December 20, 2019

#BookReview: The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by @HollyBlack


Synopsis:  This exclusive edition contains deleted scenes sure to delight fans and give them a special peek into the world of Faerie!

The enchanting and bloodthirsty sequel to the New York Timesbestselling 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.
 


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Biography


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. 

Rating: ★★★★★
My Review: This was one great story.  I will say that the first part of it was kind of on the slower side but I kept going and was rewarded with this killer second part.  I wished that this one would have either been sped up just a little or reworked.  I am really not sure.  It just slightly suffered from that book two syndrome.  But the second half of the story totally made up for it and that ending I about died!!!!  This one picks up a few months after the events of the first and man o man I don't know how book three is going to end but I am ready!! 








Praise for The Wicked King:

"A stunning and compelling sequel."―--SLJ, Starred Review

The Wicked King has satisfying twists and turns, sizzling passions, brutal violence, spies and revels of all sorts--no one brings the intricate courtly politics of Faerie to life quite as well, or with as much intelligence, as Holly Black.


Shelf Awareness, starred review

*"A heady blend of courtly double-crossing, Faerie lore, and toxic attraction swirls together in the sequel to THE CRUEL PRINCE...Black's writing is both contemporary and classic; her world is, at this point, intensely well-realized, so that some plot twists seem almost inevitable." 
Kirkus, Starred Review

*"A rare second volume that surpasses the first, with, happily, more intrigue and passion still to come."―Booklist, Starred Review

*"[A] dangerous journey filled with mystery, betrayal, intrigue, and romance....Larger-than-life action in a kingdom packed with self-centered, evil, and manipulating characters also doles out real life issues."―VOYA, Starred Review

"The plot itself twists, turns, and dovetails perfectly with the assured character development; in this way, Black proves herself a master storyteller writing in the tradition of Megan Whalen Turner."―Horn Book

"An epic saga of palace intrigue and deception."―Entertainment Weekly

"Holly Black is a mistress of well-paced fantasy..."―Austin-American Statesman

"The Wicked King is so fast-paced and intense, you won't be able to put it down."―The Missourian

Praise for The Cruel Prince:

"Lush, dangerous, a dark jewel of a book. Black's world is intoxicating, imbued with a relentless sense of peril that kept me riveted through every chapter of Jude's journey. And Jude! She is a heroine to love--brave but pragmatic, utterly human. This delicious story will seduce you and leave you desperate for just one more page."―Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom









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