Series: The Folk of the Air #1
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on January 2, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.
And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.
Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
The Cruel Prince is another delightfully dark tale of the Fae written by Holly Black. No one writes about Faerie quite the way that Holly does and this book is no exception. I was invested in this story from page one which is filled with magic, political intrigue and murder. It will keep you hanging on until the very last page.
All the characters are well crafted and feel very realistic considering their circumstance. The story is told from Jude’s viewpoint and she has very complex feelings about her family and her living situation. She knows that she no longer fits in the human world and wants to earn her place amongst the fae. She charges into a world where every step could lead to death and uses her greatest weapon she has over the fae, her ability to lie.
This isn’t a love story where the prince saves the maiden in distress. This a story where the maiden saves herself and doesn’t bow to anyone, even a prince. I give The Cruel Prince 5 stars and would recommend this to everyone I know!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 Reading Challenge