“You have only seen the least of what I can do.”Holly Black
Let’s talk about one of my favorite series of all time now that it’s come to an end.
Of the trilogy, The Wicked King is without a doubt my favorite because it’s the angstiest. I mean, the entire series is nothing but an angst fest but book two is peak angst. The Cruel Prince and The Queen of Nothing aren’t far behind though, and I think I enjoyed them equally (though for very different reasons).
The Cruel Prince: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5 Stars
The Wicked King: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 Stars
The Queen of Nothing: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5 Stars
I feel like these days its so hard to find a fantasy series under (at least) 400 pages, so if you’re looking for something short and quick that packs just as much as a punch as those longer series out there, this is for you. I almost can’t believe Holly Black’s ability to pack so much into such short books, but at the same time I wish this series went on and on because I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself now that it’s over.
Instead of giving you a synopsis, I’m just going to tell you everything I love about this series because I just need a moment to gush about my feelings.
Jude Duarte has got to be my favorite YA heroine of all time. I’m not kidding. I love how ruthless she is, how she’s not afraid to claw her way to get to the top, how cunning, clever, and selfish she is. Everything about her I completely love. If you’re into morally grey characters and haven’t read this series yet, where have you been?
The setting is captivating. The way fae/fairies are presented in this series is the only right way to do it imo. The world is lush, fantastical, and beautiful as much as it is dangerous and brutal. I also love that this magical world is in a hidden pocket of the real world we know today.
Last but not least, the ship. I can’t even begin to tell you guys how hard it is for me to find new ships these days, but THIS SHIP. It made me FEEL THINGS I haven’t felt in so long! The more I read, the harder it is for me to form emotional attachments, so when I do a series stands out all the more! The angst of the relationship was kept up for as long as I wanted it to, and I also felt like the conflicts between the two were resolved in a way that was genuine and felt earned.
You best believe I’ll be picking up Holly Black’s work from this point onward. I’m so sad that this series is over, and I’m already thinking about when I’ll be rereading it.