Review: The Wicked King by Holly Black (The Folk in the Air #2)

So, in case you need the link to my review of the first book in this series: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. *shoo hand gesture* Go read it to refresh your memory. Maybe give it a little like-sy too?? *wink*

The Wicked King by Holly Black

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Goodreads Synopsis:

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-d
ropping 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.


Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to.


5 out of 5 stars

I read an ebook from my local library through the Libby app …..and waited for 6 months for that loan to come in! *eyebrows raised with wide eyes*


Possible triggers: murder, abuse, and cruelty.

So, I devoured this book. *shakes with excitement*

It was amazingly good. It left me bursting and wanting to YELL IN ALL CAPS! My excitement over this book prompted friends to join me in the read and it was glorious to enjoy the energy we shared over it.

The story was a little bit of a slow build again, but I have to hand it to Black for how easy it was for me to jump right back into the story, even though it had been well over a year since I had read The Cruel Prince. *tips hat* That’s a marker for a great writer. And Holly Black is definitely a great writer. I’ve read several of her books now and have enjoyed each of them – to varying levels, sure – but I would recommend them to anyone who enjoys faeries stories and magic.

Holly Black’s writing is the kind that is easy to read, the kind that doesn’t feel like reading. And now that I’ve read a few of her books now, I can see that your best bet in understanding these faerie worlds is reading some of the early works and then moving to current. Which is a little tedious if you ask me, but the stories she tells are worth it! *thoughtful head nods*

I continue to be impressed with her characters and even more so that my favorite character in this series is actually The Cruel Prince himself, Cardan. *gasp* I know! But now you need to read it to find out why. *wink* You might disagree with me, but that’s the beauty of discussing books; multiple perspectives give you new insights to the whole story.

The plot did not disappoint. As I mentioned, it was a touch of a slow build, but nothing like that of the first book. I thoroughly enjoyed the surprises that Black had in store for us and I felt that the ending was very fitting. Shocking and aggravating, sure. But so on point with the whole story told thus far. I loved it and I loved the effects it caused in me in terms of what I wanted to see from the story and it’s characters.

Basically, I say read it. *whispers* But you should have already figured that out from 5 star rating. *smug look*

Until next time, …oh wait, that’s following right. now. The very next post!

-R


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