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

by Samy
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The Wicked King is the second book in the Folk of the Air trilogy by Holly Black, continuing the story of Jude as she navigates the treacherous world of Faerie. The series starts with The Cruel Prince as the first book and The Queen of Nothing as the third and last book.

The Wicked King Book Review

As I enjoyed the first book, I also chose the second. It was a fun read, and I’m glad I enjoyed it.
The book picks up where The Cruel Prince left off, with Jude facing new challenges and dangers as she tries to maintain her grip on power in the Faerie court. The plot continues to be filled with political intrigue, deception, and power struggles, which entertained me.

Jude’s development as a cunning and ruthless strategist takes center stage. The dynamics between Jude and Cardan, the faerie prince, continue to evolve and add depth to the story, with their complicated relationship serving as a driving force in the plot.
I like a lot about how the relationship between them grows. It kept me waiting for romance, and I got it here. Well, enough for my inner fangirl to cheer them up for more.
Although, at some point, I’d even call Jude more wicked than Cardan.

The world-building is expanded upon, with more insights into the Faerie realm, its customs, and its inhabitants. Holly Black’s vivid and enchanting writing style brings the world to life.

The story’s pacing is well-balanced, with a mix of action, suspense, and political maneuverings that keep the story engaging. The book is filled with twists and turns, surprises, and betrayals to guess and become eager to turn the pages as it goes on.
There’s quite a lot happening, but at least it’s not overwhelming here. It doesn’t get boring, either.
As it’s quite dangerous for humans, she must make her schemes to survive and thrive in it.

Final Thoughts

The Wicked King is a thrilling and captivating read that delivers on the promise of its predecessor. If you liked “The Cruel King”, I believe you also like this one or even more, especially if you enjoy fantasy stories with intricate politics, complex characters, and a touch of romance. Although, if the first book had “a touch of romance” in it, the second one gets a bit closer to being spicy.

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Have you read the The Folk Of The Air trilogy? Or even The Wicked King? What do you think about it? Let me know in the comments below!

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