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 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.
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 was a book I was iffy on reading, but after hearing so many amazing things about it, I decided to give it a chance. I contemplated putting this one down because it does start out a little slow, but I decided to push through in the hopes it would pick up. I am SO SO glad I stuck with this one because the story picked up and took a few twists and turns on the way to its action packed ending. One of the things that stood out to me about these characters is the fact that the characters are not black and white. These characters are complex and deep with a mix of good and evil that makes them seem so REAL. Even the characters who are supposed to be the bad guys have some spark that makes you hope they will overcome the bad in them. Even though I was able to predict a few of the details about the way this one would end, there were several surprises along the way that made this story wonderful.
“I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe. ”
“You may win in the end, you may ensorcell me and hurt me and humiliate me, but I will make sure you lose everything I can take from you on the way down. I promise you this”—I throw his own words back at him—“this is the least of what I can do.”
“Because you’re like a story that hasn’t happened yet. Because I want to see what you will do. I want to be part of the unfolding of the tale.”
“Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It’s disgusting, and I can’t stop.”