Series: The Folk of the Air #2
on January 8, 2019
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.
I had been waiting so long for The Wicked King and I had preordered the OwlCrate special edition but unfortunately it was delivered late, eso I tried to hunt it down on release day with absolutely no luck. There were zero copies anywhere in Edmonton because the shipment had been delayed and I was in agony for 2 days before my partner, Wade, was able to track a copy down and surprise me. I literally danced for joy!
Normally I find that middle books in a trilogy are always the least interesting but this is just not the case for Holly Black. This women is a master story teller and I was once more sucked into the world of Elfhame. The Wicked King picks up six months after the first book and Jude has bit off more than she can chew. She is trying to balance being a spymaster and the secret ruler of faerie. Her relationship with Cardan has not improved and they still view each other with the same loathing and hatred that is tinged with hidden lust. Jude has tentatively made up with Taryn despite her betrayal and Locke is still being a massive pain the ass.
Jude is hoping she can scheme up a way to hold onto her power over Cardan for more than a year and day and unfortunately fails to notice the plots going on around her. She trusts the wrong people and doesn’t trust the ones she should. She can’t even admit her true feelings for Cardan and her nearsightedness costs her everything.
I give The Wicked King 5 stars and I want to read The Queen of Nothing now, especially since I now know what the title represents. If you haven’t picked up this series yet you need to now!