Book Reviews

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

The Cruel PrinceTitle: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)
Author: Holly Black
Rating: ★★★★

So, naturally, I hope to dislike the books that everyone else dotes on. However, this was not the case this time 😦 At the beginning, it slightly reminded me of the Wintersong series (which don’t seem like anything special to me and I kind of find annoying).

At a young age, Jude (our heroine), Taryn (her twin), and Vivi (her oldest sister) experience the death of their mother and Jude and Taryn’s father by none other than Vivi’s very own father (Madoc, who also happens to be the Fae general). Forced to live in Faerie, Jude and Taryn stick out like a sore thumb. 

What could I become if I stopped worrying about death, about pain, about anything?If I stopped trying to belong? Instead of being afraid, I could become something to fear.

Ten years later, Jude’s lifelong goal was to become a knight in the High Court. Cardan, the swoon-worthy youngest prince is wicked, yet charming…oh yeah, and likes to make Jude’s life hell. After constantly being bullied by Prince Cardan (who I believe happens to be our Cruel Prince) and his friends one too many times, she decides to stand up for herself. 

That’s what comes of hungering for something; you forget to check if it’s rotten before you gobble it down.

Probably what I like best about Jude is that she is not the typical heroine. We see her flaws upfront and she doesn’t try to be this perfect person. At the climax of the story, we see her willing to do anything to overthrow the crown.

But Jude has a secret that she must keep from all but the ones in on it. Will she betray the ones she loves? Will this new secret put not only herself in danger, but those she loves, as well? What is she willing to lose in order to stay true to her heart?

Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It’s disgusting, and I can’t stop.

Cardan is the typical bad boy, so it is no wonder that all of the girls swoon over him. But, somehow he also happens to be my favorite character. At the beginning of the story, we see this drunk, selfish guy who is set upon making everyone else’s lives miserable. However, as the story progresses, we see that every action Cardan performed was strictly to defend people he cared for. So, in fact, he is quite selfless.

Ahhh!! The feeling of this quote resides in me all too familiar. Ever get the feeling that you wish you never thought about one specific person ever again, but they seem to delve into every thought? So frustrating!

We don’t need to be good. But let’s try to be fair.

Betrayal, murder, and deceit are common themes in Faerie. By betraying people Jude has known most of her life, she is convinced that the future of Faerie can be made more “just” from its current state. Is she willing to compromise her morals for a better future?

I’m surprised by how much of a page-turner this novel was. I’m so excited for the next installment and what Black has in store for us next!

Who will be crowned king? Who is Taryn’s love? Who will be murdered on the rise to the crown? Is anyone safe?