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The Black King: Book Two of Black Throne Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2000

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Also by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Black Throne
The Black Queen
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II: The Changeling
III: The Rival
IV: The Resistance
V: Victory
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One of fantasy fiction's foremost creators concludes the epic black throne saga with this magnificent tale of a world coveted by a ruthless spirit, returned to life in the mind of an innocent monarch.
The Black King
For Gift, who has renounced the Black Throne to become a Shaman, the news from Blue Isle is disheartening. There his sister, Queen Arianna, once a proponent of peace, has begun to prepare for war. For unknown to Gift, Arianna has been possessed by the dark soul of the Black King who nearly destroyed the Fey Empire generations before in his mad quest for power. Through darkest magic he has returned to life in Arianna's body to finish what he started--while the queen's true consciousness has been hidden away by her most ardent supporters.  Now Gift must somehow avert the tragedy that threatens his world. But looming above all is the ancient curse of Blood against Blood, forbidding one member of the Black Family from taking the life of another. Yet what choice does Gift have? If the Black King is allowed to assume the Throne he will plunge the world into a terrifying cataclysm that could destroy all who inhabit it.

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Product Details

  • Series: Black Throne
  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra; 1st Printing edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055358118X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553581188
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,448,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes in almost every genre. Generally, she uses her real name (Rusch) for most of her writing. Under that name, she publishes bestselling science fiction and fantasy, award-winning mysteries, acclaimed mainstream fiction, controversial nonfiction, and the occasional romance. Her novels have made bestseller lists around the world and her short fiction has appeared in eighteen best of the year collections. She has won more than twenty-five awards for her fiction, including the Hugo, Le Prix Imaginales, the Asimov's Readers Choice award, and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Choice Award.

Publications from The Chicago Tribune to Booklist have included her Kris Nelscott mystery novels in their top-ten-best mystery novels of the year. The Nelscott books have received nominations for almost every award in the mystery field, including the best novel Edgar Award, and the Shamus Award.

She writes goofy romance novels as award-winner Kristine Grayson, romantic suspense as Kristine Dexter, and futuristic sf as Kris DeLake.

Her popular weekly blog on the changes in publishing has become an industry must-read.

She also edits. Beginning with work at the innovative publishing company, Pulphouse, followed by her award-winning tenure at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, she took fifteen years off before returning to editing with the original anthology series Fiction River, published by WMG Publishing. She acts as series editor with her husband, writer Dean Wesley Smith, and edits at least two anthologies in the series per year on her own.

To keep up with everything she does, go to To track her many pen names and series, see their individual websites (,,,, She lives and occasionally sleeps in Oregon.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By New Mom 2009 on August 22, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I will admit that I am a voracious, but picky reader. I like a lot of books, but seldom love them. However, this is a series that I do love. It is not all 'Hollywood endings' and stalwart, dashing heros. The Fey world is well developed and the characters are very interesting. I don't think it is a great idea to pick this book up without having read the previous ones. Although it can certainly be read on its own, the story will more rounded if read in as a series. In order to fully absorb this book, you should read the series from the start. I place Kristine Rusch up there with Guy Gavriel Kay, Robin McKinley, Katherine Kerr, and George R.R. Martin (my current faves.) My only fault with this book (and it's slight) is that I think Rusch forms a stronger relationship between the male and female sibling main characters than was previously there. Bottom line, I will certainly keep buying and enjoying this series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
With the recent decline of some of my favorite authors like Robert Jordan, Terry Brooks, Raymond E. Feist and even Terry Goodkind to a lesser extent, there hasn't been much to get excited about in fantasy. This was the first novel I've purchased in months and I loved it. This is the eleventh book I've read from Rusch, including all the Fey series. This one in particular stayed focused on the main characters with credible tension, disagreements and magical battles. The characters are as real as an author can get. I like this series because it moves through time(unlike Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time). Main characters do die in this series and we get to move on and read the stories of their children. If you're looking for a Rusch novel outside the Fey stories, try Traitors. I can't believe she's so low in Amazon's sales rank. Rusch is a great author.
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By B. Newman on January 19, 2015
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A brilliant novel but, as always, I am left wanting more. Not because it is in any way lacking, but because the story is obviously far from finished.


Once again, the Fey have cast their eyes across the Infrin Sea towards Leut and, presumably, the third Place of Power.

Ariana, Gift and Coulter struggle to maintain the uneasy peace put into place when Arianna became Black Queen, but with Arianna sent into hiding and replaced by a pretender to the Throne aided by dark magic, their battle cannot be fought openly.

They are forced into a subtle game of move and countermove, with each step possibly leading closer to the dreaded Blood against Blood which threatens to throw half of the world into turmoil.

Meanwhile, an unexpected revelation hints that all we thought we knew about the Soldiers of the Enemy and the location of the third Place of Power may not be as we expected…
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