Published by Hachette Book Group on January 8th 2019
Genres: Young Adult
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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.
Q & A By Liezel & Angie:
What is it about this series that you love so much?
Liezel: I loved the strong female heroine the most. I appreciated what Jude stood for. She didn’t hesitate to strive for what she wanted in life even when every single person in her life was against her. She took each obstacle as a challenge and never gave up no matter how many times she was knocked done by her adversaries.
Angie: I love the imagination and vivid details that Holly has written in this book. I love that you feel like you can easily be one of the characters even if they’re Fae. There are qualities in each character that you can relate to whether it be Jude’s determination, Taryn’s wanting to fit in, Cardan’s stubbornness and even Locke’s and Madoc’s cunningness. There’s something to admire or hate in each character.
Would you say the 2nd book was better than the 1st?
Liezel: Absolutely. Jude was impressive in The Cruel Prince and continued to be so in the second book. I loved that there wasn’t a dull moment, that Holly Black kept us guessing until the very end.
Angie: I say yes. Jude and Cardan have grown so much in this book. We’ve seen Jude go from being almost invisible to reign over an entire land. We’ve seen Cardan go from being an absolute mess to someone that is to be admired among his people. The writing itself seems more together. As in the other book, I had a hard time getting into at first but with The Wicked King it was a smooth transition and I was hooked.
What are your thoughts about Jude and Prince Cardan’s relationship?
Liezel: This is another thing that I adored about this series – this love/hate relationship that Jude and Cardan had going on. Let’s just say that the teenage angst is spot on! The way Holly describes has me begging for more! More! MORE!
Angie: I think they are secretly madly in love with each other and are in complete denial. Even though they claim to hate each other I think there’s more love than anything. I feel like they’re in grade school where the little boy is mean to the little girl because he likes her. There’s something to admire in their relationship. I don’t know if it’s the sheer will of denying what’s in front of you or all the angst between them.
As far as arch enemies go, who do you think is the most threatening to Jude and why?
Liezel: Again, there are a few but one worst I would have to say is Taryn. I don’t want to get into the reasons why but I will give you a hint…. BETRAYAL.
Angie: This answer will be short and sweet so it doesn’t include spoilers but I think it’s Madoc. You have to read the book to figure out why.
Is there something that you disliked about this book?
Liezel: I hate that we have to wait another year for the next book. Argh!
Angie: The ending.
Would you recommend reading this series, why?
Liezel: I would have to say that despite the ending… this is one of my favorite YA Series. The world that Holly Black created was fantastic, the characters are interesting and the plot will keep you on your toes. If you haven’t read the series yet – get to it! You won’t regret it.
Angie: Yes I would a thousand percent! From the characters to the writing, Holly Black sucks you in from the very first page. It’s beautiful and tragic. It’s suspenseful and magical. It’s full of angst and tension. I definitely wouldn’t pass this book up. It’s one of my top reads this year!