Book Review – The Wicked King by Holly Black

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Title: The Wicked King

Author: Holly black

Genre: Fantasy,  Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Publishing date: January 2019

Standalone or Series: Book 2 of the series Folk of the Air

You must be strong enough to strike and strike again without tiring. The first lesson is to make yourself strong.
Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to.
Once upon a time, there was a human girl stolen away by faeries, and because of that she swore to destroy them.

Review: The second book of the “Folk of the Air” series progresses with the story where the first ended. Since it is a series the review will contain spoilers for the first book. If you have not read the first book I recommend you to read the book 1 of the series “The Cruel Prince” first and then come back for the review. 

The power struggle increases for Jude in order to keep the power that she had acquired while trying to protect her family in the midst of chaos. 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. The romance between the two main characters develop from the first book. A few new characters are introduced and the old ones are elaborated further. Few more secrets to uncover and betrayals to handle. The book ends with yet another shocking twist and definitely what you would not expect. Definitely a cliff hanger at the end. If you have read book 1 then book 2 will not disappoint you. In fact it will intrigue you even further.

I finished this book in one day. I loved every moment of this journey. Definitely recommend it.

Rating: 4.5/5

Spoiler Review
After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie, Jude does everything in her power to keep her youger brother safe. With ability to command Cardan for a year and a day, and with the spy organization of the court of Shadows at her back, Jude Duarte is effectually the King of Faerie and the will of Elfame. Jude schemes and plots and tries to keep the realm under control and out of war untill she can bring Oak from the mortal world and make him the King.
Since Cardan was tricked into becoming the king of Faery against his will, he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine Jude even as his fascination with her remains undiminished. We find Cardon just doing what he does being a lazy, drunk and spoiled king. Though he later comes in terms with his responsibilities when Jude gets taken away by the Queen of the Undersea. Which again gives a twist of the circumstances and reader cannot predict how they will unfold in the end. Though there is undeniable attraction between Jude and Cardon, you cannot put their relationship in an exact category of love or lust or hate. There are reasons they do the things that they do. The relationship between Jude and her surrogate father Madoc is also entwined with distrust and lies and yet loving somehow.

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