Book Review: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) – Holly Black
Title: The Cruel Prince Author: Holly Black Publisher: Little Brown Books Release date: January 2nd 2018 Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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.
Don’t read this book if you are looking for a fairy-tale that ends with “and they lived happily ever after”. Because there is a big chance you will be a bit chocked. It was everything I was looking for in one gorgeous book. The book is a bit dark and it has a lot of backstabbing. Don’t get me wrong, I really love that. The backstabbing makes everything completely unsuspected.
This book tells the story of Jude and her sisters. She lives with a fae who is the father of her half sister and the murderer of her parents. He’s fae and so she lives in the fae world as a normal human girl. This gets really complicated, because all the other fae people really don’t like the idea of her living a normal live amongst the fae. The web of lies and deceit in this book is so exquisitely woven, it’s just artwork. Thank you Holly Black for making my reading year already amazing with this book.
I loved that people weren’t all weak and stupid.
Too many times in fantasy were humans live next to other smart imaginary creatures, the humans are dumb and are so much less in every aspect and overall pretty boring. In this book, humans were also overall a lot weaker, but at the mean time they had strong points that they could use in there advantage. Jude has spent a big part of her life living amongst those fae. She knows how there head work and that, even though they can’t lie, fae often tell only half truths.
The characters were amazing. In the beginning I mix up all the different royal characters. It was quite complicated to begin with and than I made a weird decision to put in a break somewhere at around 20% (I constantly switch books, so it’s completely normal for me to take a break in a book I love, it’s not the book it’s definitely me). So, a tiny bit of advise if you are like me and read multiple books (read 5+) at the same time; don’t start reading this book if you are already reading other books that need a lot of attention. This book is a book you need to keep reading or you will get lost! I fixed the problem by skimming the chapters I already read until I understood the story again.
My favourite character definitely was Jude, she truly was a bad-ass hero. Not a perfect girl in any way, don’t expect she’ll be like a Sarah J. Maas Aelin or Feyre. She’s a real person that makes real mistakes but is probably still unrealistically brave (it’s still a story, so I don’t see this as a bad thing). I do think there will be a lot of character development going on in the second book. Because, I loved the character development in this book, but it was a weaker point for me (even extremely good books can have tiny weak points). It wasn’t bad, I’m just a character development junkie.
I’m so curious as how the next book will be, after that ending, so many things can happen and I’m completely not sure which path Holly Black is going to take. She’ll probably take a path a never even thought of! I can’t wait to read that book!