REVIEW: The Cruel Prince is the first book I read by Holly Black, and it is the first book in The Folk of the Air Series. It has taken me a long time to get back to reading YA, but I am very happy to have chosen this book to be my re-introduction to the genre.
The story starts by introducing us Jude, Taryin & Vivienne, and her mother & father. Everything seems normal until death comes knocking. It all happens very suddenly, and it starts with the death of their parents. Their gruesome assassination left Jude, Taryn & Vivienne in the hands of the very man who put an end to their life.
This story has great characters and each brings an interesting spin to the story. Jude is resourceful and intelligent, and a bit of a rebel. Taryn (Jude’s twin sister) is the opposite of her sister, though they share facial similarities they do not share the same spirit and passions. Taryn yearns acceptance and understands that her survival in faerie can depend on her ability become part of it. Vivienne is the wild and adventures and thrives on opposing everything her father stands for. Each of these sisters has a part to play and their role in the never-ending fairie game will determine who lives and who dies.
While the story progresses slowly, we are introduced to new characters and learn the role they each play. Each holds an important role, and their actions, manipulations, decisions & alliances will define their future and their value in the whole scheme of things. The author did a great job putting these characters into play, their individual stories bring balance while they make the story more dynamic as a whole.
With a strong voice, Jude narrates her story while also giving us a first glimpse into her emotions, her weaknesses and her desires for more. With a strong and at times poetic prose, the authors build a world in which envy & cruelty go hand in hand with greed for power. The Cruel Prince has politics, power-hungry kings and tricks hungry faeries. There is also romance, deceit, and betrayal. This story blends it all in a way that is both entertaining and compelling.
Jude is the heart of the story, she brings everything one expects from a great heroine while also rooting for a hero that can apar with her, and what we get is far greater than what one hopes for. While the story at times ran slowly, readers can have the certainty that they will be rewarded with action, adventure, witty characters & a plot that will keep them guessing until the very end.
If you are looking to dive into the world of Fantasy while also enjoying a very interesting cast of characters then look no further, The Cruel Prince has it all. Love, passion, power, betrayal, loyalty, mistrust, and misfortune.
Do I recommend this book? Absolutely YES.
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