The Wicked King by Holly Black | Review

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Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: January 8th, 2019

Dates Read: December 11th, 2018 – December 12th, 2018

Trigger Warnings: abuse, betrayal, murder, torture, sexual assault

Pages: 336

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: Fantasy, young adult

Goodreads blurb:

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


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The Cruel Prince | Review

I think most people’s anticipated read of 2019 is The Wicked King by Holly Black. The Cruel Prince was raved about, as it should be, and the ending was something that left us all on the edge of our seats. Morally grey characters that don’t make good choices are basically all up the Book Communities alley. The series basically took off and almost everyone and their dog was reading The Wicked King ARC’s throughout the year. I was going absolutely wild. All I wanted to do was to find out what happened next to Jude and her family. When I got my hands on an eARC I was stunned. I don’t think I even read anything for a few days while I tried to process it.

I was a bit nervous that nothing would happen in The Wicked King. That it would be stagnant book while Jude tried to deal with the role she had bestowed upon herself. That was not the case. There was so bloody much happening. The Undersea played a large role throughout this book and, like in the previous book, Jude makes decisions that leave her being manipulated by Faeries. There is heavy scenes with torture involving starvation which is absolutely heartbreaking to read. However, we do get a shit tonne of Jude and Carden interactions – which I think we are all lowkey trash for, right? The circumstances in which their relationship (used loosely and just as a way to show that they interact, not romantically) develops throughout this book are interesting to say the least. I have no doubts my fellow Carden and Jude fans (do they have a ship name?) will fall in love with this book as much as they did The Cruel Prince.

This whole plot is political. I’m not someone who really enjoys books with political storylines. I don’t understand politics in my own world, let alone a fantasy one. However, I was completely enchanted by what was happening through The Wicked King. Despite the fact I am not educated in anyway on political moves I found this book incredibly easy to follow and understand the motives of the characters.

Honestly, there isn’t a lot I can say about The Wicked King by Holly Black without spoiling The Cruel Prince or The Wicked King – which is not my goal. I want y’all to go in not knowing what to expect and be as equally blown away as I have been for both these books. Holly Black has managed to create an incredible series that has almost everyone sitting on the edge of their seat. This book has an incredibly strong sense of fury that I completely related to. Jude is a character that I can definitely get excited to see develop further in later books. I hope y’all choose to pick this series up, you won’t regret it.

Happy reading everyone!

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