Review: The Wicked King by Holly Black

So, unpopular opinion here, but I didn’t really like the Cruel Prince. I read it, and it was fine, but I didn’t think it was the world changing book that so many people said it was… and honestly that made me think that maybe there was something wrong with me or maybe I read the book too fast and didn’t catch everything I should have (spoiler alert- neither of those things were the case, I was just really meh about the Cruel Prince). I decided that I had to read the Wicked King though, if only to make sure that I wasn’t crazy and these books were just being overhyped. WELL, the Wicked King completely blew all of my expectations out of the water- it was AMAZING!

The Wicked King 5/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

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 first 30/40 pages of the Wicked King were… hard. I was really close to calling it a fail and stopping, but after feeling that way about the Cruel Prince and still being able to finish the book, I had to finish the second one! I am so glad I actually continued with the book and finished it, because it ended up being so much better than I expected. Jude seemed so much more human than she was in the Cruel Prince. Cardan was much more of an anti-hero and someone who I loved and I hated so much. Taryn and Locke were terrible and I hate them and Madoc was always scheming (as usual). There was so much more intrigue in this book and I loved that. The twist at the end seemed to come completely out of left field (in the best way possible) and it made me so much more excited about the next book!

Have y’all read the Wicked King yet? What were your thoughts??? 

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