Hi! Here I am with another Holly Black book! Yes, I know my last review by her wasn’t so good… But this was so much better!
Title: The Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black
Series: The Folk of the Air
Rating: 4/5 stars
Pub date: January 2, 2018
I received this book as an ARC from BookCon. This is an honest review.
Whew! I think I am starting to like books abou faeries. I know, I am surprised too! But this book was very imaginative and it opened some doors for me that I didn’t think I would really like. This story follows Jude, who is the daughter of a faerie male and a mortal woman. She has a few siblings and she grew up in faerie, but was always reminded of her mortality while there. There is a battle for the throne for the next king of faerie and Jude finds herself right in the middle of it.
Jude was awesome. This book was awesome. I was surprised: yes, I am saying it again. But I was so happy! Jude is such a strong, badass female character. I really loved how she wanted to become something that her father didn’t think she could, because she wasn’t strong enough. Maybe she wasn’t strong enough at first, but she proved to everyone throughout this book how strong she actually was. She ended up being very cunning and was quite the mastermind behind plans that allowed things to settle in her favor. I also liked the faerie king named Carden. I really didn’t like him at first and my first impression was that I hate the character and how annoying he is. But, I have to admit that he grew on me and by the end of the book I was definitely a fan of him! I also found that Jude’s struggle with her own mortality interesting in itself: she really wanted to be consider fully faerie but there was no way she could because of some of her parentage.
One thing I didn’t like about this book was the use of reality. There were scenes where they went to school and did this and that, but it was too real for me in a book about faeries. They were also discouraged from making contact with the ‘real’ world so I found that to also be something I wasn’t quite sold on. I would’ve loved a more immersive experience in faerie, and though there were scenes like that included, I think showing that side more would make it even better. I thought the school scenes were a little silly but the teasing had its place in the book as a whole. I also would’ve liked to explore more about humans’ place in faerie, if they don’t have any faerie parentage, and how those prejudices differ from those who have one faerie parent.
I would recommend this book to fans of Holly Black, and those who enjoy a sweeping story about a girl who will do anything to make her father proud.
Happy reading! ~ Taylor