The Wicked King by Holly Black is the second novel in her The Folk of the Air trilogy. This novel was way better than its predecessor. After Jude tricks him, Cardan is the new High King of Elfhame, and he must listen to all of Jude’s commands. This book is filled with twists and turns; even the last page is a heart wrenching cliffhanger. I loved the display of power dynamics in this book. Jude should have had all the power, but Cardan and other nobles could still get things over her. The best thing about The Wicked King is how Black explores the complexity of her characters’ relationships but leaves so much unfinished for the next installment. This book was excellent.
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