Book Reviews

Genre: Fantasy/adventure

Age: Age 14+

Rating: ★★★★

The Cruel Prince, Holly Black (2018)

Plot: 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.

Positives: The book has an eerie and whimsical feel to it – it’s magical but with some wicked darkness. The writing is well paced and the lengthy descriptions are a delight to read. It is the first book in the Folk of the Air series so you can carry on reading to the next book, then the next for an instant fix!

If you like this, you might like:The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black

Negatives: There is some bloodshed so be warned. There are a few frustrating plot decisions but that’s just my opinion!

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