood puddle in house) and decides enough is enough. She is going to go after the Demon Lord and end this curse on her family. She is not going to see another James witch used and drained dry.
Enter our hero, Azaiel. He shows up right after Rowan discovers the blood and at first she's not sure if he's the killer. Azaiel is part of The League of Guardians (see blurb) although he's probably the least trusted out of all of them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic
absolutely love this series. A love story of otherworldly proportions. Can't wait to read the next in this series.
Fantastic
Published 6 months ago by Wannetta Higgins
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I did enjoy this book. I read it as fast as the others in this series, but it wasn't my favorite. Nothing was wrong with it, I guess I just was drawn in more by Logan and Kira's... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Great book full of action and mystery. Romance is there but not overwhelming. Has many supernatural entities. A little bit of everything.
Published 12 months ago by Natasha
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Story
I have read all of Stone's books and have loved them all. This book did not disappoint. It had action, suspense and romance. Everything needed for a great story. Read more
Published on December 9, 2012 by pammur
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
I was very disappointed in this one.
I usually love all her stories and they really kick some butt! Read more
Published on November 30, 2012 by raven
5.0 out of 5 stars King of the Damned
At the end of Wicked Road to Hell readers learn that one of the members of the League of Guardians has been murdered. Read more
Published on November 28, 2012 by The Jeep Diva
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're looking for a sexy paranormal romance with an edge of danger...
Following the events in Wicked Road to Hell, Bill, the leader of the League of Guardians, has sent the Seraphim, Azaiel, to investigate the death of a witch and find out if a... Read more
Published on November 27, 2012 by Crystal @RBtWBC
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars
The more I read from Juliana Stone, the more I enjoy her books. This story centers around the fallen angel Azaiel and a witch named Rowan.

We've met Azaiel before. Read more
Published on November 27, 2012 by Jen (Red Hot Books)
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series, this book is even better then the first
King of the Damned is the 2nd book of Juliana Stone's A League of Guardians series. When we left off at the end of Wicked Road to Hell, we met Azaiel, who is our hero in this... Read more
Published on November 27, 2012 by Barb thereadingcafe
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More About the Author

Juliana Stone's love of the written word and 80s rock, have inspired her in more ways than one. She writes both paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance and will debut her young adult contemporary in 2014. She spends her days navigating a busy life that includes, a husband, kids, a dog and a cat and lives somewhere in the wilds of Canada.


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