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

26032887The Wicked King by Holly Black

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: January 9th, 2019
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Faeries, Scheming, Political Intrigue, Romance, Family Relationships


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.


Looks like you’ve got some real competition, Sarah J. Maas. If you want to stay in the lead, I would up my game if I were you.

Holly Black sure has.

The stakes are higher. The game deadlier. The enemies hungrier. Jude fiercer. She was once deeply betrayed, but instead of destroying her, her past has sculpted her into a new, improved girl.

A lethal one.

If you thought you knew everything, saw everything and heard everything about the Faerie world, you are about to have the time of your life. Because it doesn’t matter how immune you are to faeries, Holly Black will find a way to break through that barrier and intoxicate you.

I feel manipulated. And what do you say to someone who toyed with you, making you feel as though you knew what was going on and could spot future schemes, when in fact, no matter what, you were always two steps behind?

What do you say to someone who takes pleasure in your shocked gasps, flushed cheeks, dizzy limbs and heart pain?

Damn you, Holly Black. I freaking love you.


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