The Wicked King – Holly Black
Title: The Wicked King (#2)
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Page Length: 336 pages
This is a continuation of the Folk of the Air series. I always find it hard to review sequels, as they just continue the story I already began. What I liked most about this story was that we get more relationship development of Jude and Cardan. It is an odd situation and the author keeps you on your toes for the entirety of this portion of their journey. Additionally, we get to explore more of the world development and see other parts that make up Faerie.
Black’s characters remain as complex as they were in the beginning, and it is hard not to equally love and hate them all. Jude and Cardan’s individual motives and objectives remain in shadow, which makes you question their choices all the more.
If you love young adult and fantasy books, then I predict you will love this series. Check it out! It is well worth your investment.
You can find the series on Amazon in multiple formats.
Synopsis: 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.