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The Wicked King – Book Review

Book Title: The Wicked King
Author: Holly Black
Genre: Fantasy
Target Audience: Young Adult
Publication Date: 8th January 2019

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This book review will contain spoliers for the Cruel Prince. Please be aware of this before you go any further.

“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.” 

Why I chose this?

Since I read The Cruel Prince last year I feel like I need to finish it off and see what happened after that dramatic ending.

Also I have abandoned two/three books to read this. It is a highly anticipated read after all.

What it’s about

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2)

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

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she 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 easy to control. 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 own 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 (The Folk of the Air, #2)
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First Impressions

First off this cover intrigues me with the crown being under water as opposed to being on a branch on the cover of The Cruel Prince. The cover is definitely trying to tell a tale here even with so little on it. It does make me want to dive right in straight away. I am loving the simplicity of it too with the added little dragonfly resting on the E.

The quote on the back has also got me very intrigued too, it says “I have heard that for mortals, the feeling of falling in love is very like the feeling of fear.”

Now with the last book ending on Cardan being crowned the King and promising Jude a year and a day to be bound to her, I am hoping to pick up where we left off. That being said I’m not looking forward to dealing with the Jude, Taryn and Locke love triangle which was just cruel.

What I Thought

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First of all


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This book was so much better than book one. I do not dislike Jude as much as I did in The Cruel Prince. I didn’t even care that it was split over two booked this time as the story flowed beautifully and didn’t seem as slow as The Cruel Prince.

As I mentioned Jude is much more likeable and has more about herself in this and it’s probably because she’s no longer under Madoc’s thumb. Which I don’t think anyone in their right mind would want to be especially since he did do away with their parents after all.

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I wouldn’t want to live with/be brought up by my parents’ murderer. Jude has managed to take it in her stride and it shows especially as she has remembered all that Madoc has taught her and uses them well.

Now I think I may have had a little crush on Cardan starting in this. Yeah, he can still be an arse but he seemed more like himself in this without Balekin behind him goading him on.

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The crush didn’t last long though as I think it was more because like Jude I thought he was capable of change but instead he is just a little boy playing at being a King and getting his friends to do his dirty work like at the moon revel. Poor Jude, but she took it in her stride.

I’ve got to say I thoroughly enjoyed the under the sea part where we were taken under the sea as it was interesting to think what was Cardan was thinking and how he would have to cope without Jude pulling the strings.

All in all this book was much better than its predecessor and I really can’t wait for The Queen of Nothing to be released. Only what roughly 12 months to wait?

If you want to read my post about The Cruel Prince you can find it here.

Can I just say how much I like the chapter pages


Even if my lovely picture has turned naff on here.

Star Rating

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