Jude 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 biddable. 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 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.
The Wicked King Holly Black Hot Key Books, 2019 Source: Library
Fairies AND mermaids! So interesting! So much fun!
For some reason, though, I keep picturing Cardan as the Disney version of Prince John:
I had to keep reminding myself that he's still a fairy, even though he has a tail.
Anyway, back to the story.
The Wicked King was just as good as The Cruel Prince. Knowing the characters made the story more engaging and meant more time for action as opposed to explanation. And oh, the ending! So good! It was one of those endings where I knew something was coming, I just couldn't have predicted it. I can't wait to see what happens in The Queen of Nothing!