The Wicked King: The Folk of the Air #2 by Holly Black – Publication: January 8th, 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers – young adult fantasy
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.
About the author: 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), The Darkest Part of the Forest, and her new series which begins with The Cruel Prince in January 2018. She has been 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.
My review: The second book in the highly anticipated The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black is titled The Wicked King. A young adult fantasy novel that is sure to captivate, intrigue and intoxicate you with a world unlike any other. If you enjoyed reading the first book, The Cruel Prince then you are sure to love The Wicked King. A story that is easy to get lost in, complex mythology, and a list of characters unlike any other. This fast-paced read is one that you will not want to put down. The Wicked King picks up five months after the events of the last book. So if you have not read The Cruel Prince, you could feel a little lost with the characters and their backstories. The Cruel Prince sets up the foundation for the series and the characters. I highly recommend The Wicked King and cannot wait to read the next book in The Folk of the Air series. ** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. This post contains affiliate links, and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.**