The Wicked King
(Folk of the Air #2)
by Holly Black
Summary: 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.
Source: I borrowed a kindle copy from my library
I enjoyed The Cruel Prince and decided to finally pick up the sequel. I knew from other reviews, especially around the release date, that it would end with a fairly unsatisfying cliffhanger. I thought the knowledge would prepare me for it so it wouldn’t be so crushing.
I found myself reading the book way too quickly, way too invested in what would happen, and was totally blindsided by some of the twists. And the cliffhanger at the end just made it all the worse because I momentarily forgot about it in all my rage, not paying attention to how many pages I had left. Curse you, Holly Black!
I really enjoyed The Wicked King and can’t wait to see what happens next. I love that the fate schemes are so front and center. Instead of another glamorous fairy story, we truly grasp the politics of fairy in a way that few other books really delve into.
My biggest issue with the story so far is that I feel like the whole thing could’ve been avoided had Jude just worked harder at manipulating her father, a more predictable person, than her high stakes attempts in the first and second book to manipulate Cardan, but we’ll see how it pans out.