Spoilers below if you have not yet read The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.
After the jaw dropping ending to The Cruel Prince and an agonizing year long wait, Holly Black did not disappoint with the next in the series, The Wicked King. The story picks up where it leaves off and it only gets more and more exciting as it goes.
Jude is now senseschal to the High King of Elfhame (sort of like the hand of the king) who also happens to be Cardan, the boy she has always hated. Everyone is curious how she managed to snag her position, but unbeknownst to everyone else, it is she who is in control of the king and not the other way around. She only has seven months left with Cardan under her control, and time is going fast. Aside from trying to come up with a way to gain more time in her position, there are more enemies that arise hoping to test the young, new king. But it is all up to Jude, because Cardan does not even want to rule, at least she doesn’t think he does.
As much as I loved The Cruel Prince, The Wicked King absolutely blew it out of the water. The writing was better, the characters more riveting, and the relationships were more intense. Almost right away we are warned that someone has already betrayed Jude, a warning which keeps readers as apprehensive of the story as Jude is. Many readers may be concerned about this book since it is the second in a series, and many second books suffer since they’re trying to carry the middle of the story. However, The Wicked King has many twists and turns which keep readers on their toes and guarantee that they will be unable to put this book down until the very last page. And then they will have a year of anticipation to find out what happens next.
This is going to be one long year and you can bet I will be pre-ordering the next book in this series as soon as it’s available.