[#WyrdandWonder Intro] “You’re like a story that hasn’t happened yet”-The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Posted May 1, 2019 by Fictional Fox in Wyrd and Wonder 2019 / 9 Comments

“In Faerie, there are no fish sticks, no ketchup, no television.” – The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.

This is how Holly Black sums up the time between the bloody murder of Jude’s parents when she is seven to her teenage present in chapter one of The Cruel Prince.

It is one chapter made up of one sentence.

As the reader reads on they can quickly learn that this is, really, the least and most that can be said to describe Jude’s childhood years in faerie. This one sentence puts all the narrative stress on what Jude has lost. It mentions many contextual items from her memory of the day of her parents’ death with the glaring absence of any reference to her parents. We do not get ‘no mum, no dad’ and I think that is because there are no words good enough to describe some experiences.

There is so much harshness in the bareness of this chapter. The chapter has visual strength on the page because, bar the chapter heading, that is all there is. With the darkness and savagery of Black’s faerie world in mind, we simply cannot imagine or truly fathom what has gone unsaid about those years.

And the chapter makes a point of saying nothing of what has been gained.

The Cruel Prince is one of my favourite books. The writing style alone is amazing, let alone the character arcs and plot twists. Interestingly enough, all of my favourite novels fall into the fantasy genre. Sometimes you can’t beat a spot of magic to break up a dull day (I know I can’t).

Fantasy novels can take you to wicked places (as in The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King by Holly Black) or it can guide you down a hopeful path (as in The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison). Or maybe you just want a classic adventure a la The Hobbit. The fantastical can inspire and enrich the mundane, no matter what form it takes. Like Jude in The Cruel Prince we can be thrust into a world of faeries, far from the every day world we know, and come out  stronger for it.

 With that in mind I am officially starting this blog by joining Wyrd and Wonder which is a month long celebration of fantasy hosted by a group of bloggers (check out this post to find out more). I’ll be posting book reviews, discussions and other misc items that take my fancy throughout May.

Be warned: This is just the first page of the Fictional Fox story, there are plenty more chapters (and inevitable plot twists) to come.

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9 responses to “[#WyrdandWonder Intro] “You’re like a story that hasn’t happened yet”-The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

  1. Hallo, Hallo Loz!

    I truly love how you’ve encapsulated your affinity for Fantasy by how it makes you feel and deepen the impression you have on the stories themselves. I think, for me, this is also a huge motivation – as I love seeing how I am challenged to enter into a NEW world of fantastical elements and see where the writer is going to take me visually through their world-building but also, emotionally through the journey of their character(s).

    Welcome to #WyrdAndWonder – I’m one of your co-hosts and it is wicked great to know you’ve started your blogging journey by celebrating our 2nd Annual event for Fantasy lovers! I cannot think of a greater compliment than having you start a blog during #WyrdAndWonder! I look forward to seeing your posts and following your journey!

    • Thank you so much for the welcome and for checking out my post 💜

      I am so excited to start interacting with everyone else’s #WyrdandWonder posts this month, to take part in lots of discussions about the fantasy genre and inevitably pick up a few amazing book recommendations along the way. 💜

    • I’m so obsessed with The Cruel Prince 🙈. I have so many theories about Queen of Nothing, I swear I could write an essay on it 😂. Thank you for reading my post. I’m excited to start going through everyone else’s posts 💜

  2. Cruel Prince has been sitting on my shelf unread for over an year now. I have it on my TBR for this month. Not sure if I can read it this month but definitely planning to read it soon. Thanks for the much needed push.

  3. I’m delighted and honoured that you’re kicking off your blog by joining us! Welcome to the party – and the blogging world 🙂