The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: January 2nd, 2018
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 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.
So I’ve loved Holly Black’s work for a couple years and while I’ve read only a few of her novels, they’re really good and I enjoy them! And this book was up my alley from the start because it was about faeries! I love anything to do with faeries and magic! I enjoyed June, but it was obvious you weren’t supposed to like anybody!
And I didn’t!
I mean the only person I thought was likable was Oak! Lol!
But I did like Jude and Carden, even though he was pretty cruel and mean to Jude and her sister. Speaking of her sister Taryn, she was sneaky. I didn’t like her much but I could admit she was an interesting character and pretty sneaky. Honestly though I think that’s what made Taryn so interesting as a character. She definitely has me interested in her now. Seeing her in book two was interesting, and I cannot wait to see what she has up her sleeve in book three. That is what has me most interested!
He really added a much more interesting depth to his personality, but that also doesn’t mean I have to like his attitude. I think the person thought that I hated the most was Locke and Nicasia. Nacasia because she was just plain cruel to Jude and everyone else around her. But I hated that Locke strung Jude and her sister along and played with their relationship and emotions. He really enjoyed seeing them fight and argue over him, I think he got off on it, and I didn’t like that about him. It was also kinda sad that even though he did that to them, Taryn was willing to forgive him for it. She was so willing to forgive him and be accepted into this world that she double crossed her sister for it.
I think another interesting part in this novel is the relationship between Jude and Carden and how that develops over time. It’s not romantic, but it’s obvious that Carden has a shift in thew ay he sees Jude as a person. I thought that was the most interesting shift in this story. I think another part of the story that I enjoyed was the unique world of faerie. While there were High Courts and such they didn’t feel repetitive, and they weren’t something you saw in other novels as well. Like Nicasia is from the Undersea and that is a totally different world I haven’t seen before!
Also going back to Jude anther relationships with other people; I loved seeing Jude and her older sister Vivienne’s relationship grow; along side Jude and Taryn’s relationship fall apart. I thought it was nice thought that Jude had someone to go to with all that was happening to her in Faerie.
But overall I really enjoyed this novel! It was intense and full of secrets and interesting and I felt like I was always on edge trying to figure everything out and be surprised about everything! But I loved that and if you are really into fantasy novels, you’ll really love this novel and the word! Holly crafts beautiful novels and I highly recommend you check out her work!