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Publisher Description

By #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue.

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.

Young Adult
January 2
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Grades 7-17

Customer Reviews

ronniee_b ,

Great read!!

This book had a slow start for me, but half way through I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to finish this series.

abby-bash-lor ,

Read it.

It’s the best. Slow romance burn. Character individuality and growth. Minor predictability with a twist. I can’t wait to start book 2.

GhibliPendragon ,

Pretty Cool!

The hype was real with this one!.
1) Plot: Has heavy mystery elements, and the plot twists were dramatic and satisfying.
2) Characters: Strong female lead and some of the more complex relationships I’ve read in YA. All the characters bordered on genuine uniqueness and were a pleasure to read. They were clever and flawed in realistic ways. Cardan bordered on clichê but the author handled him really well.
3) World: I’m not well versed in anything to do with Faerie but this book is great at immersing you in the world and culture without info-dumping.
4) Romance! This book had about 4 pages worth of actual romance, because it’s slow burn. As far as the content of those 4 pages: spicy.
- Recommend for anyone who doesn’t mind slow burn romances, likes fantasy and drama, and a flawed but strong-willed lead.

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