TITLE: The Wicked King
AUTHOR: Holly Black
SERIES: The Folk of the Air
GENRES: Fantasy, Young Adult
FORMAT: Hardcover
PAGES: 322
PUBLISHED: January 8th 2019
PUBLISHER: Hot Key Books

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You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself that strong.

Jude has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were biddable. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a faerie world.

What I Think

The three of you have one solution to every problem. Murder. No key fits every lock.” Cardan gives us all a stern look, holding up a long-fingered hand with my stolen ruby ring still on one finger. “Someone tries to betray the High King, murder. Someone gives you a harsh look, murder. Someone disrespects you, murder. Someone ruins your laundry, murder.

Well, I guess a book is good when it makes you angry, sad, in love and all that. But what I’m feeling the most right now is anger and frustration. You can’t end a book like that!! There’s still two long and never ending months before Queen of Nothing is published. What kind of torture is this?!

Now that that is out of my system, I might be able to scrap together some kind of a review that is not just ranting.

The Wicked King is by far better than The Cruel Prince! The first book was action packed but I feel that this one has even more scheming than the first. There’s betrayals coming from left and right and you are constantly kept on the edge of your seat, trying to figure out who is scheming now, who you can’t trust anymore.
From there we get to the twists and turns. Honestly, I had my suspicions from the start, but only one of them hit home! So there were a lot of surprises that caught me completely out of the blue. Honestly, there is just so much going on all the time that your brain just keeps working like you were Cardan’s seneschal.

Characters, loved them. Though not all of them had seemed to evolve in any way since Cruel Prince and not all of them were seen as much as I would have liked. Some popped up kind of just “hi, I’m a character in this book, just popping to announce myself” and then popping up here and there for couple sentences or so.
I didn’t quite get the purpose of Grimsen (sorry if that’s misspelled). He was there hoping to not be exiled anymore and making all these promises and suddenly he’s in completely different place. Locke goes pretty much at the same category. He was there in all his stupidity playing all his supposedly funny pranks, like a stuffing to add to a story.

The Wicked King also brings you to some new places! We get to see some of the Undersea and other parts of Elfhame that weren’t journeyed in Cruel Prince. Though under the circumstances that the visit to the Undersea happened, there wasn’t as much knowledge to be acquired as I hoped.

All in all this was a darn good book! It seems that the second ones always are. I didn’t see that ending coming. At first I was in awe and so happy and then I just wanted to rip the book apart. Damn you all with your schemes and games!
I can’t wait to get my hands on The Queen of Nothing. Let it be November already!



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