31 December, 2019

[Review] The Wicked King by Holly Black

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Series or Stand Alone: The Folk of the Air #2
Release Date: 8 January, 2019
Publisher: Little, Brown Books/Hatchette Audio
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy and Science Fiction/Contemporary Fantasy/Romance/Mystery
ASIN/ISBN: 1549171313 / 9781681198590
Edition: Audiobook and Barnes and Noble Exclusive Edition Hardback (also available in Kindle and Paperback)
Rating: ★★★★
Review Written: 5 October, 2019
Warnings: Racism, Character Death, Magic, Manipulation
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 Wicked King is the second book in Holly Black's The Folk of the Air trilogy focusing on the Jude Duarte and her attempts to hold the throne of Faerie until her adoptive brother Oak is able to take the crown.

In this exciting second installment in the Folk of the Air series, Jude has managed to gain control of the crown, however she struggles with how to keep the power. As her foster father Madoc taught her, it is easier to gain power than it is to hold onto it. With Oak in the Mortal realm with Vivienne and Heather, Jude must tread a dangerous game between balancing the powers of the faerie realm and dealing with the consequences of betraying your own family. It doesn't help that Taryn is marrying Locke, the fae who played with both girls hearts and broke Jude's.

With Locke named the Master of Revels, Jude worries that she will be unable to hide her control over Cardan. Throughout the novel Jude struggles with who to trust and who she needs to keep in the dark. Through it all, Jude has to keep an eye on Vivienne and Oak, especially when they visit for Taryn's wedding.

Fans of Holly Black's first novel will be hard pressed to put this fantastic second novel of the Folk of the Air series down. I highly recommend both novels in this series and look forward to reading Queen of Nothing.

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