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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.


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  • File Size: 748 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (November 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HC3OTS
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed November 30, 2012
By raven
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was very disappointed in this one.
I usually love all her stories and they really kick some butt!
But this one fell very far from what her stories usually turn out to be.
For one thing I was under the impression that this would be Azaiel's story, and his fall and about his job in the league.
Turns out that this was all about Rowan and her family, and Azaiel was just along for the ride and to help her thru everything.
So instead of the main story being about him, she turned it into the witch's story.
So yeah I was very un-satisfied with the way this turned out.
Not to mention some of the editing.
So yeah I can only hope that the next one she comes out with, will be better than this one, otherwise I may have to veer from reading anymore of her work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable May 6, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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 and Declan and Ana's stories. Still recommend though. Especially if you read the rest of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "King of the Damned is the perfect paranormal treat" January 3, 2013
By MNix
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 King of the Damned November 28, 2012
By Vanessa
Format:Kindle Edition
At the end of Wicked Road to Hell readers learn that one of the members of the League of Guardians has been murdered. Bill the leader of the group needs to know if there is a bad seed within the folds of the League or if outside forces were at play in this witch, Cara's death. Against the wishes of many of the other League members Bill sends the Azaiel to investigate the reasons behind Cara's death.

Readers are first introduced to Azaiel in His Darkest Embrace, book #2 of the Jaguar Warriors series. It is in book #3 His Darkest Salvation where readers learn why no one in the League trusts him and many members have an animosity against him that is at times harsh. For the most part he is positive as he steps up to his new mission, finding out if someone inside the League has harmful intentions towards the members.

Rowan James is a witch, a very strong one from a line of powerful witches. She has returned to Salem to find that her grandmother has been brutally murdered and that the family curse is nipping at her heels in a way it never has before. She also finds Azaiel, a nonhuman man who claims to be a friend of her grandmother Cara's. Rowan has gotten used to the life of a loner and now she has obligated herself to avenge her grandmother's death and to rid her family of their curse once and for all.

Rowan and Azaiel together... oh my, lot of hotness there, the fact that my Kindle did not short out and melt is surprising. Kudos to Juliana on the heat factor with this book, it is sizzling. Azaiel is this strong, powerful, immortal Seraphim. He is oblivious to all pop culture references and many colloquialisms. He also has no clue he sexy and extremely easy on the eyes. Rowan plays with him about this. It makes them such a fun couple to read.
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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 1 month ago by Wannetta Higgins
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 6 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 23 months ago by pammur
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely loved this read and I think you will too.
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). Read more
Published 24 months ago by Carey S.
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 24 months ago 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 24 months ago by Jen
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 24 months ago by Barb thereadingcafe
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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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