Today I am going to be doing a book review of The Wicker King by K. Ancrum.
I really loved this book, and I can’t wait to talk about it more.
When August learns that his best friend, Jack, shows signs of degenerative hallucinatory disorder, he is determined to help Jack cope. Jack’s vivid and long-term visions take the form of an elaborate fantasy world layered over our own—a world ruled by the Wicker King. As Jack leads them on a quest to fulfill a dark prophecy in this alternate world, even August begins to question what is real or not.
August and Jack struggle to keep afloat as they teeter between fantasy and their own emotions. In the end, each must choose his own truth. (Goodreads)
This book gave me so many emotions, I was all over the place, it was sad, depressing, and sometimes painful to read, but at the same time I really enjoyed it.
The way the book starts on white pages, and gets darker and darker with the mental health issues get worse within the book, I thought that this added to the story and made illness seem more intense.
August, bless him, he always looks after Jack and needs him in his life so much that he would do anything for him. Anything. Jack I’m still a bit confused about, I felt so sorry for him with the illness he suffered mostly. The fact the boys had basically no parental love, made them cling to each other. The feelings they had for each other were really intense and the way it was written made it seem as if the boys would die without the other. their relationship seemed really toxic but at the same time you routed for them.
The only thing I didn’t really like about it was the introduction of this girl character, which really didn’t add to the story much. She just seemed to be there.
I do recommend this book, but be warned it is a heavy book and deals with a load of difficult subjects.