The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
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153 x 234mm
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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.

One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal. As Jude grows older, she realises that she will need to take part in the dangerous deceptions of the fey to ever truly belong.

But the stairway to power is fraught with shadows and betrayal. And looming over all is the infuriating, arrogant and charismatic Prince Cardan ...

Dramatic and thrilling fantasy blends seamlessly with enthralling storytelling to create a fully realised and seductive world, brimful of magic and romance.
Publication Date:
02 / 01 / 2018
153 x 234mm
I would classify this one as a quick read but that does not mean it's bad. In fact I was enthralled with the story from the get go. Some magical, creepy Fae guy comes and murders your parents and takes you and your sisters back to his home land of Faerieland then you know you're in for one heck of a ride. The only downside to this book, is that it is written in quite a "young" way. This might be because Holly Black has mostly written younger novels ie Magisterium, Spiderwick Chronicles and I feel like she hasn't fleshed out or followed through with some of the story line that could've really improved the flow of this book. But again, that's not to say it's bad. The story line is the focal point of The Cruel Prince and I found it easy to look past some of the more childish or repetitive aspects, all because I so badly wanted to know what was going to unfold. - Lisa (QBD)
, 16/01/2018

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