Book Reviews

The Cruel Prince – Book Review

Book title: The Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black
Genre: Fantasy
Target Audience: Young Adult

What could I become if I stopped worrying about death, about pain, about anything? If I stopped trying to belong? Instead of being afraid, I could become something to fear.


Why I chose this?

I’ve seen this a lot and as I mentioned before I suffer from FOMO so of course, I had to read it.img_2373-2


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

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.


What I thought

Once again this was a slow started. I was tempted to DNF it at one point but I’m glad I pushed through. Jude is a character I just couldn’t click with. I’m not sure why as I am one who can’t keep her mouth shut when I see something wrong but Jude there was something off about her. I get that she has goals and aspiration, I mean come on she’s a human who wants to be a knight with the Fae but she seems to have a brain to mouth malfunction quite often.

She has had a very traumatic upbringing. Who would want to be brought up by the person who murdered your parents because he just happened to be the father of your older sister? I suppose this is because they needed to give Jude her own little personality. Taryn Jude’s twin is sweet, Vivi Jude’s older sister is a angsty teenage rebel who sneaks away to the human world to meet up with her girlfriend. Jude needs something.

Enter Prince Carlan. The youngest prince of the relm and he who thinks everyone but his small circle of friends is beneath him and Jude is nothing but dirt. It takes a while to understand his reasonings for disliking Jude but eventually we get there.


At about 50% into the book and I still wasn’t really enjoying it. Other than Jude’s ability to lie and her mouth I’m still not sure why it was her that was chosen as the main character.

Why has a single book been split into book one and book two? I don’t get it. It’s a single book and although it’s not the first book I’ve come across to do this but I just simply don’t get it. The book is split into two books by roughly a 60-40 split and it’s this last 40% which is the reason for my star rating. It’s this part of the book that makes it worth the read and now I’m looking forward to The Wicked King.


Star Rating

I’ve decided to give The Cruel Prince


Now once again I’m in for a long wait before I can find out what happens next.

Have you read The Cruel Prince? What did you think of Jude? Let me know in the comments 

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