Interesting, complex characters? Check.

Summary:

Jude Duarte has secured her place as the power behind the throne for the next two years, but the clock is winding down fast. She is King Cardan’s seneschal (trusted advisor), but in reality the King of Elfhame, is a puppet, bound to her every command. Even as her relationship with the reluctant king begins to disintegrate, their strange attraction grows. Jude is scrambling to maintain her power while also guarding Cardan from dangers both inside and outside the Faerie court.


BTSYA / Teen Reader (15):
The characters are the highlight of this book. Jude's motivation and plans are interesting and complex. They are unlike other book I have read.

  • Jude’s relationship with her family grows even more complex. She  thwarted her adoptive father’s plans, and they now exist in an unstable equilibrium.
  • Jude and Cardan also have this incredible relationship. They are trying to build trust, even with Jude’s power over Cardan looming over their heads.

The plot is great, and there are many surprising turns. The ending is so good, and is the perfect set up for the finale of this awesome trilogy. The Folk of the Air is a series worth several rereads. The books would make an amazing gift for readers 14 years and older. The plot can get quite dark and there are a few questionable scenes.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers who love character-driven fantasy with lots of twists and turns will love (and reread) Holly Black's Folk of the Air trilogy. The stories must be read in order.

Content Awareness Factors:

The book has both violent and sexual scenes.


Type of Book:
This is the second title in a young adult fantasy novel.
Educational Themes:

This is a book for reading entertainment. That said, Jude's ability to control King Cardan could invite some interesting discussions about free will. Is it possible to ave a "real" relationship - or truly "trust" someone who has power over you?

Reading Level:
5.4
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
14 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
14 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 15
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy if you're going to read the trilogy. This is a book you'll re-read.

Title The Wicked King
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The Folk of the Air, Book 2

Author Holly Black
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers © 2019
ISBN 9780316310352
Material Hard Cover
Cost $18.99
Genres Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
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