Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Overall: 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Steam: 💋 only
Feels: 😩😡🤫🗡👑😱🤯

Tear jerker: No
Paranormal/Fantasy: Yes
Location: Faerie
Character age range: teens
Lead: Jude Duarte
Love interest(s): Not saying… it would spoil the surprise! Suffice it say it’s rather surprising!
HEA: No – cliffhanger

Kindle Unlimited: No
Audible: Yes, read by Caitlin Kelly
Series: Yes – The Folk of the Air Series
1. Cruel Prince – released 01/02/18
1.5. The Lost Sisters – released 10/02/18
2. The Wicked King – released 01/08/19
3. The Queen of Nothing – releases 2020

~QD 🔥~
Sex/kink type: kissing only
Possible triggers: Violence, murder, discrimination based on species, betrayal

The Quick and Dirty: I finally read it and it’s as good as everyone says it is. #believethehype.

A faerie high court. A battle of strategy for who gets to sit on the throne next. Secrets. Treachery. Magic. Violence. Angst. Plot twists galore. And a lead character that I would go as far as to say is a female anti hero. And a prince that is charming and dark… and cruel as hell. It’s everything you would want a faerie book to be.

The blurb covers most of it but I’ll add this: I read some but listened to most of it on Audible and I think because of that, I enjoyed it immensely more than if I had just read it alone. It’s one of those books that I really enjoyed closing my eyes and imagining. Holly Black’s world building and her prose is so incredibly vivid and lush that it’s easy to let yourself float away into the story.


Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.




Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.