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When Jude was younger, her twin sister and older sister were taken to the land of fairy. Now that she is seventeen, Jude wants to earn a place in the guard. But the fae aren’t kind to mortals. She wants to prove that she belongs at all cost.
Holly Black is the queen of writing fairies. I don’t care what anyone says, I will defend those words until my last dying breath.
The author just achieves the perfect balance between writing about the fae’s beauty and extravagance while also showing their uttery cruelty. In many ways she writes these fantastical beings as conning children. They plot and manipulate without any real thoughts of consequences because they don’t have the same moral code that mortals are taught.
I loved seeing our protagonist Jude know all this about the fae and still longing to be part of their world. This was the place where she grew up. She grew up wanting to be strong and prove to others that she is more than a mere mortal. She is so different from her twin sister, who acts more like a lady of the court and even her oldest sister who is of fae blood.
I love seeing Jude’s tenacity. She was put into difficult situation and had to make tough calls. She was surprised to see how far she would go to keep herself and family safe. This book focused mostly on Jude and her family dynamics. I was really happy to see that any romance took a backseat.
This was everything that I wanted and I was left so satisfied. I gave this book an A.
I devour worlds with each new book. I am making up for lost time as a late bloomer of the reading world.