The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Series: The Cruel Prince #1
Published: January 2, 2018
Rating:★★★★★ (5 Stars)
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.
I originally received a copy of this book in the January OwlCrate and am glad I waited this long to read it because the wait for The Wicked King is going to be EXCRUCIATING. While the beginning of this book was just a hair slow for me, from about 50 pages in I was enraptured by this amazing story.
Jude was the kind of ruthless heroine that I adore, and I loved her devious mind. My dear misunderstood faery Prince Cardan was just the kind of evil-but-slightly-misunderstood bad boy that makes my heart tick. I cannot wait to see what these wonderful characters get up to. Jude’s twin and Locke have a really interesting storyline as well that I’m super interested in seeing play out.
The twists and turns were so fun, with kernels planted throughout the story that had me thinking and trying to unravel the secrets even when I had to put the book down. I’ve tried Holly Black books before, but this is the first one that I have actually finished. Needless to say, I’ll be picking up more in the future.