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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

Yenzhere ,

invented enemies to lovers

amazing characters. interesting plot. it has everything.

Da Ultimate Frog ,


This book is great! It has the the regular YA things which a lot of the time make books boring, but somehow this was great! 100% recommend.

mmarcone912 ,


I heard a lot about this series so I gave it a shot. I like Jude a lot, I thought her growth & journey throughout the book and series was compelling, but I thought the romance was dull. Cardan is not a great male love interest....not really much to like about him. This book tried to do the “enemies to lovers” trope but it just wasn’t well done. The “enemies” have to have actual redeeming qualities and there needs to be sexual tension. There was none to be found here.

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