I succumbed to the hype around The Wicked King by Holly Black last week and picked up a copy. It’s getting 5 stars left right and centre, but also some threes and harsh comments. Why?
It’s mostly down to Cardan and Jude’s relationship. A lot of people are in love with their crude relationship and I too, found it interesting and drew me in to reading further. But most of the people docking stars from the book is because of Jude and Cardan’s relationship and the message that they worry it could bring across to younger readers. YA is after all aimed at roughly fourteen to eighteen year olds and those on the younger scale could think the toxic relationship depicted is okay – their reasoning not so much mine.
But The Wicked King doesn’t really say hey, this is alright. The ending to the story (which I won’t go in to further detail) does not in anyway make the reader think the choices made lead to good consequences. So, I wouldn’t say the Folk of the Air series idolises toxic relationships, if that’s a worry. It’s definitely not a good relationship, but it’s interesting.
I gave it 4 stars. Mostly, because I found Jude irritating. I loved the ride this book took me on but I didn’t love Jude’s stupid decision making. I get she was in over her head and could I have done any better? Probably not. But I wanted her to rely on someone anyone. In hindsight I feel a little harsh giving it this rating as it’s definitely a book I’d reread.
I also can’t wait for the next instalment of the series! What were your thoughts? What did you think of The Wicked King?
Also I know this blog has been a little bit quiet as of late and that may have been because I’ve enjoyed starting my less eloquent Bookstagram, a little too much. I’m @ensworldofwords. DM I’d love to hear your thoughts on anything bookish 🙂