Title: The Cruel Prince
Series:The Folk of the Air #1
Author: Holly Black
Laura’s rating: 5 stars
Daniela’s rating: 5 stars
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
What better way to catch the reader’s attention but to start with a murder. Jude is forced to leave the human world alongside her oldest sister, Vivi and twin sister Taryn, just after witnessing the murder of their mother and father, to go live in the (amazing yet very scary) Faerie world.
This ain’t no Sarah J Maas, there’s no heroine trying to save the world, she doesn’t believe she is great or the chosen one, there’s only one true weapon in Jude’s arsenal and that is her mind. And she will do the dirty work to make things happen for HER and HER ONLY.
“I have lied and I have betrayed and I have triumphed. If only there was someone to congratulate me.”
I have to be totally honest here: I devoured this book; I read it in 3 days. Mostly because I was so angry all the freaking time, angry because their parents got murdered, angry because she has to live with her faerie step-father, angry because she is forced to attend lesson with other faery teenagers that bully her to no end, angry because she feels so powerless for being human.
So much anger man.
The drama and politics got me good, I was truly interested in who was going to end up king. Also, the family dynamics felt very real. The characters truly defined. If I read this book again I’m sure I’ll find some bit of info that will leave me reeling. (DON’T WORRY I’M GOING TO)
Now, let’s talk romance. I’m a sucker for romance and I was just eating the little hints like a hungry wolf. Cardan, our cruel prince is, and I’m sorry for the caps, AN ASSHOLE. But, as the story progresses you get to understand him a bit.
“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.”
And the plot twists! Don’t get me started.
I’m waiting, very impatiently, for the next installment.
SWEET JESUS THE LORD.
This book was SO DAMN GOOD. It was cruel as fuck, it was complicated, it was amazing, it was awful, it was everything and MORE. I swear, this just killed me. It took me a couple of days longer than Laura, because she betrayed our buddy read system. Ok, not really, work just wasn’t letting me read as fast as I could. But damn it, when I actually finished it, it was that kind of ending that left you completely speechless. I couldn’t form a decent description of how I felt, I only knew I needed MORE. Still do.
So, we start this whole thing with a murder. A freaking MURDER and practically a kidnap. Jude’s parents were killed right in front of her eyes when she was just a kid, and then was taken to Faerie land to live with her sisters, Taryn (twin) and Vivi, and who would become her stepfather. As she grows up, she starts learning her way through this scary as fuck land, and actually comes to love it. It’s what she knows and its her home. There are, of course, a downside (or several, more like it) to this: as a human, she’s completely vulnerable to faeries and their magic. Also, there are cruel, cruel faeries, ready to make her feel like trash and unwelcome, every single day, just because she’s human. But she’s desperate to fit in, so she sets her mind to be and do whatever is necessary to feel like she’s part of this amazing yet scary life, like she’s one of them.
Jude is not our typical heroine. She’s not set into saving the world, or anyone but herself and her siblings. She has one goal and that is to make everyone see what she’s capable of doing and get over her human looks. She lies, fights and deceives her way into this world and finds that she’s good at what she does, which separates her from the rest of the faeries.
Then we have our cruel prince, who could also be call the cruel dick, for the asshole that he is. The guy is the meanest of them all and is set on making Jude’s life a living hell, just because he can. He’s a prick with a damn secret, one that, at the end, will make you kind of like him. It’s not easy, but I did end up liking him. A bit. A tiny bit.
The whole plot in this story is unbelievably AMAZING. At first I thought we were getting another Sara J Maas story, but I was so damn wrong. This whole plot has a depth I hadn’t seen in Maas’ stories, and twists that will make you question EVERYTHING YOU’VE READ until that point. The politics, the relationships, the betrayals, everything is completely intertwined and ready to blow your mind, because you can’t possibly expect what’s about to happen.
The romance… well, there’s not a lot of it, but the few moments we had, at first I felt it a bit forced, and a little bit off, but as I kept reading, it ended up getting under my skin and I ended up seeing it. This is not a romantic book, because there’s so much going on that it doesn’t really matter.
I know I’ll be reading this again before the second book comes out, which I’ll be waiting ANXIOUSLY.