The Wicked King

The Wicked King

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As seneschal to High King Cardan, Jude must fight to keep control of the Faerie throne while her younger brother, Oak, enjoys the childhood she never knew.
Publisher: New York, New York : Little, Brown and Company, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780316310352
Characteristics: 326 pages :,map ;,24 cm.

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SPPL_Anna Mar 12, 2019

I love Holly Black's weird, dark fairy courts, and this is a great middle installment for a trilogy.

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nidofito
Feb 20, 2019

Holy shit, what the f-ck.

When is the next book coming out? I need to know how this ends right now.

Tbh, I’m not even sure we’re going to get our HEA. Tbh, I’m not even sure I want that. All I know is that I want Jude to get a flame thrower and raze Faerie down to the ground.

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jess_a_book_lover
Feb 15, 2019

In a world with stunning and conniving faeries, Jude must always stay one step--no, ten steps--ahead. Will Jude's humanity be her downfall...or her salvation?

Holly Black has, yet again, created a dark and intoxicating story filled with political intrigue and dangerous beauty. I liked this book for a number of reasons. First, the enemies-to-lovers (or should I say "enemies while lovers") relationship between Jude and Cardan had me on the edge of my seat. You could cut the (sexual) tension and witty banter with a knife...or sword! Second, the world of Faerie was skillfully expanded through Jude's experiences with the Elfhame and the Undersea courts. Third, the pace slowly picked up, eventually leading to engaging twists and turns (that had me feeling slightly manipulated, but in a good way). And that ending... Well, lets just say I can't wait to see if my theory will prove true in The Queen of Nothing.

If you enjoyed The Cruel Prince, you'll love The Wicked King.

JCLStefanieE Feb 13, 2019

Just as twisty and darkly romantic as the first book in this planned trilogy, The Wicked King is fairy telling at its finest. Holly Black builds a world beautifully while enticing you to stay up late into the night to rush to the conclusion of this installment. Definitely a must-read if you enjoyed The Cruel Prince.

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queensthief
Feb 12, 2019

A perfect book for lovers of dark faerie romance or court intrigue.
Twist after betrayal after trick after lie after double-cross. It's fast-paced but also monotonously-so. I did like this one a smidgen more than the previous installment because I couldn't see what was coming nearly so much. Personally, I wish I *liked* the characters a little bit more, or had a little more reason to admire them other than "they had a tragic history and have grown to be masters of intrigue."
But the plotting is fast-paced and intricate and that makes it a swift and addicting read.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Feb 07, 2019

I listened to this on audio and often found myself running on the treadmill longer than I intended because of how reluctant I was to pause this book. I love the faerie world Holly Black has created with this series, I love the twists and turns and constant back-stabbing, and, just like with the first book, this installment was over long before I wanted it to be. The wait for book 3 is going to feel very, very long.

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rnewman02
Feb 07, 2019

it was a good book, cant wait till the next one

PimaLib_ChristineR Jan 25, 2019

"Get used to the weight... You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring. The first lesson is make yourself that strong. It will hurt. Pain makes you strong."

I'm a sucker for a good image or phrase that really ties the whole room together. The Wicked King opens with Jude practicing her sword work and remembering these words that Madoc gave her as she trained. In the middle of the book, when Jude is contemplating her relationship with Cardan, and how it hurts her to see him with someone else, she goes back to those words-"Pain makes you strong"-as she forces herself to watch what she cannot bear. Finally, Jude comes back to that lesson at the end of the novel. When everything has gone wrong, she reminds herself that she "must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring," but now we are unsure if she has a plan, or if she is referring to the emotional strength she has developed.

Black has hit a perfect stride with this entry. In The Cruel Prince I found Jude's obtuseness when she is supposed to be so smart, annoying. It felt like Black was writing down to the characters. Here, despite her youth, Jude really is the smart one. It doesn't mean she doesn't make poor decisions occasionally, but it does mean that she doesn't miss what's right under her nose.

This had a driving plot, but didn't skimp on character development. Bringing Cardan's mother in to the mix gave us some additional insight to Cardan. As annoying as Locke is and clueless as Taryn seems, Black hits us with a couple of suckerpunches that keep those two characters in the thick of things. I can't wait for the next in the series.

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Lady_Librarian
Jan 21, 2019

This was okay. I was fairly bored the whole time reading this book. I feel like it wasn't as exciting or interesting as the first book in the series, sophomore slump big time . I will finish the series when the last book comes out to see what happens.

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darladoodles
Jan 08, 2019

This second part of The Folk of the Air series is a nonstop thrill ride. Jude has all the power, or does she? Is betrayal right around the corner? Will Cardan complete the transformation from cruel prince to wicked king and seize his throne in its entirety? Jude compensates for her lack of experience with sheer fortitude. At times she reminds me of Mare in the Red Queen series. If you loved The Cruel Prince, you will love this one as much or more and wish for The Queen of Nothing to come out sooner than later.

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jess_a_book_lover
Feb 14, 2019

“Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to.”
- Madoc

PimaLib_ChristineR Jan 25, 2019

"That's the problem with a puppet government: It's not going to run itself. Adrenaline may turn out not to be a replacement for experience."

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