Review: The Wicked King by Holly Black

That’s the problem with a puppet government: It’s not going to run itself.

When I finished The Cruel Prince last year i could hardly wait to read The Wicked King – The Cruel Prince left off in a way where I just found myself itching for the next book. And it did not disappoint. The Wicked King takes place a few months after the ending of The Cruel Prince, and we get great insight into the effect the ending has had on Faerie.

The Wicked King is a great sequel to The Cruel Prince, we get to see Jude grow even more into her own as well as see her relationship to Cardan in a new light. This means that the land of Faerie also get developed a lot, because as Jude’s influences grow, she gets access to more and more information.

I personally really loved learning more about the workings of the fae world, as well as to learn more about the culture and details of other faerie courts. The way Holly black develops this world, and how she’s been developing it for some time, is honestly great. We get such vivid descriptions, and it makes it all seem just a bit more magical.

Once upon a time, there was a human girl stolen away by faeries, and because of that, she swore to destroy them.

Political intrigue has always been somthing i’ve loved in books, and this book was no different. I loved the way Jude manneuvered around court, and how the general politics of the faerie court worked. The backstabbing and intelligence collecting, is something i love reading about in court books, and Holly Black did an amazing job making it all interesting to read, and not making too heavy on the boring parts.

Jude running the puppet government gave us an interesting look into the politics, because we didn’t actually see it from the regent’s point of view, instead we saw it from the point of view of their puppet master. Jude as a character is also just very interesting in this sense, because she’s such a unique character, she’s able to deal with these scenarios in a way that makes it interesting to read a lot about.

I dismissed your desire for knighthood. I dismissed your capacity for strategy, for strength—and for cruelty. That was my mistake, and one I will not make again.

Overall it was a great sequal to a good book, it developed the plot amazingly. The court politics aspect was incredibly interesting to read about, and the court of the farie was developed in regards to expansion to other courts.



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