ARC Review: The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2) by Holly Black


The Wicked King

Author: Holly Black // Publication date: January 8, 2019


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





Thank you  Little Brown books Publishing for sending the review copy in exchange for an honest review.


“For a moment,” he says, “I wondered if it wasn’t you shooting bolts at me.”
I make a face at him. “And what made you decide it wasn’t?”
He grins up at me. “They missed.”


A beautiful and mesmerizing sequel to The Folk of the Air trilogy. Holly Black managed to captivate me with this book in ways that I can’t even describe. I was constantly guessing for plot twists, and what I got by the end of the book was so far from my expectations. I spent the fifteen minutes after finishing the book sobbing.

This book was perfect in every sense of the word. So entirely different from any other YA book series I’ve ever read. Such diverse characters with plots, schemes and motives of their own. Relationships and characters that you honestly don’t know how to feel about or deal with. And just like the first book, I was planning on taking my time with this read. Alas, my excitement got the best of me.


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“His mouth curls into a smile. His eyes shine with wicked intent. “Look at them all, your subjects. A shame not a one knows who their true ruler is.”


The cliffhanger in this book was shocking. I remember thinking the ending of The Cruel Prince was bad. Goodness, was I wrong. I keep trying to figure out what exactly happened and I have so many guesses. This makes life exceptionally difficult since waiting two years for Queen of Nothing is a must.

I often found myself lost in the world that Holly Black weaved together. I’d lose myself in the story completely and then suddenly remember where I am. The most imaginative and complex characters and storyline.


♛ Jude Duarte: 

Probably my most favorite female protagonist ever. There, I said it. She’s just that amazing. Jude plays a lot of roles in this book. She’s constantly trying to balance her acts. Always pretending to be something when she’s in fact something else. She tries to control her new found power without giving herself away and without others noticing, even if it means humiliation.


♛ Cardan Greenbriar:

A majority of this book was him lounging on his throne like the king that he is. Cardan has in fact been through so much, with secrets of his own that he’s trying to maintain. He has this guise that isn’t visible to anyone. Throughout this book you learn so much about the childhood that he lived. About the pain that he’s been through, and the way he tries to keep it all under a mask. Let’s just say I might start a protection group for this guy.


“I want to tell you so many lies.”


♛ Nicasia:

I have about had it with this one. I didn’t like her in the first book and I sure as hell hate her now. At some point I might have felt sorry for her (just a tiny bit) but as the story and events progressed I took It all back.


♛ Taryn Duarte:

I disliked Taryn a lot in the first book. And at this point I have a lot of mixed thoughts. Let’s hope we get The Lost Sisters soon.


Holly has a way with her books where she feeds you information little by little, and then shocks you completely in the last few pages. Which is exactly what happened here. I can’t explain how anxious I am for the last book. I feel like my heart is still suffering from the damage this book put me through. Holly Black has become my most favorite author of all time. You’re all in for one hell of a roller coaster.


The quotes were taken from the ARC and are subject to change upon publication. 




About The Author


Holly Black

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), The Darkest Part of the Forest, and her new series which begins with The Cruel Prince in January 2018.



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Is The Wicked King one of your most anticipated reads? How excited are you for the sequel?


24 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2) by Holly Black

  1. Marie says:

    Wonderful review!
    I’m so stoked for this book like you wouldn’t believe.
    I just finished The cruel Prince the other day and I need to know more!
    The struggle is real over here lol


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