The Cruel Prince by Holly Black | Book Review


Book Title: The Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black
Book Series: The Folk of the Air, #1
Reading Format: Hardcover; B&N Exclusive edition
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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 years old 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.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war 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.



Before we start this review, I would like to point out, the cover is the B&N exclusive because that is what I bought. Anyway, onto the review!

The Cruel Prince is my first Holly Black novel. Surprising, right? I know. I’m still surprised myself since I do read a lot, but hey, that is perfectly fine. With everyone hyping this novel up leading up to its release, I was a little nervous to even pick it up. I mean, yes, most of the time hyped up books are amazing and I am obsessed with books that have Fae in it. Yep. I am one of those people.

“Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It’s disgusting, and I can’t stop.”

Unlike any of the other Fae books that I have read in the past, instead of a prince with a gentle smile and kind heart, Holly Black gave us a character who had a devious smirk on his face all the time, and just one with a black heart whenever he was on the page.

For me, it was refreshing and, honestly, I love characters who are dark–which causes you to love/hate them, depending on what their actions are.

“He looks like a faerie lover stepped out of a ballad, the kind where no good comes to the girl who runs away with him.”

Towards the end of the novel, it is insane and most of the time I found myself holding my breath and quickly flipping to the next page.

side note:

Now, I am not saying all of this because of the hype that is already surrounding this book, I am saying this because of my own personal thoughts that were going through my head at the time.




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