The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Series: The Folk of the Air #1
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published January 2nd, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Fairies
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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 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.
This was so good! I absolutely loved this book! It’s dark and cruel and AMAZING.
This book has a truly amazing world of Faeries. It’s cruel, wicked, violent, bloody and fairies are all about that! Jude was kidnapped when she was 7, along with her twin sister Taryn and her older sister Vivienne, who is half fae. Viv’s father murdered their mother and Jude and Taryn’s real dad and brought them to live in Faerie. They live and call their parent’s murderer ‘father’, whom Jude learns how to love.
But they are all very different. Viv doesn’t like being there nor does she like her father and Taryn is the opposite of Jude, always being calm and trying to be forgettable, not to suffer for being human. Jude wants more than anything to be seen as fae and she would do anything for it. But when her plans of ascending to knighthood fall through, she evolves herself in political intrigues, that she is not capable of understanding. A world of power, spies, war, betrayals, death and to top it off, delicious sexual tension! Yes… this has a wicked sense of love. It’s glorious!
No one is who they seem they are. It’s a deception after another, a stab in the back after another, and a lot of emotional problems in between. It’s full of intrigues, scandal, surprises, oh so gruesome! Never a book has spoken so much to my taste.
I love dark, I love gruesome and above all, I love bad-ass characters and this had it all. Also, more often than not, we have some pretty cool bad-ass characters and then they just change and get all cutsie, argh! But here? Oh no, here you don’t get that! Finally, here it’s through and through, wicked and cruel. I was not expecting this book to have such a powerful, awful character but I am forever grateful that I got to meet Jude! She has had a cruel life, but she doesn’t complain, she doesn’t want to run from it, she just battles and battles her way for the win, and she does everything she can to concur that, and I mean everything. She is rueful, selfish and brutal and I love her. I haven’t seen a character like Jude in a long time and I expect we will see a lot more of her in the next book… So excited already!
Her family is also incredibly exciting. There’s so much going on and I love how dysfunctional it is. They live with the murderer of their parents, Madoc, who is Vivienne’s birth father, and with his new wife and their son Oak. The wife is quite peculiar, the sisters couldn’t be more different, Oak is adorably cruel and Madoc is the cruelest, most dangerous person ever. And yet the family works, in some wicked way it just works…
Plus Jude’s relation with Prince Cardan is glorious! I could FEEL the freaking tension. And yet it still surprised me how things worked out! Cardan is exactly what I hoped and never find. He truly is cruel and incredibly complex! I can’t wait to unravel all his layers! Such an amazing character!
About the world… Well, I never knew that much about fae, I kinda just recently (since last year) started getting more and more into it and I love it! Holly Black has been dubbed The Faerie Queen and I completely agree. I’ve never read such a vivid and realistic world of Fae Folk. So much detail and just beautifully written… Completely top notch. Compelling, beautifully crafted and yet incredibly concise and powerful!
There’s no better way to describe this book than WICKED. It’s glorious and I recommend it to everyone! Plus, Cardan is HOT. Just go for it. You know you want it…
“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”
“Let’s have a toast. To the incompetence of our enemies.”
“I stand in front of my window and imagine myself a fearless knight, imagine myself a witch who hid her heart in her finger and then chopped her finger off.”
“But I will not stand in front of your happiness. I will not even stand in front of misery that you choose for yourself.”
“If you hurt me, I wouldn’t cry. I would hurt you back.”
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