Title: The Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black
About the book: The first novel in a new series called The Folk of the Air. I received an ARC from Hachette.
First impressions: The story grew on me. I’ve read books by Black in the past, yet I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one. It’s also been a while since I’ve read a fantasy novel, but I enjoyed the book more once I had a better grasp of the world.
Summary: Jude is a mortal who has to live with faeries. She wants to fit in, but the people there dislike humans. As a fight for the throne ensues, Jude has to go to great lengths to protect herself and the people she cares about.
Characters: It took some time for me to warm up to some of the characters, even the female protagonist. That said, I liked Jude’s attitude even though the odds were stacked against her.
Cardan is the youngest prince. He’s an interesting character to say the least. However, I feel I still don’t really know him. He’s not the nicest person in the world. In fact, he’s mean to Jude for most of the novel.
While I predicted how the romantic subplot would turn out, I’m not too fond of the relationship.
“No one can really plan for every variable, though.”
Conflict: Mortal and faerie tension with a twist is the best way I can describe it. The pacing isn’t the best but it’s not awful. The plot starts off a little slow but picks up as the story unfolds. In my opinion, the ending got more and more intriguing.
Writing: The author did a solid job with the descriptions of people as well as places. She develops the book’s world quite well.
Final thoughts: The conclusion makes me want to read the next book. I was unsure about whether or not I’d continue the series up until the midway point. Then twists and turns started happening, especially during the last one hundred pages or so. In a way, the reading experience felt like a magical journey.
If you enjoy faerie fantasy stories with a modern moral twist, consider preordering The Cruel Prince. It comes out in January 2018.
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