Title: The Cruel Prince
Series: The Folk of the Air, #1
Author: Holly Black
Published: Jan. 02, 2018
Genre: young adult, fantasy, paranormal
My Rating: 3.5 / 5
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.
(This synopsis is from Goodreads.)
There are no spoilers in this review.
I haven’t read any books for my own personal pleasure for a couple months now and it has driven me crazy. Now that I’m on break for a bit, I decided to pick up a book and just read. I chose this book because I heard a lot of great things about it and the rating is awesome on Goodreads, but I was skeptical because previous Holly Black books have been disappointing. Needless to say, I enjoyed this one far more than her other books, but I did have some problems with it.
But first, the positives:
I read this book in one sitting from 8:00 pm – 4:00 am the next day (with some breaks in between, of course). If that doesn’t show you how much I couldn’t put down the book, I don’t know what will.
I like how the female protagonist is not perfect. She feels fear, and she messes up a lot. A problem I come across in young adult fantasy novels is that the protagonist just seems to know what the right things to do is, which isn’t always true in the real world. Heck, I don’t think it would be true in a fictional world either. It makes the main character more relate-able.
I also like the character development throughout the story. I like how I’d have warring views on each character. Every character has their flaws, and every character reveals a little bit more of their true self as the story progresses.
Now for the negatives:
I thought the narration was a bit choppy. At first, it’s a normal narration as Jude tells the story through her perspective in a first person point of view. Throughout most of the book, she does just that, tells her story. But in between a couple times it’ll jump to a style where Jude starts listing things off to fill in the holes of the story, which I didn’t like. I’m not trying to accuse the author of anything, but to me it felt like lazy writing. It felt as though the author did not want to/know how to incorporate a very important part of the background of Jude into the story so she just thrust in a list. If the sort of informal narration was constant throughout the story, I would be fine with it. However, most of the story, Jude is just telling it as it happens with her thoughts intertwined into it. To have that informal narration made it very awkward to read.
That was my only main problem with the story. The rest of it, I enjoyed. It was intense at times, and it makes me question what would happen if we were to discover a different species like ourselves, but slightly different. What would happen? If it’s similar to what happens in this story, I would be scared.
I recommend this book to those who really like political games, spying, and power struggle. Also, if you like faeries, I think this book is for you because it’s filled with them.
She kind of reminds me of Juliette from Shatter Me because she’s been oppressed and shunned all her life and does some dumb things because of it.
Not sure I really like her that much… she’s just so passive.
I hated her at first, but then as the book when one it was hard to keep hating her.
One word: bloodthirsty.
He’s a bully, through and through. Hopefully he’ll come to terms with his emotions so I can fully ship him with Jude.
The name Locke reminds me of Loki, for some reason.
His name reminded me of Game of Thrones and how some of the best swords are made of Valyrian steel. Nothing to do with the character, but thought I’d share.
Nicasia is the mean girl in this high school, so to speak.
I give this book 3.5 / 5 Sherlock heads. It was alright.
Until next time….