Back with a vengeance, Holly Black's amazing YA Fantasy "The Cruel Prince" has gotten a sequel, full of lies, secrets, twists and betrayals. Holly Black is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine, her prose are absolutely amazing and her characters are incredibly unique. Usually with YA/Teen Fantasy the main character is an all good, do it by the book, perfect moral compass and can do no wrong, where with this series, it's the exact opposite. No character is entirely good or evil, nothing is black and white. Everyone betrays everyone, and even Jude Duarte, our cunning heroine, lies and cheats and manipulates in order to get her way. This story takes place five months into Cardan's reign as king, and unbeknownst to everyone else in the realm, is controlled by Jude. Both are figuring out quickly how the court runs, and sooner than later, realizes that its more difficult to stay in power than to attain it. Tensions with the undersea folk rise like the tide, and war may be on the horizon. Secrets and conspiracies also escalate within the court, and someone close to Jude has betrayed them all, but who could it be? Also, what exactly are Cardan's feelings towards Jude? Their relationship continues to become more complicated, and Jude begins to question everything? Does she also have feelings for him? Does he actually have feelings for her, or are they more malicious and calculated than she thinks? So many twists, so much tension, its turning out to be such an amazing series, highly recommend!
As seneschal to High King Cardan, Jude must fight to keep control of the Faerie throne while her younger brother, Oak, enjoys the childhood she never knew.