Series- Folk of the Air #2
Genre- Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
Why why why why oh my god why!
That was simply one of the best books I've ever read. I didn't see a single plot twist happening, couldn't predict a single thing and my god I should not have forgotten the title of this book and everything it insinuates! I was fooled. As fooled as our amazing Jude, who by the way, I think is one of the best written characters I have ever had the delight to read. Jude is everything I want to be! Everything I would wish to be had I been raised in her world. Perfectly imperfect. Strong, morally conflicted, powerful, flawed, still utterly human in a world of fae but knows mostly how to play their games. She is an island who must believe all around her are enemies, even those she cares about, even those who she has come to love or forgive or fights for. All are tricksters, all are playing a long game that led to an ending and cliffhanger that simply blew me away.
Holly Black is a master of deception, the long con, the unseen plots beneath plots beneath plots. They tangle and twist until boom you are smacked with a shocker between the eyes.
I will hold out hope for Jude, she is good for faerie, they just haven't learned that yet. And Carden? What a wicked, clever king he is... I hate him as much as I love him and hold out hope for him too. Holly Black tortures us and its beautiful!
I can't say this is 5 stars, 5 isn't enough. I give it 100000000 stars!