The Cruel Prince – Review


Title: The Cruel Prince

Author: Holly Black

Pages: 370

Release Date: 2nd of January 2018

My Rating: 4.5/5

Goodreads Summary:

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.


I didn’t have plans to read The Cruel Prince any time soon. My TBR pile was a mile long and I’d heard a lot of mixed reviews so I just kept pushing it further and further down on my TBR. However, My friend loved the book and encouraged me to read it since the release of the sequel was just around the corner.

From page one I was hooked. As a picky mood reader, it is rare I am immediately interested and intrigued so thoroughly by a book. The Cruel Prince had me from the beginning and I refused to put it down until I had read every last page.

While it was slow paced and nothing of major intrigue happened in the first 2/3 of the book, I didn’t mind. It was so interesting to see how the Faeries in this book behaved, the world and all the politics of these mythical creatures.

Holly Black writes of Fae the way I love them – cruel, wicked, clever, mischievous, beautiful, otherworldly. She crafted such a delicately wicked world full of brutally beautiful characters and I adored them all. The more deceitful and brutal the character, the more I loved them.

Our main character Jude is human. Jude was a clever, witty, stubborn and just down right interesting character to read about. She is scared of the fae, there is nothing she fears more than them, but she is just as intrigued by them as she is scared. Jude wants to be one of them – crue, wicked and beautiful – and there is nothing she won’t do to be like them.

Even more witty and cruel then Jude is Cardan and oh boy. . . I loved this boy with every bit of my heart. He’s such an asshole, but I love him, and the banter between Cardan and Jude always had me in stitches (and sometimes it literally left one of the characters needing stitches so . . . )

The last 1/3 of this book was anything but slow paced. It was full of so much action, betrayal, death, and so many plot twists. I was on the edge of my seat and by the end of the book I was screaming because I wasn’t able to get the sequel immediately.

If you enjoy wicked fae, an interesting plot, intense court politics and just in general a good book, I highly recommend you read this book.


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