This novella was literally everything I wanted. The King by Jennifer L. Armentrout is the second novella in a spin off series from the Wicked trilogy. I liked the original Wicked series and I thought the first novella, The Prince, was really good but The King is miles above all of them. I’ll stop gushing for a moment to give you the synopsis. This review will have mild spoilers.
As Caden and Brighton’s attraction grows despite the odds stacked against a happily ever after, they must work together to stop an Ancient fae from releasing the Queen, who wants nothing more than to see Caden become the evil Prince once feared by fae and mortals alike.
The King picks up right where The Prince left off. Caden has become the King of the Summer Fae and due to his obligations, he’s been forced to put a stop to his developing relationship with Brighton. However, the two are still horribly attracted to each other and keep repeating an on again, off again cycle… that is, until Caden drops a bombshell.
A Fae King must have a Fae Queen and Caden is engaged to another woman. It’s purely political but of course, that doesn’t make Brighton feel any better. She’s desperate to get away from Caden after finding out this devastating news so she returns to her home where a visitor is waiting for her…
After this point in the story, things get super intense and I don’t want to spoil anything. There is so much tension and I literally shrieked multiple times while reading. This novella is on the same level as From Blood and Ash when it comes to character and story development; so a five star read that I couldn’t put down. The ending left my mouth hanging open and I can not wait for the final novella, The Queen, to release on July 14th.
Typically I wouldn’t recommend reading a spin off series before the original but in this case, I am. The Wicked trilogy does add context to these novellas but those books are just not as good and they’re not necessary to the overall story. Have you read the original trilogy and/or the novellas? Let me know! Thanks for reading and have a great day!