Taryn: AH THERES A SPIDER
Jude: *throws dagger across room and stabs the spider perfectly in the heart into the wall*
Cardan: JUDE, DARLING, WHAT, NO- *plans funeral and barries dead spider* gone, but never forgotten :(
Jude: is anyone else conceded Right now
Taryn, Vivi, oak, nicasia, Madoc, the bomb, and all of faerie: SHHHH *bawling eyes out*
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Review: The Cruel Prince
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.
The circle of worms, a child from dirt - these are the names the other fairies children call her and her twin sister Taryn. In the kingdom when you get married it becomes a “your wife, your problem” situation, the High King General, Madoc, found his wife hiding out in the mortal world with his child plus two others, he had no choice but to take his daughter Vivi and her half-sisters, Jude and Taryn, under his care and bring them back to the kingdom to live with him. Where Vivi swore to hate her father forever, a vow that lasted ten years, Taryn and Jude fell in love with the world and became desperate to belong. Each had their own way of joining the court, for Jude it was to become a knight, where Taryn wanted to marry and find love. Yet, when Madoc denies Jude for knightship, under his belief that Jude is not a killer, Jude needs to find her own way in and to prove that she has a heart that can kill. With bullying from Price Cardan and his crew, a friend to a loved one, and then a loved one to an enemy, Jude has to make her own way in a world that hates her and find her purpose by teaming up with the curlest of the cruel.
Holly Black gave us a new world of fae folk to fall in love with. Building their world, Black kept it equal throughout the story of bringing in history and traditions of the world, while telling the story of Jude. Jude is moral in the fae world, making her not immortal, ugly, and desperate to belong. Giving her horrifying start of seeing both parents murder and then the murderer, Madoc, taking her to his home and acts like his father, it is no surprise that after Madoc telling Jude she is no killer, that Jude starts killing, starting with her bullies that act more like tormentors as they actually try to kill her. Obviously, if you do not like fairies, stay away from this novel, as Black creates her world to model the traditional fairy of being cruel twisters, and not the Tinkerbell that Disney created. The only downside this novel has is that where Black was busy creating the current story and building the world, she forgot to build up Jude and her sisters with their life with Madoc. The story starts with seven-year-old Jude seeing her parents murdered, to seventeen-year-old Jude living her life with Madoc, with no explanation of how the past ten years went. When did Jude learn to swordplay, when did she begin seeing Madoc as her father and not her parents' killer? Is Vivi mad at them for loving the fae world and not the mortal world that they belong to? When did the bullying from Cardan and crew start? What is Jude's relationship to any of the princes and princesses? So many questions about those ten years left unanswered by Black, as Black just thrust these things as facts with no explanation needed. With all these facts and no explanation, this book does have dry portions and makes it hard for you to relate to characters like Jude or her sisters. The most disappointing part of this is the lack of Cardan, whom I assume is the cruel prince that Black titles the book off of. He seems like such an extraordinary character, and one to really shine out in this novel if only he was given more page time. It is not until the last fifty-ish pages that you really see Cardan in his true form, otherwise, he was always just a background character, not the main tormentor of Jude but always there. Similar to Victoria Aveyard’s cruel price of Maven Calore, I hope Black has big plans for Cardan later in the series as I would like to see what this cruel boy can do. With an ending that definitely has you itching for the next one, overall I will give the Black potential to create a world-renowned series or to majorly flop.
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