Title: The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2)
Author: Holly Black
Release Date: January 8, 2019
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Page Number: 322
You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.
The first lesson is to make yourself that strong.
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 would be difficult enough if Cardan were biddable. 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 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.
4 out of 5 stars
That plot twist at the end.
I’m usually really freaking good at predicting the way that books will go, but I did not see that one coming. Looking back at it, I probably should have, but omg.
The Wicked King follows Jude, a mortal girl living in Faerie, who just so happens to have control over the new king of faerie, Cardan. Jude kind of hates Cardan, but also has a major crush on him, but won’t let him know that (keep this in mind… it comes in handy later on). Jude has to deal with being a mortal girl in this mystical and magical land of cunning faeries who just want to destroy literally everything. And oh yeah, Jude almost gets killed by someone she thought she could trust, her sisters seem a little sketchy, and her father is now on the opposite side as her.
This book was a whirlwind.
THE ENDING. Honestly, I’m just so impressed with Holly Black because that plot twist ending was so freaking good. I really enjoy the characters throughout this book and I like how Jude develops, especially from the first book.
I did get a little confused with all the different names because it doesn’t make a ton of sense to me to have characters named that have nothing to do with the story or plot line whatsoever. Why name the sister to the cousin of the random knight? okay maybe not that extreme, but kinda.
Cardan. Cunning little evil, but is he evil, but is he good mr. faerie boy who just so happens to be the king… his character kinda confused me, but I didn’t hate it. I think it made some of the scenes more intense and impactful that I wasn’t super convinced by him or his motives. I loved his relationship with Jude around the middle of the book. When they knew they liked each other, but didn’t want to fully admit it, yeah that was pretty cute. Then it got irritating, a little cute again, and then the ending made me do a double take.
Jude is kind of irritating as a main character because they’re so much inner dialogue that never really gets acted upon, but she was still fun to read from because she had lots of different ways of going about situations. Pretty cool gal. She needs to take some time to do yoga or something to chill the frick out about her Cardan/senachal position, but other than that she was cool.
I’m really excited to read the final book in the series to see how everything plays out! I think the ending will be really epic and probably consist of a few great plot twists. But as per usual, Holly Black is the QUEEN of the faerie books.