The Cruel Prince - Holly Black

The Cruel Prince

By Holly Black

  • Release Date: 2018-01-02
  • Genre: Fantasy
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,088 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

An instant bestseller!
By #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, 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.

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Latest Impressions

  • Masterful

    By Persypie
    Holly Black has dazzled me once again!
  • Entertaining easy read

    By Abducndibd
    Entertaining read. Easy and has great plot twist. Great blend of fantasy and reality. The novel starts a bit slow but is well worth sticking it out until the story line picks up. The main protagonist growth from start to end was significant. Satisfying ending.
  • Loved Jude

    By Yvette Br.
    I really enjoyed this book. Jude is a great character and I enjoyed her journey. Cardan was so cruel throughout the majority of this book that it’s kind of hard to feel sorry for him. I know he was tricked by Locke but he still did a lot of cruel things. I was really surprised that Cardan doesn’t really interact much with Jude for a good chunk of the book. The first 70% is just him being a cruel bully and then short scenes of Jude observing him. Up until the last few chapters, she interacts with him the least out of everyone in the book. This book really focuses on Jude and not really both of them together until the end. I liked Jude though so it was ok. I hated how disloyal and selfish her twin Taryn was the entire book. I honestly don’t understand how she could betray her sister over a guy who doesn’t really care about her just to be accepted. I’m interested to see where this goes and I hope the next book has Cardan in it more. I really liked his interactions with Jude towards the end. I’ll probably need to adjust my expectations a little though as this seems more like Judes story rather than Jude and Cardan. Still looking forward to continuing the story.
  • YES

    By Tory Brennan
    I liked it!! It wasn’t the best book ever but worth reading if u like fantasy! I read this basically because I wanted another book like Red Queen. I Read this in less then a day... Idk why but I really like Cardan, Jude is great, all the characters are interesting... soooo excited to read the second book! *SPOILER ALERT* (kinda) I really want Cardan and Jude to be together! I was like sooo happy when they kissed lol 😝
  • Wow. Just wow.

    By romance reader :)
    So when I first saw this book I was like,”Hm, I guess it looks kind of good.” And then I looked at the author and I was like,”OMG I REMEMBER HER FROM THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES (which is a great series btw)!” So I HAD to read this book. I did not regret it one bit. This is now my second favorite book (after Red Queen which you should read if you enjoyed this book). If you are reading this, you shouldn’t be, because you have to be reading the book! Get to it!!!
  • Amazing

    By mandipandi2214
    I first read this book when it came out. I’ve reread it twice now and it’s still as amazing. When I first read it I think I was amazed by the protagonist and kind of wished I was like her (even though I’m a pacifist) Now I’ve read the sequel and am anticipating the third book. I suggest this book to anyone who likes a good plot, good characters, and faerie magic.
  • The best

    By fr3nch_
    I can’t express how awesome her books are. It’s a page turner.
  • Amazing!!

    Incredible start to a series. I think this book was perfectly paced and I fell in love with the characters especially Jude. I could honestly say that she is one of my favorite female characters of all time! I look forward to reading more about her. What a wild ride! Highly recommend for anyone who loves a good adventure!
  • Good Start

    By 7th Duchess of Bedford
    As other people have said, this book is familiar ground but still very entertaining. While the plot is original (I think! but haven’t read quite enough YA fantasy to swear to it) the characters are like shadows of those in other books, particularly Sarah J. Maas’s NA fantasy series. But a third of a Rhysand is still better than 99% of other heroes so I’ll take it. As for Jude: cool name, great tragic backstory, pretty frank about her ambition which is cool. I can already tell her evil twin is going to be kicking up larks in the rest of the series, but what I don’t understand about ANY of these fantasy series is this: why can’t the Rhysand-type characters (the ones with power and charm and access and money and looks) be girls? Why must the heroine and, for that matter, all the other good-side girls be only in-your-face “Hulk smash” without a lot of craftiness or diplomacy skills? I’m not downing the brassy heroines, they’re great! I would just like to see someone who can combine the skillset Taryn has, with the moral compass and power of Jude. Perhaps the authors believe women have enough real-life diplomatic heroines and not enough women role-models who can frankly own their ambition and power. But looking at the ascendancy of “Hulk smash” type politics has me pondering if we really need role models of any gender who are all about force and fierce without the counterbalance of tact and cunning. As of right now, Jude is maybe 70/30 in the force/tact ratio and her moral compass is set at about a 50/50. Hopefully this series will show us how she grows.
  • Slow so dreadfully slow BUT

    By Alexadiorrr
    It took me so long to get into this book due to its slow pace and slightly boring beginning but I'm really excited to read the second one now after finishing. Part two is excellent! Cant wait to see what Jude and Cardan will end up as.