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"The odd thing about ambition is this : you an acquire it like a fever, but is it no easy to shed"

Jude Duarte, The Cruel Prince

Jude Duarte is the main protagonist of The Folk of the Air trilogy. She is a Human and was a member of the Court of Shadows, she is also the High Queen of Elfhame and is the wife of High king Cardan Greenbriar

Physical Description

Jude has auburn hair described to be the color of a willow tree, which she tends to wear in up-dos styled by the many faerie house-hands in Madoc's manor. The most prominent hairstyle is the horns shaped from her hair that is done by Tatterfell when Jude and Taryn go to Court in Chapter Two.

She is also described to have softer features in comparison to the fae, such as her heart-shaped face. Jude's skin color is also described as Pale multiple times throughout the series. she has light eyes, her eye color is described as the exact color of a Walnut. Her face has been referred to as pretty by others, and she has been called beautiful by Locke. and it's even been stated that Cardan finds her mortal beauty unique. The top of her ring finger on her left hand is missing. Both Jude and Taryn have fuller breasts, and larger hips in comparison to their older sister Vivienne due to their Human heritage. Jude is also implied to be of a Medium height and taller than the half-faerie as well.

In the official art of the Characters in "How the prince of Elfhame learned to hate stories" Jude is depicted with a slim figure, walnut-colored hair, full lips, and a light skinned color.


As a mortal girl raised in the Gentry of the Folk, Jude is determined to prove herself suitable for the Court. She is described as a bold girl, pushing fear aside in all situations. Jude is often scared of things but always decides to remain cold and doesn’t let others see her fear. She is stubborn, and always works hard to get what she wants. She has ambition and thrives on playing strategy.

As a human, she can lie, unlike the fey, an ability she tends to use to her benefit. Despite being very good at physical and sword combat, she shows to be very modest about it. Jude is resentful of the people that have hurt her or her sisters and will protect either of them fiercely. Although denying it at first, Jude develops a thirst for bloodshed.


Early Life

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered by Madoc in front of her, she and her two sisters were taken away from the Human realm to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie, as Madoc's children.

When Jude was young, she used to sit at the bank of the Lake of Masks all day, staring at faerie countenances instead of her own, hoping that she might someday catch a glimpse of her mother looking back at her.

When Jude was nine, one of Madoc’s guards bit off the very top of the ring finger on Jude’s left hand. She was outside when it happened, and when she screamed, he pushed her hard enough that her head smacked into a wooden post in the stables. Then he made her stand there while he chewed the piece he’d bitten off. He told her exactly how much he hated mortals. When it was over, he explained that Jude better keep what happened secret, because if she didn’t, he’d eat the rest of her. Being so terrified by his threat she never told another soul.

When Jude was eleven, she was spotted hiding under the banquet table at one of the revels by a particularly bored member of the Gentry. He dragged her out by one foot, kicking and squirming. She did not think he knew who she was. He then compelled her to drink and so she drank it, he danced her around the hill. Jude said it was fun at first, like the kind of terrifying fun that makes you screech to be put down half the time and feel dizzy and sick the rest. But when the fun wore off and she couldn’t stop, he was amused by Jude's fear. It was Princess Elowyn that had found Jude at the end of the revel, puking and crying. Elowyn didn’t ask Jude a single thing about how she got that way, she just handed her over to Oriana like Jude was a misplaced jacket.

When Jude was fourteen and Oak was four, he glamoured Jude. Which he didn’t mean to do. Jude wasn’t wearing any protective charms because she had just come out of the bath. He told her to play dolls with him, so they played. Then he commanded her to chase him, so they played chase through the halls. Then he figured out he could make her slap herself. Tatterfell found them hours later, and took one good look at Jude’s reddened cheeks and the tears in her eyes, and then ran to find Oriana. For weeks after, a giggling Oak tried to glamour Jude into getting him sweets or lifting him above her head. Even though it never worked because Jude wore a strand of rowan berries everywhere after that. Jude found it hard for months not to strike Oak to the floor, for what he did. Oriana has never forgiven Jude for that restraint she showed. This was because Oriana believed that by Jude not revenging herself on Oak, meant that Jude had plans to revenge herself in the future.

The Cruel Prince

(This summary contains major spoilers, please read at your own risk)

At the start of The Cruel Prince Jude and Taryn attend a monthly revel at the palace of Elfhame as the General's daughters. They witness Prince Cardan and his friends' cruelness in tearing the wings of a disrespectful faerie. Jude comes to a conclusion of Cardan's character and deems him 'unworthy to rule'.

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The next day Jude and Taryn are both attending class in the Faerie realm with the Fey children. The twins get bullied and picked on a lot due to their human heritage. Jude shows defiance, while Taryn cautions her about how defiance will only make the situation worse.

Valerian, with the help of his friends push Jude and Taryn into a river. He teases Jude about how there are nixies in this river. Nixes are creatures that pull you under the water, hold you there while their sharp teeth sink into your skin. Valerian then empties Jude and Taryn‘s schoolbags onto the riverbank. He, Nicasia and Locke take turns hurling the contents into the water, while Cardan watches curiously.

At dinner, Jude tells Madoc of her wish to fight in the Summer Tournament as an eligible candidate to become a knight. She is tired of being powerless and wants to become a respected member of the court. Madoc refuses her, telling her that she is no killer and that the role does not suit her. At the Tournament mock war, Jude fights mildly at first but among provocation from Cardan who is on the other team, she fights with viciousness and wins the Tournament for her side. After the Tourney, Cardan demands her submission, but Jude does not and instead threatens him. She got away unscathed.

When Jude arrives home, she is informed that Prince Dain, the first-in-line successor to the throne, is waiting for her. He noticed her fierceness in battle and her ambition in the Tournament. He offers her a place in the Court of Shadows, his nest of spies and thieves, and asks what she would want in return for her service. Jude requests for protection against enchantment and Dain places a geas on her so that she will not be affected by any faerie glamour. She swears herself into his service.

On the next day, Jude attends class without Taryn. Valerian stuffs her with faerie fruit which makes mortals become drugged and foolish. As Dain's geas does not provide her immunity from faerie fruit, Jude embarrasses herself and almost got killed by Valerian if not for Cardan and Locke's intervention. Locke walks her back home.

In her room, Jude finds servant's clothing and instruction for her first mission from Dain: to sneak into his brother Prince Balekin's stronghold Hollow Hall as a servant and bring back secrets and evidence of treason, and destroy Balekin's chances of having the throne. In disguise she blends into the human servants of Hollow Hall, wandering in search of such evidence. She stumbles into Cardan's room (he lives with Balekin) and takes his copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, as she remembers her mother telling the story. She then finds her way into Balekin's office and hand traces a letter of suspicious content (about blusher mushrooms, a paralyzing poison) from Orlagh, Queen of the Undersea. Before she could make her retreat, Balekin and Cardan come in and she has to hide beneath a leather chair. She sees Balekin abuse Cardan and her resolution of Cardan's character shifts.

Jude visits Dain in the Palace of Elfhame. Dain takes the copied letter and suggests that she do mithridatism (the act of poisoning oneself regularly to gain immunity from the poison). He summons the Roach and he brings her into the secret passages and chambers inside the palace to meet the other members of the Court of Shadows, the Ghost and the Bomb.

Exhausted by the day, she rides back to Madoc's house and sees Vivi, Taryn and Locke chasing Oak around the grounds. Locke confronts her in the stables and flirts with her, almost kissing her before Taryn interrupts them. After Locke's departure, Taryn visits Jude in her room and tells her that she is seeing someone and that person is going to ask for her hand at Prince Dain's coronation. Jude is skeptical of Taryn's mysterious lover but is willing to believe in her twin when she said Jude would like him.

When Jude wakes up, she discovers a folded note fallen from Cardan's copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Her name is written all over it, rendered in forceful strokes and smeared with ink water.

Over the next few weeks building up to the coronation, Jude learns spy craft from the other members of the court of shadows and went on two more missions to steal information for Dain. She trains herself ruthlessly and poisons herself to build up an immunity against them. She begins a relationship with Locke but is still uncertain of his motives.

Mere days away from the coronation, Valerian assaults Jude and attempts to glamour her into jumping off a tower. It does not work because of the geas, so Valerian tries to choke her until Jude whips out a dagger and stabs him, and escapes. Locke steers Jude to his manor to cheer her up and shows her around the empty and lifeless estate. He persuades her to stay for a late party that night, and to pick a dress from the wardrobe of his deceased mother, Liriope. Jude feels uneasy when wearing the dress to the party. She finds a golden bauble in the shape of an acorn inside the dress and pockets it.

After making out with Locke, Jude stays the night and morning at his estate. She catches up with an upset Taryn in class. They head home and Jude inspects the acorn. It contains a message from Liriope, Locke's mother, to a friend, telling them to take care of her son when she dies. Liriope had died of poisoning from blusher mushroom. Jude immediately thought about the letter that mentioned blusher mushrooms in Balekin's study and wants answers so she went to Hollow Hall again. But she finds no evidence of Balekin's role in Liriope's poisoning. However, she does come across some letters from Madoc to Balekin about coronation security but she thought them unimportant. Frustrated at the lack of information, she rescues an overworked and glamoured human girl from the stronghold, but the girl cannot accept reality and threw herself into the river during her ride back to the human world.

Disheartened by the girl's death, Jude sleeps fitfully. The following afternoon she wakes to a summoning from Dain. He has heard of her encounter with Valerian and is furious at her for wounding the son of a valued member of the court and risk revealing the fact that she cannot be glamoured. He decides to punish her through making her stab herself through the hand. Jude complies, but she is secretly relieved that Dain did not discover her spiriting away one of Balekin's servants for no profitable reason.

On the night before coronation day, Valerian climbs into Jude's room through a balcony, drunk on faerie powder. He intends to murder her in her sleep but Jude disarms him. He holds her in a chokehold again and Jude, despite Dain's fury at her for hurting one of the Gentry, kills Valerian with a knife to the heart. She buries the body near the stables of Madoc's estate.

Later that night she and the Ghost intercept a messenger sent by Balekin to Dain, only realizing that they were tricked as that messenger is meant to be killed anyway. It is only a diversion from Balekin to cause their confusion, but Jude recognizes the messenger is one of Madoc's spies. She does not tell the Ghost, as she does not believe in Madoc's involvement with Balekin.

After little sleep, Jude is woken up for the preparation of the coronation ceremony. At the Palace, she dances with Locke, and he asks her whether she loves him enough to weep over him when he hurts her. She replies that if he hurts her she would take revenge. Cardan steps between them and chides Locke, but Jude does not understand his meaning.

When the ceremony starts, the entire royal family stands behind the throne except for Cardan, who is nowhere to be seen. Eldred, the High King, gives up the power of the crown and prepares to crown Dain. However, Balekin stands and kills Princess Elowyn, his sister. The guards beside the royal dais turn away as Madoc rushes forth and kills Dain. Balekin then beheads Taniot, Dain's mother and runs his father Eldred through with a sword. The High King can only be crowned by someone of Greenbriar blood, so it requires two of the line of Greenbriar to make a High King. Balekin turns to his two remaining sisters and tells them to crown him, but Princess Caelia is shot by the Ghost and Princess Rhyia kills herself instead. Balekin is left with only Cardan to crown him but does not find him, and is given three days to become High King before the courts under the banner of Elfhame leave without pledging loyalty to the crown.

The revels continue as if the slaughter did not happen. To her luck, Jude encounters a drunk Cardan under the long banquet tables. She lets him lead her up to the Palace floors before threatening him with a dagger. She forces him to come along into the lair of the Court of Shadows and ties him to a chair. The Roach and the Ghost arrive and with a prompt from Cardan, the Ghost admits that he was the one who poisoned Liriope with orders from Dain, because there was a prophecy saying if the child of Liriope was born, Dain would never be king. It is known that the child Liriope was carrying had been sired by Dain. She leaves Cardan in the Ghost and the Roach's care while she returns to Madoc's estate.

In her room, she changes into a tunic and straps on her father's sword, Nightfell. Going downstairs, she heard that Locke is in Madoc's study asking for Taryn's hand in marriage. She pieces the story together: that Taryn's lover was Locke and he was dating Jude to toy with both sisters. Locke thought if Taryn could stay silent while he dates her sister, she would've proven herself worthy of a faerie's love. Jude feels humiliated and challenges Taryn to a duel. In the middle of the duel, they were stopped by Vivi, who tries to use a glamour to make them halt. Jude is not affected, but she manages to pull back before harming her twin. This proved Dain's geas lasted beyond his death.

The next afternoon Jude tries to talk to Taryn but she is not in her room. Jude goes to Oriana's room to ask about Taryn's whereabouts but notices the golden acorn identical to the one she found in Liriope's dress lying on Oriana's dressing table. She deduces from all the clues that Oriana is the friend Liriope mentioned in the acorn message and has the answers she needs. Jude asks her if Oak was Liriope's son and Oriana tells her the story that happened over eight years ago: Liriope and Oriana were Eldred's consorts together and have a deep friendship. When Liriope started her relationship with Dain, she did not expect to get pregnant with his child. Dain heard of Liriope's pregnancy and poisoned her because of a prophecy that he will not be king if the child had been born. Oriana got Liriope's message and cut Liriope's child, Oak, out of her body to save him. She married Madoc to hide Oak's identity as a descendant of the Greenbriar line.

Once she understood Oak's origins, Jude sees through Madoc's plan to rule Faerie by putting Oak on the throne and rule himself as regent. Jude does not want this to happen because one, a Faerie ruled by Madoc will be full of war and bloodshed, and two, Jude wants Oak to have a chance to grow up and be what he chose to be, instead of a political puppet of Madoc. Jude starts to formulate a plan to beat Madoc at his own game. She returns to the Court of Shadows and interrogates Cardan. When she asks him why he hates her so much he avoids the question, until Jude threatens to shoot him with a crossbow. He then admits his attraction to Jude and his disgust at himself for wanting a mortal. Jude taunts him by kissing him.

Afterwards, Cardan proposes a bargain where Jude will tell Balekin that Cardan will crown him, and in return, Balekin shall give Cardan lands and gold and to Jude whatever she wants. He does not want to be the High King. Jude ponders her options and decides on what she will do. On the third day after the royal massacre, Balekin is going to host a feast at Hollow Hall. With the gathered courts on that day, one of Greenbriar blood will have to be crowned before the courts leave without swearing fealty. She plans to steal the Crown of Faerie on that day, as the Crown is in Balekin's possession, and to make a High King of her choosing.

Jude repeats the tale of how Oak came to be of Greenbriar blood to the Court of Shadows and Cardan. She tricks them into thinking that she is going to make Cardan crown Oak, then whisks the young boy to the mortal world where he'll grow up without faerie cruelties. She persuades Cardan to swear himself into her service because she tells him she cannot trust him with the crown of Faerie in his hands. Cardan pledges himself grudgingly, meaning Jude could command him to do anything she wishes, which he cannot refuse, but only for a year and a day. The Court of Shadows will steal the Crown and give it to Jude.

Jude tries to persuade different courts to support her plan. She convinces Severin, son of the Alderking, to back her during the plan which will happen at Balekin's banquet on the following day. She then makes a deal with Roiben the lord of the Court of Termites, trading a promise of any one thing to obtain his support during Balekin's banquet.

At dawn, Jude briefly visits Madoc's house to pack necessities from her room and tell Vivi to prep Oak for his role in the coronation of the new High King. She tries to talk to Taryn but she shuts her bedroom door in Jude's face.

At the banquet, Jude walks in with Cardan in tow. Balekin does not immediately seize Cardan as he now knows the importance of a willing participant in a coronation. Madoc walks up to the pair with a disapproving look. Jude pours two glasses of wine, both laced with poison, and holds them up for Madoc to choose between. Madoc downs one and Jude drinks the other. Jude lures Madoc to a secluded hallway, and they fight, Madoc to get Cardan to crown Oak, and Jude to seize the Crown under Madoc's watch. Jude's swordsmanship had been taught by Madoc, so she is quickly overpowered. However, the poison starts to take effect on Madoc. It brings him into unconsciousness but Jude stays on her feet due to her mithridatism. Jude and her fellow spies tie him in one of the rooms upstairs, where he will wake in a few hours when everything is over.

Jude returns to the banquet sporting a few bruises. She joins Cardan at the dinner table and gets ready for the explosion the Bomb is about to create. When it happens, the Roach shoots bolts at Balekin to distract his guards while the Ghost steals the Crown of Faerie amidst the chaos. The Ghost mistakes Taryn for Jude and throws the Crown to her. Jude wrestles the Crown from Taryn and gives it to Oak. Jude tells Cardan to show Oak what he should do as the one being crowned, and Cardan kneels, beckoning Oak to do the same. However, Jude commands Cardan to stay still in his kneeling position. Oak performs the coronation ceremony, as he practiced with Vivi, and Cardan becomes the new High King.

Now Jude has absolute control over the most powerful being in Faerie for a year and a day. Cardan is furious at her betrayal, as he does not want to be High King and he is stuck under her command. Oak is sent to live with Vivi and her girlfriend Heather in the mortal world. At the end of the book, Cardan appoints Jude as his seneschal.

The Wicked King

It has been five months since the events of The Cruel Prince. At a revel, Jude is advising Cardan on various matters brought to court. First, there is the legendary smith Grimsen who seeks glory and a place in Elfhame. He does not swear fealty to Cardan but promises to forge useful magical items for the High King. Jude suspects a trick, but Cardan welcomes him. Jude does not countermand Cardan. A hag named Mother Marrow is next and claims to bring gifts to the new High King. She presents him a piece of cloth that will turn away any blade, yet be soft as a shadow against skin. Jude points out that Mother Marrow said she brought 'gifts' but has only given Cardan the cloth. The hag nervously reveals her trick: If Cardan had accepted the gift, he would have found himself under a geas that makes him unable to marry anyone except the weavers of the cloth, herself and her daughter. Cardan seems amused by their attempt and lets it slide.

Locke volunteers for the role of Master of Revels. Jude protests, but Cardan knows Jude would not risk revealing her power to command him in front of Locke. So Jude backs down seethingly and watches the newly appointed Master of Revels declare his plan for a Hunter's Moon Revel full of glorious debauchery—wonderful news to the High King and most of the Court. Turning her back on Cardan, Jude confronts the Bomb, who hands her a message addressed to Cardan from Balekin. The traitorous prince was thrown into the Tower of Forgetting, a prison of sorts, and has been sending flattery and pleas to the High King ever since. All the messages have been intercepted by the Court of Shadows and passed to Jude for inspection.

Jude decides to visit Balekin to find out what he wants. Balekin is imprisoned at the lowest floors in the Tower of Forgetting. He greets Jude and tells a guard of the Tower, Vulciber, to slap her pretty face. He does, quick and stinging, and Jude bears it. Balekin dodges Jude's questioning and outright refuses to confess his motives in trying to meet Cardan. He says Cardan would soon know of the messages the Court of Shadows intercepted, then tells Vulciber to escort her back. Jude walks past the cell of Cardan's mother Asha on her way out. Asha recognised Jude for her resemblance to her mother Eva and catches her leg through the bars of her cell. Jude slips on the stairs and freaks out, climbing up and away hastily. At the gates, Jude tricks the guard Vulciber into being alone with her and pricks him with a sedative needle.

Jude brings the subdued guard into the lair of the Court of Shadows and interrogates him with The Queen of Nothing childhood dolls and offers to send Jude's old gowns and jewels from Madoc's estate. Jude assumes that she does it in place of an apology of how both she and Locke deceived her. Taryn left, on good terms with Jude once more. Jude sleeps fitfully because of her mithridatism.

She is woken by the Ghost and the Roach, and they tell her Cardan got into trouble again.She makes her way to his chambers,where he already has company.Somebody shot him through the side and he has set fire to his rooms.

The Queen of Nothing

We first see Jude in Vivienne's apartment where she mostly spends her mornings dozing in front of daytime television, watching cooking competitions, cartoons and reruns of a show where people have to complete a gauntlet by stabbing boxes and bottles plus cutting a whole fish. Madoc tries to recruit her several times, but she always refuses, and ultimately Madoc's attempts stop.

In her afternoons, she trains her brother Oak and in her evenings she runs errands for the local faeries. Jude mentions that she misses Faerieland a lot and wishes for a way to break her exile. She watches her brother use glamour on the local schoolchildren unknowingly and later chastises him for it. That evening, she is hired to kill a faerie that is killing and eating other fae. She later learns that this faerie is Grima Mog, the legendary general of the Court of Teeth. Grima Mog, recognizing Jude, offers to tell her information about Cardan if she wins a duel between them. Jude is curious, so she accepts, and they fight on the roof of the building. Jude eventually prevails, but she is very severely injured. Grima Mog tells her that the Court of Teeth, along with Madoc, have created a plan to dethrone Cardan, and that this plan will be put in action before the next full moon. Jude returns home with the bus, when she arrives she sees Heather sitting on the steps. Heather tells Jude that she is trying to work up the courage to go inside. Jude sits outside with her, but then Heather insists that Jude needs to tend to her injuries, so both of them go in and Jude is shocked to find Taryn talking to Vivienne. Taryn explains how she needs Jude's help, Jude is furious and at first refuses, but then Taryn tells Jude how she killed Locke and that she needs Jude pretend to be her and lie about what happened to Locke (since Jude cannot be glamoured because of her geas). Jude agrees and leaves the next morning.

She goes to Taryn's estate to get ready to go to court. When she enters the brugh, she is questioned by Cardan Greenbriar, but when Jude (posing as Taryn) denies killing Locke, Nicasia demands that they check her for any charms that could allow her to resist glamours. Cardan, who unbeknownst to Jude knew she was Jude and not Taryn since the moment she first stepped in the brugh, announces that he will personally search her in his rooms. Jude is furious but she can't resist otherwise her cover would be blown. The guards begin to escort Jude to Cardan's rooms, but on the way a servant crashes into Jude and secretly hands her a knife, telling her not to worry because her father (Madoc) has a plan to get her out. Jude realizes this is because Madoc believes she is Taryn. Jude goes to Cardan's rooms, and the guards stay outside. When they're alone, Cardan reveals to her that he knows who she is, he asks her why she didn't reply to any of his letters. Jude, confused and afraid of what Cardan will do, steps away from him when he tells her to come closer. They're both very confused and Jude starts to pull out her knife, before any explanations can be given, there are explosions and Madoc's people begin to attack. In the chaos, Madoc drugs Jude and she falls unconscious.

When she wakes up, she is in woods she doesn't recognize, covered in heavy blankets with Oriana, who thinks Jude is Taryn. Oriana kindly explains why Madoc took her away from court. Jude asks what happened to Cardan, and Oriana tells her that Madoc was unable to get to him, and Jude is secretly relieved. Jude weighs all her options, and thinks about the letters Cardan claims to have sent her, and how he was treating the topic of her exile as a joke. Later on, Madoc joins them in carriage and tells Jude that three days have passed (Madoc also thinks that Jude is Taryn). He also tells her how he lost half of his knights; Cardan was fighting hard to keep her. They arrive at the Court of Teeth, and Oriana helps Jude get settled in their tent. Jude washes her face and changes her clothes, Jude walks around camp and decides to stay so that she can learn about Madoc's plans and trade the information for the end of her exile. Jude, Madoc, and Oriana dine with the Court of Teeth, where Jude meets Lady Nore, Lord Jarel and Queen Suren (a changeling that grew up in the mortal world so she wouldn't have to pledge herself to the Blood Crown). Jude is horrified by how the young Queen has been bridled by her parents. No one pays Jude much attention, not thinking she is important because she is mortal. Grimsen is also present, and Jude talks to him, flattering him so that he will tell her details about Madoc's plans. Grimsen is pleased by Jude's flattery, and invites her to visit his forge the following day. Jude is frustrated because she wanted the information right away. The next day Jude wakes up and decides that she would escape that very same day. Oriana suggests that she goes foraging in the woods instead of doing needlepoint with the Court ladies. Jude agrees and as she begins to leave, Oriana warns her against visiting Grimsen. Jude goes to the woods, where she can finally relax and think through her options. She hikes through the woods until she is on high enough ground that she can see the whole camp. There she can see the forge, the pavillions, and the hub of activity. She also spots a cave faraway from camp, at the base of the mountain; there are two guards guarding it.

Jude goes to visit Grimsen, asking to see his work. He is pleased that she is interested and invites her inside. Jude then learns that Grimsen is rather annoyed at Madoc because he doesn't appreciate the work that Grimsen is doing. Jude uses this to her advantage and manages to get Grimsen to tell her how he curses everything that he makes; the Blood Crown, the earrings that Jude is wearing, even the gift that Grimsen gave to Cardan when he came back to court. This causes Jude to be angry, but she hides it for the sake of her facade and asks if she can visit him again tomorrow. Grimsen agrees.

Jude goes back to the woods to actually do some foraging. She takes her pent up anger out on the berries, wood, mushrooms, and rocks. When she is calmed, she goes back to camp where Madoc spots her and invites her to sit with him. Jude (obviously still posing as Taryn), converses with Madoc; he tells her he thinks he can win against Cardan and that he will do it via a duel for love and duty. Jude is perplexed, and Madoc explains that there is a prophecy stating that Cardan would be a bad king, that this prophecy hangs over Cardan's head and that he thinks he can charm his way out of it.



Taryn Duarte
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Main article: Vivienne and Jude
Vivienne is Jude and Taryn’s older sister. Before Madoc came for her, she was a caring child, gentle and loyal to her family, but after moving to Faerie she became a rebellious and resentful girl, decided to bother Madoc and her faerie family as much as she was able. As the older sister, she still tries to protect both of her sisters at all costs, inviting them to live in the human world with her and her girlfriend. She always gives them advice and helps both of them with anything they need. In The Cruel Prince, she even helps Jude in driving Sophie out of Faerie, and then, searching for her body in the water. In the end, Jude confides Vivienne for her mission.
In The Cruel Prince Jude confess her relationship with Madoc to be an odd love. Madoc was like a parent for the twins, although he was the murderer of their real parents. Madoc raised them out of obligation, out of honor and duty, but still, he raised them with caring love and compromise. He teaches them how to fight, and after that, Madoc helps Jude in improving her technique in combat. Jude knows he is thirsty for power, he is cunning. His plans get ruined by Jude, letting the reader know how Madoc pretended to rule over faerie while Oak was being prepared to be king, and even after that.
Oak was always like Jude’s little brother. For both of them, it wasn’t important that Oak was a faerie and Jude mortal, she loved him the same. When they were both young, Jude was glamoured by Oak, and although she knew he didn’t do it on purpose, she still holds a bit of resentment towards him.
Oriana was Jude’s foster mother after their arrival to Faerie. Oriana was normally rude with the three girls, and she usually reminded Taryn and Jude of how careful they had to be during revels because they could be enchanted and she didn’t want for them to abash Madoc. She insisted on taking Oak away from either of them, an action that infuriated Jude a lot. When she erroneously suspects that Jude is Dain’s consort, she tries to give her advice to retire, telling her that being a consort is to always be a pawn. In The Cruel Prince after the coronation banquet, she trusts Jude to take Oak to somewhere safe, where he can be away from Faerie corruptions and cruelty until he is ready to be king.


Cardan Greenbriar
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Cardan and Jude, Knife by Morgana0anagrom
For the most part of The Cruel Prince whenever Jude thinks of Cardan she feels two things: hatred and rage. She hates him for being a spoiled prince, for bothering her and her sister, and his relentless power over her. She knows Cardan’s hatred for her is deep, and he shows her in every one of his actions towards her. In her mission infiltrating Hollow Hall, where she sees Cardan being tortured by his brother Balekin, Jude begins to pity him a little. Throughout the book, Jude grudgingly remarks upon Cardan's beauty and every once in a blue moon he shows a softer side for her. After the coronation in which Jude gets full control of Cardan and his future, he admits that his hatred for her is caused by jealousy and envy of the way Madoc tries for her to fit in, even though she doesn’t belong there. With a little more pushing from Jude, Cardan admits he desires her, and how he loathes feeling that. After that, Jude and Cardan’s relationship becomes odd, they are obviously involved with each other and become somewhat friends/"lovers". At the end of The Cruel Prince, Jude betrays Cardan and in the epilogue, we learn that he has yet to forgive her.
In the Queen of Nothing, 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 an angry Jude that her exile was only a trick. 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. Cardan admits he's been in love with her for a long time and goes 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 do it so she cuts her sword through the serpent's neck. While she is telling Madoc she won‘t fight him, 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 feeling are genuine. They both end up ruling Elfhame as the High King and Queen.
During The Cruel Prince Jude’s relationship with Locke was always unclear and confusing, even for Jude. Locke was charming from the beginning, he confesses he loves drama and stories, and that he wanted to stay near Jude so he could be part of hers. He never stands up to defend Jude, until the apple incident in which he stops the rest to take her home. When their romance begins everything goes well, until the coronation, in which he begins to act weird making strange questions to Jude. After he plays Jude, she declares her disgust towards Locke, who ended up being only in it for the dramatics. Locke had promised to marry Taryn before courting Jude.


Tatterfell cared for Jude since she was a child. It was Tatterfell who smeared stinging faerie ointment over Jude’s eyes to give her True Sight so that she could see through most glamours. Tatterfell also brushed the mud from Jude’s boots. Also, Tatterfell was the one to give Jude the strung dried rowan berries that Jude wears around her neck so she might be able to resist enchantments. Tatterfell used to wipe Jude’s wet nose and reminded her to wear her stockings inside out, so she’d never be led astray in the forest.
Dain Greenbriar
During The Cruel Prince Dain appears to Jude as someone who wants to help her. He offers her a position in his Court of Shadows, and although that wasn’t what Jude wanted, she accepts the offer and the geas he gives her to resist enchantments. At one of their following meetings, in which Dain is mad at her for attacking Valerian and he makes her stab her own hand, her feelings for Dain darkened. After his death and when she discovers all the things he’d done and kept hidden, she is convinced that she wasn’t following the right person.


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  • Jude’s favourite food is cheese and bread roasted over a fire. [1]
  • Jude is the younger twin.
  • According to the author, She has some Latin ancestry in her background, through her dad who is of mixed white and Latin American descent.
  • her skin color and full ethnicity/race, have not been officially confirmed by the author although she is described with pale skin.
  • While proving her lying skills to Prince Dain, it is stated that her birthday could be November 13, 2001.
  • She is said to look exactly like her father in the prologue, and also to resemble her mother very heavily when she looks into the Lake of Masks. Jude is also told by Cardan's mother that she "resembles her (Mother) very strongly".
  • Jude wears a string of dried Rowan Berries, to help her resist enchantment.
  • She has a scar on the center of her left hand from when she was forced to stab herself to prove her loyalty to prince Dain.
  • The top of her ring finger on her left hand is missing.
  • Jude has a nervous tic: she rubs the tip of her missing fingertip with her thumb when feeling anxious.
  • Locke describe Jude's beauty as beautiful as wintry forest


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