3 Reasons to Read…The Wicked King by Holly Black

3 Reasons to Read...

So many books come out each week that it makes it hard to decide what to read. We want to make that a little bit easier on you by sharing our favorite releases from the week and telling you our top 3 reasons why we think you’ll love them too!

This week our selection is The Wicked King by Holly Black. Are you ready to hear more about this book and its author? Here we go…

3 Reasons to Read…The Wicked King by Holly BlackThe Wicked King by Holly Black
Also by this author: Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales, How the King of Elfhame Learned To Hate Stories, My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
Series: The Folk of the Air #2
Also in this series: How the King of Elfhame Learned To Hate Stories
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on January 8. 2019
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 336
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The enchanting and bloodthirsty sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel The Cruel Prince.

You 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 Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.


3 Reasons You Should Read…

The Wicked King by Holly Black


  • We are going to have to be very vague here, guys. Not because we don’t want to tell you everything about The Wicked King, but really because we want to tell you everything and we can’t. You need to experience this series for the truly amazing wonderful, un-put-down-able read that it is.
  • Jude and Carden turn us into heart eye emojis. They are authentic. They are cruel. And holy wow they are swoony. If you haven’t read these books yet, these two are at the very top of the list of reasons why you need to make it happen now.
  • After The Cruel Prince we couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. In reality we don’t think we were prepared for the emotional rollercoaster we would be taken on. It has been a very very long time since we’ve reacted to an ending the way we did to this one. It was intense, torturous, and evil… to say the least. We will be holding our breath until The Queen of Nothing releases!


About Holly Black

Holly Black Author

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest, and her new series which begins with The Cruel Prince in January 2018.

She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.

The Wicked King by Holly Black

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