Title: The Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince is an absolute stand out in the Fantasy, YA genre. Jude is a human living in a world of faeries. Her parents were murdered by the faerie (also father to one of the sisters) that takes her and her two sisters to live in the faerie realm. Black gives us a strong female lead whose sole purpose is not wrapped up in finding love. She fights for her place in this new world that has become home. The faeries all treat her as if she shouldn’t be there. That only strengthens her resolve.
The characters are great. Black gave them incredible depth. Cruel Prince Cardan is hard not to like. Jude finds herself crossing over into questionable morality territory and Cardan can act in ways that are not entirely heartless. It’s exquisite. Jude uses strength and cunning to do what must be done.
The faerie realm finds itself in great danger due to far-reaching political tensions. Jude fights to save the realm and make her home safe again. The fast-paced narrative easily held my attention. It was a quick, very enjoyable read. This genre always gets me out of any reading slump. If you generally find yourself reading these types of books, I think you will particularly enjoy this one.
That ending has me waiting on the edge of my seat. I am greatly looking forward to the next installment, The Wicked King.
Have you read this one? What did you think about it?