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“The Cruel Prince” by Holly Black (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 370 pages)
With “The Cruel Prince,” author Holly Black (“Tithe,” “The Darkest Part of the Forest”) proves once again why she is the queen of the dark fairy tale. This well-plotted fantasy is chock full of courtly intrigues, divided loyalties, and complicated, damaged characters.
Jude Duarte is tired of being vulnerable. A mortal raised in the faerie world, she faces danger on a daily basis: eat faerie fruit and crave it forever; join a revel and never stop dancing; fall under a faerie’s spell and lose your willpower.
More than anything, Jude craves a place in the royal court and the protections that go along with it. So when the crown prince offers her a position as his spy, she gladly accepts. She soon uncovers a deadly conspiracy that could change the entire faerie realm, making life much worse for mortals like herself. Everything just might hinge on the cruel young prince who despises Jude … and yet cannot takes his eyes off her.
“The Cruel Prince” is the first in the “Folk of the Air” series, followed by “The Wicked King” (coming January 2019). The third and final volume, “The Queen of Nothing,” is expected in 2020.
Jessica Sheff is a senior branch assistant, at the Idea Exchange Preston. She recommends: