Rating – 3.75 out of 5
The Wicked King by Holly Black is the follow up to The Cruel Prince we have been waiting for. The book picks up a few months after the action of The Cruel Prince and things in Faerie are not all that they seem. Jude Duarte, seneschal to the High King, holds all of the power in their relationship but still has to play the games of the faerie court. With the Queen of the Sea growing as a threat and Jude’s own family working against her she must find a way to continue the balance of the deal she struck and keep control of faerie.
“Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to.”
― Holly Black, The Wicked King
Why I liked The Wicked King by Holly Black
I liked The Wicked King. What I appreciate about Black’s writing is that she is able to go deeper into Jude’s story without sacrificing the quality of the world she is building around Jude. The book was focused on Jude, but the world around her is brutal and conniving. Just like you would expect a faerie world to be. Black lives up to her genre’s brutality more than other authors in the genre.
The book was a shorter novel than I expected after reading The Cruel Prince. While it contained a full story within itself, it felt like a shorter one than the previous book. The action of the novel was important and worth a whole book, but it definitely felt at the end that the main action of the series might come more into focus with the next novel. That being said, the ending was devilish and wholly unexpected. I thoroughly enjoyed it and cannot wait to read the next book in the series, The Queen of Nothing, coming out November 19th, 2019.
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