The Wicked King

The Wicked King

Book - 2019
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As seneschal to High King Cardan, Jude must fight to keep control of the Faerie throne while her younger brother, Oak, enjoys the childhood she never knew.
Publisher: New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316310352
Branch Call Number: TEEN BLA
Characteristics: 326 pages : map


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I...I don't even know where to begin. This was absolute classic Holly Black and I mean that in the most heart-wrenching, gasp-worthy way possible. I feel like I just ripped out my own heart for fun.

The Wicked King picks up five months after The Cruel Prince, with Jude as the High King Cardan's seneschal, pulling Cardan's strings and running the Faerie world. I thought we might get some Undersea action with the cover details and the art inside the book, and boy, I wasn't disappointed; I was so excited to see the mer-Folk (mer-fae?) in their element, and my god, I loved that we finally got to see Orlagh and Nicasia and their underwater world. Even if the reason that we got to see it was less than wonderful.

I found it so easy to step back into the world of Elfhame. The way that Holly launches us right into Jude's world, how she can never rest because of the vicious cycle she's thrust herself into, was so viscerally real to me. I felt anxious for her, and with her, and because of how TCP went, all I did through the whole book was look at everyone suspiciously. Are you going to betray Jude? How about you? No? Are you sure? Cause I'm not. I loved second-guessing what was going on. And when the twist came, I still somehow didn't see it coming. Cardan is still wonderfully cruel, beautifully unpredictable and stunningly wicked.

I adore him. And I adore Jude.

But the ending. My god. HOW DO WE WAIT A YEAR? My girl has been left in an utterly devastating situation and I am not okay.

As an endnote, I just have to say that I just love how Holly writes. The first person present-tense perspective makes me feel like I'm inside Jude's head and it puts me so close to her that I just feel so ultra-protective of her that I want to climb inside the pages and hiss at anyone who comes too close, Cardan included. The way she writes is accessible and grounded while also being beautiful and ethereal to match the world she's created, and I'm always in awe of how she can make me feel so many things for these characters.

I'm going to be honest, I don't understand the Jude/Cardan thing. They just don't seem like a match to me! So far, I just feel okay about this series, though I'm often left wondering about Jude's motivations. I will say I do like the way the world is constructed because it's easy to slip into and Black's descriptions are gorgeous. But I just can't connect to any of the characters.

Feb 25, 2020

I'm always a little apprehensive when it comes to sequels because I'm always nervous that they won't live up to the first book. I can tell you right now that is not the case with The Wicked King! This book was amazing, and I could not put it down. Holly Black's writing is so effortless, and it is so easy to get lost in the world she's built.

I thought this book was absolutely amazing, and every twist and turn was so unexpected! I loved diving deeper into this world, and seeing how Jude dealt with all of the consequences of her actions in The Cruel Prince. If there's one thing I've learned it's that Holly Black is the queen of great endings! As soon as I finished this book, I ran out and picked up a copy of The Queen of Nothing because I needed to know what happened ASAP. If you're a fan of the fantasy genre and haven't read this series, please pick it up. You won't regret it!!

Jan 19, 2020

I could not put this book down!!! 5/5 All the way!

This book did not disappoint, I remember thinking the Cruel Prince was not as good as everyone kept telling me it was and I was a bit disappointed in it. Its the reason it took me so long to read this book but WOW was I not disappointed here!!!

Jude is smart, fierce and manipulative and it is fantastic to read. Cardan is self distructive, sweet and shockingly calculating, his character development is impressive and well done.

I am sure we can all admit that Taryn is horrible and despicable. I really just hate her, she is the worst twin anyone could have and Jude deserves better.

Madoc is a weird soft spot for me. I liked him in the Cruel Prince and I still like him in this book too. He's an interesting character and for all his power play I feel like there might be more to him than what we are shown.

I could keep going on about different characters but I will leave it at that for now. I loved the different character arcs. I thought it was exicuted very well and I am very excited to start Queen of Nothing. Do not, not give this book a chance because you were not overly thrilled with the Cruel Prince. You will miss an excellent story if you do.

Jan 09, 2020


Dec 30, 2019

Book #2

Dec 22, 2019

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lgmosher Nov 16, 2019

Here we go FREAKING again.

Holly Black either give up or please for everyones sanity take a creative writing class.

Again, what was the plot of the book? I said it with the first one and I will say it with the second.
"If the reader has no idea what the goal is, the whole reason that the main character is out to do and achieve things, the.... PLOT then it just simply isn't worth reading."

How is it that all of a sudden Jude knows what the heck she's doing like she's some freaking mastermind. It's absolutely pathetic and having to read it and having Jude and the other characters actually believe her when there was no context and evidence to that point was painful to read and once again... PATHETIC.

She refuses to develop her characters. Here we are again in the second book and we still don't have a layout to any of the characters. Sure why wouldn't it be Jude's character to put on a bright pink frilly dress and heels, or all black combat boots and a baseball bat... well we simply don't know because Ms. Black can't do one major thing that is crucial to every writer, and that is to develop characters.

Again I say, this read was pointless and had zero substance. Congratulations Holly Black your have disappointed me to my very core. I was giving it another chance, because she could have went MILES with this but due to poor writing and a lack to improve she let her readers down with mediocre work.

Thankfully I rented this book for the library and I didn't waste my money on it, because that would have been money flushed down the toilet.

Sep 15, 2019

Very disappointing and boring. The first book was much better. Not one of the characters in this book were interesting, least of all Jude. All she did was mope and make one bad decision after another which was frustrating to read. I would have liked to have seen parts written from Cardans point of view. It needed so much more of him! Unfortunately the book only got interesting in the last few chapters.

Sep 10, 2019

This was among the most awaited books of 2019 for me and I must say that it delivers and it delivers like the best dream from which I never want to wake up and even after waking up which I didn't want to, I am still in trance and still thinking and trying to live through that same dream and reverie and never wake up. Yep, this was a very delicious read. I say delicious because if I could taste it which i almost could, it would taste delicious.

What a comeback! I didn't think it would be this good but it was and I honestly can't wait to read the next one. The plot thickens and everyone is plotting against everyone. The story has become even more dark and dangerous and the stakes have become higher for everyone really. Jude is trying to stay on top of everything along with finding a way to keep Cardan on the throne for longer without sacrificing much. She wants to keep Oak safe and in trying to do that she makes even more enemies and finds out some of the traitors.

Cardan is just playing the puppet as Jude is the one making the decisions and I loved him even more in this book and all that tension between him and Jude was just amazing. The way his character unfolds in this book, I can honestly say that I did not see that coming at all. I loved it loved it loved it.

The Bomb was another favorite of mine. She was just great and the way she did things, I wanted more of her.

Vivi had become a bit more annoying in this book but I liked her nonetheless.

Then there was Taryn whom I liked even less than the last book and I didn't think it was possible. I don't understand how can she expect Jude to talk to her after doing what she did to her own sister. And I am even more mad at Jude for that because why would she want to talk to Taryn even after knowing what Taryn did to her. I don't have a sister may be that's why I don't understand.

Madoc was still very dangerous in this and now he knows more secrets about Jude and it is going to be even more interesting to see how all that plays out in the next one.

There wasn't much of Oak in this but he's been the same cute boy who had my heart in the previous book. I just love him.

I absolutely recommend this series to all the fantasy lovers out there even if they don't like the Faerie world. May be give this a go and you never know, you must start loving this world.

5 stars

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Apr 04, 2019

"Your ridiculous family might be surprised to find that not everything is solved by murder,” Locke calls after me.

“We would be surprised to find that,” I call back."

Apr 04, 2019

"The folk doubtlessly learned this lesson long ago. They do not need to deceive humans. Humans will deceive themselves."

Apr 04, 2019

"The three of you have one solution to every problem. Murder. No key fits every lock.” Cardan gives us all a stern look, holding up a long-fingered hand with my stolen ruby ring still on one finger. “Someone tries to betray the High King, murder. Someone gives you a harsh look, murder. Someone disrespects you, murder. Someone ruins your laundry, murder."

Feb 14, 2019

“Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to.”
- Madoc

PimaLib_ChristineR Jan 25, 2019

"That's the problem with a puppet government: It's not going to run itself. Adrenaline may turn out not to be a replacement for experience."

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