THE CRUEL PRINCE
(The Folk of the Air #1)
Genre: #YA #Fantasy
My Rating: 5
Publication: January 2nd 2018
Read: February 18th 2018
POV: First-person single perspective
Hardcover: 370 pages
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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 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.
As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal 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 was everything I needed and more. Holly Black is an amazing writer and I am so glad that I gave her books another chance. Everything about this book was fantastic, the characters, the plot, the relationships. I NEED the second book right now! The world was so fascinating and beautifully crafted. Holly Black’s fae may look beautiful but they are undeniably wicked. Seeing how humans traversed their world was exciting.
Jude was an amazingly complex character. She was so unique and different from any YA female protagonists I have read. She is flawed and I love that. Her anger was really something that I resonated with and because of that I could connect with her character deeply. Her relationship with her sisters is portrayed in a really great way. She refuses to be put down by anyone, especially the cruel prince himself: Cardan.
Cardan is terrible when we first meet him. But of course there was much more to him than we thought. His character was explored well but I really wish he was flushed out a little bit more. But I guess that will definitely happen in the next book considering how this one ended.
I am curious to see where the story is going to go because everything ended pretty nicely. What plots could be awaiting Jude and Cardan next?
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