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  • The Wicked King

  • The Folk of the Air, Book 2
  • By: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (7,807 ratings)

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By: Holly Black
Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
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Publisher's summary

The enchanting and bloodthirsty sequel to the New York Times best-selling 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.

©2019 Holly Black (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"A stunning and compelling sequel." (SLJ, starred review)

"The Wicked King has satisfying twists and turns, sizzling passions, brutal violence, spies and revels of all sorts - no one brings the intricate courtly politics of Faerie to life quite as well, or with as much intelligence, as Holly Black." (Shelf Awareness, starred review)

"A heady blend of courtly double-crossing, Faerie lore, and toxic attraction swirls together in the sequel to THE CRUEL PRINCE.... Black's writing is both contemporary and classic; her world is, at this point, intensely well-realized, so that some plot twists seem almost inevitable." (Kirkus, starred review)

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