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The Cruel Prince

By Holly Black
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Publisher Description

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, comes the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue.

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.

4697 Reviews

Slightly Smiling Face“This version of faerie is one of my favorites❤️. Jude is a fun fmc to follow, as well as many of the other characters you come to know. I loved reading this book, and would recommend it to anyone wanting to get into fantasy. One of my favorite quotes from the novel: “The revel will go on, I realize. Everything will go on. But I am not sure that I can.” (pg. 246)”
Multi-layered charactersDescriptive writingEasy to readTwistyImmersive settingMagical settingComing of age
Thumbs Up“Overall I enjoyed this book. The characters are interesting and the world was pretty different from other fantasy romance books. However, it sometimes felt like the plot would take a turn just for the sake of taking a turn. I also didn't really enjoy the romance part as it felt a bit forced. That being said, I will most likely continue on with the series with the hope that the parts I disliked get better!”
Descriptive writingFast-pacedSuspensefulMagical settingComing of ageDarkViolence
Thinking Face“I love the world and ideas in this series, but for some reason I just couldn’t really connect and get into it until the third book. I felt like I should’ve liked it way more, it was doing all the right things, but I didn’t feel immersed in the story. I plan to re read at some point, hopefully I’ll experience it differently and get lost in its world.”
Characters change and growLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingTwistyMagical settingUnengaging charactersUnsatisfying plot
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“In the beginning the book was hard to come into. The writing just wasn't that fast paced but I did enjoy the storyline. Cardan was just amazing and I totally fell in love with him. I also loved Jude she is a fierceful young woman who is afraid but still pushen through. I loved the fact that eventho she witnessed a lot of murder she still is full of love for others. I loved this book and can't wait till I read part two and three”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersLikable charactersBeautifully writtenAddictiveTwistyMagical settingRomanticViolence
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“I loved this book just I wish there was a little bit more 🩷🩷🩷🥰🥰🥰”
Likable charactersEasy to readFunny writingAddictiveImmersive settingMagical settingComing of ageViolencePredictable

About Holly Black

Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children, including Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale and the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and the Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library. Her website is www.blackholly.com.

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