5/5 sparkling stars
*Spoilers for Cruel Prince*
Wicked King picks up shortly after the end of Cruel Prince, with Cardan as King of Faerie, bound to Jude Duarte for exactly one year and a day. Acting as the King’s seneschal as the power behind the throne, Jude struggles with Faerie politics and Cardan’s endless humiliation, and wonders whether her past decisions were the right ones, and what new decisions she should make. When it becomes known that there is a traitor among those Jude trusts, her complicated feelings for Cardan and her role as his seneschal are no longer her only problems. Especially when the Undersea threatens to start a war with the land…
In this sequel the characters and world are fleshed out even more, and I love this. The plot is thick and perfectly paced, full of twists and terms.
The characters: you root for them, you hate them, you love them… it’s an endless cycle of joy and sadness.
The world: you explore Elfhame, its politics, its people, its culture, its consumables. The world is so well fleshed-out. But you also visit other places, like the human world and the Undersea, the latter of which is introduced in a very interesting way.
The plot: I loved the pacing of this book, which is rare. I never thought it was too slow or too fast. It was exactly right. I didn’t see the plot twists coming, didn’t see the ending coming at all. And I appreciate this, truly.
All in all, I would recommend this series – The Folk of the Air series – to anyone looking to read about Fae and Faeries, interesting characters, a well fleshed-out world, and a complicated romance.