‘The Cruel Prince’
By Holly Black
Book #1 in the Folk of the air Series
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.
Ok, I don’t know it anyone else was feeling this way but at the start of the book I was really really struggling to get into the story. just me? I don’t know if it was the best idea to start ‘The Cruel Prince’ right after completing the ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ series. But that’s what I did.
I liked how the story began in the human world and then transferred the readers along with the main characters into the Fae world of Elfhame. But if I’m honest I was really struggling to get into it. I did enjoy the description in the book but it felt slow for much on the first 100 or so pages, which is a lot of pages!
By the end I was completely invested. All I wanted was to know what was going to happen. Genuinely… I needed to know. There was great development in the characters. There were a few characters I was so annoyed at by the end of the book and others who I was totally for in their actions. It was quiet unexpected.
I would definitely continue with the series. I am hoping that with all the world building that occurred in the first novel that there will be a jump into action in the second one.
My only recommendation… don’t start the series after reading ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ although I am super late to that party so I doubt anyone else will have that problem.
Ease of reading: 4/10
Character Development: 6/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 7/10