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  • The Wicked King

  • The Folk of the Air, Book 2
  • Auteur(s): Holly Black
  • Narrateur(s): Caitlin Kelly
  • Durée: 10 h et 21 min
  • 4,7 out of 5 stars (581 évaluations)

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The Wicked King

Auteur(s): Holly Black
Narrateur(s): Caitlin Kelly
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The enchanting and bloodthirsty sequel to the New York Times best-selling novel The Cruel Prince.

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.

©2019 Holly Black (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Ce que les critiques en disent

"A stunning and compelling sequel." (SLJ, starred review)

"The Wicked King has satisfying twists and turns, sizzling passions, brutal violence, spies and revels of all sorts - no one brings the intricate courtly politics of Faerie to life quite as well, or with as much intelligence, as Holly Black." (Shelf Awareness, starred review)

"A heady blend of courtly double-crossing, Faerie lore, and toxic attraction swirls together in the sequel to THE CRUEL PRINCE.... Black's writing is both contemporary and classic; her world is, at this point, intensely well-realized, so that some plot twists seem almost inevitable." (Kirkus, starred review)

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My Absolute Favourite Book!

What a sequel! Completely unexpected and amazing. I enjoyed it even more than the first book. Work of art and I will reread this many times over. The audio performance was also amazing and a perfect company to the story.

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  • 2019-01-11

Yesss! Very good!

This second novel in the series was much better than the first. How am I going to wait until the next one?!?!?!

Holly Black has the perfect amount of action, love, twists and turns! Woven into an exciting novel.

The narrator is also perfect!
Love it!

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Another winner*****

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.

I read this through Audible in succession with The Cruel Prince. I don't normally do that but I just had to know what was in store for Jude and her sisters. Readers, Holly Black did not disappoint.

Jude's transformation from the weak mortal to the most powerful person in faerie was complete after she tricked Prince Cardan into taking the crown and become the High King of Faerie. This was achieved by Jude securing Cardan's word to do her will for a year and a day. That means she is the true ruler of Faerie, not bad for a mere human. That being said, ruling is not as easy as it seems since no one can know that Jude is pulling Cardan's strings. As Cardan's seneschal, Jude schemes to keep the realm from war. Jude faces all kinds of enemies from outside and inside her circle of spies and allies. It doesn't help that Cardan has effectively chosen to become a reckless drunk puppet King. Without help from Cardan, Jude navigates attacks from the Realm of the Sea and she uses every tactic with a firm determination to keep her control over Elfhame.

Where the theme of The Cruel Prince was primarily about family, The Wicked King is all about the attaining of power and the stress of keeping it from unraveling. It was exciting to watch Jude move from a position of weakness to attain the ultimate seat of power. I loved watching Jude use the strategies learned at her father, Madoc's, side and use them against him.

Jude's hunger for power aside, she and Cardan start as frenemies but slowly are realizing their attraction for each other. The one thing that Holly Black excels at is extremely good at twisting us up in knots as we work our way through the plots. The world of Elfhame is full of allies, spies, tricks, lies, distrust and questionable motives. I love the way Holly Black does not give us the typical romance, she gives us the messy complicated relationship that we all can relate to.

I highly recommend this book, two thumbs up. I am on to the final book of the series "The Queen of Nothing"

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Caused me to turn even more antisocial

I sequestered myself away in different parts of the house, sometimes pretending to do chores, so I could listen to this book in piece. I've hardly spoken to the other people in my house since I started listening.

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Great story building.

This book was an awesome story building adventure. I found I have listened to it several times now because it has just enough romance to keep you hooked and the perfect amount of Jude being a great female lead!

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I’m absolutely loving this series!

What a great second book to the Cruel Prince.

A strong ambitious female character in a world made to trick & harm humans. There’s so many twists & turns in this book, lots of backstabbing and intrigue.

My only complaint is that it’s so PG 13 we don’t get to enjoy any of the passions just fade to black kissing scenes 🤦‍♀️

I can’t wait to start the next book, I’m going to dive in right now!

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Perfect

One of the best audiobooks I've listened to. I keep coming back to it to relisten while getting work done or during drives. The narrator gives the protagonist, Jude, such a believable and vibrant voice, all while keeping tensions high in scenes that would otherwise drag on page.

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Soooo good

Amazing second instalment, fantastic world with dynamic characters. Love love love the narrator as well - her voices for characters really add to the book.

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Love!

Loved this book so much! I didn’t care for the series when I tried to read the books but listening to them has made it so much better. The voice acting is phenomenal as well!

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fantastic voice work and a memorizing story

This story really sucked me in. Quite sure I would like few of them in real life but loved spending time with these flawed, complex characters and seeing their story unfold. the readers ability to do voices is incredible.

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