The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince

eBook - 2018
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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.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers,, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316310307
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: 3M Cloud Library


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The Folk of the Air, 1

Jude, seventeen and mortal, gets tangled in palace intrigues while trying to win a place in the treacherous High Court of Faerie, where she and her sisters have lived for a decade.

"The first book in a trilogy about a young woman, who has grown up in the land of faire, that wants so hard to belong in a world she doesn’t belong…or does she? Holly Black weaves a tale of deceit, love, and the need to belong somewhere." - Kathryn

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Jul 30, 2020

Oh my God! This book was absolutely phenomenal, like can I give this book 10 stars! I think I found my new favorite book! That's really saying something, because I love all books so for me to categorize something as maybe being my favorite is unheard of! First off this book was really out of my comfort zone, I hardly ever read "fantasy" novels so I thought there is no way I can get through this book. In fact I started it once while I was in Japan and gave up miserably. It wasn't until my fellow book blogger Marian Nguyen urged me to finish this novel that I did, and I am so glad that she pushed me. It started out really dark to be honest. A group of girl's parents get brutally murdered in the very first chapter and are kidnapped to live in this magical land full of faerie's. This is where I stopped reading, but just push through it because I swear this book is worth it! These three girls are raised after their kidnapping in the land of Faerie's among royalty. They go to school with a few other royal kids but nobody "excepts" the mortals in this world and they are badly bullied. Long story short this is like the best romance novel that I've ever read! A lot happens in this novel, and there was NEVER a dull moment. It was just back to back action and romance and scheming, etc. It was just really good, I don't know how to describe this novel without completely giving everything away! Holly Black just did a truly magnificent job of bring this magical land to life.

Jul 18, 2020

This is definitely the kind of book that you can not stop reading, meaning no boring parts. Without much thought, I can say it is ONE OF THE BEST BOOK IVE EVER READ AND YOU SHOULD BEFORE ITS TOO LATE! It twists your mind, you will be "wowwww!!! I did NOT expect that!

Jul 12, 2020

I know, I just blasted another book for being TOO magical. The difference is, I was EXPECTING this one to be fanciful. I quite enjoyed it. I read this for my Popsugar reading challenge. Immediately following this review I will be placing a hold on the next book. I got through this bad boy very quickly. I do like YA for that. I won't ever re-read this book but liked the style enough to read another! I would recommend this book to YA fantasy fans.

Jun 26, 2020

THIS...THIS BOOK WAS...AMAZING. The characters grew on you and you really started to feel what they felt and even the characters you started off hated found a place in your heart. The author is stunningly talented. She shapes the characters well and comes up with the smartest twists and turns in a book. The characters imperfections and flaws were written so well along with their feeling. She gave such detail about the world that Jude lived in but you wanted to know more and more. The books just got better and better until the series was over and that was a sad day. I couldn't put them down once I got into them but I wish I savored them at least a little more. Anyway this is one of my all time favorite books. It really makes you think and feel many, many emotions.
Hope this encouraged you to read it:)

Jun 23, 2020

By the author nicknamed the Queen of Faeries comes a new series. Faeries who cannot lie, a blood thirsty monarchy, and a girl who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. What more could you ask for? I know I couldn't put it down!

May 17, 2020

Pure escapism which is welcome at the moment. Mortal girl in the land of the fae uses her cunning to ensure the crown passes to a just ruler.

*This* is how you write about faeries.

Where to begin...basically, I loved every aspect of this. The faerie world, the juxtaposition of the real world alongside it, the characters. Actually, let's start there, because my heart is so full of love for all of them.

Jude is such a warrior queen. I adored her and every cunning decision she made, every calculated move that I thought I had figured out until BAM NOPE I knew absolutely nothing and Jude is brilliant. But besides my anti-heroine babe, everyone surrounding her was so well-rounded and real-feeling. Even little Oak had such a personality! Taryn dealt with living in Elfhame in such a different way - equally valid and thought-provoking, but so very opposite from her sister, which made me love her too. Vivienne, oh, my Vivienne - I adored her as well.

And Cardan? I hated him as I was led to do for about half the book. I read a few updates and reviews discussing him and could not figure out where the love came from. Alas, now I understand, and I have e m o t i o n s.

The plot twist here was so cleverly done that I gasped and paused reading for a moment just to puzzle it out and realize how I had been duped along with the other characters. This book is worth reading for that twist alone, because so often plot "twists" become predictable and boring, and I'm so excited to find one that actually got me. But aside from that, this book is so beautifully written. The world is complex and lush and mystical and deadly, and just so freaking well-developed as a secondary world that it may as well be real to me at this point. I adore the way Holly Black writes, and I'm so happy that this series is in my life.

Feb 25, 2020

I'm so glad that I finally got around to reading this book, but I'm so mad that it took me so long!! I absolutely LOVED this book! There were so many twists and turns, and I honestly didn't see them coming at all. Holly Black does such a good job of building this amazing world, and creating such interesting characters that I never wanted to stop reading. This book has totally reignited my love of fantasy, and I can't wait to start The Wicked King! (Spoiler: The Wicked King is JUST as good!!!)

Reading this because of all the hype! And now all the books are out. But it was just okay for me! None of the characters were particularly likable for me, but maybe that will change in the later books. We'll see. I did like the world Black created--it was intriguing and full of lots of magical things. Definitely still reading the next one!

JaneCowell Feb 10, 2020

Do you love entering into a dark world of the Fae? Then Holly Black’s Folk of the Air trilogy is for you. Black has given us a tale that is a heady blend of Faerie lore, high fantasy, and filled with description that brings the dangerous but tempting world of Faerie to life. It also encompasses high school drama as it appeals to a teenage audience. But do not be put off by the teen genre as if you love the dark side of the Fae then this is definitely a story for you.

We meet the three sisters, Jude, Taryn (mortals) and Vivi (Fae) when their father, Madoc, comes for them in the mortal world after their mortal mother had escaped his control. They see him murder their parents and he brings them all to the Faerie world to live, each having to find a way to survive. Cruelty and disregard for mortals is what they need to navigate in the dark world of the Fae, where mortals can be slaves, where a sip of a drink can lead to humiliation, and traps are everywhere. Vivi, who is Fae, just wants to return to the mortal world. Taryn just wants to belong, and her twin Jude wants to fight and become a knight. The Fae are bullying, deceitful and manipulative – to each other as well as with the three sisters. Black seamlessly takes us from the Fae to the real world and expertly shows us why there is such fascination with being ‘more’ than human.

I was instantly hooked on the fates of Jude, her sisters and the Cruel Fae Prince Cardan. The plots are many and intricate with sly reveals of the past that impact the present. It is clever, fast paced and nuanced as we are challenged by the actions and relationships of all the characters. Political undercurrents abound, betrayals are gut wrenching and we want Jude to prevail in the face of every danger. Once hooked by this first book you will definitely be waiting spellbound for the next two parts of the trilogy to hit your bookshelf.

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Jan 23, 2018

Seventeen-year-old Jude and her twin sister, Taryn, are mortals who have lived in Faerie since they were children, raised by the Faerie general who murdered their parents in order to retrieve his daughter, their half-sister Vivi. Despite this violent beginning, Jude longs to find her place in the High Court of King Eldred, and dreams of knighthood and acceptance. However, many of the high fey will never see a mortal as anything more than a servant, to be used and discarded at will. Worst among these is Prince Cardan, youngest of the High King’s sons, who seems to have a special hatred for Jude, and the way she had been raised as if she were part of the Gentry. When the High King announces that he will abdicate his throne, and pass the Blood Crown to one of his six children, Jude is caught up in political intrigues and violent betrayals, and is quickly reminded why the Faerie Court is no place for humans.


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Jan 23, 2018

What they don’t realize is this: Yes, they frighten me, but I have always been scared, since the day I got here. I was raised by the man who murdered my parents, reared in a land of monsters. I live with that fear, let it settle into my bones, and ignore it. If I didn’t pretend not to be scared, I would hide under my owl-down coverlets in Madoc’s estate forever. I would lie there and scream until there was nothing left of me. I refuse to do that. I will not do that.


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