Series: The Folk of the Air #1
Also in this series: The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2)
on January 2nd 2018
Genres: YA, Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy & Magic, Fantasy, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Dark Fantasy
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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.
I love Holly Black’s writing style. I can’t quite put my finger on what EXACTLY it is that draws me in, but I have yet to be disappointed.
Like many of her stories, The Cruel Prince is pretty messed up. Murder and kidnapping and magic – all in the first chapter. While not unnecessarily graphic, Black doesn’t pull any punches or sugar coat anything. There is bullying, assassination, and suicide, in addition to the murder and kidnapping I already mentioned. While I think these things are all well written, I thought it only fair to mention them at the beginning of my review in case you are sensitive to these issues.
The best way to go into one of Black’s books is, in my humble opinion, blind. I see her name as the author and I know I will be entertained and taken on a journey. Because of that, this review is intentionally vague. I don’t want you to accidentally guess something based on what I say here.
I did basically guess where the story was going, but the how of it was not something I saw coming. With as much as I read it is almost impossible to totally surprise me, but Black keeps me on my toes, and really makes you feel for her characters. Love them or hate them or any of the grey area in between, her people always seem to evoke a strong emotional response for me.
Basically, if you like the darker side of the fae, then pick up The Cruel Prince, and let me know what you think.