‘The Wicked King’ by Holly Black doesn’t need an introduction, does it? I think not, because 1) it is the second book in a trilogy and if you are here there is a big chance that you have already read the first book or are thinking about it and 2) it was and continues to be a highly sold book. If for some reason you fell here and you don’t know what this book is about, I will try to summarize what is going on in this fantastical world of Holly Black.
Jude is a very young girl when she witnesses her parents’ murder. After that terrible night, she and her twin sister are taken by the murderer to live in Faerie. Now, ten years later, Jude tries to live among the fairies, while constantly being reminded of her human and mortal condition. However, she soon becomes involved in a very elaborate game, from many different sides, which will cause a civil war in the Fairy Courts if the game is not played correctly.
The supreme king ruled for centuries, but people think it is finally time for him to resign and give the royal crown to one of his sons. In this imaginary world of Holly Black, the king chooses his successor (it does not automatically go to his eldest son). And the high king has six children!
Cardan, the youngest son of the supreme king and one of the main characters is wicked, charming, intelligent and maybe even a little cruel. Oh, and he makes Jude’s life hell most of the time.
The story of ‘Wicked King’ takes place after 5 months since the end of the first book. And just like in ‘The Cruel King’ Jude is our main character, and from everything she’s been through we can say that she doesn’t have a very easy life. And she does everything for her brother and sisters! EVERYTHING!
The fact that she is human and her inferior status is constantly reminded…. But all Jude always wanted was to have a name for herself and become one of the greatest knights that the Fairy Courts have ever seen! Basically what goes on in the ‘Wicked King’ is that Jude is alone with the new Great Fairy King, Cardan (our favorite villain who is not a villain but is very Wicked).
Madoc and Jude are not talking with each other, Oak is hiding with Vivi, Taryn is going to marry Locke, Balekin is in prison and Cardan, as I mentioned, is the new king. He is forced to do everything Jude says for a year and a day, because of an agreement she made with him in order to save Oak. However, we all know how fast a year can pass and things can change. Especially as the Queen of the Deep Sea, Orlagh, is planning to break the treaty with the fae people of the land, as she is unsure about the new ruler. And she plans to use her daughter, Nicasia, in any way she can to help secure her place of power in the fae kingdom. And everyone is plotting in this book, I swear. The phrase “twists and turns” does not even begin to describe the events that happen in this book. Political intrigue is very strong and almost in every page.
I got to a part where I didn’t know who or what to believe and certainly who to trust. Almost from the beginning, Jude is warned that someone she trusts is plotting against her, but the truth is, I never thought about who it was. There comes a time when I didn’t know who to trust, let alone poor Jude.
This book was a roller coaster from the first page to the last. In fact, especially the last page was a complete surprise. I know that the end of this book has already made quite a fuss, and I agree! If you haven’t read this book yet and think that the suspense of Cruel Prince’s finale was bad? Oh, sweet children…. you do not even imagine what awaits you. And obviously, I’m not going to ruin anything, but there are so many different ways to interpret what happened. I have many theories …
So I will TRY to be vague, and just say that when we love someone or something, we try to protect him at all costs. And I will not say anything else!
I never liked Locke and after this book I started to like him even less (and yes, I already know what will happen in the third book!). Now, I’m going to rest for a while, read another book because the excitement of this book was on another level and then I will start the third book. Wish me luck!