Wicked King - Holly Black (Hardcover)

(The Folk Of The Air #2)

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An intoxicating and bloodthirsty sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Cruel Prince., nominated for the CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019

'Holly Black is the Faerie Queen' - Victoria Aveyard

I have heard that for mortals, the feeling of falling in love is very like the feeling of fear.

Jude has tricked Cardan onto the throne, binding him to her for a year and a day. But the new High King does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undimmed.

Meanwhile, a traitor in the court is scheming against her. Jude must fight for her life and the lives of those she loves, all while battling her own complicated feelings for Cardan. Now a year and a day seems like no time at all . . .

Product Details

8 Jan 2019
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Holly Black
Hot Key Books
The Folk of the Air
Number of Pages
234 x 153 x 31mm (240g)


The enchanting and bloodthirsty sequel to the New York Times bestselling 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.

Dramatic and thrilling fantasy blends with contemporary storytelling to create a fully realised world, filled with magic, politics and treachery.


General Subject
BISAC Subject 1
Juvenile Fiction / Family / General (see also headings under Social Issues)
BISAC Subject 2
Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Death & Dying
BISAC Subject 3
Juvenile Fiction / Legends, Myths, Fables / General
BISAC Subject 4
Juvenile Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General
BISAC Subject 5
Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic
BIC Classification 1
Fiction & related items
BIC Classification 2
Personal & social issues: family issues (Children's / Teenage)
BIC Classification 3
Personal & social issues: death & bereavement (Children's / Teenage)
BIC Classification 4
Mysteries, the supernatural, monsters & mythological beings (Children’s/Teenage)
BIC Classification 5
Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)
Dewey Classification

Author Bio

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest, and her new series which begins with The Cruel Prince in 2018.

She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door. Follow Holly at www.blackholly.com or on Twitter: @HollyBlack