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.
Most of the time when I start a book, my main goal is to finish it. Sure, I want to love it too, but that doesn't always happen. I just really want to finish it. It's very, very rare for me that I get to say, page 312 of a book, look up, and then freak out because I only have 50 pages left and I really would like to read more and more and more.
You all. I did not want to finish this book. Nope. I wanted it to keep going and going and going because it was just so darn AMAZING.
I'm new to Holly Black's writing, but wow, I guess THE CRUEL PRINCE was the book to start with because I loved absolutely everything about it. The world, the characters, the story, the ending, the relationships. Everything.
Jude is a fantastic main character. I loved how real she is, how she messes up but she also is totally capable of saving herself. She makes stupid decisions, but she also makes tough ones, smart ones, amazing ones. She could hold this story on her own if she had to, but then there are also all of these other great characters that fill everything in wonderfully.
The story is so dark but so heartfelt. It pulled me in from the beginning and I couldn't stop wanting more. I didn't want it to end but I always had to know what happened next. It kept me guessing all the way to the end, and now I'm guessing where the next book will go.
Black did an amazing job of creating a vivid world, one that was easy to see and get lost in. I could picture everything, the world of Faerie, the creatures, the buildings and clothes, all of it I could see in my mind in full color. I wish every book I read could have this perfect balance of description.
I really have a feeling that this series is going to end up being a favorite of mine. I know I'll be reading THE CRUEL PRINCE again while I wait for the sequel. The world is one that I'll want to visit again and again and again.