5 out of 5 stars

I’m not going to lie, I forgot about The Wicked King. How is that possible? Well, life can get hectic and I haven’t exactly been spending a lot of time on social media. So even though I’ve been waiting with bated breathe for it to be released, I missed it.

Anyhow, I remembered about it at around 11 pm and it resulted in me not going to bed until 4 in the morning because clever Jiulia decided to start it and then finish it. Never mind that I had super important appointments the next day.

I believe being a bookish person is the fastest way to get used to very little sleep. The ‘one more chapter’ thing just doesn’t work.

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

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The Wicked King Cover
The Wicked King Cover

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.

As I mentioned in my The Cruel Prince review, I love morally ambiguous characters. I don’t like reading about boring, one-dimensional characters that always think and do the right thing. It has become too predictable and as much as I love a happily ever after, I crave the fear Game of Thrones gives me.

The Cruel Prince was a hard one to follow up on. It was mind-blowing, angsty, cruel and sexy. I was worried that The Wicked King wouldn’t be able to live up to the hype and to the reputation of its predecessor. Well, worry no more.

The Cruel Prince ended with Jude in control of Cardan for a year and one day. The Wicked King sees almost half of that time over with. Jude is piled high with secrets, hurt, angst and betrayal. She’s juggling too many things and it’s all on the verge of tumbling down around her and it might just make her loose her head. Literally.

Cardan is mysterious, drunk and vulnerable. His chemistry with Jude is off the charts and he is much more open with how he feels about her. And by open, I mean he’s sassy and confused. Which leads to a lot of bad choices.

I also love how he’s starting to grow into his kinghood. He shows moments of genius and I love that he isn’t, for lack of a better word, just eye-candy. It creates the most angsty and perfect conflict between him and Jude and also in me, because I don’t know who I’m rooting for. And as much as I want Jude and Cardan to be together, I also feel like their whole ‘thing’ is too complicated for the happily ever after root. So I’m not even sure if I want a HEA.

The mix of horror, intrigue, cruelty and allure is brilliant.

The ending left me in ruins! It topped the first book and it made me shake with anger, outrage, and a need for revenge. I loved it.

Overall, I absolutely loved The Wicked King. I love the darkness, the angst, the betrayals. I love the power plays and the unpredictability. I just love it.

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