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The Wicked King

The Folk of the Air, Book 2
Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (130 ratings)
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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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  • Britt
  • New Zealand
  • 12-01-2019

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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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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  • IMEE B
  • Queensland Australia
  • 27-01-2019

***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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ahhhh so good

What a wonderful sequel it was amazing!!! and the ending, i didn't see that coming until it was too late.

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Befitting title for an amazing story

I would give this 5 stars but the agony of waiting another year for the next book is killing me!
Book one and Book two is not just a random jump from hate to love relationship, the characters have a connection there but i love how its a slow change into whatever they will become and I can't wait to see what the next book will entail.

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Deviously clever

One of the best fantasy series I have read in years. Can’t wait for the next one. Diabolical!

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Brilliantly wicked

This book was worth the wait... the enthralling tale kept me on the edge of my seat (or should I say headphones) and made me cry with laughter, smile in adoration and yearn for justice. Jude is a heroine deserving of a chance to thrive and is tested beyond her limits in this much anticipated sequel. I can only say... bring on Queen of Nothing!!!

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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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  • Karrie
  • 12-01-2019

Wow!

I really enjoyed The Cruel Prince and was eagerly awaiting The Wicked King....it was even better than the first book. Twists and turns and not one dull 'page'. One of the best series of this genre, in my opinion. You won't be disappointed!

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  • Jamie
  • 25-04-2019

Heartstopping twists and schemes upon schemes

Slightly slow to start, but once the pace picked up it never stopped delivering shocks and disasters and I never predicted how the various threads would unravel. There are a lot (a LOT) of problems with Jude and Cardan as a romantic pairing but as a pair of antagonists and anti-heroes they are so compelling! Madoc and his schemes are complicating everything as usual and I'm now excited to see what part Vivi will have to play in the final installment as well as Taryn. That ending!

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  • NMcD
  • 17-02-2019

engaging as well as enchanting

loved it couldn't wait to get through it as it was gripping and sad I've finished it all at once

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-02-2019

the wicked king

Took me a short while to get into, but by chapter 15 I was completely hooked.

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  • Cornelia Baciu
  • 09-02-2019

Captivating

amazing. cannot wait for the next book and see what Jude will be doing for revenge.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-02-2019

Excellent narrator and totally addictive!

I picked up the cruel prince on a whim as the deal of the day. I have now found my latest addiction and I can't wait for the next book in the series. The narrator was perfect, I can't recommend highly enough.

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  • Shanice
  • 02-02-2019

Addictive! Can’t recommend it enough!

this book was addictive the whole way through. So many twists and turns that it kept me hooked the whole time. Cannot wait for the third book in the series Queen of nothing! Think the narrator does an amazing job as well which makes the book and even more enjoyable listen Gg

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  • HS
  • 31-01-2019

I love this series!

I'm so upset that I've finished this already. I was hoping it would last at least 3 days. This series is epically good. The characters are deeply flawed, which just keeps you guessing!

Sadly I don't like the narrator. Way too emotive sounding and over the top. It grates a little. I may read the next book in the series rather than listen.

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  • Emma (Star Crossed Reviews)
  • 26-01-2019

I have no words

Erm. Well. Huh. I am struggling to put into words how I feel. Holly has completely outdone her self in this book. The Cruel Prince was one of my favourite books last year but The Wicked King is on another level!

After the way The Cruel Prince ended, I thought that Holly couldn't shock me again. Well, clearly I was wrong about that! This book has everything you need. It's got betrayal, new alliances, love, hate and a good old wedding.

I love the relationship between Jude and Cardan. The love/hate thing they have going on is so intense. I could quote so many many lines from Cardan that made me just fall deeper and deeper for him. He is everything you think he is but also nothing like you think he is. He is a very complex character.

This book is full of characters who are torn. They are fighting not only with each other but with themselves. It makes for very interesting reading but makes it very difficult to predict what will happen next.

Although I have just finished this book and I only recently read The Cruel Prince I feel like I need to reread the series again. I feel like there are intricacies I likely missed the first time around. I think this is one of those stories that you would learn something new everytime you read it.

This story was epic and I have so many theories and thoughts on the ending that my mind has been whirring for days! I don't know how I am going to wait a whole year for The Queen of Nothing!