By #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue. 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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What a way to start off 2018!
Holly Black's writing is one of those that stick with you even after you've finished the book. Jude is a mortal living in the world of faeries and she feels powerless compared to them. To gain power, she must work hard and strive to be the best she can.
Keeping focused can be hard when you have someone like Prince Cardan and his friends making your life a living hell. But Jude uses their bullying as fuel for her fire. It makes her train harder so she can best them one day.
When a new High King is to be crowned, things start changing for Jude. They start looking up. But bloodshed is a hard thing to avoid when more than one person wants the crown.
Final Verdict: I really loved Holly Black's dark and enthralling writing. I would recommend this to fans of Sarah J. Maas, Fae, and fantasy. There wasn't as much romance as I was hoping for and the ending hurt my heart, but it makes me eager for the next one.