TITLE: The Wicked King

AUTHOR: Holly Black

Rating: ★★★★

PAGES: 336

PUBLISHER: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers


GENRE(S): Fantasy

The publisher kindly provided me with a digital copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

The Wicked King by Holly Black - The Contented ReaderYou 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.



Last year, my cousin Maddie (who posts amazing book reviews over at Munch Reviews) and I totally bonded over our love of reading.  I can’t even explain how many shared texts we had over new books and our thoughts. She read The Cruel Prince and quickly shared it with me to read. Both of us were a little conflicted over the read, but we also strangely enjoyed it.

After reading The Cruel PrinceI was certainly intrigued enough to continue the series. And, I’m happy to say that I did enjoy this book more than the first. That being said, I don’t think it’s as hyped of a book for me as it is for everyone else.

I’m still not a huge fan of Jude. I just find her to be a bit annoying. It’s almost as though she can be very selfish, even though she’s convinced she’s doing things for her family. I did however, grow to enjoy Cardan more in this book. But boy, the Fey in this book are certainly wicked!!

Similar to The Cruel Prince, I found parts of this book to be slow. Especially the first half of the book. There’s a lot of politics in this book, which does make it a bit slow. It totally makes sense, and adds to the plot of the story. There’s a lot of plotting, discussing, executing and definitely a lot of charm. But, I’m not really the biggest fan of politics or intrigue and so I found it a bit boring for me.

But once I got to the half way point, things started picking up and let me tell you, it is GOOD. I read the last half of the book so fast and just totally want more. There’s betrayals and plot twists. There’s romance and promises. It leaves you flipping each page, desperate to find out more information.

It’s funny how this is exactly how I felt with the first book. Holly Black knows how to build suspense in her reader and leave them with cliffhangers – and ultimately, wanting more.

Do I love The Folk of the Air series as much as everyone else? Definitely not. However, I certainly enjoyed this book more than the first. I’m intrigued enough to pick up the third book to see how everything concludes. But, how do I wait a year for the next one?!

There is only now. There is only tomorrow and tonight and now and soon and never.

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About The Author

Holly Black Author Photo - The Contented ReaderHolly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest, and her new series which begins with The Cruel Prince in January 2018.

She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.

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Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

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