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Review: The Wicked King from Holly Black

Finished reading The Wicked King from Holly Black

Title: The Wicked King
Writer: Holly Black
Genre: #Fantasy #youngadult
Length: 322 pages
My rating: 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Version: Hardcover

The book in three words: Enchanting, Surprising, Jaw-dropping

After the jaw-dropping revelation who’s the real 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.

The starting point for this book was exceptionally good. If I were in a place where I’d need to wait one year to read Wicked King I might have forgotten as the Cruel Prince was not so amazing experience. This, on the other hand, was a totally different matter.

The Wicked King was intriguing and fast-paced. It had beautiful moments I will cherish a long time. The writing seemed more fluent compared to the previous book and the characters had real flaws, not teenage drama flaws. Also, the politics were bearable, as everyone was plotting against each other. That made the reading sometimes difficult but also kept it in jaw-dropping state 😉

For me there was also some confusing stuff. The romance. Where did it come from? Why? Was it actually needed in this book as it was so fast and seemed to come out of space? And who were the creepy murderers in the forest who ran off? I lost that solution totally.

The Wicked King is definitely worth reading, but if I’d been smart, I would have waited for the third book to come out. I am devastated to acknowledge that next book Queen of Nothing comes the next year 2020 and it takes even longer to get it to Finland. Patience is needed more than anything, but there is also a positive side. I can re-read these books at the Christmas holidays.

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to.

Holly Black, The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2)

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