Review: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1)

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

Published: January 2nd, 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: Fantasy | Fiction | Young Adult

Recommended to: those looking for an unpredictable and compelling fantasy

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About The Cruel Prince

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.

: ★★★★★

Wow, just wow.

I‘ve been curious about this series for a while. The fandom is very much alive to speak of its greatness. But when everyone told me this would be good, I didn’t let it get to my head. No way am I setting myself up for disappointment.

So believe me when I say that I was truly blown away.

I have to be honest with you. I read this for the angst, for the OTP that everyone can’t seem to stop talking about. I went into this thinking it would be mainly about the romance — of the push and pull between them — with a sprinkle of Faerie story in between. But this book offered so much more and nothing could have prepared me for it.

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I think we can all agree that Holly Black is a gifted writer. She has a way with words, providing you with a luscious imagining of a magical world. It is the kind that makes you wish you were living in it. She drives the plot into paths you never would have imagined. I cannot, for the life of me, guess correctly where it will go.

She makes you think you’re heading into a certain direction, only for you to realize in the end that you’ve been blindsided.

Jude is one of the best characters I have ever read. I think she might now be my favorite. She is strong and ambitious and she never lets anyone look down on her. But what I loved most about her is that although she’s afraid, she doesn’t let it stop her. She is what it means to be brave.

“Instead of being afraid, I will become something to fear.”

Cardan, on the other hand, is who you’d expect him to be. A mean and cruel prince. I admit I wasn’t entirely sold on the idea. I was afraid I would end up hating him. But what I did not expect is how charming he could be. He has reasons for the way he is and although they are not the best, he is a character you can never truly hate. In fact, he will work his way into your heart without you realizing it.

“Against my better judgment, despite the fact that he is terrible, Cardan is also fun.”

The Cruel Prince is an amazing book and now I can see why so many people love it. It reminded me why people read fantasy: because it is the stuff that dreams are made of.

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