On Saturday I also got given the opportunity to meet Holly Black, author of The Cruel Prince (and other brilliant books) at the Northern YA Literature Festival. She took part in an interview, Samatha Shannon was the interviewer, IT WAS AMAZING.
Questions & Facts
Who is your favourite faerie? Prince Cardan, if not him, then Dain
Holly loves the fact that fairies are monsters all the time, they are not like werewolves, vampires etc who were once human. They have always been Fairy, evil, full of magic and will never understand humans.
Her mother used to tell her to never auto project, meaning to let your soul come out of your body so spirits could take over, so she used to always think NEVER AUTO PROJECT. (which was absolutely hilarious)
Her mother used to also tell her that the house they lived in was haunted, and blamed everything that went wrong on a ghost called Robbie. If the keys were lost, she would say ‘Where has Robbie put those keys?! Why is he angry?!’
She was lovely, hilarious and extremely down to earth and honest. I feel so pleased that I got to meet her!
She also signed my other books ( The Darkest part of the forest, White cat and The Coldest girl in Coldtown) I have of hers and each to ME. yay! And look how great her crown is! QUEEEEEEN.
I have read The Cruel Prince and thought it was really good, it’s nice to have another YA book out there that touches on the world of fae and how brutal it really is AND THE TWISTS! I also managed to grab an arc of The Wicked King, SWEET. My Review of The Cruel Prince is below!
‘Nice things don’t happen in storybooks. Or when they do happen, something bad happens next. Because otherwise the story would be boring, and no one would read it.’
– Holly Black
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.
*blurb from goodreads
- Pages – 384
- Author – Holly Black
- Published – January 2nd 2018
- Rating – 5/5
- Genres – Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy
‘I love my parents’ murderer; I suppose I could love anyone.’
– Holly Black
‘The Cruel Prince’ is a really intricate story, one with an array of different characters who make you feel all the emotions. The High Court of Faerie is a dark and magical place, and Holly Black makes you fear the people inside it. When I finished it, I didn’t know what to do with myself, I want the next book! Where is it?! Why make me wait Holly Black?! Why?!
I genuinely found myself skipping lines of this book to find out what happens next, which is SACRILEGE, but I could not help myself, forgive me. I absolutely loved the beginning, the pure evil but also genius that is written into those pages is unbelievable. Holly Black makes you really feel EVERYTHING, she is so gifted with her words. She is the queen of all things fae.
‘But I will not stand in front of your happiness. I will not even stand in front of misery that you choose for yourself.’
– Holly Black
Jude is a fantastic protagonist, she is super stressed (totally the queen of stress). But she is real, she has feelings, she lashes out, she is human. She has a very intricate and complicated relationship with Prince Cardan, who is wicked, handsome and smart. But this relationship is something that kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved them two as the chalk and cheese of literature. They worked perfectly.
Most of the characters in this book are incredibly three dimensional. They all do things wrong, they all have emotions and feelings and they face punishment for their wrong doings. None of them are absolutely perfect. Apart from Oak (he is the cutest little kid), Jude’s younger foster brother, he was such a lovely little character and I cannot wait to find out what happens with him in the future books.
Taryn and Vivi (Jude’s sisters) and Madoc (Step Father/Father) have an intricate relationship, and the feelings they have towards Madoc are extremely interesting. But he is the one that brings them to The High court of Fae, and he will eventually learn what that has cost him. I cannot even begin to explain how great this whole family is to read about.
FYI – you need to pay attention throughout this book, otherwise you will not understand what is going on, and will struggle to follow what happens towards the end.
The ending was possibly one of the best endings I have ever read. The twist was perfect and I had no idea it was going to happen, I was in shock. At that point, I demanded book two, I know you have finished it Holly Black. If you are looking for a fantasy book that delivers on poetic, lyrical literature, has tons of twists and amazing characters. Just get this book.
It won’t disappoint.
‘There is a pleasure in being with them. Taking what we wish, indulging in every terrible thought. There’s safety in being awful.’
– Holly Black