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Fall under the spell of Holly Black's fantasy worlds! The enchanting and bloodthirsty sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel The Cruel Prince. A curse forces the Queen of Faerie to choose between ambition and humanity in this jaw-dropping finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy. Return to the captivating world of Elfhame with this illustrated addition to the New York Times bestselling Folk of Air trilogy. A girl makes a secret sacrifice to the faerie king in this lush New York Times bestselling fantasy. A wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from Holly Black.

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Gr 9 Up—Human Jude has been raised along with her twin, Taryn, and half-sibling, Vivi, in Faerieland by Madoc, the faerie who murdered her parents. This intricate realm is filled with beautiful, blood-thirsty, playful, and powerful faeries who seem to have no patience or use for humans beyond enslaving them with magic. Despite this, Jude is determined to earn respect and a place in it all by becoming a knight. First in a planned trilogy, this YA fantasy features a political scramble reminiscent of Game of Thrones, with spies, manipulation, romance, swordplay, betrayal, and an intoxicating darkness that manages to enrapture Jude and readers. Black has created a brutal and captivating world, filled with complex characters and their intricate and layered relationships. Jude is a mighty heroine; strong, smart, cunning, and yet completely vulnerable. Teens meet her as she's no longer interested in restraining her emotions and actions and is willing to give up anything in order to work for what she wants, which makes for a powerful and dangerous damsel getting herself out of distress. VERDICT Another fantastic, deeply engaging, and all-consuming work from Black that belongs on all YA shelves.—Emily Moore, Camden County Library System, NJ

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Praise for The Cruel Prince:
A New York Times BestsellerAn IndieBound BestsellerA Boston Globe Best Book of 2018An ALA 2019 Children's Notables List Pick

"Black is a master at world-building, conveying integral details without that information ever seeming tedious or encyclopedic, whether you're well versed in faerie or a newcomer to the genre....the experience of reading a novel like this is something like being surrounded by magic."―
The New York Times Book Review

"Lush, dangerous, a dark jewel of a book. Black's world is intoxicating, imbued with a relentless sense of peril that kept me riveted through every chapter of Jude's journey. And Jude! She is a heroine to love--brave but pragmatic, utterly human. This delicious story will seduce you and leave you desperate for just one more page."―
Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom

"I require book two immediately. Holly is the Faerie Queen."―
Victoria Aveyard, #1 bestselling author of The Red Queen series

* "[S]pellbinding....Breathtaking set pieces, fully developed supporting characters, and a beguiling, tough-as-nails heroine enhance an intricate, intelligent plot that crescendos to a jaw-dropping third-act twist."―
Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "Another fantastic, deeply engaging, and all-consuming work from Black that belongs on all YA shelves."―
School Library Journal, starred review

* "Jude, who struggles with a world she both loves and hates and would rather be powerful and safe than good, is a compelling narrator. Whatever a reader is looking for--heart-in-throat action, deadly romance, double-crossing, moral complexity--this is one heck of a ride."―
Booklist, starred review

"This is a heady blend of Faerie lore, high fantasy, and high school drama, dripping with description that brings the dangerous but tempting world of Faerie to life. Black is building a complex mythology; now is a great time to tune in."―
Kirkus Reviews

* "Black, quite rightly, is the acknowledged queen of faerie lit, and her latest shows her to be at the top of her game, unveiling twists and secrets and bringing her characters vividly to life."―
VOYA, starred review

"With complicated characters, a suspenseful plot, and a successful return to the Faerie setting of many of her popular books, Black's latest is sure to enchant fans."―
The Horn Book

"Another enthralling story in Black's fantasy catalog."―
PASTE.com

"Black has a
compelling series about fairies, politics and finding your place in the world, starting with this novel, which I read in a single day."―USA Today

Praise for Tithe:YALSA's Teen Top TenALA Best Book for Young AdultsNew York Public Library's "Best Book for the Teenage Reader"
* "A gripping read."―Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Exclusive signed copy edition (January 2, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0316310271
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0316310277
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 14 years and up
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ HL760L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 9 and up
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.3 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.5 x 1.25 x 9.5 inches
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Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of speculative and fantasy novels, short stories, and comics. She has been a finalist for an Eisner and a Lodestar Award, and the recipient of the Mythopoeic Award, a Nebula, and a Newbery Honor. She has sold over 26 million books worldwide, her work has been translated into over 30 languages and adapted for film. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret library.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great fantasy plot, setting and heroine, slightly weaker on the romance
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5.0 out of 5 stars A novel of political machinations, of lies and brutality, of cruelty and beauty and brilliance
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Reviewed in Brazil on November 13, 2020
Todo mundo que me conhece sabe o quanto eu amo esse livro, pois eu não paro de falar nele um minuto. De longe, uma das melhores trilogias que eu já li na vida, eu tenho um apego tão grande nesses personagens que não sei nem dizer!!

A edição em capa dura é uma das coisas mais lindas que eu já vi, as fotos não fazem justiça!! De perto ele é todo dourado e brilhante, sou completamente apaixonada. Porém, a versão em paperback (capa mole) veio com um conto extra no final, que não tem na versão em capa dura. Não é nada essencial a história, mas é um conto interessante, ainda mais para quem também leu The Modern Faerie Tales, pois é sobre a Kaye.
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