Monday, January 18, 2021

The Wicked King by Holly Black
The Folk of the Air #2

Title: The Wicked King
Series: The Folk of the Air #2
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 8th 2019

The enchanting and bloodthirsty sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel The Cruel Prince.
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 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.

What a cliffhanger ending! If you know me, you know I don't like cliffhangers but this one was a masterful one. Thankfully, luck is on my side and the last book is already out so with one click, I will know what is next for this couple. However, before I go there, let me tell you what I think about the Wicked King.

When the Wicked King begins, five months have already passed. Jude's time as a seneschal is running out. She needs to obtain a new bargain from Cardan before it is too late. Yet, there are other pressing things happening. Queen Orlagh from the Undersea is ready for battle. Jude believes she has created an alliance with Cardan's brother, Balekin despite him being in prison and she's sure her brother Oak's life is in grave danger. She is ready to protect Cardan, the crown, and Oak in every way possible with the help of the Court of Shadows. But can she?

I thought The Wicked King was superb. I love the fights, the betrayals, the scheming, the twists.

I also love to hate the baddies like Madoc, Queen Orlagh, Locke, and Balekin.

The court of Shadows which included Ghost, Roach, and the Bomb have all become an important part of the storyline and I was upset with one of the twists despite expecting it.

I can't wait to read the conclusion....

Cliffhanger: No

5/5 Fangs

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