Wicked King by Holly Black
I wrote a review on the first book of this trilogy, The Cruel Prince, a while ago. You can check it out here.
Yes. Yes. This trilogy is everything that I need. Do you ever go on a book drought when there’s not a lot interesting you in the literary world, or you feel like you’ve read everything? Or maybe it’s just me. No matter what, you should be reading this series though. It’s a must-read. I love Holly Black and she does not disappoint. The world that she has created is vibrant and brutal. I have also fallen in love with the intricacies of each character. No character is flat or one-sided which means that every scene is intriguing and not what I expect.
Cardan and Jude’s relationship as king and behind the scenes power is so tense and wonderful. Watching Jude learn about herself and learn more about Cardan and his backstory is fascinating. Jude is so aware of her strengths and weaknesses. The awareness she has about her desire for power, respect, and status is refreshing and tedious. That awareness doesn’t always mean she does what’s best.
I loved how we got to explore more of the fairy world in this book. The ocean kingdom was even more brutal and eerie than the main kingdom. I also love a strong female queen–even if she’s a monster of a woman.
I read this book over spring break and I read the whole thing in a day. It’s amazing and I cannot wait for The Queen of Nothing, which by the way the cover was just released for and I am PUMPED!
Have you read this book yet? Let me know in the comments what you thought!