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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
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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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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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
  • 01-12-19

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
  • 01-12-19

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-07-19

A good book for those who like stories from the world of faery

The book has some good plot twists, characters are surprising. The plot is very intense and doesn’t dwell on the unimportant things. A lot of moments did seem quite naive. However, it wasn’t anything too bad to give up listening. In fact, Jude is the first character that doesn’t annoy me with her bad choices. She does make mistakes but each time I was curious what will come out of this. Looking forward to the next book.

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  • FDL
  • 09-12-19

Can't wait for the next installment!

I really enjoyed this book, even more than the first (which is still amazing!) I love Jude, who is bold and stubborn and more than a little frightening. This novel sees her rise to the top of fae society, only to find that the life she thought she wanted isn't as wonderful as she'd hoped. Intrigue, murder, and political bargaining abound in this excellent book of faery!

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  • Muckeye
  • 07-27-19

Best Audio book ever!

SO MANY CRAZY PLOT TWISTS!!
Absolutely adored this, and I wasn’t able to stop listening to it. I loved the characters and I love the way the story is written as well at is read. Amazing!

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  • K. Bridges
  • 07-21-19

A sting in the Tale

Having listened to the first book in the series, I obviously had to keep going and I must say that I would not have predicted this follow on. I don't think the stories are amazing and the narration is not as good as some of my favourites but it's fun to listen to and I can't possibly imagine what's going to happen in book 3. Either way, I'll definitely be listening to it!

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  • Chloe
  • 06-10-19

Wickedly good!

'The Wicked King' is an excellent sequel to 'The Cruel Prince'.
The story is complex and and the characters more so (for being fae nonetheless) as they all have their own aspirations and goals. I didn't see any as unnecessary to the plot and all served their purpose.

Although I thought some of the language cliche, it didn't detract from the enjoyable plot.

Caitlin Kelly narrated the story wonderfully. Her tone of voice, although feminine, gave male and female characeters a life and personality of their own.

Over all, I am personally invested in the outcome of this story and anticipate the release of the 'The Queen of Nothing'.

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  • Louise
  • 05-01-19

Completely addictive!

Can't wait to see what happens in book 3 but I think I'll have to make sure to clear my diary before I start it! Unlike many young adult fantasy books I didn't find this series at all predictable.

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  • humphreys_girl
  • 04-30-19

Didn't Grip me like the first book

Maybe my expectations were too high having LOVED the first book in this series. That said, it was an easy listen that kept me entertained.

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  • Jamie
  • 04-25-19

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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  • Britt
  • 01-12-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-27-19

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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  • Kait
  • 04-16-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-25-19

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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  • Lunagirl
  • 03-13-19

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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  • Al R
  • 02-26-19

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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  • Book_Addict
  • 01-27-19

***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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  • manga_me_over
  • 01-22-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-21-19

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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  • Ruth
  • 01-21-19

Dark & wonderful high fantasy

More twists & turns than the roots of a willow tree. Dark, delicious & wonderful. Can’t wait for the next one!