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Book Review: The Wicked King By Holly Black


The Wicked King by Holly Black
Series: The Folk Of The Air, #2
Genre: Fantasy |Young AdultRomance
Hardcover, 322 pages
My Copy
Published on January 8th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company
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Might contain spoilers for The Cruel Prince

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.

The Wicked King is the second book of this trilogy. I hauled this book already back in February but I didn’t want to read it until closer to the sequel’s publication date.

“I hate you. I hate you so much that sometimes I can’t think of anything else.”

I’m glad we got a little more information about both Jude and Cardan’s childhood. It was interesting to see how they were raised. People shipped these two characters in The Cruel Prince but I’ve seen them becoming even more hardcore shippers after this one but… I just don’t get it? I like them as individual characters and they do have some great moments together but I still don’t get it.

I still don’t like any of Jude’s siblings besides Oak. Oak didn’t appear much but it makes me happy that Jude wants him to have what she didn’t: childhood.

Taryn keeps only caring about herself and what Vivi did to her girlfriend was just all kinds of wrong. Just because Vivi is the oldest and a fairy instead of human doesn’t mean that she know better than Jude. It made me love Jude more when she decided not to go to Taryn first, no matter how much she misses her. I don’t think Jude did anything wrong and too many female characters forgive the people they love too easily.

I didn’t really enjoy reading about characters besides Jude and Cardan, and maybe his ex. Sadly I wasn’t devastated by the ending since I knew it was going to happen. Many people read this book back when it came out and I guess assume that everyone has after more than six months since they’ve stopped putting “spoilers” in front when they talk about this book.

“Kiss me again. Kiss me until I am sick of it.”

Hopefully if I decide to pick up the last book I’m finally going to get what all the fuss is about this Jude/Cardan ship. I don’t know if it’s this book or am I just growing out of YA books? I hope not. I do enjoy getting a break from adult books from time to time.

I do still love the world and how badass Jude is.

3.5 stars

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