The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black.

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I see why The Cruel Prince has gotten so much attention. It’s a truly amazing story. From the outset, there was something about the language, the universe the author builds, and the entire mood of the book that couldn’t help but captivate me. I have yet to read the next two books in the series, but I am eager to start them and write a complete series review as soon as possible. I can see why there’s so much fuss. Call me a geek for arriving late to the party, but this book is fantastic.

What’s the story about?

When Jude’s parents were slain, she and her two sisters were kidnapped and taken to live in the perilous High Court of Faerie. Jude, despite her mortality, wants nothing more than to belong there ten years later. However, many fey loathe humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the High King’s youngest and cruel son.
She must defy him and bear the consequences in order to gain a seat on the Court.
She becomes involved in sordid revelations and manipulations as a result, and she discovers her own potential for violence. But, when civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in bloodshed, Jude will have to put her life on the line in a perilous partnership in order to save her sisters and Faerie.

My Thoughts!

The novel was scary and whimsical, and it had all of the characteristics that a good YA fitiction should have, including romance, political conspiracies, and twists and turns. The fact that there was some LGBT representation in it was fantastic.
This is the first Holly Black novel I’ve ever read, and I’m confident it won’t be the last! The story’s speed, word choice, and storyline development were all excellent. The narration was great, and I was pleasantly surprised that I never felt compelled to put the book down, and the story’s progression was well-timed. The cruel Prince’s ethically ambiguous characters, intricate plot, and unexpected twists and turns piqued my interest in the sequel. And I’m already currently reading it!


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