I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2) by Holly Black
Series: The Folk of the Air #2
Also in this series: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)
on January 8, 2019
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Urban Fantasy, YA, Young Adult, Supernatural, Siblings, Paranormal, Fantasy & Magic, Fiction
Format: Audio ARC, Digital Audio
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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.
Yeah … saw that coming, kinda. But kinda not too. I love being surprised. Also, I would be TERRIBLE at living with the folk. So many tricks, I would end up a slave for sure.
So, you know things are going to be bad for a character when they try and out-maneuver a master manipulator … and you would not be wrong thinking that, going into The Wicked King.
Getting power is one thing, keeping it, however, is entirely something else. Jude basically pulled one over on EVERYONE in Cruel Prince, and I think she might regret some of her life choices by the end of this book.
Speaking of the end … others have said it ends in a cliffhanger, but I would say both it does and it doesn’t? There is a pretty big event at the end, but at least Ms. Black doesn’t leave any of the characters literally on a cliff, just maybe not knowing what to do next or how to fix things. I won’t say who and I won’t say what, because OBVIOUSLY SPOILER, but it was a good “gotcha” moment. I enjoy those.
A quick note on the “romance” – I don’t think I want Jude and Cardan to end up together in the end? It is a relationship built on manipulation and lies, and I am tired of unhealthy romance being promoted. You can’t “fix” someone else, they have to fix themselves, and honestly both Cardan and Jude need someone a bit more stable than they are. BUT that doesn’t mean that I can’t be convinced otherwise, and Ms. Black is just the person that could convince me. 🙂