Spoiler-free Review of THE WICKED KING by Holly Black

#MediaGalReads spoiler-free review of Holly Black’s THE WICKED KING.

In honor of the release of Holly Black’s THE WICKED KING, I have written reviews of the sequel of The Folk of the Air trilogy. This review DOES NOT CONTAIN SPOILERS.

If you would like to read the post of THE WICKED KING that contains spoiler, click here. To begin, here is the summary and the shortened review:

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.

Why I was interested: I had enjoyed THE CRUEL PRINCE and THE LOST SISTERS short story and wanted to read more of Jude, Cardan, their relationship with each other, and their relationship with Elfhame.

Judge a book by it’s cover: This cover I have is very pretty (but have you seen the B&N cover?? Just gorgeous.)

What to expect: The one thing I noticed personally is that TWK is a lot faster pace-wise than TCP almost to the point of comparing it to a film. It took me less than 24 hours to read TWK whereas TCP took me days. Without giving spoilers away, there is a lot going on — in a good way. And quickly we see that Jude almost seems overwhelmed as she tries to balance everything — but she is so calm about it you almost don’t realize how much she is balancing. And the tension! So much, so good. If you enjoyed any of Jude and Cardan’s relationship in TCP, then you will love TWK. And, like always, so many good quotes.

Why you should pick this book up: If you read TCP and are just mildly interested in what happens in TWK — pick it up. I enjoyed TCP, but I will admit I was not head over heels in love with it. I LOVED TWK (did not try to have the entire sentence in all-caps, but here we are).

Want more?: This is book two in a trilogy. There is a short story, THE LOST SISTERS available and takes place between TCP and TWK. It is from Taryn’s perspective, and I can’t help but wonder if there will be another between TWK and book 3 (you can look up book 3’s current title on Goodreads as it does give away a spoiler; also, the idea of a short story between books 2 and 3 is also a potential spoiler, but if you have read both books 1 and 2 and TLS, then you’ll understand my thinking).

Lastly if you are in need of a book to satisfy your TWK hangover, go over to Epic Reads for a post on books to read after reading this jaw-dropper.

Thanks for stopping by!

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