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Review: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black

Summary from Goodreads:

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old 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.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war 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.


What I Liked:

Romance/Slow Burn. I was expecting the whole enemies to lovers trope but I had no idea the it was such a slow burn relationship. Slow burn is by far my favorite way to experience a romance, to me it makes the end result even better.

Writing Style/Atmosphere. I’ve been reading Holly Black novels since Junior High/High School and her writing never fails to keep me reading! I even put the book down for a few months but knew I wanted to come back to it even if it was just for the writing. I love how she describes everything in such a beautiful and lyrical way, it makes me feel like I’m inside this other world with the characters.

Characters. Holly Black is great at writing main and side characters. I was a big fan of Jude, she was brave, a complete badass who was not afraid to stand up for herself. Black also did a great job of crafting the less than nice characters like Cardan and his friends.

Ending. I was not expecting the twist at the end and how everything played out. It made me want to automatically pick up The Wicked King.

What I Disliked:

Pacing/Plot. I felt that the real plot and the pacing did not pick up until halfway through the novel. I struggled to keep reading after only the first fifty pages. The first half sets up the second but I felt some aspects were unneeded and I did not fully get invested with the story until the middle.

Taryn. I don’t want to spoil anything but those who have read the novel will know why this character is in my dislike section. XD


3.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars.


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