Monday, March 25, 2019

Book Review: The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black

The Wicked King
The Folk of the Air #2

Holly Black

January 8, 2019

Little Brown 


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Book Synopsis:

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.

The Folk of the Air Series:
My Review

My Review

My Thoughts:

Ok, Ms. Black, you have killed me with that ending!!!  When, oh when do I get to read the next book?  I don't think I can wait another year.  You are most definitely a queen of surprises.  This series just keeps getting better!  

I love Jude!  She has a warrior's spirit.  No matter how difficult, painful or challenging things get, she rises to the occasion.  She is so smart and an excellent strategist.  I enjoyed being inside her head, seeing how she would get out of dangerous situations and complex conundrums.  It was awesome watching her outwit, outsmart, and outmaneuver her enemies.  

I also love how Cardin is so much more than he appears or let's others see.  He plays the lazy, overindulgent king so well, and yet he is witty and a master at plotting and planning as well.  The absolute best thing about this book though is that Jude and Cardin have met their match in one another.  They challenge each other, and make such a great team; if only they could trust in each other, and not get in their own way.

The Wicked King had more danger, deceit, manipulation, magic, action, strategy, and romance then it's predecessor, and I loved every moment of it!  What an adventure!  I feel like I was part of all the highs and lows that Jude experienced in Faerieland!  Boy, am I exhausted!  

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About the Author:

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.


  1. I love Holly Black, Lindy, but I haven't started this series yet. I'm really happy to see you loved it, though :)
    Great review!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

  2. Looks like the ante was upped for this latest. Sooo hard when you have to wait for the next installment after a real shocker. I will get to this series eventually.

    1. Yes, the ante was upped all right! Thanks for stopping by Sophia :)

  3. I really need to try this author! I am loving your reviews of the series.

  4. I Loved this one so much too! I thought the stakes were higher and it made me nervous the whole time

    1. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading! Especially by the second half of the story!

  5. It is hard waiting for the next book in a series, especially when the ending of the last book left you speechless. I have heard about this series, but never had a chance to get to it. Hope to one day.

    1. It's a really great series! Thanks for stopping by Nadene :)


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