ARC Review: The Wicked King

“It will hurt. Pain makes you strong.”

Rating: 5/5 stars
Format: e-ARC
Release Date: January 8, 2019


26032887You 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 CardIwan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

The Verdict

Can I just write an entire review repeating everything hurts, over and over again. Because EVERYTHING REALLY HURTS. It’s been over a month since I’ve read this and it still just really, really fucking hurts, okay? Holly Black has done it again. She’s ruined my life, made me question my sanity, and need a cold shower after reading this book. Even though I was incredibly excited for this book I still had my doubts that The Wicked King would top The Cruel Prince. I shouldn’t have been worried though because this was everything. This book basically solidified the fact that I would indeed lay down my life for Jude and Cardan.

The Wicked King has a lot more scheming and court politics in it compared to the first book, and while normally I’m more of an action packed type of gal, this really worked for me. I found myself falling more and more in love with my queen Jude and trying to figure Cardan out. Because I mean, as far as unpredictable characters go he is the most unpredictable, especially in the end 😭. The scheming, the twists and turns, the TENSION, was all unbelievably good. You will need a cold shower before, during, and after this book because the tension is so thick between Jude and Cardan it hurts. Also, here is a friendly reminder that Cardan had a tail, because I forgot and was shook to my core when his pants came off. You be the judge of why his pants came off, my lips are sealed…

Anyway, less tail talk more book talk. We still have our amazing group of characters that we’ve grown to love and hate. Jude, is desperately trying to hold on to her power she tricked her way into. Cardan, is still defying Jude every step of the way. Taryn, is still The Worst Sister Alive. Locke, is awful. Madoc, is less than thrilled with the stunt Jude pulled in the end of the first book. Nicasia, is just as petty and spiteful as ever and ready for what her and her mother, the Queen of the Sea believe should be hers. So yeah, no pressure for Jude to hold on to her power over Cardan.

Now, while I won’t give away any of the plot twists or the ending, just know you are in for a world of pain. If you thought the ending of The Cruel Prince was torturous, oh sweet child, you haven’t seen anything yet. What would this story be without twists and turns that physically make you feel like someone is squeezing you so tight you can’t breathe? The ending of The Cruel Prince is laughable compared to the ending of The Wicked King. I would tell you all to prepare yourselves, but let’s face it, no amount of preparation will have you ready. 2019 is going to be a year filled with PAIN AND MISERY until The Queen of Nothing is released in 2020.

Favorite Quotes

“Your ridiculous family might be surprised to find that not everything is solved by murder,” Locke calls after me.

“We would be surprised to find that,” I call back.

“Watching my back is the perfect opportunity to stick a knife in it.”

“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.”

“If you’re the sickness, I suppose you can’t also be the cure.”

“We show her that I am no feckless High King.”
“And how do we do that?” I ask.
“With great difficulty,” he says.
“Since I fear she is right.”

All in all, this book was perfect. It was the right amount of love, lust, hate, and pain. Now excuse me while I lay in bed and cry until 2020 because I have absolutely no idea how I’m going to live with myself until The Queen of Nothing is out!

Until next time,


20 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Wicked King

    1. YES! He does lol and I didn’t remember either! So, in the book when his pants came off and his tail was wrapped around his leg I was like “what do you mean his TAIL?!” It was quite that shock and now there are just some things I can’t unsee lmao 😂😭

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  1. I am so, so, so jealous that you’ve read it. If it was possible, the review has made me even more impatient for book 2! And I might even re-read book 1 to make sure I haven’t forgotten anything. Loved the quote above about shooting bolts 🙂


    1. Ahhhhh honestly don’t be, it’s pure misery knowing book 3 isn’t out until 2020! I might do a reread of the first two books in 2019 to hold me over for Queen if Nothing haha!


  2. It was awful reading the ending. I’m really rooting for Jude in all situations. I’m always gonna want her to outsmart everyone!! Including The Wicked King ;))


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