by Holly Black
Why Our Staff Love The Cruel Prince:
The Cruel Prince is a lushly evocative story of murder and magic in true Holly Black style, in which mortals must scramble for survival in a treacherous faerie court. It begins with a tragedy - the mortal Jude and her two sisters witness the brutal murder of their parents and are abducted to the faerie court, where they come to realise that to survive in this court is to take part in its deadly machinations.
Those who loved the dangerous intrigue of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas will find great company here - this is a story that glitters malevolently and never lets go of its hold on you. With The Cruel Prince, Holly Black proves yet again that she is a master of the dark fairytale, twisting this well-known genre into directions that are as delightful as they are terrifying. After all, what’s fantasy without a little bit of darkness?
The start of a thrilling new fantasy series from bestselling author Holly Black about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a dangerous web of royal faerie intrigue.
One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them.
The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal. As Jude grows older, she realises that she will need to take part in the dangerous deceptions of the fey to ever truly belong. But the stairway to power is fraught with shadows and betrayal. And looming over all is the infuriating, arrogant and charismatic Prince Cardan ...
Dramatic and thrilling fantasy blends seamlessly with enthralling storytelling to create a fully realised and seductive world, brimful of magic