The Wicked King (Folk of the Air Series #2)

The Wicked King (Folk of the Air Series #2)

by Holly Black


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ISBN-13: 9780316310352
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Series: Folk of the Air Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,349
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels, including Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale and the #1 New York Times bestselling 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 house with a secret library.

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The Wicked King (B&N Exclusive) (Folk of the Air Series #2) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
courtofbingereading 11 days ago
Fellow book lovers, I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book. My mind is still reeling, days later, from just how phenomenal it was. Holly Black has truly outdone herself. This is easily one of the best, if not the best, books I have read in 2018. I’m going to be honest with you, I wasn’t a fan of The Cruel Prince. In fact, I only rated it 3 stars when I read it this past January. I didn’t feel that the book had lived up to the hype that surrounded it when it was published. However, now I’m planning on doing a reread because I can’t comprehend how I didn’t enjoy The Cruel Prince when I absolutely devoured The Wicked King. That being said, if you were like me and didn’t much enjoy The Cruel Prince, I strongly recommend that you give this series another chance. I don’t think you will regret it. Where to begin? Holly Black has mastered the craft of storytelling; she has written a riveting book full of magic, mischief, and deceit. In this story, you witness how the smallest taste of power can change people. You also get to see the lengths people will go in their thirst for power. The Wicked King picks up 5 months after The Cruel Prince ended. Cardan is on the throne while Jude pulls the strings from behind the scenes. Madoc and Jude are not on speaking terms, Taryn is planning to marry Locke, and Oak is hiding in the human world with Vivi. Despite all that, things are going well enough for Jude--except that she knows her time controlling Cardan dwindles every single day. Needless to say, Jude is preoccupied with trying to find a way to convince Cardan to swear another promise to her. Until a new threat appears: Queen Orlagh, Queen of the Undersea and Nicasia’s mother, is thinking of breaking the treaty she has with the fae on land. “Fighting was chess, anticipating the move of one’s opponent and countering it before one got hit.” Like it’s predecessor, The Wicked King is full of twists and turns. You never know who you can trust just as you never know when you are being manipulated. My advice for reading this book is for you to trust no one. Every single character in this book is capable of betrayal if given the proper motive….And I love it. I loved psychoanalyzing every character’s move as I tried to decipher whether or not they could be trusted. Holly Black does a tremendous job in writing a perfectly well-paced novel. There were zero dull moments; I was never bored with this story. In fact, I couldn’t read this book fast enough. I snuck away to Elfhame every possible chance I could. Let’s talk about my two favorite people, Cardan and Jude, for a minute. I SHIP THEM SO HARD, GUYS. AH. Their sexual tension is so palpable I could feel it through my kindle...yeah, it’s that intense. I cannot wait for The Queen of Nothing so I can read more about these two characters. Lastly, can we talk about that cruel cliffhanger? (No pun intended :P) I know everyone is talking about how evil Holly Black is for ending the book there, but I honestly don’t think this book could have ended another way. No other ending would have been nearly as satisfying or enthralling. Holly Black is truly a genius. I stan my queen.
gaele 2 days ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 5 Narration 5 Story 5 First – if you haven’t read The Cruel Prince stop right now – go grab it and read / listen to it first. You’ll be hopelessly lost and really won’t enjoy this second book that picks right up where the first left off and drags us deeper into the political and personal quagmire that is facing Jude than ever you could imagine. And yes, that is not a suggestion. Then – clear your schedule. Because once you grab onto this series, full of very “non-Tinkerbell” fairies and decidedly un-Disney like treachery, you’ll just have to keep reading – putting it down for petty moments like food, sleep and work are far too big an ask. So – are you ready? OK – let’s go. Jude’s deal with Cardan – the ‘acting’ Prince more inclined to commit himself to laying about and finding others to do ‘the hard stuff’, but entirely willing to reap the benefits and keep his one secret close to his heart, fueling his miserable behavior. Yep, he’s acting out and all in his feelings, but unwilling to risk much should that fear he holds close actually be true. And, finding that Jude was far more willing, capable and able (not to mention disposable) of managing the politics, backstabbing and delicate diplomatic responses so often required of a leader, all which equate to work, and lots of it – he’s perfectly willing to allow her to step up. Jude is one of those characters that you have to admire and even love, for her complexities, her inability to truly share with anyone, and her cleverness (and some luck) are wonderful qualities, and the fact that she does all that she can, determined to make things work and only being closest to her ‘true self’ with Cardan, and is functioning fueled by anger at her situation, fear of the dangers and not a tiny amount of desperation as she is determined to prove herself capable and competent, even as she’s working her way to the top despite her early captive beginnings. Even pairig with Cardan is a dangerous business, one that she doesn’t back down from – OR pull her punches – if she sees something disagreeable and has another path – she’s not above pushing for her own solutions – but always aware of the fact that everything for both could come crashing down should any see that they are not always of one accord. Yes, there are more revelations and moments here to answer questions from the first, but solid character building, a development of the relationship (working and not) between Jude and Cardan, lots of surprises and a cliffhanger that makes the need for the third book a persistent NEED, the story is immersive and wholly engaging in many surprising ways. Narration is again provided by Caitlin Kelly and she’s added some flair to Cardan and a bit of steely determination to Jude that allows their still-developing characters to feel as if they are growing and changing through each new challenge, success and failure. Keeping a sense of the tension, mystery and emotions clear for both auditory and visceral impressions, the moments that at first feel ‘common’ are often revealed as more important to the overall with a slight change in tone, emphasis or pauses. A wonderful performance that allows the words to clearly present, while building impressions and allowing reader’s imagination and the author’s words to take flight. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are
Anonymous 6 days ago
The first of the series was okay for me because I really hated the first part of the book. It was slow, the characters were awful, and I didn't like Jude. But this book started off strong and it was crazy from start to finish. I was so happy toward the ending and literally three pages to the end shattered my dreams. I loved all the twists, spies, and subplots. I cannot wait to see how it all ends. P.S. I know why he did it, but it still hurts They'll bounce back though....
Anonymous 12 hours ago
But it needed to be longer! I finished it in less than 24 hours!
Anonymous 23 hours ago
Love this series. I love the forced hatred between the heroine and her 'puppet king' it is just melting....
Mel-Loves-Books 1 days ago
“It occurs to me that maybe desire isn’t something overindulging helps. Maybe it is not unlike mithridatism; maybe I took a killing dose when I should have been poisoning myself slowly, one kiss at a time.” I finished The Wicked King a few hours ago. I keep staring at the wall and reliving it all in my head. Half mad and half just impressed at what Holly Black was able to do to my brain with this book. This series is just such a fantastic ride from one page to the next. Sometimes you hate them all, but you still love them. And lets be real, not many authors are capable of that. I adored The Cruel Prince, but The Wicked King blew me away. This is a definite 5 star read. I would give it a million hearts too, but i think all of my hearts have officially exploded.
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WhiskersandInk 2 days ago
If this book tore you up, you’re not alone. But despite all of the twists, I can’t honestly say I was too surprised by the ending. Because Holly Black has more than shown us that this series isn’t a story of love, it’s a story about power and what humans will do to get it. This fact is even more obvious when you consider the nuances of Cardan and Jude’s messed up romance. Their romance isn’t about acceptance, friendship, trust, or anything remotely related to what a healthy relationship looks like. Their tryst is a game of tug and war, an endless juggle of playing tricks and trying to gain power over the other. While it can be titillating to read , relationships like these can be hard to unpack. I would be honestly very curious to know if Holly Black knowingly created an unhealthy romance in an effort to send a message to her readers. Or, if she simply wanted to create drama and intrigue. Either way, we won’t know the message until we see how Cardan and Jude’s story ends. In this installment, we begin to see the effects being power-hungry and human have on Jude. Her web of tricks and lies begin to become tangled, and she finds it hard to keep things straight. While her story is far from over, it’s obvious that Jude is going to have to fight even harder to take her new place among the Folk. She certainly becomes stronger in The Wicked King, but now we know it’s still not enough. The only questions that remain are, what lengths will Jude go to to get what she wants? And what will she lose in order to get it? We’ll find out in The Queen of Nothing, projected for January 2020.
Anonymous 2 days ago
This 2nd book doesn't have anything on the first book and after waiting a year that is really disappointing. Look-it isn't bad-but it does not have the same charm as the first. The first half of the book is boring and easy to walk away from. When you finally do get involved and the story gets good, well then it's over. I will call it like it is-this is just the cushion/fluff book to get us to last book and spend some more money. The reason it even gets 3 stars is because the last half and end of the book is good and leaves me wanting more. For the most part-I wished I'd saved my money and waited to get it from the library or a friend-it's not like we don't have another year probably. This book is not a $12.99 book in any format. It is not a some life changing novel written by a world famous author and I'm a bit embarrassed I spent that kind of money on a mediocre book, but oh well. I will read the third because frankly, the ending is good and leaves you no choice but to have to know.
Anonymous 2 days ago
This book is an amazing followup to The Cruel Prince. I highly recommend reading this and soon! Don't read it too fast though because now I have to wait until 2020 :) Happy Reading.
Anonymous 3 days ago
God this book is amazing and definitely a can't put down kind of book from page one but that ending omg how I crave for Jude and Cardan to be together and my heart got ripped out and I need more answers so sad to have to wait a year to read the third book of this series but it is going to be a must buy!
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Anonymous 4 days ago
I want more. D:
Anonymous 5 days ago
I can’t wait for the next one.
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Anonymous 6 days ago
I read this in a day. I could not put it down!
Anonymous 6 days ago
Would recommend.
Anonymous 8 days ago
Very cleverly written!
Anonymous 9 days ago
I don't even have words other than the ending left me in tears...many tears... Black did an immpecable job and her writing is flawless. A must read.
Anonymous 9 days ago
Thanks for making me fall in love and then making me hate him!! Ughhhh I should have know with the title of the book.
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Anonymous 9 days ago
I get sucked into Holly Black’s stories. I can’t wait for the next chapter.
Anonymous 10 days ago
It was pretty disappointing to find out I spent $13 on only 265 pages. But it was a really good read for what it was.