Author: Holly Black
My Rating: ★★★
Genre: YA Fantasy
You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.
The first lesson is to make yourself strong.
After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.
When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.
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First thought: That cover is too damn pretty!
Second thought: Find out what the heck happens.
I didn’t really have to wait for the book since I only started the series after it was completed. So I hatched on to the second book when the first book (the cruel prince) left me on the edge.
“Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to.”
It was actually better than the cruel prince. Trust me, even if the stars are less. I guess I was expecting way too much adventure and it didn’t deliver that. But it delivered even more schemes and lies and betrayals! (Ah, I’m so evil).
Briefly speaking, it picks up after cruel prince and everything goes whack pretty quick. Jude is trying to hold the strings together as the new King’s seneschal. Until the king wants to be the puppet master instead of being a puppet. (I can’t really say much without spoiling the cruel prince, unfortunately).
Oh la la, and we have a tiny romance that develops tucked away into the plots. I wish we got more of the chemistry between Cardan and Jude.
“Kiss me again,” he says, drunk and foolish. “Kiss me until I am sick of it.”
If anyone is wondering, yes, I’m still hating Jude’s twin Taryn in this. She didn’t do anything horrible but oh well, I’m going to keep hating this character for a while.
“Watching my back is the perfect opportunity to stick a knife in it.”
“It is said we learn more from our failures than our successes.”
“You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring. The first lesson is to make yourself that strong.”
Reading advice: It is a good book, with no plot holes or anything. But again, definitely not the astonishing book that the hype makes you think it is.
And the ending of this book is even more gripping than that of the cruel prince. All the best with the book!