The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Lately, I haven’t been much of a fantasy reader – especially not a high fantasy reader. But, this summer I’ve been trying to broaden my reading horizons, and this book fit the bill.  Obviously the hype for this book has been off the charts – plus the last book I read by Holly Black was phenomenal. With my expectations as high as they were, I’m glad to say that Holly Black has struck it out of the park again with this first entry to her new series.

Jude was seven 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.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal 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.

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