Quotations: The Wicked King




"You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring. The first lesson is to make yourself that strong. It will hurt. Pain makes you strong." - Madoc page 1

"Angry was better than scared." - Jude page 2

"Power is the ability to get what you want. Power is the ability to be the one making the decisions." - Madoc page 3

"Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to." - Madoc page 6

"It was good to be hugged. Even by a monster." - Jude page 6


"I won;t be horrible for the sake of my own amusement." - Jude page 10

"Punish me no further, and my loyalty to you will be as great as your wisdom." - Grimsen page 11


"My pride urges me to fight." - Jude page 24


"Watching my back is the perfect opportunity to stick a knife in it." - Jude page 28

"If you don't trust us, just say so. We cam to one arrangement, we can come to another." - Roach page 28

"Human bodies betray us. They get starved and sick and run down. I know it, and yet there is always so much more to do." - Jude page 29

"Let me guess. You though you could strike me, and there would be no consequences." - Jude page 30

"That's the problem with a puppet government: It's not going to run itself." - Jude page 34

"Adrenaline may turn out not to be a replacement for experience." - Jude page 34

"And now that I found in myself a taste for power, will I be loath to give it up." - Jude page 37

"There is only now. There is only tomorrow and tonight and tonight, and now and soon and never." - Jude page 37


"I've missed her too much to risk losing her again." - Jude page 39

"I'm no longer a child, and I don't need comfort." - Jude page 42


"Let's assume I know everything. Everything. Always." - Jude page 53

"Everything's a game, Jude." - Nicasia page 55

"Kiss me again. Kiss me until I am sick of it." - Cardan page 57

"If you're the sickness. I suppose, you can't also be the cure." - Cardan page 57


"But a lot can happen in a year and a day." - Cardan page 60

"Give me all the commands you want, but you'll never think of everything." - Cardan page 60


"A part of me wants nothing more than to prove I am more than what they suppose me to be - the weak and silly appointee of a weak and silly king." - Jude page 64

"I didn't appreciate you properly." - Madoc page 70

"I dismissed your capacity for strategy, for strength - and for cruelty. That was my mistake, and one I will not make again." - Madoc page 70


"Perhaps you tell yourself that you enjoy having something over my head. But in truth, I think it's that you knew no one would ever believe you. I belong in this world. You don't. And you know it." - Nicasia page 79

"I kissed him on the mouth, and then I threatened to kiss him some more if he didn't do exactly what I wanted." - Jude page 81


"I am grateful for the times you were kind." - Jude page 84

"Do not dishonor my vow by thinking it can be dismissed with a wave of your hand." - Tatterfell page 84

"Do something. I know you want to say you told me so, but I don't care." - Taryn page 87

"I have bigger problems." - Jude page 87

"When I'm with  him, I feel like the hero of a story, of my story." - Taryn page 87


"Stones grow here as they do anywhere, fed on ambition and envy and desire." - Jude page 89

"Power is infectious. Power is greedy." - Jude page 92

"I never want to be the cause of her pain." - Jude page 92

"Nothing is sweeter, but that which is scarce." - Cardan page 93

"I'm an excellent juggler. Juggling, you see, is just tossing two things in the air at the same time. No matter how many things you add, you've got only two hands, so you can only toss two things. You've just got to throw faster and faster, higher and higher. My advise, is that you learn to juggle, better than I did." - Val Moren page 94


"What has changed? Is he different because I have forced him to be? Is it because he is away from Balekin? Or is he no different at all and I'm only seeing what I want to see?" - Jude page 98

"Something is really wrong with me, to want what I hate, to want someone who despises me, even if he wants me too. My only comfort is that he doesn't know what I feel." - Jude page 98

"Even without liars, there can be still be lies." - Jude page 100

"But I believe it is only that her beauty is...unique." - Cardan page 104

Jude: I hate you
Cardan: Say it again
- page 104

"Whatever you do to me, I can do worse to you." - Jude page 107


"No matter how low I already feel, if he thinks me a fool, then a fool I must allow myself to be." - Jude page 114

"But it would be better for both of us to stop fighting each other and focus on our common interest: power." - Madoc page 116

"What if I'm more interested in the power I already have." - Jude page 116

"The only difference between tonight and all the other nights. When I endured indignities without complaint is that those benefited you, and when I endure this, it benefits me." - Jude page 117

Madoc: I didn't know.
Jude: You didn't want to know.

- page 117


"If you're asking whether I have secrets. I could easily ask the same of you." - Jude page 120

"I may be rotten, but my one virtue is that I'm not a killer." - Cardan page 121

"Do not play with me. We know each other too well for tricks." - Cardan page 122

"Legends need not concern themselves with something as small as happiness." - Nicasia page 123

"Give me an order again, and I will show you true shame." - Jude page 124


"Let me make myself clear: I do not beg for comforting reminiscences or love stories. If you have something better to give me, then perhaps I will find something for you. But do not think I need you." - Jude page 130

"But no one can escape fate." - Asha page 130


"Whenever I see her, I remember all over again how it felt to be made a fool." - Jude page 133

"You can fight anything. Winning, though, that is something else again." - Cardan page 139

"I hate you, I hate you so much that sometimes I can't think of anything else." - Jude page 145

"I hate being vulnerable." - Jude page 146

"I like him better than I've ever liked anyone and that of all the things he's ever done to me, making me like him so much is by far the worst." - Jude page 146


"I am done with being polite." - Jude page 149


"But some lies are not worth the telling." - Roach page 159

"Humans will deceive themselves." - Jude page 160

"Politics are boring." - Vin page 162


"What do I know about love?" - Jude page 169

"Pain makes you strong. Get used to the weight." - Madoc page 174


"But nothing and no one is infallible." - Madoc page 183

"No, I do not need you." - Cardan page 186

"Although I have sometimes been harsh with you, it was because I sought to make you better." - Balekin page 187

"Without me, you would be nothing. Without me, you will be nothing." - Balekin page 187


"It is said we learn more from our failures than our successes." - Madoc page 203





"I would tell him whatever you wish." - Jude page 238

"I have never been so much alone, and I have never had to play a role for this long. i feel hollowed out, diminished." - Jude page 240



"Do with me, what you will. I am yours." - Jude page 260


"At first, I tried to prove that was nothing like he thought me. But when that didn't work, I tried to be exactly what he believed I was instead. If he thought I was bad, I would be worse. If he thought I was cruel, I would be horrifying, I would live down to his every expectation. If I couldn't have his favor, then I would have his wrath." - Cardan page 265

"I wasn't kind, Jude. Not to many people. Not to you, I wasn't sure if I wanted you or if I wanted you gone from my sight so that I could stop feeling as I did, which made me even more unkind. But when you were gone - truly gone beneath the waves - I hated myself as I never have before." - Cardan page 266


"Sometimes lying is a real pleasure." - Jude page 277


"Oh, how many times have I wished that you couldn't lie? Never more than now." - Cardan page 289

"Why was I awful to you? Because I could be. Because I liked it. Because, for a moment, when I was at my worst, I felt powerful, and most of the time, I felt powerless." - Cardan page 290

"I want to be anyone but the person I am." - Jude page 298


"I wanted to show you that you could trust me to do things. I wanted to show you that I believed you'd thought it all through." - Cardan page 303

"I need to make my own decisions." - Cardan page 303

"Marry me. Become the Queen of Elfhame." - Cardan page 304


"Like you, I am not skilled at forgiveness." - Cardan page 312


The Wicked King By Holly Black


After reading the first book, I panicked in looking for the second part because it was sold out on most stores, I felt so relieved to find a copy within the next day! Now, I cannot wait for the third installment. 

Title: The Wicked King

Author: Holly Black

Type: Fiction 

Category: Young Adult

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Little Brown and Company

Total Chapters: 30 + Prologue and Epilogue

Total Pages: 322

Table of Contents: Not applicable

Summary From The Book: 

Jude 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 biddable. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undiminished. 

When it all becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her 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. 

My Thoughts: 

Since I was left hanging in the first book, I have this own ideas inside my head on what could happen next. Guess what, all my expectations on what will happen is totally different from the story of the second installment! Once again, I got hooked in reading this book without stopping. Now, I am left hanging again and have to wait for the release of the last installment on November 2019. 

The book's point of view is still focused on the heroine, Jude. The major characters are the same as the first book, The Cruel Prince. 

At first, I want to guess on why the front cover is showing a crown submerged in water but it will have a significance in the plot. 

This whole story reminds me of Game of Thrones and I think I am liking Cardan more and more as I continue to read it. 

My favorite scene would be the unleash of Cardan's power. I kind of expected that he was special - but not that special! You will get it once you read it. 

The title is perfect for the story if you will also feel as frustrated as I am. LOL. You better start reading it then to understand my thoughts. 

My Favorite Line/s:

"Like you, I am not skilled at forgiveness." 

Rating: 5/5 because the story is my kind of thing and it leaves me hanging and excited for the next chapter to unfold. 

Recommendation: To those people who loves plot twists, politics specially in monarchy like Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings. 

Quotations: The Cruel Prince




"Grown-ups were always worried, always whispering." - Jude page 2

"Everything was boring. Everything was fine." - Jude page 2

"I was never going to be happy with you. Your world isn't for people like me." - Jude's mom page 3

"I hate you, I will always hate you. I vow it." - Vivi page 6




"Too many for my eyes to drink them all in, yet I cannot look away." - Jude page 17

"All I need is a chance to prove myself." - Jude page 19

"Don't give them any more reason to bother you than they've already got!" - Taryn page 23


"I want to feel more, but every time I look at it, I feel less." - Jude page 25

"I'm so tired. So tired. Of being powerless." - Jude page 25

"I can belong whether they like it or not." - Jude page 26

"There is nothing I can say to make them stop, and I know it. I have no power here." - Jude page 29

"I want to win. I do not yearn to be their equal. In my heart, I yearn to best them." - Jude page 31


"Eventually, it hurt too much to try." - Jude page 32

"I thought love was supposed to happen when you least expected it, like a sap to the skull." - Jude page 33

"Do you know how hard it is to always keep your head down? To swallow insults and endure outright threats? And yet I have done so, I thought it proved my toughness, I thought if you saw I could take whatever came at me and still smile, you would see that I was worthy." - Jude page 39

"But I am done being weak. I am done with being good. I think I am going to be something else." - Jude page 43


"Even if, by some miracle, I could be better than them, I will never be one of them." - Jude page 46


"Why don't you tell me how you want me to feel?" - Jude page 50

"Never? Never is like forever - too big for mortals to comprehend." - Cardan page 52


"I don't think he realizes just how angry I am or how good it feels, for once, to give up on regrets." - Jude page 66


"I will keep on hurting you until there is nothing left to hurt." - Cardan page 76

"There's no shame in surrender." - Jude page 76

"You think because you can humiliate me, you can control me?" - Jude page 76

"And to coddle your ego, I have made myself less. I have made myself small, I have kept my head down." - Jude page 76

"I will make sure you lose everything I can take from you on the way down. I promise you this - this is the least of what I can do." - Jude page 77


"Did I lie at all? Because what's so great about lying is the not knowing." - Prince Dain page 83

"Desire is an odd thing. As soon as it's sated, it transmutes." - Prince Dain page 84

"Ask me for something . Something you've never asked from anyone." - Prince Dain page 84

"I don't want to be controlled." - Jude page 87

"It's frightening to have a choice like this in front of me, a choice that changes all future choices." - Jude page 87


"Our lives are the only real thing we have, our only coin. We get to buy what we want with them." - Jude page 90

"You are nothing like us." - Nicasia page 98

"I want to make them happy. I want everyone to be as happy as I am." - Jude page 99

"There's safety in being awful." - Locke page 101

"When I find out whom you're protecting. They will be sorry they ever drew breath." - Madoc page 103


"I don't want to lose focus I am afraid that if I do, I will lose my composure, too." - Jude page 107

"But I will  make them regret crossing me." - Jude page 108

"Tell me. When will you cease being a disappointment?" - Prince Balekin page 117

"I do it because I love you. I do it because I love our family." - Prince Balekin page 118


"Yeah, I can see how that's a real talent. Not having to say what you mean." - Roach page 122

"Poison may be a coward's weapon, but it is an effective one." - Prince Dain page 123

"I'm not supposed to believe anything you say." - Roach page 127


"Try not to be too much of a disappointment and we'll have your back." - Ghost page 130

"But if I can't laugh, maybe I'm not so fine after all." - Jude page 131

"Everything matters." - Locke page 133

"Nothing there would be the same without you." - Locke page 134

"I am tired of caring, why should I?" - Jude page 137

"Nice things don't happen in storybooks, or when they do happen, something bad happens next. Because otherwise, the story would be boring, and no one would read it." - Taryn page 138

"Be happy for me." - Taryn page 138


"I will have much to repay him for. I will make him proud f me. Everyone else, I will make very, very sorry." - Jude page 144

"If only everything in my life were so easily resolved." - Jude page 146

"Why don't you ever trust me with him? I'm not a monster! I've never done anything to either of you." - Jude page 147

"I am coming unraveled. I am coming undone." - Jude page 148


"I do not understand why he likes me, but it is exciting to be liked." - Jude page 153

"You are nothing. You barely exist at all. Your only purpose is to create more of your kind before you die some pointless and agonizing death." - Valerian page 156

"Everything is slow and perfect and makes no sense at all. This can't be my life. This feels nothing like in my life." - Jude page 165

"See their vulnerabilities, the cracks in their armor. You've got to know them to beat them, right? I don't say you'll like them any better, but you don't need to like them." - Locke page 166

"I have braved worse things." - Jude page 169


"That's what he likes. To ruin things." - Nicasia page 173

"I feel worse and worse still for how cruel I am about to be." - Jude page 184

"You're not allowed to cry, you must not cry. I will slap you if I have to." - Jude page 184

"Does helping one person really matter, on balance?" - Jude page 185

"Once I have power, I will find a way to help them all." - Jude page 185

"I hadn't been listening. I hadn't wanted to hear her, I'd just wanted to save her." - Jude page 193


"No one stops me. I am vulnerable enough, I will keep what dignity I can." - Jude page 195

"I have tried to be better than them, and I have failed." - Jude page 197

"Instead of being afraid, I could become something to fear." - Jude page 197

"I am desperate. I will take any comfort there is, any comfort at all." - Jude page 199

"You did a brave thing. Be glad of that. Not everyone cam be brave. I'm not always." - Vivienne page 201

"When there is a lost of power concentrated in one place, there are plenty of scraps to fight over." - Oriana page 205

"If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse." - Jude page 210


"Maybe my messed-up life turned me into someone capable of doing messed-up things." - Jude page 216

"But we all want stupid things. That doesn't mean we should have them." - Jude page 219

"There is little good in me. But I owe you a debt, and I have sworn to do the best by you that I know how." - Madoc page 224

"I cannot forgive him, but I cannot hate him, either." - Jude page 224


"I have a place with them and a purpose." - Jude page 229

"Do you love me enough to give me up? Isn't that a test of love?" - Locke page 231

"If you hurt me. I wouldn't cry. I would hurt you back." - Jude page 231



"I don't want to pretend that happened is anything other than horrific. I don't want to disguise my disgust." - Jude page 250


"Do what I say and I'll delay the pleasure of hurting you." - Jude page 257

"Do you really think I care if you're comfortable?" - Jude page 263

"True power isn't granted. True power can't be taken away." - Jude page 267


"One doesn't have to lie to deceive." - Jude page 274

"Was it fun to deceive me? Did you like the feeling of having something over me?" - Jude page 276

"I'm a mirror. I'm the mirror you don't want to look at." - Taryn page 277

"I am so angry, angry at so many things. I hate that I was afraid. I hate that I was tricked. Fury roars in my head, lough enough to drown out my every thought." - Jude page 277

"I want to do something but I do nothing." - Jude page 279

"I feel exhausted and utterly, completely defeated." - Jude page 279

"I hate everyone. I just don't hate them enough." - Jude page 279

"It will not end well. But I will not stand in front of your happiness. I will not even stand in front of misery that you choose for yourself." - Madoc page 281

"You loyalty is to your family." - Madoc page 281

"There's no point in fighting if you're not intending to win." - Madoc page 281

"If you want my advice, love doesn't grow well, fed on pain." - Madoc page 283

"No one can really plan for every variable, though. That's ridiculous." - Jude page 283

"Sometimes, when I look at you, I'm not sure if you'd even know how to be human anymore." - Vivi page 287

"It frightens me to thing myself so vulnerable." - Jude page 287

"What if the way I am is the way I am? What if, when everything else is different, I'm not." - Jude page 289


"But he is what he is. He cannot be other than his nature." - Jude page 296

"The odd thing about ambition is this: You can acquire it like a fever but it is not so easy to shed." - Jude page 297

"But maybe being a monster was my calling." - Jude page 297


"This is weakness, to put fear above ambition. Above family, above love, but it feels good. It feels like being powerful." - Jude page 301

"I smile a lot when I'm nervous." - Cardan page 301

"Charmers are charming, but that's all they are." - Jude page 304

"I wanted to frighten you, but I never wanted you dead. I never wanted anyone dead." - Cardan page 304

"Most of all, I hate you because I think of you often. It's disgusting, and I can't stop." - Cardan page 307

"You really do want me and you hate it." - Jude page 307


"You're not going to run because you've got nowhere to go." - Jude page 310

"I am going to offer you something better than your life." - Jude page 316

"How many promises can I make before I find myself accountable for them?" - Jude page 319


"I will help you as long as I am not the only one." - Severin page 329

"If you need me, I will do what I can." - Severin page 329

"You can want me to agree to something without even knowing what it is?" - Jude page 334


"Bold, that's what i need to be. Like I own the place." - Jude page 336

"Whoever controls the king, controls the kingdom." - Jude page 339

"You're a dirty liar and I hate it and I hate this." - Viviene page 340


"But making people like you, making people want to take your part and be on your side - that I am far less skilled at." - Jude page 344

"I turned out to be useful after all. What a terrible surprise." - Cardan page 344

"I do not have endless patience." - Balekin page 347

"If you live your life always afraid, always with danger on your heels, it is not so difficult to pretend away more danger." - Jude page 349

"I have often wondered if my past is the reason I am the way I am, if it has made me monstrous." - Jude page 349

"But he is who and what he is. I know he cannot promise." - Jude page 351


"The thing I like best is how you never do what I imagine you will." - Locke page 357


"I have done the thing, and now I must live with what I have done. I have lied and I have betrayed and I have triumphed. If only there was someone to congratulate me." - Jude page 367

"I will be your puppet. You rule." - Cardan page 370