Wicked King by Holly Black

Overall: 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Steam: 🔥 1/5 – not explicit
Feels: 🤨🔱😖💪🗡👑💔

Tear jerker: No
Paranormal/Fantasy: Yes
Location: Faerie
Character age range: teens
Lead: Jude Duarte
Love interest(s): Cardan
HEA: No – cliffhanger

Kindle Unlimited: No
Audible: Yes, read by Caitlin Kelly
Series: Yes – The Folk of the Air Series
1. Cruel Prince – released 01/02/18
1.5. The Lost Sisters – released 10/02/18
2. The Wicked King – released 01/08/19
3. The Queen of Nothing – releases 2020

~QD 🔥~
Sex/kink type: alludes to coupling but not explicit
Possible triggers: Violence, murder, discrimination based on species, torture, betrayal

The Quick and Dirty: Cardan is on the throne, and Jude is in the background as his senechal, pulling the strings. Cardan’s brother wants him off the throne and makes a deal with someone very powerful to attempt to take the crown for himself. Betrayals abound in this book and while Jude is clever, she doesn’t see the biggest one coming. The one that very well could change her life forever. 

The betrayal and angst was real in this one. It legitimately took my two days to come to terms with the ending…  And while I kind of hate Cardan, I think I hate myself more for wanting him and Jude to work things out. That’s bad, right? I mean, I want him to grovel and pay for what he’s done but I also love them together. I also need to know what happens with Nicasia. I want to see her crash and burn (hopefully).

I’m reading out of order but I’m off to read The Lost Sisters which gives some insight into Taryn’s story. Check back for that review soon!


The enchanting and bloodthirsty sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel The Cruel Prince.

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.




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.