Wicked King was SO COOL!

wicked kingOh wow it was great to be back in this world and with these characters. Jude was a *total* badass in this book; Cardan had even more swagger than in Cruel Prince. And her fractious relationship with Cardan was *everything*! There was so much tension between them and that rippled out into the rest of the narrative. I was completely won over by their romance in this book- forgive me if I squeal, cos I am on this ship!!

There were lots of antagonists as well- which didn’t hurt πŸ˜‰ Tarryn, in particular, was still a self-centred biatch- who openly says that she sees herself as a hero- so good to know nothing’s changed (also called it).

What was really fab though was the way Black expanded the world building in this story. I *loved* the use of the Undersea and its impact on the plot left me gasping. Plus, *hello Severin of Fairfield*- yes, I spotted you there, straight out of The Darkest Part of the Forest (I may have died when Black got all self-referential there πŸ˜‰)

And, of course, like its predecessor, Wicked King was addictive and impossible to put down (so yeah, blame my lack of notes for the fact this review is a little watered down πŸ˜‰). I will say that the pace in the first half was a bit slower, however it certainly picked up and the last hundred pages were a whirlwind of emotions. There was a veritable tsunami of *machinations* and *political intrigue*. I am curious- nay, DESPERATE- to see where it goes! I want book 3, like, yesterday!

4Β½/5 bananas

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And since it’s such chaos in the faerie realm right now, I’ve decided to do everyone a favour and crown myself queen:

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So have you read any of the books in this series? Do you plan to? Did you love them as much as I did? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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46 thoughts on “Wicked King was SO COOL!

  1. Ola G says:

    That must be the most gushing review I’ve read from you πŸ˜‰ The crown definitely suits you – do you plan to take part in the Bookstooge’s Bookish Tzar quest? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      hehehe well that’s saying something considering all my other reviews πŸ˜‰ hehehe thank you πŸ˜‰ hehe well I haven’t been included, but I think that’s only to be fair to the other contestants- I’d knock them all out of the park (by pelting them with bananas πŸ˜‰ )

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  2. Xandra @ Starry Sky Books says:

    Great review, and I’m so glad you loved it! I personally thought this one was *so much better* than The Cruel Prince! I didn’t exactly ship Cardan and Jude until their relationship unfolded a bit more in TWK, and now I’m on board too 😊 The ending wasn’t as shocking as the ending in TCP, but I still *died*. And I have so many questions! So many concerns!

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  3. LizScanlon says:

    So glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚ I really started off on a not so great foot with The Cruel Prince and I simply cannot bring myself to read the sequel… Usually I am quite easy with the twistedness but in TCP, for some reason, it simply just pissed me off so bad πŸ˜€ hahaha.. who knows, maybe I need to try again in the future and see how goes then? I will certainly keep an eye out for your review of book #3 and if that’s solid as well I will feel more inclined to try again.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Thank you! Oh yeah I remember your review and I think your view is totally understandable. I almost feel bad for liking the twistedness… almost πŸ˜‰ But I enjoyed it way too much πŸ˜‰ hehe well if you do pick it up again, I hope you have more luck with it!

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  4. Janereads says:

    I love this series! It’s so dark and stabby. And talk about a cliffhanger at the end of book two. I can’t wait to read book three. It’s just a pity we have to wait so long.

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  5. Winged Cynic says:

    I personally didn’t love The Cruel Prince, but my dislike wasn’t strong enough to NOT give the second book a chance. I’ve heard it’s way better anyway, so I’m glad you liked this one. πŸ˜‰ Excellent review!

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