Rating: 4 / 5
I saw THE WICKER KING by K. Ancrum positively reviewed a few times. The focus on mental health and the striking cover had me picking up a copy.
THE WICKER KING follows August. His best friend Jack seems to be falling victim to hallucinations which become more and more invasive in his life. His hallucinations are long-lasting and overlay the world around him. This fantasy world draws him in with a prophecy that he must fulfill.
August is a true friend and he struggles between wanting to help Jack fulfill his assumed destiny and recognizing the potential that all of this is in his head and that he is in need of mental health. August himself begins to question reality. I loved the relationship between Jack and August even as it wasn’t always a positive. There was definitely codependence but also a fierce sense of loyalty.
This book had me instantly intrigued in the format that it uses. In the beginning it is much like a normal book but as the story progresses and Jack gets further enmeshed in his own reality and August begins to question things, the pages mimic that change by becoming darker and more messy. I loved the way the author used the different indications of the characters’ deterioration.
The issues of mental health are just one of the potentially triggering areas of the book so it is one to go into with eyes open. But I really believe that it is worth the read!
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