Tuesday, January 29, 2019


The Cruel Prince (Folk of the Air Series #1)
I will honestly admit that fantasy is not my thing, but I can definitely see the appeal of Holly Black's THE CRUEL PRINCE. I enjoyed it enough that I will probably read book #2 THE WICKED KING.

Jude is a mortal living in the High Court of Faerie. She has lived there with her two sisters since her parents were murdered ten years earlier. Humans are hated by most of the Faerie folk so life there hasn't been easy.

Jude's guardian, also the faerie who murdered her parents, treats her well and encourages her desire to become a knight. He even helps her hone her sword skills. Jude's twin sister Taryn is mostly interested in finding someone to marry and thinks Jude's interest in physical activity is a waste of time.

Jude's fighting talents catch the eye of Prince Dain. He selects her to be one of his spies. Her work for him will provide her with the freedom to come and go and prevents her from coming under the spell of faeries who seek to torment her for being a disgusting human.

Clever thinking and problem solving help Jude discover that things may not be as they seem in Dain's court. At his coronation as king all hell breaks loose, and Jude learns about a plot that could threaten those she cares about most.

Author Holly Black is able to create a fantasy world that grabs readers immediately. There is nonstop action and intrigue with twists and turns that kept me guessing and wanting to read more. THE CRUEL PRINCE trilogy will thrill Black's fans and no doubt earn her some new ones.

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