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The Cruel Prince PDF in high quality, It is written by Holly Black. Holly Black is an American writer and editor best known for her children’s and young adult fiction. Her most recent work is the New York Times bestselling young adult Folk of the Air series. She is also well known for The Spiderwick Chronicles, a series of children’s fantasy books she created with writer and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi.
Description of The Cruel Prince, 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 Fae 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
Summary of The Cruel Prince
The Cruel Prince follows Jude Duarte, a human living in the realm of Faerie. When Jude was seven years old, her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were taken away to live in the dangerous High Court of Faerie. After ten years of living with the creatures who stole her from her home, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite being human.
But most of the fey despise humans, especially the youngest son of the King of Elfhame. In order to win her place in the Court, she must defy him and her mortality that she has fought so hard to keep in Faerie. By doing so, she becomes entangled in the politics and deceptions of the High Court, discovering her own capacity for violence and bloodshed.
The Cruel Prince is highly enjoyable and gripping to read. The style of the book is very unique and it surprised me with its dark political intrigue. I loved the whimsical and wild feel of the world of Faerie, though, the actual construction of the world is a little more vague and mystical. The main locations of the books have a solid presence, but the actual landscape of Faerie isn’t as concrete, leaving room for the reader’s imagination to fully bring the setting to life.
However, while the world building of the novel is very well written, the strongest point of this book is actually the characterization. Time and time again, I was surprised by the characters in this book. They have many layers and their actions at different points of the novel contradicted the impressions I had initially formed about each of them. All the characters are complex, cruel, and cunning and you’ll find yourself unsure of who you should be rooting for. Even the ‘good’ characters have flaws that make them more relatable and realistic.
Especially the ‘villains’. Their character development is so good because the author doesn’t take away their human qualities. They still love, care, cry, and even show compassion but at the same time they have something that stops them from doing the right thing. When reading this book, I found myself questioning who the ‘villains’ and who the ‘heroes’ actually were many times.
Jude is an incredibly satisfying heroine to follow. At first she seems to be written like most female characters in YA books, bland and unrelatable, but as the novel continues, readers discover a real depth to her character. It is pleasing to see her taking action and place her fate in her own hands. She wants to be strong to defeat her fear.
She wants to be more than she is, more than a mortal. She has a capacity for cruelness, that is unexpected, making readers unsure of her moral compass at times. Her vulnerability, stubbornness, and attraction to darkness are the characteristics that define her narrative.
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