What a ride! This book was my second real exploration into the world of the Fae and it did not disappoint! This book was called The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.
Synopsis: 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.
I read this book over the Christmas holidays and I could not put it down. Jude was such a compelling main character and she showed so much growth from the start of the book to the end of it. She is exactly what I am looking for when I hear “strong female character”.
You were tastefully introduced to the world of Fae by Jude and her sisters having their parents murdered and kidnapped to live with their parent’s murderer. The world is built in such a way that you explore it and all its quirks while learning about Jude and her sister Taryn (she was annoying) and how they have turned out now that they are in their teens. They had another sister named Vi and I resonated with her a lot more. She was the fun one that I feel like I would get along with.
This book made me feel so many different emotions when I was reading it. Excitement, rage, sadness, empathy, joy and it was as if I could feel the vengeance too. There were times where I thought that the characters were making stupid decisions but by the end, I believe it was all masterfully put together and I am super excited to read the next book in the series.
Overall, I would suggest this book to anyone that wants a fast-paced fantasy book with lots of betrayal, deceit and intense tactical manipulation.
Book Rating: 4.5/5
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Disclaimer: I borrowed this book from Markus to read and give an honest review. I was not compensated for this review in any way.
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I only liked this book after my second attempt, glad you loved it so much! But…….. Brace yourself for another wild ride called The Wicked King 😉
Oh I can’t wait to pick that one up! Hopefully it will be soon 🙂
Great review! We’ve been thinking about reading this one for a while now.
Let me know if you end up checking it out!
I’ve seen this book so many times but I generally read fantasy so I wasn’t sure whether I should try it or not.
It is kind of fantasy. I wuold say very light fantasy though 😛
Another fan of this book! It sounds like it’s a winner for a lot of readers!
Yep, it was a good time!
The Cruel Prince is so good!! Have you read the Queen of Nothing yet?
Not yet! I still need to read Wicked King first.
It’s a good read!!
Right?! I thought so too 🙂
lovely review! im so glad you enjoyed it 🙂
Thanks it was a great read!