Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

When Holly Black writes a novel she means business. Her words are as captivating as her world. Her ability to paint a picture of scenes of faerie romance, glamour, deception, and terror amaze’s me. Her stories make your heart pound. You genuinely feel like you are in the story with her characters.

To me, faeries were annoying ugly creatures but Holly Black literally reinvents them and makes them into something that is powerful and sexy. Typical stories that contain faeries are about them taking over the world or destroying it but this story is nothing like this. It’s about someone taking back control of the life she earns for. A childhood that was stolen from her.

Holly Black doesn’t write a heroine that is completely unflawed and very good. She writes a character who is flawed and has a dark side. One that will not stop at anything to get what she wants. She’s completely the opposite of the typical heroine character. She even kills. And this is what I love. I get tired of reading the same style of books about characters barely getting their hands dirty. Who won’t even do a bad thing so that everything can be right.

Fans of Holly Black should defiantly read this book. It’s brilliant!

The Cruel Prince Book Cover The Cruel Prince
The Folk of the Air
Holly Black
Little Brown Books for Young Readers
2nd January 2018

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.

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