Review – The Wicked King by Holly Black

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May 23, 2019 by ceresbooksworld


The Wicked King by Holly Black

Book 2 in The folk of the air series

Publisher : Little, Brown Books

Publication date : January 8th, 2019

Source : Hardcover

Rating : Evil Love




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.


This book is absolutely brilliant, the rhythm is slow enough at first to leave time to remember to all the characters.

Jude is a character I particularly like, she is strong and independent, she knows how to manage the Fairies, Cardan, her adoptive father and her sister. I am quite impressed by her diverse talents and frankly I am afraid for her.

Cardan, on the other hand, inspires me with a lot of feelings, I really appreciate him, I find him a very interesting character, he is tortured but at the same time he invests a little and it makes me happy.

The relationship between Cardan and Jude is becoming much more complex, and I was totally on my ass at the end. Frankly, my first reaction was Why, but when I think about it I still have hope.

I recently discovered that the release of the third volume had been brought forward and I have been happy ever since. I’m really looking forward to finding out if Jude is going to be fine, what’s going to happen to Cardan and how things are going to end for everyone.

Holly Black managed to train me even more in this story, the first volume was great but this one is still a level above. I look forward to November.

Quik word: A second book even more brilliant than the first.


Ce livre est absolument génialissime, le rythme est assez lent au début pour laisser le temps à nous souvenir pour revenir.

Jude est un personnage que j’aime tout particulièrement, elle est forte et indépendante, elle sait gérer les Fées, Cardan, son père adoptif et sa sœur. Je suis assez impressionnée par ses divers talents et franchement j’ai peur pour elle.

Cardan quant à lui, m’inspire beaucoup de sentiments, je l’apprécie beaucoup, je trouve que c’est un personnage très intéressant, il est torturé mais en même temps il s’investit un peu et ça me fait plaisir.

La relation entre Cardan et Jude se complexifie beaucoup, et j’ai été totalement sur le cul à la fin. Franchement, ma première réaction était Pourquoi mais en réfléchissant j’ai encore espoir.

J’ai découvert récemment que la sortie du troisième tome avait été avancée et je ne suis que joie depuis. J’ai vraiment hâte de découvrir comment Jude va s’en sortir, ce qu’il va arriver à Cardan et comment les choses font se finir pour tout le monde.

Holly Black a réussi à m’entrainer encore plus dans cette histoire, le premier tome était génial mais celui-ci est encore un niveau au-dessus. J’ai hâte d’être en novembre.

En bref : Un deuxième tome encore plus brillant que le premier.

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 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.


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