Author: Holly Black
Series: The Folk of Air #1
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Summary: “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.” -From Goodreads
Review: This book was an interesting ride that I would love to ride again.
Like usual, Holly Black did a great job with the faeries in this book. These are, as the title would suggest, cruel and while they are beautiful, including immortal, they believe that mortal are below them because they aren’t like them. These are totally different from the fairies I’ve read from Sarah J. Maas to An Enchantment of Ravens. These fairies are just cruel and the things they do are just not nice.
This is my second Holly Black, the first one being The Darkest Part of The Forest which I loved so much. I loved Holly’s writing. Her books always have that very beautiful low to them and that keeps you hooked and wanting to keep on reading till the end. After reading this, made me want to read more of her books that I own.
Her characters were amazingly interesting, especially Jude, who I became inspired by and was happy to know she wasn’t the type of female character that I usually find in a book that involves fairies. Both her female and male characters were equally developed. The sister relationship in this was done positively well.
The Cruel Prince does a great job of setting up the world and the problem that will span over for the next two books, which I can’t wait to read.
If you love Holly Black’s book, as well as books that involve fairies, then definitely pick this one up.