The Cruel Prince
Book 1, The Folk of the Air
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By #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue.
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 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.
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Super (5) Star Reading at its Best. Jude- You Go Girl! On to Book (2)- JB
The Cruel Prince
The best bad book of 2018. 👍
Its fascinating how good The Cruel Prince is, considering how many things are wrong with it.
I mean... it... it's bad. Or... I mean... it should be. But... it's not. W-what? 🤔🙃
It seems to embrace every trope and stereotype, not just in fae fantasy, but in YA fantasy as a whole. (I would list them off, but just think of all the ones you can and, yeah, they're here). And that’s where this book somehow succeeds. It takes everything bad that a book shouldn’t do, and does them in a good way. And even more impressive, gets away with it.
I was well aware how blatantly this book cheating my experience, it’s like Holly Black just took all the best concepts from a bunch of different sources and put them all into one book, but it was doing such great job of it that didn’t care.
But I do want to quickly mention the 3 biggest flaws that would all but condemn any other book:
- (As previously stated) Complete unoriginality to the point of borderline laziness.
- Wildly inconsistent pacing.
- And (yeah, I'm nitpicking here) an utterly nonsensical hierarchy.
And in spite of all of this, it still manages to have an emense amount of entertainment value. Jude's journey from outcast to a... psuedo-queen type person (again, weird hierarchy) is actually pretty good, and turns into a sort of Game of Thrones-esque type suspense. Whose gonna die next? Whose gonna be king?
As often as all its concepts have been done before, they still remain interesting.
But that fact is that The Cruel Prince relies heavily on the tried and true of an already oversaturated genre, and has absolutely NO right to be good, yet somehow... it is.
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- Level: Grades 7-17
- Category: Fantasy
- Published: Jan 02, 2018
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
- Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
- Print Length: 384 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, The Folk of the Air