The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Also by this author: Cruel Prince
Series: The Folk of the Air #1
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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 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.
As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal 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.
I have never read a book by Holly Black before but I own several. I decided to dive into her newest book first out of all the ones I have.
I AM GOING TO TALK ABOUT THINGS THAT BOTHERED ME IN THE PLOT….. SPOILERS AHEAD!
The book starts off with a bang. We see the main character, Jude, when she is young experience a horror and then gets taken away to the land of fae. Once there she starts to realize there are a lot of rules to living in such a dangerous land as a mortal. She can not eat the food, she hates the faeries she goes to school with, and she just wants to be strong enough to protect herself. We also quickly meet all of the fae around her, particularly Cardan, who appears most evil.
I have to say that the book does seem to read really slow. Black introduces a lot of different type of fae without ever really explaining who they are or what on earth they do. There are a lot of names of these fae just casually thrown around as if the reader is suppose to be well versed in this world already from past books even though this is book one. I also have to say that the fae were cruel in this book but I didn’t really see a purpose in that either. They would do things to Jude that progressively got worse. It was so bad at one point that I was cringing! Me cringing! I never spoil myself with trigger warnings for books because I read a lot of things that are out there and I’m never bothered by it. So when I say a book bothers me it really means it bothered me and I can’t imagine how all of the other readers out there just gloss over these things. Jude was made to undress in front of everyone and I just didn’t see why her behavior or the undressing was necessary. I didn’t like this scene and I didn’t like what followed.
Lastly, there was a point where we see Cardan being abused as well and I just felt that just because he was abused in his family that did not give him the right to abuse Jude. I didn’t feel sorry for our cruel prince. I didn’t like Cardan. Maybe that is the point to go from enemies to lovers but I had had enough. I think I read 150ish pages of this 370 page book. So I gave it the good old college try. It was not for me. I will not be reading on due to numerous plot holes in naming fae, the cruel prince, the disgusting use of Jude’s mortality. I just can’t.