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The Wicked King

The Folk of the Air, Book 2
Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
Series: The Folk of the Air, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
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Publisher's Summary

An intoxicating and bloodthirsty sequel to the New York Times best-selling The Cruel Prince, nominated for the Cilip Carnegie Medal 2019.

I have heard that for mortals, the feeling of falling in love is very like the feeling of fear.

Jude has tricked Cardan onto the throne, binding him to her for a year and a day. But the new High King does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undimmed.

Meanwhile, a traitor in the court is scheming against her. Jude must fight for her life and the lives of those she loves, all while battling her own complicated feelings for Cardan. Now a year and a day seems like no time at all.... 

©2019 Holly Black (P)2019 Bonnier Publishing

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"Holly Black is the Faerie Queen." (Victoria Aveyard)

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HOLLY!!!! WHATTTT!!!????

I found The Cruel Prince boring, but was determined to give The Wicked King a fair chance and it did not disappoint. I couldn't stop listening!!! Holly Black, you have RUINED MY WHOLE YEAR!!!! And it was sooooooo worth it!!!
Caitlin Kelly is a brilliant narrator, I hope to one day have her narrate my books.
Give this series a go. Holly Black is the master of plot twists.

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Couldn't stop listening!

I loved this book, and I love the Folk of the Air series. Holly Black is an exquisite story teller. This book is an action packed "page-turner", written with vivid imagery and intrigue. Cannot recommend highly enough!

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Great story and absorbing narrator

The Wicked King is a satisfying next chapter in Holly Black’s series, full of intrigue, romance and fantasy - with an excellent narration by Caitlin Kelly that really draws you into Jude’s world.

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Love this

My favorite book I'm so ready for the next one. I need to know what happens to jude and Carden

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finished the book in 3 days

i was looking for something to read after Sarah J Maas books and this was perfect. I loved it. cannot wait for the third book.

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So well done.

I really loved this audiobook. I am a huge fan of the story and the characters and the narrator just brought it to life even more. I cannot wait for the third in the series.

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Love this series

It entranced me the audiobook was amazing to listen to I want more, the plots were even better ever twisting..

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Excellent plot, full of twists and turns

When I first started listening to the first in this series, The Cruel Prince, I thought I had made a mistake... was I really up for a teen style fantasy, with teenage emotional drama, albeit in Faery? Would this be the fictional equivalent of an insipid cup of weak tea?

I was wrong. Both the Cruel Prince and the Wicked King turned out to be tightly woven stories with well-executed twists and turns which take place on the shifting sands of changing, many-faceted relationships. I thoroughly enjoyed both books and will definitely listen to the next.

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Awesome!!

I am reviewing this with my mouth 😱 wide open. I totally invested my whole imagination in this story and just got knocked down in shock.

Loved this book. Loved both books. The only bad thing is having to wait for the third!!

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***Brilliant***

This book is dar and decadently delicious, it makes me shiver with delight. The world and character building is brilliant as the twist and betrayals, murders. Poor Jude she is too busy controlling everything that she forgot she is only mortal which has weakness and that King Cardan took advantage off. I hate cliff Hangers but it will be worth it to wait for Jude's revenge. Caitlyn can't do no wrong she us fantastic.

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  • Lucy
  • 17-01-2019

Sensational follow up

I enjoyed The Cruel Prince but The Wicked King raises the stakes. Fantastic plots, counterplots, schemes and intrigues. Holly Black is a master storyteller.

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  • Rachel K
  • 12-01-2019

If you liked the first one, you’ll love this!

Good pacing, good narration, good twists. I really find myself rooting for Jude and I am invested in her story. Finishes on a cliffhanger so I am keen to see what happens next. Definitely recommend!

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  • paula
  • 20-01-2019

Starting to think Black wants to kill her readers.

..from pure shock. Seek not an airy fairy romance with star crossed lovers and the like. This story is about cruelty, bloodshed, deceit, twists you will not see coming and heart stopping endings that fall far from the dreaded "cliche cliff hanger" category.

You will admire, revile, pity, mock, deeply hate and desperately love the characters. I secretly lustfully ship a beautiful romance between a certain pair that with each book grows increasingly impossible on account of all the heinous things they do to each other. The one thing that remains certain is that Holly Black is fantastically imaginative and despite this being the first books of hers I read she has instantaneously claimed her place on my favourites shelf (which is no small feat as I am a tough to please).

If you haven't already picked up this series you are missing out on life.


Post Script: the narrator does a great job of bringing the story to life.

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  • Karrie
  • 12-01-2019

So so good!.....

This is the second book in the series and as good, if not better, than The Cruel Prince. It has you guessing, never expecting the twists and turns....Needless to say, I am waiting excitedly for the third book. This book deserves all the good reviews and the narrator is excellent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-07-2020

Amazing

Great story and the reader is exquisite, you really feel the personalities of the characters by the tones and infections she uses, no character sounds the same and there are a lot of characters, really looking forward to listening to the final book as the story os so unpredictable, yet satisfying!

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  • Phoenix Rose
  • 30-06-2020

The Wicked King is wicked!

Liked the first book of the series, this one was even better. Quite a few twists and turns throughout the story and can't wait to finish the series off.

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  • Arman
  • 05-06-2020

One of my few 5/5 books

I thought I'd read all the best sci-fi/fantasy already but damn. so glad I stumbled onto this series, twists and turns of politics, intricate and nuanced magics, characters and connections that bring it all to life. Such great momentum from beginning to end (and beyond) all with a very powerful performer that really manages to capture the depths of passion and pain in the protagonist's ordeals.
As with the first, I'm enraptured by a bittersweet ending that has me eager to discover what will happens next.

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  • Clare Doran
  • 25-05-2020

The hight of unlikeable characters

I put this off for ages. I'm kicking myself because now I'm so desperate for Queen Of Nothing, I dunno what to do with myself.

All these characters are horrible. Truly ghastly. But you know what, I'm living for this drama.

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  • Donna Teale
  • 02-04-2020

slow to get going

A good sequel but like the first book, a little slow to start off with!

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  • laura
  • 24-03-2020

great twists and turns

I think this book is a lot better then the first. I loved the ending. :)

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  • R L Connor
  • 13-03-2020

Spellbinding, intoxicating and utterly gorgeous.

I adore this series. the characters are complex and flawed and the worldbuilding is incredibly lush. It's Game of Thrones meets Labyrinth and I am HERE for it!