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.
So here we are. Did you know that I have read this book before? Did you know that when I read it as an ARC I decided to not finish it. I even ranted and raved about how much I disliked the book, I would tell people how much I did not like it and all of the major issues I had while reading it that made me give up on the story before the half way point… I decided to give it one more try because I can’t help but want to see why everyone loves it and a friend said I should try it once more.
As I was reading it this time I actually remembered a lot of the things that had happened in the first 100 pages but this time around they did not bother me as much and I started to see why they were there. I’m not saying I loved the characters all of a sudden but I wanted to give them a change to the end this time to impress me. Jude is still a bit of a silly girl to me who doesn’t really have a handle on what she wants in the beginning. I do think she grows up a lot in the story though when you read past the point where I previously DNF’d the book. She does get stronger and she starts to learn how to play the games. Plus I think the fairies go from being standoffish and annoying to intriguing when you read more about them. The world in this story really takes time to grow on you and for you to understand the roles of everyone involved.
I think once this book hits the second half that it is hard to stop. I was invested in just what was going on at the court and I wanted to know who did what! I also feel that Jude and Carden started to have real moments together that I loved reading about. They started to make more sense and I really loved finally seeing more of Carden. The first time around I did not know enough about him and only with reading the entire book this time did I get the feelings from him that I was lacking during the first half of the book. I just really feel that Black impressed me in the second half. She brought so many things to the table that I’m now really excited about. It may not be a perfect book, or a life altering read but I’m highly entertained this time by the themes in this one.
Bring on the fairies! I want more, I need more now.