the cruel prince – holly black | review

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Series: The Folk of the Air #1
Published January 2nd 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Age Range: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal


Rating: 5 out of 5.


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 knows how to write a fantasy faerie novel. after all, she’s the queen of faeries. after reading so many faerie novels, i was pretty sure i knew the characteristics of one: beautiful, nasty, bloodthirsty, arrogant. basically, the exact opposite of nice. a group of faeries in the cruel prince was terrifyingly childish in the way whereby they toy around with mortals especially jude. she became their target and it made me question why everyone is shipping her with cardan who is one of her tormenters.

jude is a freaking badass. however, in the land of faeries, she’s always underestimated and belittled. it doesn’t help when she can fall under their glamour and be commanded to do things. despite suffering through the hands of these faeries, she’s always finding ways she can be better and have an advantage over them. gradually, she became more strategic in her comebacks and cunning with words. naivety and innocence won’t work in faerie land.

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

a complex character, cardan does many contradictory actions which made me wonder who he actually is and what he’s actually thinking. while he has an intriguing perspective, cardan can often abuse his position as the prince. readers soon figure out that he’s more than the “party and get drunk all night” prince that he’s trying to portray himself to be.

i read the cruel prince incredibly fast. every page was entertaining and the world just sucked me in. holly black is a new-to-me author so this was definitely a treat! the cruel prince was perfection and wild and vicious and deadly and lots of stabby scenes and manipulation. it was so freaking fun. the wicked king is going to be insane.

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2 thoughts on “the cruel prince – holly black | review”

  1. Lovely review! I can’t wait to get to this book, I wonder what I’ll think of Cardan 🤔 love the moodboard at the end!

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    1. thank you, susana! it was so confusing why everyone was shipping jude with him when he was being such a spoiled brat and annoying fae. but i did warm up to him gradually. hehe. hope you’ll get to read the cruel prince soon!

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