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The Wicked King by Holly Black

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I really enjoyed The Cruel Prince when I read it in January. And I waited rather impatiently for a couple of weeks (I know, such a big problem) to get a copy of The Wicked King from my library. It finally came and I picked it up on Saturday and read most of it, then I finished reading it on Tuesday.


This book. This series. It will destroy you but in the very best way! When I finished the book, I just held it in my lap for a few minutes staring at it.  Do you know those books that make you fall in love with reading again? Well, this book did that for me. I loved (and hated) all of the characters and I was pulled in again and again by the story. This is one fantasy series that you don’t want to miss.


This next part does contain spoilers from The Cruel Prince, so if you haven’t read that yet, don’t read anymore! You can read my review about The Cruel Prince here.


We start off The Wicked King with Cardan on the throne as king but Jude is really in control. I really enjoyed watching their relationship throughout this book. In The Cruel Prince there is sooo much hate and then some love but still more hate. And in The Wicked King, I felt like they were still both as dark and evil (not really the right word, morally gray works better) but they are starting to understand each other more. Plus they are able to see how they can use each other more to get what they want.


I love their hate to love to hate to love to hate relationship that they have. It’s definitely not healthy, but it is addicting to read about. I cannot wait to see what happens in book three.


The Wicked King had a more interesting story than The Cruel Prince. We already know about Faerie and the rules and I felt like there wasn’t quite as much build up in The Wicked King simply because we already had the basics of the world, which meant we could jump right into the story. And there is so much happening, so many people plotting murder on other people and the politics of the kingdom are very interesting.

I was super surprised by the ending (and again, can it be 2020 yet so I can have book three in my hands?!) but I also thought that the ending was very true to Cardan’s character. I can’t wait to see what happens next.


If you’ve read either The Cruel Prince or The Wicked King let me know because I would love to chat about them. Now, excuse me while I run over to Amazon to order my own copies of these because I want them in my physical library!



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