Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication Date: 2018
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Borrowed from the Library
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.
Jude was seven years old 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.
In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war 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.
The Cruel Prince offers a story of Faerie intrigue with a compelling, well-drawn heroine and a plot that does not rely overly heavily on romance to keep it moving. Yes, there are a few clichés and I could guess a fair amount before it happened, but there were a few surprises along the way too, and there was enough freshness to the premise to keep my attention throughout. I finished book one interested to know what would happen next for Jude, so that's a promising start to the trilogy. Recommended to fans of YA fantasy in general and those you like tales of the Fae, especially those with a darker edge.