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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—Human Jude has been raised along with her twin, Taryn, and half-sibling, Vivi, in Faerieland by Madoc, the faerie who murdered her parents. This intricate realm is filled with beautiful, blood-thirsty, playful, and powerful faeries who seem to have no patience or use for humans beyond enslaving them with magic. Despite this, Jude is determined to earn respect and a place in it all by becoming a knight. First in a planned trilogy, this YA fantasy features a political scramble reminiscent of Game of Thrones, with spies, manipulation, romance, swordplay, betrayal, and an intoxicating darkness that manages to enrapture Jude and readers. Black has created a brutal and captivating world, filled with complex characters and their intricate and layered relationships. Jude is a mighty heroine; strong, smart, cunning, and yet completely vulnerable. Teens meet her as she’s no longer interested in restraining her emotions and actions and is willing to give up anything in order to work for what she wants, which makes for a powerful and dangerous damsel getting herself out of distress. VERDICT Another fantastic, deeply engaging, and all-consuming work from Black that belongs on all YA shelves.—Emily Moore, Camden County Library System, NJ –This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Review

Praise for The Cruel Prince:
A New York Times BestsellerAn IndieBound BestsellerA Boston Globe Best Book of 2018An ALA 2019 Children’s Notables List Pick

“Black is a master at world-building, conveying integral details without that information ever seeming tedious or encyclopedic, whether you’re well versed in faerie or a newcomer to the genre….the experience of reading a novel like this is something like being surrounded by magic.”―The New York Times Book Review

“Lush, dangerous, a dark jewel of a book. Black’s world is intoxicating, imbued with a relentless sense of peril that kept me riveted through every chapter of Jude’s journey. And Jude! She is a heroine to love–brave but pragmatic, utterly human. This delicious story will seduce you and leave you desperate for just one more page.”―Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom

“I require book two immediately. Holly is the Faerie Queen.”―Victoria Aveyard, #1 bestselling author of The Red Queen series

* “[S]pellbinding….Breathtaking set pieces, fully developed supporting characters, and a beguiling, tough-as-nails heroine enhance an intricate, intelligent plot that crescendos to a jaw-dropping third-act twist.”―Publishers Weekly, starred review

* “Another fantastic, deeply engaging, and all-consuming work from Black that belongs on all YA shelves.”―School Library Journal, starred review

* “Jude, who struggles with a world she both loves and hates and would rather be powerful and safe than good, is a compelling narrator. Whatever a reader is looking for–heart-in-throat action, deadly romance, double-crossing, moral complexity–this is one heck of a ride.”―Booklist, starred review

“This is a heady blend of Faerie lore, high fantasy, and high school drama, dripping with description that brings the dangerous but tempting world of Faerie to life. Black is building a complex mythology; now is a great time to tune in.”―Kirkus Reviews

* “Black, quite rightly, is the acknowledged queen of faerie lit, and her latest shows her to be at the top of her game, unveiling twists and secrets and bringing her characters vividly to life.”―VOYA, starred review

“With complicated characters, a suspenseful plot, and a successful return to the Faerie setting of many of her popular books, Black’s latest is sure to enchant fans.”―The Horn Book

“Another enthralling story in Black’s fantasy catalog.”―PASTE.com

“Black has a compelling series about fairies, politics and finding your place in the world, starting with this novel, which I read in a single day.”―USA Today

Praise for Tithe:YALSA’s Teen Top TenALA Best Book for Young AdultsNew York Public Library’s “Best Book for the Teenage Reader”
* “A gripping read.”―Publishers Weekly, starred review –This text refers to the hardcover edition.


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January 2 2018

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9 reviews for The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air Book 1)

  1. Eternal Senshi

    Give yourself until halfway through. THEN it gets interesting.There’s a couple things you should realize about this book before deciding to read it. 1) The reviews are a little over-hyped. I was looking for something to help me with my book withdrawal after finishing SJ Maas’s trilogy. This book kept showing up as a recommendation and I finally bit the bullet and downloaded a sample. It didn’t grasp my attention at the time and I didn’t bother buying it, instead I read some other books in lieu of this one.Now, it’s been a while since I downloaded the sample but my thoughts did go back to this book from time to time. Something about it DID intrigue me.Now this brings me to point #2. The first half of the book isn’t the greatest. You will probably dislike all of the characters which is a major frustration. You can definitely get into the feel of the world and stay there, a testament to the author’s ability to good writing but the 3 sisters, Jude, Taryn, and Vivi feel like they have no personalities at all. The author tries to convince us in a particular chapter that Jude has been through a lot and gives you a glimpse into the twisted way of faeries. This is supposed to reinforce our thoughts that Jude is only a lowly pawn with a predestined life filled with misery and misfortune. This is why she is dull and non-responsive to her own feelings and thoughts.That wasn’t completely supportive enough to justify how bland Jude was. Her inner monologues were thoroughly lacking in regards to bringing the story to life.Once you hit the second part of the novel, that’s when things begin to pick up the pace and the book becomes a true page turner. It’s as if someone else penned the second half of the novel. Someone who breathes in life and vigor to the plot. Jude becomes sharper, smarter, wittier. I have some issues with that as she was not exactly like that during the first half of the novel. And how she concocts a masterful plan and predicts the outcomes is a little above what I thought she was capable of within such a limited time of playing the Fae game.Certain elements and plots come to light. It makes you abhor certain characters even more and makes you want to find out what some characters are ultimately up to. And some even manage to redeem themselves, although not entirely just yet. There is a lot of potential here for the next novel and I am really looking forward to seeing what Cardan will do to Jude after what goes down at the end of the novel. I also want to know what Locke’s endgame is. True to what he says earlier, he is indeed a trickster; a very dirty one at that. Will Jude also be punished for her crime of murder? How will that (literally) be uncovered?I primarily read adult novels and I do appreciate a good dollop of romance. If this was an adult novel, I would be expecting quite a few feisty and interesting scenes between Cardan and his new ‘master’, Jude. *Sigh*. One can only wish.If you are on the fence about this novel but do enjoy YA novels with plot twists, conspiracy, and revenge then I would recommend this book to you. Just do yourself a favor and give yourself time to get to the turning point in the novel. I promise, it gets much more intriguing.

  2. Anne Pruitt

    Yet Another YA That Promotes Abusive RelationshipsAm I the only one who saw all of the abuse in this and had to put it down?SPOILERY REVIEW FOR THE FIRST 120 PAGESRight off the bat, you have the main character’s parents killed right in front of her because her mom’s Fae ex was jealous. Surprisingly, Madoc was OK. I actually didn’t mind him, but the idea of him being a Redcap kinda threw me because I’d always pictured Redcaps as some of the biggest, ugliest, and baddest faeries, not a slim, handsome Fae dude. Also Jude was…OK with him having killed her parents? . . . If Madoc hadn’t killed her parents I’d probably like him, but the whole situation feels like Stockholm’s or something.Jude grows up in Faerie, from the age of seven to when this book picks up. She’s trying her hardest to earn her place since her eldest sister is Fae and doesn’t need to, and her twin is content being someone’s wife. Jude wants a purpose. All of this, I like. The plot itself was actually kind of interesting due to the political tangle, Jude’s strong will, and the Fae land as is.Despite that, I could not, in good conscience, continue to read this after page 120. That sick, queasy feeling that almost makes you puke because of guilt or shame or something? Yeah, I had that. I felt like by reading this book, I was condoning the behavior of Cardan and the writing of Holly Black. No. Freaking. Thank you.Cardan physically, emotionally, and mentally abuses her himself while also letting his little gang of brats do the same as well as sexually assault her and not stop her. The only one who even does ANYTHING is Locke, and yeah, I have issues with him too.Page 95 starts the sexual assault. Faerie fruit makes humans listen to Fae suggestions as well as euphoric. What entails is Cardan’s gang force feeds Jude fruit (because she is human and weak, and a woman, I might add), and Jude is suddenly tripping out. One of the guys literally forces Jude to eat this fruit. Oh, and did I mention that this is entirely during their class and NO one tries to stop them? Fake world or not, Holly Black is condoning people standing back and watching since NO ONE steps in.Even though Cardan “acts” disturbed by the events, almost like the author is building it up for him to be a love interest, he still takes away the one thing that will knock Jude back to reality, and laughs. The other students laugh at this whole event. The gang begins to ask her who she wants to kiss, tells her to take off her clothes. Once Jude is in nothing but her underclothes, they want her to lick the fruit off their hands, Cardan wants her to grovel and kiss his feet, but Locke steps in and says he will take her home before her humiliation gets to be worse.Page 22, Valerian publicly yanks on Jude’s hair and makes fun of her lack of Fae-ness. shortly after, on the next two or three pages, simply because a boy would not move out of the way of Cardan and his entourage, Cardan rips off the boy’s wings and the faeries laugh and go about their business. The boy sobs.If this doesn’t flat out show that bullying is OK if you’re “important,” then please feel free to tell me what it says. I know it’s a fantasy world, but people sometimes read this stuff and don’t see fantasy because of a million reasons, or they read this and it subliminally affects them.Page 28, Cardan and gang walk past Jude and sister while at school, and kicks dirt into their food as he does. “I look up to see him watching me with cruel delight” (Cruel Prince, 22).”Dirt. It’s what you came from, mortal. It’s what you’ll return to soon enough. Take a bite.” Nicasia, page 22.Cardan threatens to force Jude to eat the dirty fruit after she snaps back at them. Nicasia pulls pins from Jude’s hair and makes fun of her, claiming she stole it to true and look pretty and that she will never be beautiful.Locke once again steps in to distract the group, but it doesn’t help as Cardan tells Jude she must withdraw from the Summer Tournament that she wants to enter. Entering means she could earn her place in the Fae lands as a knight.”Withdraw now, or wish that you had.” Page 30.Chapter 6 details the times other Faeries have assaulted Jude before Cardan and Co. started to. One bites off the tip of her finger, and one forced her to drink Faerie water and dance until she was freaking out (Faeries can make you dance until you die).Chapter 7, in brief detail, Cardan and Co. throw Jude and her sister into a river where Nixies live. Nixies will eat humans. Both girls struggle with the currents, as they are wearing dresses, and Jude catches her sister.”This is just a game, but sometimes we play too hard with our toys. And then they break.””It’s not like we drowned you ourselves.”Jude fights against the currents after the above two mentioned quotes were said, and manages to get back to Taryn on the rock.Cardan’s deal is thus to Taryn: he will let her out of the rive if she A) climbs up by herself out of the water, B) kiss Cardan on both cheeks, and C) never defend Jude. Jude tells Taryn to go, and Taryn flees and does all of that.”Your sister abandoned you,” says Cardan on page 51. he goes on to make threats about how he can do anything he likes to Jude and humans, but that he won’t if she’ll just give up.When she says no, they leave Taryn and Jude, and Jude has to climb out of the water by herself.Cardan continues to make threats such as “You’re going to regret that” on page 66, upsetting Taryn before that, and says that he could get Taryn to have sex with him if he wanted to on page 74. He tells Jude to get down on her knees and beg for forgiveness from him.Why do I bring all of this up, you may ask? Because of the subtle hints along the way that Cardan in a potential love interest for Jude. not only that, to make him more relatable, Jude is hiding in Cardan’s eldest brother’s house, and on pages 117 to 119, Jude watches Balekin brutally beat Cardan, as well as try to force Cardan to kill a human servant. Cardan refuses and leaves.And suddenly Cardan becomes poor little Cardan who has been abused all his life, and the subtle shift that Jude, and we the readers, need to forgive him his actions. I’m not saying Jude is forced to or does forgive him, but what is with this trend in YA literature, especially stuff with faeries, that a love interest is always abusive? Horrifically so???This. Needs. To. Stop. NOW!I give this book 0 stars because I’m freaking fed up with this crap. We already live in a world where teenagers think that Joker and Harley Quinn are a dream relationship, can we PLEASE not continue feeding that mindset? Who cares if the person is hot if they will beat the living crap out of you or screw with your head and emotions so much that you feel like you are nothing in life. This is exactly why ACOTAR was such an awful series, and now we have the “new” ACOTAR series WITH THE EXACT SAME PROBLEMS. Just like how people idolize Rhys and Tamlin, people are going to like Cardan and say “he’s not that bad.”Please stop.

  3. SV

    Surprisingly badWith so many positive reviews, I naturally had high opinions of this book and I was very let down. I don;t mind the setting or the flawed characters or the dark happenings.What I did mind was the extremely superficial writing that did not make me connect with or feel for ANY character. Lots of descriptions of things like dresses and some about types of fairie folk but I literally couldn’t visualize this book like I can usually do others because it really felt like it was written for 12 year olds. It was dry, overly simplistic and almost with no consequences for anything (SPOILER: yes, you protagonist can get away with murder! and talk about it after with no consequences). The court settings are all about parties and NO adult details such as how a court might work. Spies can get in and out so easily it is a COURT FOR KIDS!And fair warning, the female abuse/disrespect by guys of the same age here is real. While it wasn’t triggering, it may be harder on YAs.

  4. Nicole

    Dark and DepressingI’m always tentative about book about the fae. With the exception of books by Sarah J Maas, they tend to all be dark, twisty, and absolutely no fun. Sadly, this one ended up being just that. I’m sure some people will love all of the dark, cruel machinations in this book, but it just left me disappointed. None of the characters were sympathetic, except maybe Vivi. Not an enjoyable read at all for me.

  5. Georgiana89

    Great fantasy plot, setting and heroine, slightly weaker on the romanceBased on the description and title, I was expecting this to predominantly be a fantasy romance, with a “bad boy” or perhaps even villainous fairy love interest. I really enjoy that sort of thing, but was worried it might feel a bit generic and overdone.I was therefore pleasantly surprised to discover that this is basically full-blown fantasy, with the focus very much on politics, plotting and life and death scenarios. It’s also very strong on showing the emotional conflicts and inner turmoil faced by the characters, particularly the lead, Jude.Speaking of Jude, I was expecting either a kick-ass fantasy heroine or a softer romantic lead. Again, my assumptions were dashed. She turned out to be a very dark heroine, bordering on antiheroine. She kills, she plots, she does ruthless things. And her backstory and her ongoing fears and ambitions are so well set out that you completely understand the things she does and keep rooting for her.The supporting characters were also mostly compelling and nuanced. I particularly liked Madoc, Jude’s adoptive father, a bloodthirsty fairy general who killed her biological parents but genuinely loves and cares for her. The unusual backstory and set-up really add a lot compared to the standard set up of a human girl either wandering into faerie by mistake or discovering she is half fairy herself. Jude has grown up as an aristocrat of the fairy world, but facing huge prejudice for being biologically human. And her feelings towards her adoptive father and adopted land are wonderfully conflicted.The world is set out beautifully and strikes a nice balance between solidly well-developed and appropriately dreamlike. I didn’t realise until close to the end, when a cameo made it clear, but this is set in the same world as the author’s old Tithe novels. I didn’t enjoy them as much as this, but I think the existence of all that existing world-building really helped here.As I’ve mentioned, romance was much less front and centre than I was expecting, though it bubbles under the surface, There was a side romance that felt rather throw away and did nothing for me. It’s quite clear from both the title and the entire set up that Cardan, the titular Cruel Prince, is meant to be the main love interest, though, without getting too spoilery, there’s surprisingly little development on that front in this volume. If I had one quibble with the book, it’s that I was a little disappointed in Cardan. I was expecting him to be a bit like the Darkling or similar – cruel in a scheming, sinister way, with lots of ambition but also lots of charm. In this instalment at least, he was more like a petty, spoiled school bully, albeit one who happened to be a fairy prince, and wasn’t particularly competent. And the way he treated the heroine was unpleasant and not linked to any wider plan.Overall though, this was a really well-written and well-plotted fantasy with a great heroine and I’m really looking forward to the next instalment.

  6. Tasha Ní Mhiacháin

    4.5 ⭐4.5 ⭐My first time in Elfhame left a bad impression. I felt so out of step because everyone was gushing about The Cruel Prince and I was on the outside thinking ‘I just don’t get it.’ That’s partly why I do not like reading books mid hype.But anyway..A friend talked me into reading The Wicked King, a little longer in the world of Elfhame and I finally felt like I was starting to get it.With Queen of Nothing on the horizon I decided to participate in a readalong with two people who haven’t yet stepped into the world Holly created.Despite having read it… Despite knowing every twist and turn… I loved it.I think people should be warned that this isn’t your typical YA story, you’ll step into Elfhame, you’ll be surrounded by cruel, beautiful, wicked creatures and you’ll probably question your own morals when you fall in love with them. There’s still plenty of characters I hate, don’t get me wrong but there’s a lot I can’t help loving.It’s full of danger, betrayal, bloodshed, manipulation and cunning. Cunning above all else because the Folk cannot lie so they have to be especially clever with everything they say and do.During my first read it was hard to grasp that along with the new world setting and everything else but this time I paid attention to every word.If you’re like me, if you love everything fae and you’re unsure about this, my advice is to read it twice. Give yourself a wee break between reads and see where it takes you the second time around. I’m so glad I gave it another go. I am now really and truly obsessed.Here’s one of my favourite moments;“Take care,” he says, and then smiles. “It would be very dull to have to sit here for an entire day just because you went and got yourself killed.”“My last thoughts would be of your boredom,” I tell him.

  7. Kindle Customer

    A novel of political machinations, of lies and brutality, of cruelty and beauty and brillianceThis book starts with a murder. Two, actually. The grisly murder of a woman and her husband by her ex-husband, who just so happens to be Madoc, a vicious faerie warmonger. But rather than return to Elfhame empty handed, he takes with him his daughter Vivi, but also her seven-year-old half-sisters Taryn and Jude, who he chooses to raise in his estate, in the world of the fae.Raised as mortals in the world of the faeries is a precarious, often dangerous and always brutal existence. The Cruel Prince follows Jude, now a teenager, as she aims to prove herself as more than just human, as a powerful warrior set to be chosen as a knight in a faerie court. However, Jude’s hopes and aims do not go to plan, and soon she finds herself hired as a spy for one of the princes in line for the throne of Elfhame.This is a novel of political machinations, of lies and brutality, of cruelty and beauty and brilliance.Someone on GoodReads described it as the literary equivalent of being hit by a truck, and I think that sums it up pretty well.There is so much to discuss in this novel that it is hard to know where to begin — Jude’s ambition, her sisters’ secrets, Madoc’s secret allegiances, cruel Cardan, beautiful Locke and the fruit! But I genuinely think it’s best if you go into this book knowing as little as I did.Jude is a brilliant, furious creature — the product of murder, danger and brutality, strength built upon her fragility and weaknesses as a mere mortal, easily swayed and damaged by the world around her.I know it is February (though I read this at the start of January) and so this is quite a ridiculous thing to say, but The Cruel Prince is one of my favourite books so far this year. The thing is I think its going to stay as one of my favourite books. I think I’ve found a new favourite author, and I honestly can’t believe I’ve not read any Holly Black until this. I’ve already gifted a copy of this to a friend who loves her writing, knowing that they would absolutely need to read this — and it also meant I have someone to talk to about my emotions.I’m going to be counting the days until I can get back to Jude and her story; roll on the rest of The Folk of the Air series.What to read next:Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn HamiltonSix of Crows by Leigh BardugoThe Call by Peadar O’Guillin

  8. Slippy

    Idee mit Potential, überzeugt aber nichtIch bin durch Zufall auf das Buch gestoßen und durch die positiven Rezensionen dazu animiert worden, es zu kaufen. Ich habe mir etwas in Richtung “Red Queen” oder “Shadow & Bone” vorgestellt, also zwar Jugendliteratur, aber halt richtig gute.Der Anfang hat mir auch richtig gut gefallen, er hat mich geradezu angefixt. Die Welt fand ich interessant, man muss nicht lange warten, bis Action aufkommt, supi. Danach allerdings hat sich meine Begeisterung gelegt, wovon ich vieles darauf zurückführe, dass ich altersmäßig (26) langsam aus dem Genre Jugendliteratur wachse.[Im Folgenden kommen kleine Spoiler]Das größte Problem hatte ich mit den Charakteren. Jude ist als Hauptfigur gewiss keine Sympathieträgerin. Ich hatte schon in einer anderen Rezension gelesen, dass man mit ihr vielleicht nicht warm werde, und das ist auch wahr. Sie ist eigentlich ziemlich kacke und egoistisch, ohne dabei interessant zu sein. Darüber ist sie ein Übercharakter, der irgendwie alles kann, kämpfen, Intrigen spinnen, stehlen, etc etc. Der Autorin gelingt es in meinen Augen nicht, ihr einen richtigen Charakter zu geben, da ihre Entscheidungen häufig keinen Sinn ergeben und eher zum Weiterführen der Handlung getätigt werden. Dasselbe gilt auch für jeden anderen der vielen blassen Charaktere. Das hat mich richtig aufgeregt. Kaum einer der Personen hat mehr als zwei Charaktereigenschaften: Madoc/Bain/Cardan/jeder Fey ist grausam und hinterhältig, Vivi ist rebellisch, Jude ist nervtötend und undurchsichtig, Taryn ist nur nervig. Die Charaktere sind austauschbar, blass und langweilig. Das macht auch die kurze Liebesgeschichte überaus langweilig, kein Funke springt über, nichts. Irgendwann verfliegt auch die Dramatik, wenn jeder ständig, STÄNDIG, als grausam bezeichnet wird, weil z.B. Madoc kaum grausame Sachen macht und ebenso ständig gesagt wird, dass er Jude und ihre Schwestern liebt, und man das auch ebenso wenig sieht. Der Court of Shadows, dem Jude irgendwann angehört, ist so blass und so ohne Charakter, dass es wehtut. Ich war und bin sehr sehr enttäuscht. Dadurch, dass die Charaktere so blass sind, ist man dann auch mit wenig Sympathie dabei und wenn halt welche von ihnen sterben, dann juckt mich das kaum.Ohne groß auf den Inhalt einzugehen, hatte ich auch mit der Handlung ein paar Probleme. Das Grundgerüst ist überschaubar, die “Überraschung” beim Ende sehr vorhersehbar. Sehr lange Zeit passiert kaum etwas, es geht nur um das Mobbing und Judes nervtötende Schwester und eine kleine Liebesgeschichte. Viele Dinge ergeben keinen Sinn und sind überdramatisiert dargestellt. Bis zum eigentlichen Finale passiert eigentlich nüscht. Obwohl man weiß, dass irgendeine Falle kommt, wird nichts getan. Das hat mich aufgeregt. Einen roten Faden habe ich auch nicht wirklich entdecken können, mir war sehr lange Zeit nicht klar, in welche Richtung das Buch denn nun eigentlich gehen würde, und auch die Auflösung war dann nicht wirklich überzeugend. Mit der schwachen Handlung kamen dann auch Logikfehler oder einfach Dinge, die nicht so gut passten. Es hat sich mir nicht erschlossen, warum Jude nicht einfach in die menschliche Welt abhaut. Es wird nie richtig erklärt, wie die Welten miteinander verbunden sind, dabei wäre das wirklich interessant gewesen. Die vielen Courts wurden einfach nur hingeklatscht, die Personen blieben vage im Gedächtnis. Die ganze Geschichte mit Taryn war so unnötig und nervtötend, dass ich das Ebook gerne in die Ecke gepfeffert hätte. Und dass man einfach zu verfeindeten Lagern hingeht und sagt: Hey, machste bei unserem Coup mit, und alle es abnicken, macht einfach keinen Sinn. Wie so vieles einfach zu blass.Mein größtes Problem war, dass viele Dinge so oft erwähnt wurden, dass sie irgendwann ihr Drama verloren. Feys sind grausam – das wird durchgekaut, aber richtige Gefahr kam irgendwie nie so richtig auf, auch, wenn es für Jude mal eng wurde (dafür ist aber auch der Schreibstil mitverantwortlich). Jude hat Angst, ständig, immer, aber ihre Handlungen zeigen das wirklich NIE. Jemand, der Angst hat, handelt eher so wie Taryn. Die Autorin wird nicht müde zu erwähnen, wie viel Angst Jude je hatte und wie sie damit zurechtkommt, aber immer mehr Angst hat – es geht so viel um Angst, dass man bei dem Wort irgendwann nur noch die Augen verdreht.Der Schreibstil war in Ordnung. Den ganzen Aufwand, den man auf das Beschreiben der Kleider verwendet hat, hätte man besser in gute Charakterbeschreibungen investieren können. Oft kam mir der Stil gelangweilt vor, so als wüsste die Autorin genau, wo sie denn hin will, und schreibt es deswegen so langweilig wie möglich herunter. Ganz oft haben mir Detailbeschreibungen gefehlt, von Reaktionen, Gesichtern, ich hätte gerne mehr richtige Dialoge gehabt, die mehr als nur Drohungen gewesen wären.Ich komme langsam besser zum Fazit: Der Anfang war gut und die ganze Welt hat mir gut gefallen, da ist definitiv viel Potential drin. Ich hatte öfter das Gefühl, dass mit den ganzen royalen Intrigen auf Game of Thrones angespielt wird, ohne dabei auch nur annähernd das Niveau zu erreichen. Mit besser ausgearbeiteten Charakteren hätte man schon viel erreichen können. Vielleicht ist für die Zielgruppe 16+ ansprechend, mich hat es nicht überzeugt, und ich werde auch die Fortsetzung nicht kaufen.

  9. Ana Paula

    APAIXONADA!!Todo mundo que me conhece sabe o quanto eu amo esse livro, pois eu não paro de falar nele um minuto. De longe, uma das melhores trilogias que eu já li na vida, eu tenho um apego tão grande nesses personagens que não sei nem dizer!!A edição em capa dura é uma das coisas mais lindas que eu já vi, as fotos não fazem justiça!! De perto ele é todo dourado e brilhante, sou completamente apaixonada. Porém, a versão em paperback (capa mole) veio com um conto extra no final, que não tem na versão em capa dura. Não é nada essencial a história, mas é um conto interessante, ainda mais para quem também leu The Modern Faerie Tales, pois é sobre a Kaye.

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