The Folk of the Air #1
Published by Little Brown Books For Young Readers on January 2, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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.
EVERYONE RECOMMENDS THIS BOOK and here I am with well… an unpopular opinion. 😔
There were some parts that I liked about The Cruel Prince, but overall? I felt very meh about my first Holly Black book.
The Cruel Prince is hard to get into.
Holly Black’s world is interestingly written and all, but it takes a lot of time to get into. There is tons of world-building overall, which is great! But there were many times when I wanted to put down the book because something made the book feel slower than it should have been.
I don’t buy/support the whole Cardan/Jude ship.
When enemies to lovers tropes are done right, I am ALL for it. But The Cruel Prince? The whole enemies to lovers trope is a whole new level of fucking bullying and abuse and I am not okay with this ship going down. Maybe this is a personal reason (and maybe a little triggering – come on, peeps, being bullied sucks), but Cardan’s actions throughout the book disgust me. I don’t see how those two can end up together successfully at this point.
Okay, okay, I get it. Cardan is a tragic bean and deserves to be loved. Behind every bully is a story, after all. I still don’t like him. 🤧 And it’s really not an excuse for him to be doing some of the things he does to Jude. That’s… that’s just not okay.
But I don’t buy any of the romances in here. At all.
I did not give a single shit about the romances in The Cruel Prince. Personally, I felt they were superficial or boring, and I honestly skipped over them completely to get to the better parts of the story.
Plus there is the bullying and abuse (I know, they’re Fae! They’re naturally mean), which considering the amount that is done to Jude over the years results in a more, “What the fuck just happened – am I even reading this correctly?”
Jude is deliciously evil.
OMG, I love her so so much. This human does not play any games or beat around the bush in the fae world (nor does she take any bullshit or bullying which is A++). And to top it off, she is notoriously clever in her ways in a world where humans aren’t exactly welcome. I’ll probably read The Wicked King so I can see more of her evilness as she continues to navigate Faerie.
So. Much. Blood.
My evil little heart twirls in delight at this because THERE IS BLOOD. STABBING. SHARP OBJECTS. I am all for evil characters and plots and Holly Black definitely delivered a good amount of darkness in The Cruel Prince. Gahhhh I might read The Wicked King and give the sequel a try.