Look at me, reviewing a book that’s only just come out! I’m as shocked as you are!
Right, The Cruel Prince by Holly Black is the start of Holly’s newest series The Folk of the Air and I pre-ordered this.
The Cruel Prince is the story of Jude; the daughter of murdered parents, the sister of Faeries, and the fiercest human trapped in the world of Faerie. Jude wants nothing more than to be a knight to the High King of the Faerie, highly unlikely since she is human. But being human in Faerie isn’t easy, death lurks in every shadow, especially the shadow of one of the Princes, Cardan. Tormented. Alone. Then thrown into the world of shadows and turmoil.
I loved this. In fact I couldn’t put it down. I loved Jude and her attitude towards not only life but the trials ahead of her. I was sceptical to start with because it felt like a rip-off of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas, and yes there are a lot of similarities but I still believe that this stood apart. But, if you liked Sarah’s ACOTAR series then you will like this.
The characters were mixed, there are a lot of characters that you aren’t meant to like but at the same time you end up wanting to know more. I would say that ‘its the first book in the series’ so you get to know more about them throughout the series, but in some of these cases I really don’t think that will be happening.
The plot originally wasn’t that obvious, however survival and court intrigue became clear after the first fifty pages. The plot is something that I cant really give much of an opinion on without spoiling it, but I did enjoy it. It was definitely a page turning plot and I constantly wanted to know what would happen next. Oh, and you will definitely need the next book. Like. Now.
In ways, this is a very typical YA. You have agnsty relationships, problems with carers, family turmoil, and typical school drama. But you have magical writing that Holly brings to the pages, beautiful imagery and words that stick with you.
I definitely think this is one of the best Holly Black books I have every read. Hands down would recommend.