After a traumatic attack, Jude and her two sisters are taken to faerie to be raised by the man who killed their parents. Fast Forward 10 years in the future and Jude just wants to fit in and be in the King’s Guard.
Unfortunately, Prince Cardan, the youngest son of the High King, will do anything to make Jude miserable. No matter how hard she tries, she’ll never be one of them. Jude wants to prove Cardan and his friends wrong, she can be just as smart and tough as them.
An opportunity arises for Jude to make a name for herself, which requires her to go undercover. As Jude gets deeper and deeper in faerie politics, the more she starts to question about the world around her. No one is what they seem and alliances can change in the blink of an eye.
Jude has to decide how to save herself and the one’s she loves, but at what cost? After all, faerie is a dangerous place for a human.
The Cruel Prince has been seriously hyped in the YA world since its release in January 2018. It’s been on our TBR for years and we recently got around to reading it.
While it started off a little slow, the action picked up as soon as Jude started working undercover. We really liked Jude’s character and how she evolved throughout the story. Our experience with faerie typically comes from Cassandra Clare books. From those we knew how horrible the conditions can be for a human.
We loved how Jude and Cardan’s relationship progressed. Black kept their banter strong and eventually let us learn more about Cardan’s difficult childhood. There’s more than meets the eye. with him.
Jude’s twin Taryn drove us crazy! That was the point, but she annoyed us from the beginning because she didn’t have her sister’s back. We did like Jude’s older sister, Vivi. She had a fun personality and truly did not belong in faerie anymore.
The number of plot twists left us guessing Black had multiple surprises in the last 100 pages, which made us not be able to put the book down. Jude has a strong ability to scheme, but we can already tell the consequences of her action will be major in The Wicked King.
One problem we did have was that there were so many characters introduced at the same time that it was easy to confuse some of them. We wish she introduced them slower so we got to know them better.
Overall, we understand the hype around this series and can’t wait to read The Wicked King and The Queen of Nothing.