The Wicked King

By: Holly Black

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.


ISBN: 9780316310352

JLG Release: May 2019

Sensitive Areas: Gore, Strong sexual themes, Violence
Topics: Kings, queens, and rulers , Power (philosophy) , Courts and courtiers , Fairies , Sisters , Fantasy

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BooklistTop 10 SF/Fantasy & Horror for Youth – 2019

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First Release

May 2019



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Accelerated Reader

Level 5.4; Points: 13;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.7; Points: 21;


Level HL780L


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Hardcover edition


Little, Brown BFYR

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Gore, Strong sexual themes, Violence


Kings, queens, and rulers, Power (philosophy), Courts and courtiers, Fairies, Sisters, Fantasy,

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