An instant bestseller!
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Bestselling YA author Holly Black kicks off her Folk of the Air fantasy trilogy by pulling us into her intricately imagined realm of Faerie. Populated by pixies, sprites, trolls, and a thousand other fantastical creatures, Black’s rich, ornate world is a dazzling background for serious drama and intrigue. The Cruel Prince is a super-fun, immersive fantasy that also deals with the real, complex emotions stirred up by the desire to be accepted. We can’t wait to get our hands on the second book!
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A driven character
Jude has been bullies and diminished for years. In that time, she quietly honed her skills as a fighter and paid attention to the subtle nuances in striking fairy deals. She uses her hard earned attributes to ascend in a culture and land that do not want her, finding the most unexpected love along the way.
The book starts by recounting an early childhood experience. Although it helps to shape Jude from a weak to strong character, I wish the story could have started with Jude in her present time and later reflected on her early childhood trauma.
Holly Black does an excellent job of weaving together plots and always providing an unexpected turn at the height of the excitement. The three book series is an enjoyable read. The thrills are well paced, making the books hard to put down.
Holly Black has dazzled me once again!
Entertaining easy read
Entertaining read. Easy and has great plot twist. Great blend of fantasy and reality. The novel starts a bit slow but is well worth sticking it out until the story line picks up. The main protagonist growth from start to end was significant. Satisfying ending.