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.
The Cruel Prince
(The Folk of Air #1)
by Holly Black
Holly Black swallowed me up and spit me out in this amazing start to the Folk of the Air series! I was hooked from page one and I couldn’t put this book down! I literally neglected the whole “being an adult thing” and had this read in less than 24-hours. It was an epic read and I cannot wait for The Wicked King!
“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”
The characters themselves were intriguing. For most of the book Jude is looked down upon, made fun of, bullied in the worst way, and literally called and made to feel like she was nothing all because she was human. The book opens up when Jude and her sisters were younger and knew nothing of faerie. That all changed in the prologue when a fae man shows up and kills off their parents. The sisters were easily relatable in the way that we all know how family can be. Throughout everything they stick together as children, but as with growing up they all kind of drift.
For most of the book I kept wondering how Jude would fit into this world. We see her try over and over again to best the faerie in their own games. She’s strong willed and sometimes a down right hurricane, but I loved her character. Her strength proved invaluable throughout the entire book and she stayed true to who and what she was.
The plot itself was fast paced and beautifully vivid. I could see everything Holly gave us. I was kept entertained throughout the entire book and was on the edge of my seat for most of it. The world builds itself up around these characters with each passing chapter an by the end you feel at home and a little thrown off balance by what’s transpired. The ending left me reeling and I desperately can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment.