[Book Review] The Wicked King by Holly Black


The enchanting and bloodthirsty sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel The Cruel Prince.

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 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.

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Published: Jan 2019
Length: 336
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback

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This book did not hit the mark for me. I feel like I needed more. I don’t really feel that most of the book moved the story on that much.

All the things I liked about Jude in the 1st book felt tired in this one… I would like to have seen more growth from her. I get that living in Faerie was scary but I got bored of her fear.

I really feel this story would haven benefited from being told in dual perspectives, so we got to hear Cardans thoughts and feelings. I feel like was missing half the story with him to the point where I felt totally disconnected.

The little twist at the end of the book was the only thing that saved this story and motivated me to read the 3rd book.

My Rating: 2/5 🌟🌟

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About the Author

Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over thirty fantasy novels for kids and teens. She has been a finalist for an Eisner Award and the Lodestar Award, and the recipient of the Mythopoeic Award, a Nebula, and a Newbery Honor. Her books have been translated into 32 languages worldwide and adapted for film. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret library.

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