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An intoxicating and bloodthirsty sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Cruel Prince., nominated for the CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019.
'Holly Black is the Faerie Queen' - Victoria Aveyard
I have heard that for mortals, the feeling of falling in love is very like the feeling of fear.
Jude has tricked Cardan onto the throne, binding him to her for a year and a day. But the new High King does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undimmed. Meanwhile, a traitor in the court is scheming against her. Jude must fight for her life and the lives of those she loves, all while battling her own complicated feelings for Cardan. Now a year and a day seems like no time at all . . .
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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
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
The Wicked King is so fast-paced and intense, you won't be able to put it down.--The Missourian
* [S]pellbinding.... Breathtaking set pieces, fully developed supporting characters, and a beguiling, tough-as-nails heroine enhance an intricate, intelligent plot that crescendos to a jaw-dropping third-act twist.--Publishers Weekly, starred review
* Another fantastic, deeply engaging, and all-consuming work from Black that belongs on all YA shelves.--School Library Journal, starred review
* Jude, who struggles with a world she both loves and hates and would rather be powerful and safe than good, is a compelling narrator. Whatever a reader is looking for--heart-in-throat action, deadly romance, double-crossing, moral complexity--this is one heck of a ride.--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
*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
An epic saga of palace intrigue and deception.--Entertainment Weekly
Holly Black is a mistress of well-paced fantasy...--Austin-American Statesman
I require book two immediately. Holly is the Faerie Queen.--Victoria Aveyard, #1 bestselling author of The Red Queen series
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
This is a heady blend of Faerie lore, high fantasy, and high school drama, dripping with description that brings the dangerous but tempting world of Faerie to life. Black is building a complex mythology; now is a great time to tune in.--Kirkus Reviews
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- ASIN : B07BB2GVJX
- Publisher : Hot Key Books (8 January 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 5087 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 337 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,128 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Also, how long until it occurs to Jude that she is only exiled until the crown pardons her and that, as queen, she IS the crown?
Electric chemistry, twists and turns, betrayals around every corner. I couldn't put this one down.
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This time around, everything I enjoyed before was present and correct and perhaps improved. The characterisations, world-building and unpredictable plot only deepened. But with Cardan as king and Jude as his nominal advisor and actual power behind the throne, the stakes felt higher and everything felt a bit more mature than when they were all basically scheming schoolkids. And in turn, with more responsibility and more pressure, Cardan became a much more interesting character, simultaneously more likeable and more scary, and the sexual and political tension between him and Jude ramped up accordingly. As a result, the book really came alive for me. It was a compelling read throughout, though I particularly appreciated the two twists in quick succession at the very end.
Really, it's testament to any writer when you finish a book and feel quite lost and upset. Three days on, and I'm still missing the characters and the land Holly Black has created. It's magical, gripping and totally page-turning.
Now that she’s in charge of the High King of Faerie, Jude has more power than she’s ever had and she needs to keep it while also not revealing just how much power she has. This would be much easier if she had any idea who she can actually trust, especially when she can’t even trust herself around Cardan when the two of them are drawn to each other and yet disgusted by each other in equal measure.
Jude is still such a joy to follow around, and one of the first YA heroines I’ve followed in a while who is as morally grey in her actions as in her words. She’s not the kind of character who’s described as dangerous and yet never actually handles a weapon or never hurts anyone. She is dangerous and she’s fascinating to follow because, even though we’re in her head, we can never be certain what she’s going to do next because the land of Faerie is constantly forcing her into life-threatening situations.
Considering the second books in trilogies can often suffer from “second book syndrome”, The Wicked King, much like The Cruel Prince, was a really pleasant surprise. Not only does the plot continue to move, with yet more intrigue and back-stabbing, but Holly Black also used the opportunity to expand the world of Faerie and introduce readers to Faerie’s underwater realm. I love the world-building in this series, it feels so fresh and yet also so classic, like a 21st century Goblin Market, and for someone who isn’t always the biggest fan of mermaid books I loved how sinister they were in this book.
By far my favourite thing about this book, though, was the evolving relationship between Jude and Cardan. I have a slight hatred for those dark, brooding love interests so prevalent in YA, particularly YA fantasy (the Darkling, for example, irritates me to no end as a love interest), so it says a lot about Black’s skill that Cardan is someone I actually really like. Is his relationship with Jude healthy? No, not in the slightest. They’re both terrible to each other, and yet on some level they’re almost like two sides of the same coin.
I can’t judge Cardan by human standards because he’s not human, so as a fae I find him incredibly compelling and I love that both he and Jude have been underestimated by everyone else, and by each other, their whole lives. Black’s not afraid to explore an unhealthy relationship, but she does so without making Jude a victim. Jude isn’t like other heroines who are made to feel like they have to put up with a boy’s shitty behaviour because of his tragic past, because she and Cardan are both bad for each other and they both hurt and help each other in equal measure.
Ultimately, I find their relationship so refreshing because it’s not a man being romanticised even though he’s an abuser, it’s two people in a constant push and pull with each other. That doesn’t mean it’s the kind of relationship any of us should aspire to have, but it’s really refreshing to have a heroine who gives as good as she gets.
And now I have to wait until November for the next book, which just doesn’t seem fair!
This follows on from The Cruel Prince, where Jude tricks her long-time enemy, Prince Cardan, into becoming the new King of Faerie. Not only that, he has sworn to be under her command for a year and a day.
Using her puppet king, Jude is able to manipulate Faerie, making it strong, and making it safe for when her little brother Oak is old enough to take the crown. Being a human that can lie becomes so important, as Jude navigates family drama, threats to the crown, and the constant belittlement from the Fae, who don't realise this puny human is their real leader.
I had glimpsed a few reviews and comments about this book, before I read it (thankfully no spoilers), and I was surprised at all the hate that Jude's twin sister was getting. Yes, Taryn is simpering and annoying. Yes, she had a hand in breaking Jude's heart...
Post book - I hate Taryn.
I also really wanted to hate Cardan in the end. Wanted to, not sure if I can manage it.
There were some great twists in this book that I didn't see coming. I think it's amazing how deceptive and sly this race is, when they can't tell lies.
I don't want to say anything else, because I'm afraid I might spoil it.
I can't wait for the third book!