The Folk of the Air #2

SYNOPSIS: 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. – via Goodreads

OMG. OMG. Like really now! So as you know, I quite liked The Cruel Prince, and I was looking forward to seeing how things were going to go after Jude played all her fancy pants tricks on Cardan and burnt her bridges with Madoc and family.

So starting up shortly after the end of all the trickery, the book gets right down to business. While I do think the logic of Jude deceiving Cardan into bearing the crown as king was a little uneven, it is how we get the story. I mean I understand the whole concept of them wanting Oak to rule, but it just seems sketchy, conning Madoc out of the regency and forcing Cardan in.

Naturally, things are a little different between Jude and Cardan now, and I couldn’t get enough of it. Like, there was finally more interaction between them – he wasn’t just some character off in the distance anymore. Cardan and Jude have a strange relationship, and it is fantastic. I love the tension built between them, and the misery and the longing and the anger. I have a lot of time for it. It is not the newest of all relationships ever written or anything, but I appreciate the way Black has built them. I am also quite taken with the concept of fairies not being able to lie, because it gives another dynamic to the games that they are playing with each other. 

The Wicked King certainly delivers the goods in terms of events and things happening, scheming, wheeling, and dealing. I do enjoy how that was all woven together, and things are certainly becoming more intense. There was so much cracking with the war brewing, so obviously I was sold. There is backstabbing and desperation, devious and calculating plans, mayhem, so yes. I liked the way the book was written, barrelling along and flowing and keeping you super hooked. There are characters you are never going to like, and others you do. Jude and Madoc also have a rather strained connection, and it is interesting to read about, with so much going on in it.

Also, the end of Chapter 15? Whoooooo *fans self*.

I wasn’t even finished with this when I pre-ordered the last book in the trilogy. January seems like it is forever and a day away! I say that these books are so worth the read!

9 thoughts on “Review: The Wicked King – Holly Black

  1. Argh I keep hearing so many good things about these books! I’m going to have to give them a read myself.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Do it! For glory! I really enjoyed them and they are super quick reads. I highly recommend it, and would love to hear your thoughts if you do read them 🙂


  2. I love that you are just as excited about this book as I am 😀

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    1. Zoë says:

      😂 oh yes! Like the first book was really good and all but this one? I need so much more, and I need it NOW!


  3. abbiosbiston says:

    I have fallen off a reading cliff. I have not read a single book this year and I am struggling to motivate myself when there is so much Netflix. This series sounds great though.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Oh no! I know how that happens though. One of these days the reading bug will reach out to you again 😬 This series was really good, well worth the read!


  4. Jade says:

    I quite like Holly Black’s writing, though I’ve only read The Curse Workers and her short stories so far. This one’s on my to-read list. (and I need to know what happens at the end of Chapter 15, haha!)

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    1. Zoë says:

      I started some of her other work after these – been hit and miss so far, but these were really good. I hope you enjoy them when you get to them 🙂 Ah yes, Chapter 15 🤭

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