The Wicked King (B&N Exclusive) (Folk of the Air Series #2)

The Wicked King (B&N Exclusive) (Folk of the Air Series #2)

by Holly Black

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ISBN-13: 9780316487139
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Series: Folk of the Air Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 101
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(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. 35 reviews.
courtofbingereading 4 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 17 hours ago
engaging+and+entertaining+
Anonymous 2 days ago
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Anonymous 5 days ago
A+lot+can+happen+in+a+year+and+a+day.
Anonymous 16 days ago
Great plot, great character development, well written. I did not want to put this book down!
PerfectlyTolerable 18 days ago
I really loved this book. Its dark and twisted and yet somehow super real, despite being set in faerie. In The Cruel Prince we got to see very little of Cardan’s true personality, but what we did see was intriguing. It left us wanting more. The Wicked King gave us more, but I wouldn’t exactly say it came through with answers. I feel like there is still so much we don’t know about Cardan! The book is written from Jude’s point of view and Cardan is incredibly biased toward her, so we only see the facade he puts on. I really want to know what he is thinking and how he truly feels. On the other hand we know everything Jude is thinking. I love her and her schemes and calculations. She is a brilliant strategist, yet she is still human and sometimes her human emotions interfere. And not just where Cardan is concerned – she also lets her love for Taryn and Madoc cloud her judgement. I am super curious to see what she does in the next book! There were a couple of scenes were Jude got “swoony” over Cardan, and those were super annoying. She can still fall in love with him without all the breathlessness and fluttery stomach and all the overused teenage love tropes. Nothing else in this book falls into your standard love story. If you follow my blog semi-regularly you might have noticed that I absolutely HATE cliffhangers. They are one of my biggest pet-peeves, and most of the time I think it indicates poor writing on the author’s part. But, somehow, the cliffhangers in The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King didn’t bother me so much. They drove me crazy and pissed me off, but they didn’t make me hate the books. I can’t explain it, and its probably hypocritical, but it is what it is. As far as I can tell, no one saw the twist coming at the end of The Cruel Prince. Personally, I was completely caught off guard! So, while reading the Wicked King, I was ready for another big twist, and I was determined to figure out what it was. I caught a bunch of little foreshadowing hints throughout the book and I was so proud of my self! I thought I had figured it out. But then, because Holly Black is an evil genius, it turned out I had only figured out a very tiny piece of the twist. I was still completely blind sided by the ending. Holly Black totally let us think we had figured it out, in order to misdirect us, and it was brilliant. I was super naive and should have known that there was a bigger twist. I let myself get lulled into a sense of security and hopeful excitement, then Holly Black ripped my heart out. This being the second book should have been clue enough, but somehow I still let myself hope. As much as I am looking forward to The Queen of Nothing, I am also a little scared. I don’t know if I can handle it. I need closure! I want a happy ending wrapped up in a shiny red bow!
Anonymous 24 days ago
Loved it!
Anonymous 25 days ago
FierceFemaleReads 28 days ago
I just finished the last page of The Wicked King and I'm still reeling! The storyline is fantastic, I love Jude, the book is sprinkled with so many imaginative details, and I was thrown by several of the twists. The story picks up five months after the end of Cruel Prince (some very minor spoilers ahead!) and continues to follow from the perspective of Jude. She is now the right-hand woman to the High King of Elfhame - a very reluctant king, that is. She and her Court of Shadows run the kingdom in all but name, trying to prepare for every possible situation. As we learned from Cruel Prince, it is dangerous for a mortal is live amongst the Folk. Rather than leave like her older sister, Jude goes to extreme means to make sure she is not left vulnerable. Jude works tirelessly to not just live in Elfhame but to outwit the Folk themselves, which is how she ends up running a kingdom while Cardan lounges in debauchery. I found this motivator to be a compelling twist to Jude's personality and complicated the storyline. She does not wish for power for its own sake, but because it becomes the armor that protects Jude's mortal mind and body. It does not, however, protect her heart. Against her better judgment, she continues to lose it to a character who I cannot decide if I love, hate, pity, or a mixture of the three! The political climate of Elfhame grows increasingly tremulous as vying factions begin to make their moves against the young king. Wishes, tricks, and bargains become increasingly complicated until the characters (and the reader) do not know whom to trust. One final bit of scheming leads to an upheaval in the kingdom's power structure and to an ending that left me breathless. And I enjoyed every minute of it!
Some_Reading_Required 3 months ago
*4.5 stars* Holy sh*t! And I thought The Cruel Prince ripped me apart. Although The Wicked King started out a bit slow, once it hit its stride, I couldn’t stop reading. I frequently checked which page I was on, because the story was so juicy, and I was dreading the inevitable last page. The year wait for The Wicked King was hard, the year wait for The Queen of Nothing, is going to be utterly agonizing. "Are you afraid? Good. You’re in the great game now. And the great game’s terrifying." – Tyrion Lannister This series is like a slightly tamer, fae-filled version of Game of Thrones. There’s so many individuals vying for the Elfhame throne in The Wicked King, and Jude’s got her work cut out for her. Even though Cardan is compelled to do whatever Jude says, he still finds ways to make things more difficult for her. Of course, she also exerts a lot of energy into trying not to like him, which is just ridiculous. It’s okay Jude – we all love Cardan! Jude is also still working through her feelings for Taryn who betrayed her, and Locke, who played her. In The Cruel Prince, Jude always seemed to figure “it” out and come out on top. In The Wicked King she gets knocked down quite a few times. Cardan is a character whose POV I would love to get some day. Maybe a 2.5 novella? Pretty please Holly?!! His character was fleshed out a lot more in The Wicked King, and he played a big role in the jaw-dropping cliffhanger at the end. He was totally the book’s MVP. I need book three so bad!! The Wicked King’s cliffhanger was even more cruel than book one’s, and I’m really looking forward to the people who wronged Jude (some more than once) to get what’s coming to them in book three. Jude is definitely not going to be in a great place when book three picks up, but that only means she’s got higher to rise and more epic challenges and battles to conquer.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Amazing n greatly written you don’t know who to think of as the villian! You love to hate them all, they all seem to show the good and bad side of us all n I loved it! Now when’s book 3 going to be out?!?
Anonymous 3 months ago
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Anonymous 3 months ago
I+really+liked+this+book%2C+but+it+was+too+short.++For+a+year%27s+worth+I+was+expecting+more+answers%2C+but+you+are+only+left+with+more+questions.+++The++characters+are+still+uncertain.+++One+can+never+be+sure+where+they+stand.+
Anonymous 3 months ago
But it needed to be longer! I finished it in less than 24 hours!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Love this series. I love the forced hatred between the heroine and her 'puppet king' it is just melting....
Mel-Loves-Books 3 months 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.
Anonymous 3 months ago
WhiskersandInk 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 months 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!
Anonymous 3 months ago
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Anonymous 3 months ago
I want more. D: