Tuesday, 2 January 2018

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Wow, I was so totally immersed in this tale that I was beginning to forget it was fiction.  I loved the characters both human and faery.  Their emotions, love, hate and jealousy made them seem real.

Jude has spent the past ten years trying to fit in and make herself be accepted by the faery.  Her two sisters seem to have found their places and made some sort of peace with General Madoc, the faery who murdered their parents, abducted them and then continued to raise them as his own beloved children.  Jude still struggles against his boundaries and the cruelty of her classmates, particularly that of Price Cardan.  Things take a drastic turn when she finally  decides to stand up for herself.

The play off between the faery and humans kept me guessing at what would happen next.  I quickly suspected that the motivation of these actions varied from faery to faery, though why seemed very personal to each.  Madoc's second wife, Oriana was a surprisingly wonderful addition to the cast.  It was hard to determine whether she was the classic wicked step-mother or something else entirely. 

Author Holly Black wove a wonderful tale that took the reader far beyond it's dramatic beginning.  She never let up on the appeal to the emotions of her readers until the last words were read.  I couldn't help but cheer on Jude in her antics and urge her sisters to both grow more of a backbone.  I look forward to reading more about these characters in book two of The Folk of the Air.

I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc., in exchange for an honest review.

Cover image courtesy Hachette Book Group.


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