The Wicked King ,Holly Black Review

If you didn’t get how much I love this book from my post, The Cruel Prince Review, you certainly will after The Wicked King review. Let me just start off by saying that Holly Black delivered on keeping me at the edge of my seat. Sometimes when you read a sequel to a book you love, it just falls short of your expectations, but The Wicked King was far from that!

This book left me speechless, I love how Holly Black continues to develop these amazing characters, and yet still throw in a few “bet you didn’t see that coming…” with the story line. I’m going to give you my full review of this book below! If you have yet to read the Cruel Prince, I HIGHLY suggest checking out that book before going ANY further here! (Just being honest)

The Wicked King – Holly Black: A Review


“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.” – Good Reads

The Good

Storyline: Holly Black did a great job on keeping the storyline going; when at the end of the book of The Cruel Prince I was honestly scared I was going to lose some of the background stuff going on behind the scenes, in this second book. She preludes to some potential allies behind the scenes that you may or may not have sensed from the first book. BUT she delivers in the second, she answered all my questions from the first, and yet still has me asking soooo many more by the end. The storyline kept me on the edge of my set, hanging on for dear life cause I HAD to know what happened next. I love that in a good book, its my favorite.

Character Development: Both Jude and Cardan are, as it should be still developing in the story as the main characters. However, it was great to see the development of some of the other minor characters such as Balekin, Nicasia, Taryn, The Roach and The Bomb, as just a few examples. All these characters have peaked my interests in The Cruel Prince, and it was great getting to know the real them in this book. I can’t wait to see what she does with it!

The Not So Good

As I said in the Cruel Prince review, there wasn’t anything negative I had about this book for the most part.

With that being said, while I did get a little more out of Taryn in this book, I am really hoping that her half Elf sister , Vivienne, will really come through for Jude in The Queen of Nothing. It would be amazing if all three sisters rose up and succeeded above what everyone thought they were, mortal scum, if you will.


This book did leave me hanging.. AGAIN… but that’s okay cause at least I know there is another book coming out way!

Overall this book was an overall great read to continue the story of Cardan and Jude. If you are looking for a new series to start, this would be the one!

I haven’t found a series like this, with attention to detail, Faeries, and this good of a story line all in one, EVER. Some would even say I’m obsessed with the Folk of the Air series. Which is okay with me!

“I remember what it was to hate him with the whole of my heart, but I’ve remembered too late.” —The Wicked King

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