Hello, my darling readers!
I finally joined the party and picked up The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. Both this book and the sequel The Wicked King were all over Bookstagram and I fell in love with the cover art. So, let’s see if The Cruel Prince can live up to all the hype!
Jude’s life changed forever when she was only seven years old. Her parents were murdered and she as well as her sisters were whisked away to the Realm of Faeries. Ten years later Jude still struggles to find her place and fit in. Many of the fey despise mortals, among them Prince Cardan, the youngest son of the High King…
To be honest, I bought this book without really knowing what it was about. I fell in love when I saw the cover on Instagram and was completely convinced when I saw some fan art on tumblr.
Well, Holly Black didn’t disappoint me! The story is absolutely brilliant and the characters are super intricate. If you decide to read The Cruel Prince, make sure you pay attention to every little detail, as Black really likes to hide little hints for huge plot twists!
Once I had opened this novel, I wasn’t able to put it down. Sure, it’s not perfect but it certainly is hell of a ride. Believe me, I had no idea where this story would take us.
I am grateful that her characters didn’t feel like your usual YA blueprint heroine. That’s something that really annoys me and is a problem with many other books I read. Black’s characters are more intricate than they seem at first and are certainly anything but predictable.
Furthermore, Black paints a colorful and vivid image of Elfhame. The Realm of faeries really comes to life with her writing.
I am glad that I had the next installment, The Wicked King, already at hand when I finished The Cruel Prince. The story is so fascinating, I couldn’t wait to find out more!
Did you read The Cruel Prince? Let me know in the comments what you think!