The Cruel Prince

In this magical story filled with romance, cunning, and intrigue, Holly Black creates a wholly original world of multi-layered betrayals and motivations.

If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.

— Holly Black

Synopsis:

Jude Duarte and her sisters were stolen from the mortal world and raised in the High Court of Fairie by the person who killed her parents. Now, at 17, Jude wants to belong and win a place at Court, despite her mortality and the fey’s dislike of humans. As the court becomes embroiled in violence and upheaval, Jude must hone her skills for cunning to save herself, her sisters, and Fairie itself.

What could I become if I stopped worrying about death, about pain, about anything? If I stopped trying to belong? Instead of being afraid,
I could become something to fear.

— Holly Black

Review:

Let me start by saying that this is NOT my normal genre. Magic, I like. Intrigue and mystery and surprises, yesyesyes. But I don’t tend to want to read fantasy or stories involving fairylands. I’m sure I don’t have the right lingo for these things – I’m pretty sure we don’t call more than one fairy “fairies” anymore, but “The fey.” All very much more mature fairy tales, I like it!

SO – I went into this one super skeptical, but excited due to all the hype around it. And let me tell you, it really didn’t disappoint! I think if I had a richer imagination for fantasy, I’d give this story an 8 or 9 for originality and intrigue. However, I did find myself struggling to remember all the characters, and the characteristics of the magical folk. Again, that feels like more of my shortcoming since this is my first foray into this sort of story.

I do enjoy a good book map, and a quest of sorts, and this book had both. As well as the beginning hints of a steamy romance (or more), lots of palace intrigue, and an original story to boot! There were so many interesting and fiendish qualities to the magical world that Holly Black created, and I’m going to go ahead and say that I’m going to stick around for the whole trilogy!

Because you’re like a story that hasn’t happened yet. Because I want to see what you will do. I want to be part of the unfolding of the tale.

— Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1)
by Holly Black
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Summary

In this magical story filled with romance, cunning, and intrigue, Holly Black creates a wholly original world of multi-layered betrayals and motivations. There were so many interesting and fiendish qualities to this magical world, and I'm going to go ahead and say that I'm going to stick around for the whole trilogy!

— Cassie
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