I’m back with another book review! This time I will be talking about ‘The Wicked King’ by Holly Black! I read The Cruel Prince last summer and became completely obsessed! I absolutely love Jude and how Holly Black write about Faeries! And when I heard that she was putting out a sequel I couldn’t have been more excited!
I finally got my hands on a copy of The Wicked King back in February and eventually got round to reading it last week!
Anyway, here is my review on ‘The Wicked King’ by Holly Black!
After learning 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. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undiminished. Someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves. Now she must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan, in order to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.
The continuation from ‘The Cruel Prince’ was very well done, there is a chapter in the beginning that helps refresh your memory about what happened and who these characters are, which I really liked because I usually struggle to remember if there’s a really long time between books!
Jude Duarte is one of my all time favourite characters, she is so strong and clever and literally sacrifices so much to protect her brother. Being Human in a Fae world, Jude has to work twice as hard to make sure that she stays ahead of everyone, which includes protecting herself from any of the Fae influences! She is such a strong character, and although there are elements of romance in this book, it never overshadows her control and power.
One of the things I like most about Holly Blacks ‘Elfhame’ is that although it is a Faery land, it is still on Earth, just of the coast of a real place in America, it’s just protected with magic! This means that all the characters have to do to get into the ‘real world’ is get in a boat! I also like how there are items from the real world bright into the story, like certain foods and items of clothing! It makes the Fae world almost more relatable, or at least easier to imagine it’s real!
Without giving to much away, I swear the ending of this book nearly gave me whiplash it turned so fast and I did not see it coming! So much happened in the last chapter or so and I am anxiously awaiting the release ‘The Queen of Nothing’!
I always find Holly Black’s books so easy to read, because to me they are just so enjoyable! The way they are written makes the story flow so smoothly and she manages to make you like characters that are kind of assholes (*cough* Cardan *cough*).
I liked everything about this book, and I can’t find a single negative thing to say. I love all the characters, I love the story, the twists, the surprise betrayals, the setting and mostly, my girl Jude!
‘The Wicked King’ is definitely a book I would recommend, especially if you have read the first book, ‘The Cruel Prince’! If you haven’t read that, I recommend you read that first and the come back to The Wicked King! I rate this book 5/5 stars!
See you next post!