Title: The Wicked King
Author: Holly Black
Page Count: 336 pages
Genre: Fantasy // Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Little, Brown
Release Date: January 8, 2019
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
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.
It hurts me to say this but The Wicked King was just okay for me. *gasp* How could I even say that out loud? I am a huge fan of Holly Black’s but sometimes there’s books that just don’t jive with you personally and for me that was The Wicked King. It was a matter of taste in themes really.
If you’re a fan of court intrigue and plotting you’ll enjoy this one! For me it missed the mark because of that.
I seem to be growing tired of the “tricks” and the bullying that keep circling Jude. There was a random reference to cat milk and I found that piece of information so bizarre… not sure what her point was there. And I definitely can’t get behind the ship in this book so we’ve got a bit of a 3 star for me. I’m looking forward to the last one because I’d like to see how it all ties together in the end and I do care for Jude so let’s hope she gets somewhat of a happy ending.
**Thanks HBG Canada for sending me a copy of the ARC in exchange for an honest review.**