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The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) Hardcover – January 2, 2018
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"I require book two immediately. Holly is the Faerie Queen."―Victoria Aveyard, #1 bestselling author of The Red Queen series
* "[S]pellbinding....Breathtaking set pieces, fully developed supporting characters, and a beguiling, tough-as-nails heroine enhance an intricate, intelligent plot that crescendos to a jaw-dropping third-act twist."―Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Another fantastic, deeply engaging, and all-consuming work from Black that belongs on all YA shelves."―School Library Journal, starred review
* "Jude, who struggles with a world she both loves and hates and would rather be powerful and safe than good, is a compelling narrator. Whatever a reader is looking for--heart-in-throat action, deadly romance, double-crossing, moral complexity--this is one heck of a ride."―Booklist, starred review
"This is a heady blend of Faerie lore, high fantasy, and high school drama, dripping with description that brings the dangerous but tempting world of Faerie to life. Black is building a complex mythology; now is a great time to tune in."―Kirkus Reviews
"With complicated characters, a suspenseful plot, and a successful return to the Faerie setting of many of her popular books, Black's latest is sure to enchant fans."―The Horn Book
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Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels, including Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale and the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and the Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library.
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"The Cruel Prince" takes place in a land where there's the mortal world and then there the Faerie world. That world is populated with fae, trolls, pixies, and just about every mythical creature you can think of. The world that Jude, the main character, inhabits is so unique and I could just picture it in my head. The world building is really well done and easy to understand. I really liked Jude. I liked that she was a strong leading lady where romance isn't her main objective. She wants to be a knight and is eager to prove her worthiness even though she's a mortal.
I really enjoyed the story line. Holly Black's writing kept me wanting to read on to find out what would happen next. The twists and turns were so well done and that last half of the book kept me hooked.That last page-woohoo! I'm so ready for the second book in the series already. I hope I don't have to wait too long.
I would highly recommend adding this book to your bookshelf, you won't regret it!
This is a masterpiece of a book-Game of Thrones gone faeire, a wicked, magical adventure, full of political intrigue and morally grey characters.
So lets begin with Jude, the main character. She was the most morally grey character, and I adored every bit of her. The story starts off with her parents being murdered, and she and her sisters are taken to the High Court of Faerie to live. And she's made her peace with this, more or less, and is trying to prove she belongs in this world. Well, other faerie don't believe this, which brings her constant misery. But instead of giving in and running away, Jude fights. Everything. Everybody. If she can't be as good as the faeries, well then she's just going to be worse than them. When she manages to control her impulsive warrior instincts, she can really be quite cunning. In the end, it's this cunning that saves her, and her character growth was beautiful. As the story progressed she got smarter and darker, enough to annoy prince Cardan anyway!
Her sisters, Vivi and Taryn, are fantastic, and awful all at once. I suppose I really appreciated the way everybody, even the side characters, had so much personality packed in. It's a wonderful skill Holly black has in her writing.
The world building was epic. I don't often read about faeries, aside from the Spiderwick Chronicles years ago, so I don't know much about the myths. I never once felt lost, or wondered about why faeries did a certain thing. Black explains it all without making the reader feel stupid, or dragging the story out.
The plot was, well, epic. Not that I didn't guess a few of the twists, but there were certainly some I didn't see coming, and honestly, I wouldn't have cared if I guessed it all. Being swept away in the story is magical. Reading about everyday life for the gentry children, Jude, Taryn and Vivi's adventures to the mortal world, and all the little things packed in here are actually just the right tempo to keep a reader interested. And this is very much a slow burn sort of book. It does start off slow, with all those mundane sort of things, but once the action starts it doesn't stop.
I can't imagine anybody wouldn't adore this book, but it's still possible, so lets say it's for fans of faerie, of glitters that aren't gold, and of magic.
I'm fairly decent at predicting things that are going to happen or seeing a huge revelation from a mile away. Black got me. In especially one particular instance, I didn't figure one other aspect out until the very last second and it still threw me for a loop. Bravo Black, bravo. And after that ending, I'm ready to sell my eldest child on the black market for the next book. Just kidding. But seriously, she's super cute, four years old..... Do yourself a favor and read this one! And while your at it get some of Black's other titles, like The Coldest Girl in Cold Town, LOVE and her other fae series rocks my socks off too!
I found myself caught up within the story, and ended up reading the whole thing within the day. The story moved along at a good clip, and the characters were interesting. I did feel that the relationship between Jude and her nemesis was a tad overblown, but otherwise, it was a great read. I will definitely be adding the sequel to my list of "must buy" books when it is ready to come out, and I look forward to seeing where Black takes Jude from here.