The Wicked King by Holly BlackThe Wicked King by Holly Black

The Wicked King

byHolly Black

Hardcover | January 8, 2019

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The enchanting and bloodthirsty sequel to theNew York Timesbestselling novelThe Cruel Prince.
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.
Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels, includingTithe: A Modern Faerie Taleand the #1New York Timesbestselling Spiderwick series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and the Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a ho...
Title:The Wicked KingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.35 × 6.4 × 1.35 inPublished:January 8, 2019Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316310352

ISBN - 13:9780316310352


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good! This has probably been the fastest I've ever read through a book. Ever. Wow, that was pretty good. There is character development in the book, especially in Jude. We can clearly see how different she was from when she was first introduced in the Cruel Prince. The plot is very twisting, I can't seem to predict much of what's about to happen, which was nice. My only complaint would be that it's too short :(
Date published: 2019-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wicked Ending I have been attempting to write my review for The Wicked King for the last WEEK (well, in the middle of other work) trying to capture my shock, amazement, heart-break and overall awe of this series, and I have been failing spectacularly. There is a very fine line between SCREAMING ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT I LOVED AND LEFT ME SHOCKED in The Wicked King and spoiling the book for people who haven’t read it yet, while also capturing how ESSENTIAL it is for everyone to read this series and well, my review just doesn’t do it justice. Let’s try anyway: THINGS I LOVED IN THE WICKED KING: 1. JUDE AND CARDAN (AND JUDE AND CARDAN TOGETHER): I don’t disagree that Jude and Cardan’s relationship in The Cruel Prince was a little problematic, but their dynamic changes in The Wicked King, especially in the second half of the book and I WAS LIVING FOR IT. I especially loved the power Cardan wielded in respect to the land of Faerie and his schemes and kisses were all so deliciously written. 2. ALL THE SCHEMING: Madoc, Jude, Cardan, Nicasia, the queen of the Undersea, Balekin, Taryn and Locke were just some of the schemers in this crazy world, grabbing for power at every chance they got which led to some very interesting twists and shocking moments, all under Faeris glamour and I loved it. 3. THE COVER: The designer in me is absolutely itching to say it because I LOVED The Wicked King cover best of all in the series. With the Queen of Nothing cover, however, I’m not so sure. I feel like it’s not the best it could be. 4. THE ENDING: NO SPOILERS BUT I might have been screaming. I also might have been desperately turning pages, hoping there was more, but I had no such luck. Let’s just say that YOU WILL NOT SEE THE ENDING COMING AND YOU WILL LOVE IT AND IT WILL BREAK YOU. Would I recommend this book? YES. YES. YES. YES. Go dive in now. The Folk of the Air series has been nothing short of spectacular so far.
Date published: 2019-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing sequel! This was such a great sequel. The characters are so incredible and well developed and the world is such a fantastic place. These are characters aren’t likeable by any means but that’s what is so great about them. Cannot wait to see how this trilogy will conclude.
Date published: 2019-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but overhyped in my opinion This series is so popular! I like it but it doesn't make me crazy
Date published: 2019-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! This book was so enjoyable! So many twists and turns, it really keeps you on the edge of your seat. As well, the tension between Jude and Cardan is unparalleled. A perfect sequel to The Cruel Prince. Now we patiently wait for the next novel.
Date published: 2019-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from That's How We Start a Great Year! OMG that ending!! Holly Black you have done it again and have left me speechless! The Wicked King was jaw-dropping and is the perfect sequel to The Folk of the Air series. If you love to read about faeries this is the series you need to pick up immediately because it is bloodthirsty. It makes you wish you had the third book. I'm still in shock after finishing it! A big thank you to HBGCanada for providing me an ARC of this book! It was my most anticipated books of 2019 and it did not disappoint. The Wicked King starts off a little after the first book after that crazy ending after Jude takes charge of the secret of who Oak really is the true heir of Faerie, so she sent him to the human world while Cardan seats on the throne. There are so many alliances that are starting to shift as well as the politics in the court that Jude is controlling. I did enjoy seeing more of the world that has been created and the events that are starting to conspire. You will be enthralled with the plot, characters and seeing how it affects the Elfhame. The sequel had lots going on especially the tension between Jude and Cardan. You will not be able to put this book down! Cardan has to be one of my favourite characters. While he is cruel, you can see that he does show more emotion in this book than the first book. When you get to a certain chapters you will swoon for him. But at the same will be shocked by that ending. Jude has grown a lot in this book as she navigates the political scene, complicated relationship, and family. If you haven't read The Cruel Prince you definitely need to pick it up immediately! I think I loved this one better so far. Wishing for The Exiled Queen to come out!
Date published: 2019-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark, enthralling and overall amazing. This book is soo good, dark, full of scheming and magic and of course betrayal. The ending of this book is really what made this book so good, left me breathless when I finished it!
Date published: 2019-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Faerie Fantasy The Cruel Prince is my favourite YA Fantasy novel by far, and I highly anticipated the Wicked King, which did not disappoint. I would say that the book was filled with unanticipated betrayals, deception, and twists that were unpredicatable. And Cardan's character development was very enjoyable to read, especially near the end.
Date published: 2019-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from WHAT JUST HAPPENED I read this book in a few hours. Not even kidding. I couldn't put it down. Four stars because it was a little shorter than I was expecting, and the ending killed me. I was left in a ball on my bedroom floor after reading the last chapter. Holly Black reeeaaaaly loves to end her books in a cruel, cruel way. If you read the first one, buy this.
Date published: 2019-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection Don't mind me. I'm just going to lie here and pretend like this book didn't just kill me. And it isn't even actually out yet. I was greedy and goofed big time, and 2020 seems like forever away. Holly Black doesn't mess around in this sequel. If The Cruel Prince was intense and full of politics and drama and backstabbing, then The Wicked King is ten levels up from that. The dynamic between Jude and Cardan are SO good, and after rereading Shadow and Bone, I would even compare their relationship to that of Alina and the Darkling. They all have immense power but are constantly battling and struggling to maintain it. Not to mention the sexual tension woooooow. Holly and Leigh are trying to kill me. But yes. This book is so damn twisty and turny. So many plot twists I never saw coming and I'm just completely in awe about how this book left me. It's a whole new ballgame and the finale is looking to be super unpredictable.
Date published: 2018-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Trust no one. Everyone is scheming and scheming and scheming. In a surprising turn of events, I enjoyed this a lot more than expected. Jude tries and sometimes succeeds in her nefarious plans. But also, the fae are much more advanced and cunning when it comes to backstabbing secrets. YOI Easter egg is life.
Date published: 2018-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark YA Fantasy Thank you to Edelweiss for furnishing me with an e-arc of The Wicked King for review. All opinions are my own. The Wicked King picks up 5 months after the events of The Cruel Prince, and Jude is running herself ragged as Cardan's Seneschal. She has increased her strategic planning skills and is constantly conscious of the scheming of the Fae that surround her. This book is a fun ride, and I would recommend it to teens that enjoy fantasy and adults who are looking for a dark YA story that doesn't require too much of them. I have many issues with this series - I hate Jude and I can't understand what drives her, I feel the side characters are incredibly undeveloped, I wish we had POV chapters from Taryn and Cardan, and I don't think any plot twist has surprised me to this point. That said, none of those points have dampened my enjoyment of the series. I read this book in an afternoon and then immediately re-read The Cruel Prince. I would, without question, read whatever is written so far in the third installment and be delighted by the opportunity. I'm sure I'll re-read The Wicked King in it's finished form once it is released in January, but in the meantime - the long wait for book 3 begins.
Date published: 2018-10-16

Editorial Reviews

"This is a heady blend of Faerie lore, high fantasy, and high school drama, dripping with description that brings the dangerous but tempting world of Faerie to life. Black is building a complex mythology; now is a great time to tune in."-Kirkus Reviews