The Cruel Prince – Holly Black
Title: The Cruel Prince (Book #1 The Folk of the Air series)
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Page Length: 370 pages
Holly Black, Black, Black…that is all I see these days on social media. So being a young adult fantasy nerd, I had to see what the fuss was about.
Oh wow, I have found a new favorite author! Black is a marvelous storyteller, who writes complicated characters that are both monstrous and lovable at the same time. They are flawed but redemptive.
Her romance building is slow and as complex as the characters themselves. I love that this is a story about sisters, lovers, fathers, brothers, step-parents, etc. It is a full world of intricacy and court politics. And do not forget the faerie magic that this book is saturated in. What more could a fantasy junkie like me ask for?
I recommend this book to all magic loving readers, who love messy romances and characters that are both dark and light.
You can find the tale on Amazon in multiple formats.
Synopsis: 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 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.
As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal 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.