This book is about a 17-year-old girl trapped in the cruel Faerie court. From the beginning of the book it is clear that Jude’s story is not going to be an easy one as within the first few pages she witnesses both her parents slaughtered and is carried off by the Faerie who killed them.
After this traumatic event Jude, along with her 2 sisters must navigate growing up inside, but never quite belonging to, the court of the Faerie High King.
The relationships Jude has in the book are all very interesting. As in many Faerie stories the fey are untrustworthy and dangerous creatures, at once captivating and ferocious. One thing I like is that the author has recognised the damage this would cause to someone growing up surrounded by it. Holly Black has created a central character who seems unable to accurately recognise the feelings and motives of even the people closest to her.
Plenty of books place a traumatised person in the centre of their story but many of them end the book discovering that, if they follow their heart, everything will be ok. The exciting thing about this book is that, despite being in an entirely different position at the end of the story, it is not necessarily a place which guarantees much of an improvement for Jude, which makes the reader eager to read the next part of the story.
Mostly written in the first person, the book has the bloody plot twists of Game of Thrones written in a style more similar to Cassandra Clare.