The Cruel Prince (Review)


by Holly Black

(The Folk of the Air, #1)

Pages: 384 // Published: January 2, 2018 // Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

My Rating: ★★★

Summary as Provided by Publisher

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.

My Thoughts


Guard your mortal heart. Be careful as you enter the high court of the faerie, both treacherous and beautiful. Alluring immortality within grasp, but everything must come with a price. Especially for a human.

I can see the allure and why a lot of people enjoyed this one. Unfortunately, for me it was disappointing. I think I was heavily biased because I am a mega obsessed ACOTAR fan, that it was tough for me not to compare books and characters. I’ve never felt so mixed and conflicted about a book. There were elements I loved – beautiful world of fae, forbidden attraction, cunning betrayals, secret upon secrets and yet I was left wanting something more. It felt more fluffy and predictable than I expected.

I think if you are an ACOTAR fan, you might enjoy this read as well if you didn’t compare stories. I really enjoyed the refreshing connection of the modern mortal world to the fae world.

For me my biggest issue was Jude, the main character. It was very tough to relate or connect with her and she didn’t give me the feels. I found her broken and somewhat cold. Now I know there are reasons for why she is like this but I think back to Nesta in ACOTAR who was broken and cold yet I loved loved loved her interaction with anyone. And don’t get me started on the prince… I want to flick him in the forehead. I did not understand the attraction – and I’m a sucker for the “oh this is naughty love” type relationships. What did others think of the characters? I won’t even mention her twin sister, jeez you want to shake her silly.

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I keep my expression as cold as I know how. He’s the one who smiles, but his smile is colder than any stiff face could be. “A year and a day,” he calls out. “Blink and that will be over. And what will you do then?”

Overall, I enjoyed the story but had mixed feelings. I would overall recommend this book but with caveats. I think if you are looking to dip their toe into this genre for the first time it’s a good starting point. (Then dive into the deep end of ACOTAR). It was an easy read and I never once thought to stop. And I do admit I will most likely read the second book. The reason for 3 stars versus 4 is that I felt I had more complaints than praises, mostly to do with the characters than the plot.

Happy reading!!


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