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This is gonna be a short one. November was a weird month for me. I fell into the Iron Flame reading slump. Had trouble finding audiobook narrators I enjoyed. And just wanted to wrap myself up in a blanket and watch TV some nights. That aside, let’s dive into what I did read in November.
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The Wicked King by Holly Black
In the second book of The Folk of Air, Jude has bound Cardan to her after Oak crowned him King, to protect Oak. There is a lot of politics in this book, especially as Jude steps into her role as Cardan’s seneschal, or second in command. Jude is also betrayed by someone close to her and the feelings between Cardan and Jude start to grow stronger.
I liked this book, it is not my favorite in the series. Cardan is still a bit of a bully but is every bit the Wicked King.
Jude evolves a lot in this book. She has Cardan leashed even though he would do whatever she asked regardless and I love their dynamic and the tension. I also love that Jude just keeps elevating her status and giving everyone in Eflhame Pikachu face with her antics.
Taryn can go rot in a hole. Vivi, and Heather, and Oak need to come over for dinner because I love them.
At the same time, this is still YA. It’s not spicy by any means and even though I love these little cinnamon rolls, they still do stupid things. Many times I was confused by Jude. She has ambition and then sometimes acts like she doesn’t even have a brain. side eye
But overall I like this book, it passed the vibe check and I wasn’t wholly confused by what I had read. So this book gets a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
In the final book of the series, Jude has moved up to Queen of Elfhame, though she is exiled. Despite her exile, Taryn shows up needing Jude’s help and so she ventures back into Elfhame and straight into a brewing war, being stirred up by none other than the man himself, Madoc.
This book without a doubt is my favorite. Jude and Cardan grow up a little bit and not only act like a couple of people who love each other but also work together!
We get retribution and justice at the end and while I still do not like Taryn, I absolutely love Vivi a million times more than I did in the previous two books.
And the LOVE LETTERS???!!
Excuse me, Holly Black, how dare you!
Writing letters is an automatic promotion to book boyfriend, I don’t make the rules. And yeah Cardan is a 19-year-old certified fae dumb
ass, but he’s mine, tail and all. sobs
This book without a doubt was a vibe, it gave appropriate enemies to lovers, it gave taking the high road, and it gave good vibes.
This book gets a solid 4.5 out of 5. While The Folk of Air series gets 4 stars out of 5 stars from me.
Iron Flame by Rebecca Yarros
To be honest, I am not even ready to talk about this one.
In Iron Flame, we pick up pretty much right after the events of Fourth Wing. Violet has gone through a lot and going back to Basgiath, only proves challenging as she navigates her second year as a rider. Violet’s world is pretty much rocked at this point and her relationship with Xaden has taken a nose dive, but a war is brewing and Violet must decide where she stands and who she stands with.
Alright let’s get this out of the way first, Andarna might just be my favorite dragon over Tairn. I said what I said.
The banter between the dragons, Andarna’s attitude, I loved it.
Dragon fun aside, this book is seriously emotionally draining.
I will say, I really fell in love with Xaden’s character all over again. Which I find funny because, in Fourth Wing, I loved Violet and found Xaden to be annoying. Whereas in Iron Flame, I loved Xaden and found myself irritated with Violet.
I also didn’t like how nearly every chapter ends in a cut scene or fades to black scene. It made the book feel choppy and this book needed a lot more editing.
But back to the characters, Violet is super regressive in this book. Her attitude for the first 75% of the book is demanding honesty and nothing less, and then when Xaden is finally honest with her, she is like:
It was a good book overall though. There was a lot of really good tension, world—building, and we got to know the side characters a lot more as well.
I was not a fan of the ending, to be honest.
This book gets 3.75 out of 5 stars. I just couldn’t this book 4 stars.
There were so many issues that I couldn’t get past and I’m kind of over these over-the-top books. Like a slow build with a cliffhanger? Sure. But a 700-page rollercoaster where I feel like I need a therapist after reading? No, thank you.
And considering there are 3 more books in this series, I have to seriously debate whether or not I want to continue the series or just read spoilers on the internet.
Overall, it was an interesting ride. Please be warned this book is a lot so prepare yourself as necessary.
But that wraps it up! November was a much slower month for me and I expect December might also be just as slow with the holidays. But I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’ve read any of these!