Book Review: The Cruel Prince

Updated: Nov 26, 2019

Hello Everyone!

I finally get to write my review for The Cruel Prince! Before I start with my praise for this series, I would love to thank my friend Ashley for pushing me to pick it up and for listening to me when I needed to vent about the events in this book.

I had The Cruel Prince sitting on my shelf for over a year because I am really bad at reading the books I already own. (Don't judge me). I already finished reading the two books out in the series, and will probably post my review for The Wicked King next week. For now, continue reading to learn my thought about TCP.


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.


The Cruel Prince was my introduction to faeries–yes, I know I'm late to the party. I wasn't sure if I was going to love it, for the hype that led me to buy the book had faded away a little only to be reignited by my friend Ashley.

TCP was fast paced and hooked me from the very beginning. Considering it is a short read, Holly Black does a great job on focusing on scenes that move the story in one way or another.

The story begins with the murder of Jude's parents. I believe this is an important scene because it marks a violent new-beginning for Jude and her sisters: Taryn, her twin, and Vivi, her half-sister whose father, Madoc, is the murderer of her parents.

Throughout the book, we see a lot of teenage drama taken to the next level since it takes place away from the rules of the mortal world. Jude is stands up to attacks from Cardan and his friends.

I had so many feelings throughout the book. I face-palmed myself so many times because of Jude's behavior; ended hating her twin, Taryn; I wanted to kill Locke; hated and then loved Cardan.

The plot was genius. I truly think that so many scenes that seem insignificant became seeds to Jude's plans. She is as smart as she is compulsive for sure.

I wanted and expected a little more romance than I got. I seriously think Cardan treats Jude the same way an elementary kid would treat their first crush, and honestly, that was cute to me somehow.

Overall, I think this is a must read series. I picked up The Wicked King right after and now I can't wait for Queen of Nothing, which is only a few weeks away from being published.

My rating:

Here is the info for The Cruel Prince:

Reading Challenge No.: 26/45

Author: Holly Black

Publication Date: January 2, 2018

Format: Print/Ebook

Length: 370 pages.

POV: #FirstPerson through Jude's POV.

Genre: #YoungAdult #Fantasy #Fairies

Series or Standalone? Series: The Folk of the Air #1 - 3 books total.

First Sentence:

"On a drowsy Sunday afternoon, a man in a long dark coat hesitated in front of a house on a tree-lined street."

Favorite Character: Jude!

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