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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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Slow so dreadfully slow BUT
It took me so long to get into this book due to its slow pace and slightly boring beginning but I'm really excited to read the second one now after finishing. Part two is excellent! Cant wait to see what Jude and Cardan will end up as.
As other people have said, this book is familiar ground but still very entertaining. While the plot is original (I think! but haven’t read quite enough YA fantasy to swear to it) the characters are like shadows of those in other books, particularly Sarah J. Maas’s NA fantasy series. But a third of a Rhysand is still better than 99% of other heroes so I’ll take it. As for Jude: cool name, great tragic backstory, pretty frank about her ambition which is cool. I can already tell her evil twin is going to be kicking up larks in the rest of the series, but what I don’t understand about ANY of these fantasy series is this: why can’t the Rhysand-type characters (the ones with power and charm and access and money and looks) be girls? Why must the heroine and, for that matter, all the other good-side girls be only in-your-face “Hulk smash” without a lot of craftiness or diplomacy skills? I’m not downing the brassy heroines, they’re great! I would just like to see someone who can combine the skillset Taryn has, with the moral compass and power of Jude. Perhaps the authors believe women have enough real-life diplomatic heroines and not enough women role-models who can frankly own their ambition and power. But looking at the ascendancy of “Hulk smash” type politics has me pondering if we really need role models of any gender who are all about force and fierce without the counterbalance of tact and cunning. As of right now, Jude is maybe 70/30 in the force/tact ratio and her moral compass is set at about a 50/50. Hopefully this series will show us how she grows.
Dark, twisty, enchanting
I picked this a book up about two months after its release, and let me tell you, I was not expecting to be thrown into a tale with so many twists. I’m afraid I may spoil the book if I go in too long, but if you’re having doubts, why? This book is so good that I finished in a day, and then I preordered the next one as quickly as I could. If you’re a fan of the Mortal Instruments, then I think you would like this, excuse me, love this book.