Review: ‘The Wicked King’ By Holly Black

‘The Wicked King’

By Holly Black

Book #2 in the Folk of the Air Series

Publisher:Source Books Fire
Date: 2018
Pages: 322
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 6 
Purchase Locations: Amazon & Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

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.

In ‘The Wicked King’ we are following on the events from ‘The Cruel Prince’. Jude is now working to keep the power she gained. It has been a while since I read ‘The Cruel Prince’ so I was a little fuzzy on the details when I read it.

I found the beginning of the book a bit slow. I was struggling a little bit to stay engaged. I wanted to see where the story was going because I had heard from other reviews that it does pick up in pace later in the book. It is definitely the case! By the last 50 pages, I honestly could not put it down!

We are really delving into politics and deceit of the Fae world and although I found it difficult to read at the start, having all of the back story when it came time for the end of the book I felt like I really had a grasp on things to understand the magnitude of it all.

Overall I would recommend this book if you enjoyed ‘The Cruel Prince’. Its definitely a good series and one I am looking forward to continuing.

Plot: 6/10
Ease of reading: 6/10
Character Development: 7/10
World Building: 6/10
Quality of Writing: 7/10
Overall Rating:  3.5/5

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