(EN) Review: Holly Black – The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2)

Posted maart 28, 2019 by Laurie in English, Recensies, Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

After reading The Cruel Prince for the first time, I really didn’t like it. However, everyone was raging about The Wicked King, so I decided to reread The Cruel Prince. This time around I liked it and immediately bought The Wicked King. I finally read this highly anticipated sequel and I totally understand this high anticipation.

(EN) Review: Holly Black – The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2)The Wicked King by Holly Black
Pages: 322
on January 8, 2019
ISBN: 0316310352
Also by this author: The Cruel Prince, The Lost Sisters, The Queen of Nothing
Also in this series: The Cruel Prince, The Lost Sisters, The Queen of Nothing

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself that strong.

Jude 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 biddable. 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 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.


Because of all the hype and high ratings, my expectations for The Wicked King were high. Many people told me that this book would read faster than The Cruel Prince since this book was more fast-paced. Furthermore, this book deals with more twists and turns than the previous book. Yes, they were right.


The Wicked King picks up five months after the events of The Cruel Prince. Oak and Vivi are in the mortal world, Taryn is engaged to Locke and Jude is governing alongside Cardan. However, Jude her time is running out and she needs to try and bind Cardan to her a little longer. Nevertheless do they surface threats, from both outside and within. Who is responsible for this and does Jude succeed in stopping them? Well, that’s the question.

At first, it was really easy to get back into the story. There was nothing I forgot and I wasn’t confused one bit. Furthermore, the pacing was much better than in The Cruel Prince, thankfully. Moreover, someone betrayed Jude, but who? I had a lot of people to suspect, but I never suspected this one. Wow, what a twist.

The story in The Wicked King picks up even more speed at the 50% mark and so much became clear and happened. It was hard to keep up sometimes. I can’t tell you too much about this book because this is a hard one to review without giving too much away. But this one has an ENDING guys, oh my gosh. You see, I can’t put this book into a consistent book review which even makes sense because this is so good and worth all the 5 stars. This is not your standard young adult fantasy, because it doesn’t follow the patterns. The main character, Jude, never has it easy and there is no love triangle. This series is all about mistrust, betrayal and navigating around that.

Have you read both The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King and are you able to relate to this review?

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