The Wicked King by Holly Black

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Folk of Air Book 2

Summary via Amazon:

The enchanting and bloodthirsty sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel The 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.

Beautiful book cover, vivid world-building, enthralling characters! I can’t get this book and The Cruel Prince out of my head. I’m tempted to re-read them, but I should probably wait until the next book is close to being published before I do that. I’m not sure how I’ll manage until then!

Another twisting end I didn’t see coming. Just when I think something good will happen, or at least something good will come from Cardan and Jude’s relationship, they rip my heart out and crush it. I just… There are no words, to be honest. I’ve been blown away by ever turn of Holly Black’s books, and I’m sure I’ll love the next one just as much.

I especially enjoyed the chance to dive into the mermaid world in this book. All the faerie-like creatures are harsh, and I love that Black uses fairy lore, sticking true to trickster character nature of them.

I bought this book for my own enjoyment.