Fantastical lands, enchanting faeries, and complex characters, Holly Black has them all in The Cruel Prince. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It hit all the right notes for me and I gave it 4.5 stars.
Jude’s family was murdered when she was seven years old. She and her two sisters are whisked away to Faerie and live amongst the High Court of Faerie. Jude has all the finery one could ask for and lives better than many of the fae, however, all Jude wants is to be like the fae. Jude hates being weak. She and her sister are constantly tormented for being human. Of the worst of her tormenters is Prince Cardan. When Jude gets fed up with their taunts, she beings to fight back. As she fights, she starts to uncover the treachery and intricacies of the fae court.
What I loved about this book is that Holly Black keeps you guessing. I was constantly wondering who Jude would fall in love with and how her story would unfold. There were no black and white characters in this book. No one was distinctly bad or distinctly good. Holly Black has such a unique writing style which makes the book very personable. Overall, I was left feel completely satisfied at how the book ended, yet wanting to know more of this magical world.