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Publisher's Summary

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

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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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  • Liz
  • 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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  • Kristal Torpey
  • 2019-01-12

You're Killing Me, Holly!

Holly.... with all due respect... you need to knock it off with this "waiting one year between books" schtick. Just... stop. I demand satisfaction !
In all seriousness, loved the book. Waited a year and devoured it. I need more. Need to know what happens.
This is a serious problem I have with most of Holly's books. Can't get enough and have no self control and just devour them and then whine and beg for Holly to give me more.
2019 just started and I'm already crying for 2020 so Holly will put me out of my misery.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-12

Infuriating ending

love the book and the story. the ending makes me want to throw something. in fact waiting a year for the next may be the most frustrating.

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  • Julie
  • 2019-01-11

Get Ready to be DESTROYED

I feel like the audiobook narrator adds to my enjoyment of this series but wow this one was good

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  • Tory Andrew
  • 2019-01-10

Good but 1st book was better

This was a good book but not as good as the first. It seemed slow to me. I also wish there was some loyalty somewhere in the book. Everyone is constantly lying and it just makes life harder for all of the land.

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  • Chandra
  • 2019-01-10

I can't wait to find out what happens next!

Great follow up. Highly recommended! just got the book yesterday and finished tonight. Great action.

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  • 2019-01-17

Cardin.... Cardin..... Cardin!!!!!

Okay so while reading this book "which was amazing" I was extremely annoyed with Jude, I just couldn't get her reasoning for wanting to rule Faerie so bad!!! I mean I get wanting to belong but at some point why not just move with Vivi and Oak in the Human world??? I also felt like Jude was to gullible she EASILY trusted the Ghost, she trusted Tarin and she also trusted Cardin leading to her fall from grace!!! Honestly I find Jude actions ARE narcissistic, she says she made Cardin king to protect Oak but I believe she's doing it to make herself feel better, she's doing it for power, she's doing it to get back at those who've done something to her in the past and not to better Faerie!!!

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  • Elle
  • 2019-01-16

*Fangirl squeal*

My only regret with this book is that the next one isn’t going to be out for a year. Jude is the best MC EVER and I want to be as BA as her.

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  • michelle thystrup
  • 2019-01-16

loved it!!

This is really great book and the narrator is amazing! The narrator really makes you feel like your in the story and does an awesome job with her voices for all the characters.

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  • Wendy
  • 2019-01-16

Phenomenal!!

Loved absolutely everything about this sequel!! Cannot wait for the next!!! Narrator was just perfection!!!!

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  • Conswella Joyce
  • 2019-01-16

I absolutely loved The Wicked King!

I enjoyed every minute of reading this book. The Wicked King lives up to the brilliance of the first book in the series. The plot was suspenseful and the twists were “wickedly good”. I am already excitedly awaiting the release of the next book in the series. Congratulations to Ms. Black on writing a worthy and exciting sequel to The Cruel Price!