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Kiss me again,” he says, drunk and foolish. “Kiss me until I am sick of it.”

–Cardan to Jude, in The Wicked King

Jurdan (aka Jude and Cardan) is the romantic/enemy/friendship/ally/husband and wife pairing of Cardan Greenbriar and Jude Duarte. They both met each other early in The Cruel Prince. Their relationship is very turbulent, with romance, betrayal, and backstabbing.

The Cruel Prince

At the beginning of The Cruel Prince, every time Jude thinks of Cardan she feels two things: hatred and rage. She hates him for being spoiled, for threatening her and her sister and for being so self-centered. She knows Cardan's hatred for her is almost equal to her hatred for him, and their feud leads to constant skirmishes against each other. 

In her mission infiltrating Hollow Hall, she sees Cardan being tortured and beaten by his brother Balekin, and Jude begins to pity him a little. Throughout the book, Jude grudgingly remarks upon Cardan's beauty and occasionally he shows a softer side for her. After Dain's failed coronation, Jude holds Cardan hostage and he admits that his hatred for her is fuelled by jealousy and envy for several reasons. Firstly, Madoc loved her even though she was a human brat born to his unfaithful wife, while Cardan’s own father never cared for him. Also, Cardan is also jealous of Jude because she doesn't have a brother who beats her. He also hates her because Locke used Jude and her sister to make Nicasia cry after he stole her from Cardan. Finally, after the tournament, Balekin never failed to throw Jude in Cardan’s face as the mortal who could best him. 

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After a little more pushing from Jude, Cardan admits that he desires her, and how he loathes himself because of it. Cardan admits that he thinks about her often and they share a kiss. After that, Jude and Cardan’s relationship changes. They are obviously involved with each other, but neither of them admits anything other than a passing desire for each other. At the end of The Cruel Prince, Jude betrays Cardan by using his oath of allegiance against him and in the epilogue, we learn that he has yet to forgive her.

The Wicked King

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In The Wicked King, Jude and Cardan have a stranded relationship, because of Jude betraying Cardan at the end of The Cruel Prince. However, throughout the book, Jude struggles with her feelings towards Cardan, even going so far as to think of killing Cardan before he can make her love him. Cardan also struggles with his feelings towards Jude.

Before Locke's first party as Master of Revels in the book Cardan tries to get Jude to go home, but she ignores him. Later she finds out why Cardan wanted her to leave. He wanted to spare her from humiliation, as she is crowned Queen of Mirth, and is forced to wear rags and dance.

Cardan says in front of the revel how Jude’s face often plagues his dreams and how she often features in his nightmares. He then says that he finds Jude’s mortal beauty unique, meaning that even though she's a mortal, she is still very beautiful, which alarms and "shocks" him due to the fact that in faerie, humans are regarded as low creatures in comparison to the fae, and are not supposed to look as beautiful or unique as them. Jude later sees that Cardan secretly took her ruby ring and he now wears it on his pinkie finger.

Later, Jude asks Cardan to seduce Nicasia, so they can find out what her mother is planning. Cardan uses his seductive talents on Jude, asking her if this is how he should seduce Nicasia, and they end up kissing. Cardan asks for Jude to tell him that she hates him. Jude does and says she hates him over and over again while kissing Cardan. They end up in bed together, though what happened after that is unclear. Jude says later in the book that they didn’t go all the way. Later, when Cardan flirts with Nicasia, Jude hates seeing him with Nicasia, even though it was she who suggested he do so.

When Jude was captured by the Undersea, Cardan does everything in his power to get her back. During her time in the Undersea, Jude also thinks about Cardan often. When she is finally brought back, Jude is in a terrible condition and needs Nicasia‘s help has to walk to Cardan. He says that she ought to need no help, and that the Undersea should have looked after her better. Queen Orlagh then asks Cardan if he does not what Jude any longer, to which Cardan replies possessive and contemptuous, that he will have Jude.

Once Jude can walk on her own again, she sneaks in to Cardan’s room in the place, because Madoc has barred her from entering. When Jude makes it to Cardan’s room, he pulls her into bed beside him and he apologizes for how he treated Jude. He also tells her that since he hated himself for wanting her, he wanted her to get out of his sight. But when she was actually gone under the waves in the Undersea, he hated himself more than ever for wishing her gone. He also says one of the only things he has done right is imagining Jude by his side while she was gone.

Later on, Balekin poisons Cardan and in his drugged state, Cardan kisses Jude on the mouth in front of the whole High Court. Jude is very worried about him and duels with Balekin to get the antidote.

Later on, Cardan asks for Jude to release him from his year and a day promise. So that he can rule for longer, giving more time for Oak to mature. This will also allow for Cardan to be expected by the land. He then asks Jude to marry him and for her to become Queen of Faerie until Oak comes of age. Jude accepts and Cardan and Jude get married.

Jude and Cardan

The next day Orlagh asks for and audience with Cardan, because of Balekin's death, due to him being her ambassador to Elfhame. Jude admits to killing Balekin, and as punishment, Cardan banishes Jude from Faerie. Jude says he can’t do that because she is Queen of Faerie, but no one believes her. Cardan has his guards escort Jude to the mortal realm. In the epilogue, Jude is left plotting her revenge.

The Queen Of Nothing

At the start of this book, Jude is still in the mortal realm and plotting her revenge on Cardan. She works for a fae called Bryern, doing odd jobs. Jude is left in the mortal world and spends most of her time longing for and grudging against Cardan. She partly admits to herself that she loves him but due to his betrayal, she ignores those feelings. She considers ways to take over the crown and to get back at Cardan.

Later, she has a nightmare that involves Valerian and Locke during which Cardan shows up and tells her that it is only a nightmare and that he will always love her but proceeds to tell her that her mortal beauty will fade and that she is nothing. Jude then wakes up crying and confused.

After some events occurring in the book, Cardan and Jude meet again and he tells her he recognized her the moment he saw her. He tells an angry Jude that her exile was only a trick. Before he can elaborate, Jude is taken by Madoc. Madoc later tells her that Cardan fought hard to keep her and Vivienne tells Jude that Cardan came to the mortal world to find her. Cardan later comes to Madoc’s camp to rescue Jude.

Jude is severely injured from a fight with Madoc but still goes to warn Cardan after she realizes his life might be in danger. However, it turns out to be a ploy and Jude suffers a fall, hurting herself more. It is then that Cardan comes to her and declares to all of Elfhame that she is his wife and the rightful High Queen, no longer in exile. Jude falls unconscious but wakes in Cardan’s bed with him sitting by her and washing the blood from her hands. They talk and he tells her about the loophole in the phrasing of the exile. She then realizes her error in overlooking the the exile's wording. Although the two don't make peace with each other immediately, they both show mutual affection and longing towards each other.

Later, Cardan reveals that he has had fantasies about Jude and they have sex. Jude admits to Cardan that she missed him in the mortal world, even though he was her enemy. Cardan admits to Jude he's been in love with her for a long time, but walks out of the room before Jude can respond.

When Cardan becomes a serpent after incurring a ancient curse, she spends most of her time feeling extremely regretful because she didn't tell Cardan that she loved him too.The Court of the Teeth give her a bridle that will bind the serpent to her so she will have Cardan forever in exchange for being given positions of power. When Jude is faced by the serpent, it becomes obvious to her that she can't bind Cardan like this so she cuts her sword through the serpent's neck and goes on to fight Madoc. While she is fighting Madoc, Cardan steps out from the serpent's corpse and Jude and him are reunited. She tells him that she is in love with him as well but he thinks she is saying it out of pity. However, after she explains why she loves him, he realizes that her feelings are genuine and they kiss.

They both end up ruling Elfhame as the High King and Queen. In the epilogue, Cardan accompanies Jude on her visit to the mortal world to see Oak and Vivienne throws them both a newlyweds party.

Trivia

  • Cardan has stopped his friends from bullying Jude in the past.
  • Cardan wrote Jude’s name over and over again on a piece of paper, which Jude later found.
  • Cardan chided Locke for playing around with Jude at Dain’s coronation, though Jude didn’t know what they were talking about.
  • Jude and Cardan had their first kiss, while Cardan is being held prisoner by Jude and the Court of Shadows. Jude kissed Cardan while she held a knife to his throat.
  • Cardan was the one who delivered the silver dress with trees to Jude that she wore to Dain’s coronation.

Quotes

  • "Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It's disgusting, and I can't stop." - Cardan to Jude, in The Cruel Prince
  • “Kiss me again,” he says, drunk and foolish. “Kiss me until I am sick of it.” - Cardan to Jude, in The Wicked King
  • “I hate you," I breathed into his mouth. "I hate you so much that sometimes I can't think of anything else.” - Jude to Cardan, in The Wicked King
  • "And the single last thing in my head is that I like him better than I've ever liked anyone and that of all the things he's ever done to me, making me like him so much is by far the worst.” - Jude's narration, in The Wicked King.
  • "How do people like us take off our armor? One piece at a time." - Queen of Nothing, chapter 21.
  • “By you, I am forever undone.” - Cardan to Jude in The Queen of Nothing
  • “It’s you I love,” he says. “I spent much of my life guarding my heart. I guarded it so well that I could behave as though I didn’t have one at all. Even now, it is a shabby, worm-eaten, and scabrous thing. But it is yours.” He walks to the door to the royal chambers, as though to end the conversation. “You probably guessed as much,” he says. “But just in case you didn’t.” - Cardan to Jude, in The Queen of Nothing
  • "If I let myself love you, I would burn up like a match. Like the whole matchbook." - Jude to Cardan, in The Queen of Nothing
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