The Cruel Prince: Review

“Because you’re like a story that hasn’t happened yet. Because I want to see what you will do. I want to be part of the unfolding of the tale.”

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1)

Author: Holly Black

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 384



Jude’s Parents were brutally murdered by the general Madoc, who took Jude and her sisters to live with him in the High Court of Faerie. I can’t imagine living and being raised by someone who murdered my parents, but Madoc raises her and treats her as his own and I can respect that. Jude so badly wants to find her place and belong despite being mortal. She is willing to do what it takes to get a place at the court, even if it puts her life in danger. A civil war breaks out and the Game of Faerie Thrones begins! (Ha, Game of Thrones)

I truly enjoyed this book! It is the first novel I have read by Holly Black but it will definitely not be my last. The world is absolutely beautiful but also dark. It’s not a place that I, as a human, would want to live. Maybe a visit would be ok though, I would love to experience it. The way the author’s words flow onto the page allow you to envision this world, and it comes alive in your mind as you read.

One thing I can’t stand is when a character is perfect. Who’s perfect? Perfect is boring. I like when they are raw, real, and flawed. Holly Black does an amazing job at this. I found myself having conflicting emotions. At times a character would do a horrendous thing but I still like them because there is some good in them, or they have a good reason for their behavior. People are not all black and white, good or bad.

The only negative thing I have to say about The Cruel Prince is that darn ending! I NEED to know what happens. Not in a year, NOW! Having to wait to find out is pure torture.

If you like YA fairy books then you should definitely go out and get yourself a copy. I am eager to get the sequel and to try out other works by this author.


5/5 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Have you read this book? If so did you like it as much as I did, or was it not for you? Do you have any other Holly Black recommendations for me?

Goodreads Description:

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.






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