The Wicked King Lib/E

Holly Black (Author) Caitlin Kelly (Read by)


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.

Product Details

Little, Brownyr
Publish Date
January 08, 2019
6.1 X 1.2 X 6.7 inches | 0.6 pounds
Compact Disc

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About the Author

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 Tales series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, The Darkest Part of the Forest, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), and the Folk of the Air series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of both an Andre Norton Award and a Newbery Honor. She lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door. Visit her at

Caitlin Kelly, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, is a seasoned voice-over artist with experience in Japan and the United States. She has a BFA in drama and studied musical theater at the Collaborative Arts Project 21, an off-Broadway theater company and musical theater training conservatory. She got started in voice-over work in 2009 while living in Japan where she toured with Disney's World of English and World Family Club as a performer and a puppeteer.


A heady blend of courtly double-crossing, Faerie lore, and toxic attraction...A rare second volume that surpasses the first.

-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

Black expands the reaches of her brutally beautiful world and the depths of her deadly, vulnerable characters...A sinister, singular thrill.

-- "Booklist (starred review)"

Readers are dropped right into another dark and entrancing tornado of Faerie chaos...Action builds steadily to yet another devilishly cunning twist ending.

-- "School Library Journal (starred review)"

Narrator Caitlin Kelly returns for this addition to the author's Folk of the Air series...Although Kelly succeeds in portraying the urgency and thrills in this complex fantasy, her performance highlight is her depiction of the romantic tension between Jude and Cardan...This winning combination of outstanding narration and captivating story will surely hook listeners from start to finish.

-- "AudioFile"