He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.
Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.
Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.
Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.
And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…
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Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Young Adult fantasy
Format: Library book
I finished Wicked King this year… and I was upset I was going to have to wait an entire year for the next one. Then the literary gods smiled upon us, and we were given this book in November. I was so thrilled to see what was going to happen to Jude and Cardan sooner than I expected.
I’m still sad this book is the shortest. I don’t know why authors make the last book so short. I was hoping for the most giant tome to get lost in because I was craving so many answers. Part of me hoped for a thousand page book I could cry over. Still, I finished this in the span of a day, and I’m not disappointed.
Jude is the exiled queen of Elfhame. She’s been exiled by Cardan, the high king. She’s living in the mortal world to protect her younger brother, Oak, who will be the high king someday. She’s training Oak for future and for his safety. Then Taryn, her twin, shows up and says she’s killed her husband. She needs Jude to pretend to be her during the interrogation. So Jude returns to Elfhame to help her sister… and she’s back in the court, not sure what’s going to happen or who she can trust.
I don’t want to create any spoilers so I’m going to cut my review short here. This book has so much going on you won’t be able to stop reading. I’m so glad about how this book wrapped up. It’s the ending I wanted and needed. I just felt like the ending was too quick, and I wanted more. I hope someday Holly Black writes more. For now, I’ll just be looking up some smutty Jude and Cardan fanfic.