The Wicked King – Holly Black

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The Wicked King Synopsis

Note: This review is spoiler-free!

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 . . .

Why did I pick it?

Having read the first book in the series and giving it 5 stars there was never any doubt that I would pick this one up. The sampler the publisher sent me also whetted my appetite!

What I loved about it

I loved how complicated the characters are. Given the drama of the first book, you spend most of this book waiting for a curveball. It almost makes you anxious just waiting for it, you suspect it’s coming… but WHEN!

I loved the relationship between Jude and Carden, yes it’s toxic. yes, it’s not one you’d advise a friend to stay in, BUT… it’s pretty darn sexy! I’m all for the sexual tension in this novel, more please!

Also what a cliffhanger! Thankfully it took me a while to get to this one so I could move straight into The Queen of Nothing.

What I loathed about it

With The Cruel Prince I couldn’t put it down, it was a true page-turner for me. However with this one, despite some parts of the book being gripping, I didn’t have the same reaction. It lulled a bit for me and I was quite happy to put it down for a week and not wonder “what next”


Full of the twists and turns I hoped for and needed. A perfect cliffhanger for The Queen of Nothing.

When and where can you can get it

You can purchase The Wicked King on Amazon today

The Wicked King by holly black book review

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