Excerpt from The Cruel Prince

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I just finished reading Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) and I was not disappointed. Author of the Spiderwick Chronicles and many more faery fantasy books, Black provides rich detail and cunning twists and turns of plot and always a good sense of humour. I don’t think I’ve read a Holly Black book I didn’t like.

Faeries can’t lie so they tend to concentrate on words and ignore tone, especially if they haven’t lived among humans.

Holly Black, The Cruel Prince

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

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.

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