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By #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue.

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.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published on January 2, 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0316310271
ISBN-13: 9780316310277
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  • lovely_psycho
    lovely_psychoThursday, February 13, 2020 at 11:51 am55 stars
    OH MY G-D. THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. like, i couldn't put it down and i've read it like fifteen thousand times. MY LORD THIS BOOK ROCKS. I've read the first three and now i'm looking for the lost sisters!!! OH MY G-D (i'm not swearing, I'm just jewish so I can't spell or write the lord's name)
    • keylimepie
      keylimepieTuesday, October 15, 2019 at 4:30 pm55 stars
      i saw this on the high school bookshelf, but it looked really good so i got it anyway. And if you are more of an advanced reader, this book is for you! It actually doean't have any swearing, just a bit of violence that any person would want in a book. There is never a part that make you want to put it down. Also, there are 4 books. The cruel prince, the wicked king, the queen of nothing, and the lost sisters. This is a MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • sammy2020gar
        sammy2020garTuesday, September 24, 2019 at 7:28 am44 stars
        I loved this book, Holly Black is one of my favorite author's of all time.
        • jennifer_adams
          jennifer_adamsWednesday, October 10, 2018 at 2:38 pm
          I want to read this book because I love the author Holly Black with her horror and paranormal novels. I just enjoy reading them.
          • scarletnews101
            scarletnews101Monday, November 13, 2017 at 5:40 pm
            Holly Black is one of my favorite authors (after Janet Fox) and I loved her story Doll Bones so this must be a chilling book too.