Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2)

Content Overview

Overall Content



Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking


Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty


Violence, Weapons, Blood, Crime


Potentially Intense Themes


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My Opinion

[usr 4} I still hate to admit that I like such intense fantasy! However, once again, the story is great. Black does a great job drawing you in and keeping things interesting. Most people told me that this book was better than book one. I still can’t decide about that, but you get to know Cardan a bit more and see Jude really come out of her shell. I liked that. This book series is definitely proving to be exciting and adventurous!

For the content, the violence was fairly small with the intimacy going up a bit. Sex is referred to more and two people actually have sex, twice. It’s vague in one but more descriptive in the other. Still, there are not a lot of details and could probably be brushed over as a kissing session but to my eyes, it was obvious. Teens on up would enjoy this book!

Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2)

Holly Black

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. 

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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Detailed Content Review




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Religious Cursing-





Derogatory terms etc-

Daughter of dirt

Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking

A man drinks a lot of wine and is regularly drunk. 

A young woman takes small doses of poisons each day to build up a tolerance. 

A man and his friends are very intoxicated. 

Wine is served at a celebration. 

Troughs are filled with wine.

A young woman is “pink with wine.”

A woman sips wine. 

Two teens sip Shiraz during a party. 

Young women have a party with wine. 

A young woman drinks wine. 

A man drinks wine. 

A man gives a young woman a bottle of poison to kill someone. 

Wine is served at a party. A man walks in very drunk and falls on the floor. 

A man has been poisoned. 

Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty

A man and his friends (1 female, 2 more males) are in states of undress while very intoxicated. 

Naked fae run around enjoying themselves. 

A young woman pulls off her dress in front of a crowd and stands in her underwear until she puts on another dress. 

A young woman is in a relationship with another young woman. 

A man kisses a young woman’s ear then her lips. They tumble to the couch and she pulls him over her. He kisses her hard then unbuttons her shirt. He takes off his shirt, she takes off hers. His hand slides between her thighs. She tries to unbutton his pants. His fingers are “clever.” She tries not to make noises but is breathing hard and is flushed. He is more experienced than her. 

A woman tells a man that if he takes lovers after he is wed that his wife better be there too and if everyone isn’t having fun then it should end. 

A man jokes he will have an orgy with many. 

A young woman is stripped and dressed in a see-through garment. 

A young woman kisses a man. 

A man climbs out of bed naked. No details. People are in the room and he quickly dresses.

A man kisses a young woman. 

***SPOILER*** a man and young woman marry. He asks her to lie with him. No details other than trading kisses and tangled limbs. 

Violence, Weapons, Crime, Blood

A young woman remembers her mom’s murder and the blood.

A young woman sticks a man with a poisoned pin and he passes out. 

There is an assassination attempt. A young woman is hit in the leg but not hurt much. 

Previously, a couple killed a woman and hid her body in a house that burned. 

A group of people on horses are chasing a young woman on a horse. They shoot arrows and an ax, she throws knives and is hit with an arrow in the thigh. She attacks and throws the ax into a man’s chest. Blood bubbles out of his mouth and he slumps. She slices a horses underside, blood spraying. Later she sews up her wound and blood is everywhere. 

A group of sea people drown a group of people on land. They are found with water in their mouths. 

A young woman is hit on the back of the head. She is taken and restrained in chains. A young woman punches her in the gut. Magic is used to cause her pain. She is captured and neglected with food and water. They slap her. 

A man attacks with a sword, a young woman stabs him in the neck with a knife. Blood sprays.

Potentially Intense Themes

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