The Cruel Prince By Holly Black
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.
I just finished The Cruel Prince and I loved it. The story itself was well told. Jude, the main character, is fierce and stubborn, she knows what she wants. She thinks she knows how to get it. She thinks she knows what she is doing. She has the struggle of wanting to belong in a world that she simply does not belong to. she and her sisters live with the man who murdered their parents, she fights with herself on loving him and hating him at the same time, him and the rest of the world she lives in, and still at the same time not wanting to leave because it is all she knows.
The story telling is again one that is recently become popular in YA books, that of not having or showing who the villain is until the very end. That is something that this story does well, with Cardan and the others that seem like the obvious villians, even Madoc, Jude’s adopted father who lives for the bloodshed. The way Black crafted the words into the story that is played out in the pages of the book make it a wonderful story to loose oneself in for a day. For that is about how long it took me to read it.
I was pulled into the world of the seelie and unseelie courts and the faeries, a world that I have always loved to see how it was explored in different authors viewpoints. The way it is crafted from the point of view of a human looking in onto the world of the faerie, wanting to be apart of it yet knowing that she may never be. Jude holds her own against those who want to hurt her and her sister. Her strong character does get her into trouble and cause problems but she faces those head on and does her best to make up for them and make things better.
I recommend this book to anyone one who wants to read a fantasy, with very little romance thrown in. An adventure with no real villain, a story about figuring out what you want to do and exploring one’s feelings, that seem to complicated, that are not even wanted. This book pulls n the reader and compels you to finish is as soon as possible, not wanting to set it down till the story of book one has come to and end and the wait for the second begins!