Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.
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
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.
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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The Cruel Prince is the highly anticipated latest release by
acclaimed author Holly Black and is a darkly beguiling and entrancing
read that brings to life a rich and vivid Faerie world full of startling
danger, political intrigue and unexpected betrayals.
Jude was seven years old her parents were murdered and she and her two
sisters spirited away to the dangerous High Court of Faerie by their
murderer. Having grown up amongst the fey, Jude is now seventeen and
eager to earn her place within the treacherous society she lives. Yet
some fey despise humans and treat them with cruelty and scorn, including
the High King’s third son Cardan who has made it his mission to make
Jude miserable. Prince Cardan is merciless and relentless, determined to
make Jude concede to him. As the time comes for a new High King to
take the throne there are bigger dangers to Jude than the cruel prince.
With secrets a plenty, Jude is going to have to determine just how far
she’s willing to go to protect those she love, including getting blood
on her hands and on her soul…..
As far as I’m concerned,
I have no shame in saying that The Cruel Prince was one of the best
books I have read for a while; an absolutely brilliant read that easily
left me breathless! While I have liked the novels I have read by Holly
Black in the past, I haven’t loved them. The Cruel Prince,
however, I did love. In fact, I surprised myself by adoring it so much
more than I anticipated and am absolutely dying to get my hands on the
By far Holly Black’s best book to date, The
Cruel Prince was spectacularly written and detailed. The dark, twisted
world of Faerie that Black introduces is engrossing while the
protagonist Jude is strong and determined; a mortal in a treacherous fey
world where people bleed deception and alliances mean nothing. All the
different elements complement each other perfectly and made for a
thrilling, lyrical tale.
Told through Jude’s intelligent
and cunning voice, The Cruel Prince is an intricately woven story. I
loved the duplicitous creatures we met throughout the story including
all manner of faeries, goblins, redcaps, pixies, nymphs and more. They
really brought the story to life and set the vision in my head of this
deadly and intricate world. There’s so much dark beauty within this
story and Black manages to effortlessly draw you in to this vicious
world that is very well written.
I very much enjoy the
love-hate relationship developing between Jude and her obvious love
interest. The tension between them is heady but subtle and Holly Black
has me very excited for all the possibilities that come with their
romance in the future. I was entranced by every interaction between them
as they fought one another and the way in which the novel ends leaves
me sure there is a lot of danger and manipulation to come.
impressive from beginning to end, The Cruel Prince sets the standard
very high for the novels to follow and leaves me absolutely dying to get
my hands on the next novel. Holly Black has created a deliciously dark
gem with this tale and I cannot wait for more!
Source: Sent for review by publisher (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Australian RRP: $19.99
Release Date: January 2018
Purchase: Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: I was very impressed by this book and I can't wait for the sequel to be released so I can delve back into this fascinating world!
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