Book Review: The Wicked King


I just got my copy of Queen of Nothing and I'm so excited to finally share with you my review of The Wicked King. I think I read it faster than The Cruel Prince because I was already so hyped for the sequel and needed more of Jude and Cardan.


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 Wicked King pulled heartstrings with every page turn. I was glad I didn't get to wait long between The Cruel Price and WK because Jude and Cardan ditched classes and went straight for the court.

I truly enjoyed the display of Jude's leadership and the slow-burn tension of her relationship with Cardan.

The instability created by the transition of the throne made the kingdom of Elfhane vulnerable to a move from the queen of the sea. Even Nicassia made her own moves.

Jude was as clever as always, and she did suffer some paranoia because she could barely trust the people that surrounded her. After all, Nicassia did mention she had been already betrayed by someone, and that made me paranoid trying to figure out who. The reveal was a bit unexpected.

I personally think Holly Black's books are super short, but all those pages have some kind of action that does provide an overload of emotions.

I feel like I got to know Cardan more, especially since he is shown in a different light than in CP. I had mixed emotions about Madoc and Taryn. Still, I couldn't stand Locke at all.

Now, that ending I didn't see coming. It gave me a glimpse of CP Cardan and broke my heart completely, which is why I can't wait to read Queen of Nothing.

My rating:

Here is all the info for The Wicked King:

Reading Challenge No.: 28/45

Author: Holly Black

Publication Date: January 8, 2019

Format: Print/Ebook

Length: 322

POV: 1st Person, through Jude's POV.

Genre: #YoungAdult #Contemporary #Fiction #Fantasy #Fairies

Series or Standalone? Series: The Folk of the Air #2

First Sentence:

"Jude lifted the heavy practice sword, moving into the first stance–readiness."

Favorite Character: Candan!

Add it to your Goodreads, here.

Thank you so much for reading my review. I was planning to publish this last Thursday because I wanted to get caught up with my reviews, but I needed a little break with all the stress I had last week. Still pending review for There's Someone Inside Your House, Serpent & Dove, and American Royals.

Currently reading Cardcaptor Sakura and Shadow & Bone.

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If you've read the Folk of the Air, let's chat! I love this series so much I would love to hear you thoughts.

Love, Lourdes

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