Review of the book “The Cruel Prince” by Holly Black. (Inhabitants of the air 1)

“The Cruel Prince” by Holly Black is the first book in the “Inhabitants of the Air” trilogy, an urban fantasy saga that immerses us in the world of fairies. The protagonist is Jude, a human who was kidnapped along with her sisters when she was a child and taken to the fairy kingdom by Madoc, the king’s general. There, Jude has to deal with the cruelty and contempt of the inhabitants of the air, especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and most evil of the king’s sons. Jude dreams of being a knight and serving the king, but to do so she will have to face intrigues, betrayals and dangers that will test her loyalty and courage.

The story follows Jude Duarte, a human girl who, along with her twin sisters Taryn and Vivi, is kidnapped and taken to the fairy world by Madoc, the murderer of her parents and Vivi’s biological father.

In the fairy world, Jude is an out-of-place figure, a human being in a world of magical creatures. She is despised and ridiculed by the other inhabitants of the fairy world, and only her cunning and intelligence allow her to survive. When presented with the opportunity to join the Court of Shadows, the most dangerous and powerful place in the fairy world, Jude realizes that fairy politics are as deadly as the swords and knives they carry with them. .

Holly Black’s prose is rich and evocative, and her fairy world is dark and dangerous. The author has created a fascinating and detailed world, full of intrigue and betrayal, where appearances are deceptive and loyalty is a currency.

Jude is a complex and fascinating heroine, full of contradictions. She desperately wants to belong to the fairy world, but she knows that she will never be accepted. She struggles to find her place in a world that hates and despises her, and to protect her family at all costs.

“The Cruel Prince” is a novel that captivates from the first page, with an agile and immersive narrative that makes us feel part of the fairy world. Holly Black creates complex and fascinating characters, with their lights and shadows, that make us question who is the real villain and who is the hero. Romance also plays an important role in the story, but it is not the typical instant or predictable love. The relationship between Jude and Cardan is tense, stormy and full of surprises.

If you like fantasy stories with a dark and magical touch, don’t miss “The Cruel Prince” by Holly Black. It is a book that will captivate you from the beginning to the end and leave you wanting more. The second book of the trilogy, “The Evil King,” is now available in Spanish and the third, “The Queen of Nothing,” is expected this year.

In short, “The Cruel Prince” is an exciting and addictive book that will keep you in suspense from the first page to the last. With her evocative prose and her dark, dangerous world, Holly Black has created a fantasy story that is as exciting as it is moving. If you are a fan of dark fantasy, don’t miss this book.


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