Sunday 28 April 2019

Discussion. The wicked king - Holly Black

Hello all! CAROLE and I will be discussing "The Wicked King" by Holly Black. I am in green and C am in blue. 

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2)Author: Holly Black 
Title: The Wicked King
(The Folk of the Air #2)
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Pages: ebook
Published: January 8th 2019
Where I Got It: Borrowed from the library

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.

After book 1, which was not great, but good enough, I really wanted to read more. I should not have had those feelings. Instead, I got a big boring mess.

Book 2 had so much promise. So many good reviews. And so much potential! The only good part of the book was the 15%. That was so intense and enthralling! The rest? Meeeehhhhh

I was bored from page 1 and sadly not even the end got me excited. By then I just wanted it to end. But I will say that sure the best part was at the end. Something FINALLY happened. It was like everyone woke from a coma. And I was all good riddance, you all SUCK!

Yess. There was SO much build-up and SO much teasing that something big was going to happen. But then pages would go by and nothing really happened. I had hoped at the very beginning but I was so let down. Sure a couple small things happened but nothing really until the end.

I was not super excited by any of the characters in book 1, but here everyone lost any depth they had. Cardan drunk and said nothing- Jude was the most stupid ass ever, omg, I just want to slap the shit out of her. Where was Madoc? The only interesting person? And omg her sister, please bury her deep. Ugh, I hate them all. This is not how one should feel.

I agree. I did feel bad for Jude at the end, but she was a huge dummy. I could tell you right away who the person was that was going to betray her. The warning wasn’t even needed. She didn’t heed it at all. SMH. Cardan was an ass at the end. Madoc only popped up here and there to be filler. Vivi was terrible to Heather. Not one character I could get behind.

I think the word I am looking for is bitch. Cardan was a whiny bitch. Jude was a stupid bitch who should know better. Vivi was just a bitch. And then we have the twin who I loathe and whose name I forget, silly bitch I will call her cos I do not think she had that many brain cells.

Taryan is her name I think. But grrr!!! She should’ve been tossed in the Tower with Locke. Jude is an idiot. And bitch for all of them is perfect.

I lost all respect for them. Sigh. Why does everyone love this series? I just do not know. There is no chemistry between anyone. I mean are we supposed to root for Cardan and Jude? Euwwww. F that shit!

Ugh. The scene between know which one….was gross. There is NO chemistry. And why are people wanting them to get together? He tried killing her in the first book! He is a horrible, abusive thing. A little boy. I wish that he was locked away in a tower. Madoc should’ve killed him.

50 shades of Fae. It seems to be the norm now, abusive creepy relationships in YA books too.

We should not be teaching our youth this! He is a horrible man/boy/thing. Bleh! Jude is an idiot.

We saw it in Maas, and we see it here. Damn it. Why did I say we should continue!?

Because we had hope. Book 1 was good. Everyone loved this one….and I know I was curious to see what happened. A bad part of me wants to read book 3. But that is the part of me that cannot put down a terrible book and DNF it. LOL I think the normal person calls it...hope?

True. Ok so I hate them all and they should die. But I guess I am curious to see how it all ends. With them all dead. The end.

LOLL. I’m sure some of them are going to end up dead. I have a theory Jude is going to go on a rampage if/when she gets more power.  I have a feeling in my gut and THAT would be fun to watch. Jude losing it! LOL That twin of hers is on the chopping block first.

SHe will kill Madoc, then Cardan and Locke. Her sister, sadly not. And then Taryn kills her! Omg that would be perfect. Ha. And Taryn does get stabbed so she dies too.

Gah! You are right. Taryn will give Jude some sob story. Jude will forgive her and then the moment she turns away Taryn will stab her. SMH. GODS! Jude is a huge dummy. She is so dumb I cannot even believe it. Luckily the book was an ebook I borrowed from the library so I could not throw my phone/kindle. If it had been a paper book I would’ve. IDIOT!!!!!

Right! I  can so see it happening. Sob sob, yes you did kill hubby but it was for the best. Stab stab! Gods, what a dumbass bitch.

Dumbass bitch for sure. That should be Jude’s tagline. LOL

I am glad we disliked it the both of us. I could never have forgiven you if you had fallen in love with it! ;)

Hahaha. I wanted to. I wanted to love it. Like I said… I had hope! The only good part was the last 15%. Sighs.

I guess better luck next time! But with our track record, it will prob be a bad one. Ok so no more fae or ya fantasy for a while.
Agreed. We get ONE good book and then the next 4 or so are terrible. SMH. We are unlucky! And yessssss after this one I need a small break from YA fantasy.

Well, good luck picking a good one! I do not envy you.

Eeeekkkkk! I have hope!

The end! Do not read this series!

The end! I agree 100%! AVOID!

About the Authors
Carole and Blodeuedd have been blogging a long while now. The last couple of years the epic duo have been discussing books, watching movies, and even wetting the pen and sharing their stories with the worldwide web. They both love cats, chocolate, and a good story.


  1. I'm sorry this one didn't work out for you. Nothing worse than a book that has promise, but falls flat. I don't do with if I don't care at all about the characters. Great discussion post.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

  2. Now I really am grateful to you two great girls - because of your discussion I don't want to read this one. Fantasy, bitches and YA are so not my scene.

  3. Oh no, sorry to hear this was so bad.

  4. Oh no! I have heard good things about this series. I am sorry that this didn't work for either of you.

  5. I didn't love the first one at all but I did love this one lol

    I felt like there were enough surprises and I like Jude - her sisters not so much.

    I don't think she and Carden have much chemistry though and while I like their dynamic as enemies I don't find them (him ) romantic in any way.

    Sorry you didn't like it. We don't all like the same books and that's ok!!

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

    1. Yes that is ok :)
      I do think I liked book 1 more than you and then this happened

  6. Aw, sorry to hear you didn't like it. Not surprised you enjoyed the ending though, Holly Black is like the queen of cruel cliffies.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  7. I really do get angry when I hang with a book through the end and I waited for big things and... zilch. Oh well, next!

  8. 50 Shades of Fae, lol! Too funny! Sounds like a bunch of hateful characters. Not my cup of tea. I don't read much YA anymore anyhow. :)

    1. Ya is such a miss for me most of the time. When will I learn. YA fic works though

  9. Haha. I love your joint reviews. Sounds like you both agree this one is two thumbs DOWN!



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