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The Wicked King

The Wicked King

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Nick
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The Wicked King

by Black, Holly
Someone You Know Has Betrayed You...

Back with a vengeance, Holly Black's amazing YA Fantasy "The Cruel Prince" has gotten a sequel, full of lies, secrets, twists and betrayals. Holly Black is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine, her prose are absolutely amazing and her characters are incredibly unique. Usually with YA/Teen Fantasy the main character is an all good, do it by the book, perfect moral compass and can do no wrong, where with this series, it's the exact opposite. No character is entirely good or evil, nothing is black and white. Everyone betrays everyone, and even Jude Duarte, our cunning heroine, lies and cheats and manipulates in order to get her way. This story takes place five months into Cardan's reign as king, and unbeknownst to everyone else in the realm, is controlled by Jude. Both are figuring out quickly how the court runs, and sooner than later, realizes that its more difficult to stay in power than to attain it. Tensions with the undersea folk rise like the tide, and war may be on the horizon. Secrets and conspiracies also escalate within the court, and someone close to Jude has betrayed them all, but who could it be? Also, what exactly are Cardan's feelings towards Jude? Their relationship continues to become more complicated, and Jude begins to question everything? Does she also have feelings for him? Does he actually have feelings for her, or are they more malicious and calculated than she thinks? So many twists, so much tension, its turning out to be such an amazing series, highly recommend!

 
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A sequel to The Cruel Prince finds Jude navigating the Faerie's constantly shifting political alliances while the wicked but alluring king, Cardan, does everything in his power to undermine her, before the acts of a mysterious traitor threaten the lives of everyone Jude loves. 100,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.



  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
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    • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
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    • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
    • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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    Conditions Guide
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sold by: HPB Algonquin
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co
  • ISBN-13: 9780316310352
  • ISBN: 0316310352
  • Publication Year: 2019



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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
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  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
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