Book Review: The Wicked King by Holly Black


Title: The Wicked King
Author: Holly Black
Series: The Folk Of The Air (2)
Publication Date: January 8th, 2019
Genre(s): Fantasy, Young Adult
Page Count: 322
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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.

My Review:

I loved The Cruel Prince. I knew I had to pick this book up as soon as I could get my hands on it. Unfortunately, I didn't land an ARC, so I had to wait until release day. That's not a bad thing, but the closest book store didn't have them out and I almost cried. I legit had tears in my eyes. Luckily, they were able to find me a copy and even gave me a bit of a discount!

Enough of story time, Tiffany. This a book review. Not a review of the bookstore you bought the book in. 

The Wicked King is the sequel to The Cruel Prince and what a sequel it was! I loved this book more than I loved TCP. I honestly didn't think this book was going to top the first one. I legit made myself late for work one day because I did not want to get out of my car because of this book. 

I really love Jude and Cardan's relationship. The hate-to-love trope is my favorite. It's still a little more hate than love, but they're growing and I'm here for it. I was LIVING for chapter fifteen. My angst just grew from that chapter and I needed more. 

Cardan has become a more likable character. He's not as cruel as he was in the first book and I love that. He's growing as a character and he's proving that he can do things on his own without the help from others. Still love his tail and I hate when I see anything that makes fun of it. I'll fight you. 

I loved all the little twists and turns in this one. Black threw in a nice little plot twist at the end of TCP. She threw in quite a few in this book. I wasn't expecting some of them, like at all. So much betrayal. So much scheming. I LOVE IT.

I still really love this world that Holly has built. It grew, adding the sea life to it. I've never read any books with mermaids in it. It was a great experience seeing life underwater for the first time. 

I really just hate the fact that I have to wait an entire year... again. Normally, I don't pick a series up unless it's close to being done or is already done. The waiting game isn't for me. I'm not a patient reader. Maybe I'll get an ARC of Queen Of Nothing???

Final Thoughts:
This has to be one of my favorite series ever. These books are just done so freaking well. I cannot get over them. Holly is becoming one of my auto-buy authors and it's because of these books. If you haven't picked up The Cruel Prince yet, you really should. You won't be disappointed. If you have read TCP and haven't picked up The Wicked King yet, WHY ARE YOU WAITING????

5/5 Stars

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