The Wicked King by Holly Black
To Be Published: January 8, 2019
by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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. [summary from Goodreads]
Not to be dramatic or anything, but I need this book like air. THE CRUEL PRINCE has been my favorite book of 2018 and one of my favorite books I’ve ever read. I’ve pre-ordered both the standard edition and the B&N exclusive edition already to add to my collection. Call me obsessed, I’m okay with it. Just give me more of this fantastically written world. If you haven’t read THE CRUEL PRINCE yet, what are you waiting for?
Faerie books are usually not something I would be interested in, but the world is explained here in a way that made sense to me. I was able to effortlessly fall into the story and get swept away in the political intrigue, the magic, and especially the “I hate you but I maybe kinda secretly love you” thing that’s totally going on with Jude and Cardan.
Pre-ordering REALLY helps authors by creating demand for their work and increasing their first week sales. I really encourage you to pre-order if this sounds like something you want to read! To be perfectly honest, while I absolutely love supporting indie bookstores, I usually pre-order from Amazon because they guarantee that you will get the lowest price the book hits between the date you pre-order and the release date. Plus, they don’t charge you until the item ships, making it super easy to support the author without spending a bunch of money upfront!