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

The Wicked King

Title: The Wicked King (Folk of the Air, #2)
Author: Holly Black
Rating: ★★★★

The Cruel Prince: ★★★★
The Wicked King: ★★★★

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.

This was not a boring, fluffer second book!

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I love Jude! Although, I think she gives people the benefit of the doubt WAY too often. She is a realistic heroine and what is nice is that she does have flaws. Always looking to do the best for the ones she loves, she is selfless and clever in her actions. 

Dang, Cardan! Oh how much he grew in this novel. I’m destined to love him as a character knowing all of his flaws and treachery. Playing into the foolish king role, he took everyone for a spin. 

Like before, Taryn and Locke are annoying. Vivi, too (she is so immature).

I remember what it was to hate him with the whole of my heart, but I’ve remembered too late.

Everyone is really surprised by the ending, but I wasn’t. I’m not sure if that is good or bad. Human nature of the characters point directly to that, so I wasn’t really surprised by the action. I was, however, completely surprised by one of the betrayals. This is why you can’t trust anyone. 

Does anyone else get emotionally drained from all of the lies, deceit, and betrayals in this series?! Why can’t anything good just happen?! haha

This is how I imagine Holly Black being to everyone who read The Wicked King (queue Wicked Witch laugh):

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The Wicked King gives readers the debauchery and treachery similar to that of George R.R. Martin’s works. The character development is phenomenal. I am pleasantly surprised by this second novel not being a fluffer and actually having a plot line. The last third of the book is sure to give readers a ride and leave them wanting more.

What more destruction can Holly Black cause readers next?!

Book Reviews

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1) by Holly Black

The Cruel PrinceTitle: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)
Author: Holly Black
Rating: ★★★★

So, naturally, I hope to dislike the books that everyone else dotes on. However, this was not the case this time 😦 At the beginning, it slightly reminded me of the Wintersong series (which don’t seem like anything special to me and I kind of find annoying).

At a young age, Jude (our heroine), Taryn (her twin), and Vivi (her oldest sister) experience the death of their mother and Jude and Taryn’s father by none other than Vivi’s very own father (Madoc, who also happens to be the Fae general). Forced to live in Faerie, Jude and Taryn stick out like a sore thumb. 

What could I become if I stopped worrying about death, about pain, about anything?If I stopped trying to belong? Instead of being afraid, I could become something to fear.

Ten years later, Jude’s lifelong goal was to become a knight in the High Court. Cardan, the swoon-worthy youngest prince is wicked, yet charming…oh yeah, and likes to make Jude’s life hell. After constantly being bullied by Prince Cardan (who I believe happens to be our Cruel Prince) and his friends one too many times, she decides to stand up for herself. 

That’s what comes of hungering for something; you forget to check if it’s rotten before you gobble it down.

Probably what I like best about Jude is that she is not the typical heroine. We see her flaws upfront and she doesn’t try to be this perfect person. At the climax of the story, we see her willing to do anything to overthrow the crown.

But Jude has a secret that she must keep from all but the ones in on it. Will she betray the ones she loves? Will this new secret put not only herself in danger, but those she loves, as well? What is she willing to lose in order to stay true to her heart?

Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It’s disgusting, and I can’t stop.

Cardan is the typical bad boy, so it is no wonder that all of the girls swoon over him. But, somehow he also happens to be my favorite character. At the beginning of the story, we see this drunk, selfish guy who is set upon making everyone else’s lives miserable. However, as the story progresses, we see that every action Cardan performed was strictly to defend people he cared for. So, in fact, he is quite selfless.

Ahhh!! The feeling of this quote resides in me all too familiar. Ever get the feeling that you wish you never thought about one specific person ever again, but they seem to delve into every thought? So frustrating!

We don’t need to be good. But let’s try to be fair.

Betrayal, murder, and deceit are common themes in Faerie. By betraying people Jude has known most of her life, she is convinced that the future of Faerie can be made more “just” from its current state. Is she willing to compromise her morals for a better future?

I’m surprised by how much of a page-turner this novel was. I’m so excited for the next installment and what Black has in store for us next!

Who will be crowned king? Who is Taryn’s love? Who will be murdered on the rise to the crown? Is anyone safe?