The Cruel Prince + The Wicked King + The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance
Published on: 2018/2019
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Format: Hardback, Paperback
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Synopsis of 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 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.
As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal 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.”
This was such a hyped series that I was a bit intimidated by it. However, the story sounds amazing and the covers & fanart are amazing, so I decided to give it a go. By the end of it, I was not disappointed at all. In fact, I still can’t believe I waited this long to read this trilogy!
The worldbuilding was fantastic! I loved the way the real, modern world existed alongside this magical fairy realm. The magic system was also great, if a bit underdeveloped in my opinion, and the way the whole court politics & society worked was super interesting to read about.
The plot was amazing in all of the books! Usually in trilogies, the middle book is a bit slower, but in this one the second book was actually my favorite. Things keep happening all the time, and since the books are so short for a fantasy they were very quick to read. Also, there were so many plot twists! Some I saw coming, others took me entirely by surprise. I just couldn’t stop reading! I needed to know what would happen next.
But what made these books for me were the characters. None of them were your typical characters: they were all so unique and complex. None is just good or bad, they are all very nuanced and it made for such interesting dynamics between them. The family relationships, as well as the romantic ones, were twisted and shaped by anger and grief and love and affection. They were all amazing to read about, and certainly made some characters unpredictable.
I was caught off guard by these characters – since none were too likeable, at first I thought I wasn’t enjoying the story much. But then I couldn’t stop thinking about it, about what would happen next and how the characters would manage to get out of tricky situations. There were so many betrayals and bargains and lies, I was hooked even before I realized it.
Not to make this review too long, but Jude & Cardan’s relationship was next level enemies-to-lovers and I’m so here for it! The more we got to know about them, the more I liked and rooted for them. By the end, I was completely invested in their relationship. I can totally see what all the hype was about, and it was all well deserved.
So if like me, you’ve been putting these books off because of all the hype or because you’re not so sure you’ll like it, I’m telling you to give them a try. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this twisted tale as well.
Then come let me know your thoughts about it so we can hype this trilogy some more.
Until next time,