The Cruel Prince - Holly Black

The Cruel Prince

By Holly Black

  • Release Date: 2018-01-02
  • Genre: Fantasy
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 838 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

  • Amazing

    5
    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

    5
    By fr3nch_
    I can’t express how awesome her books are. It’s a page turner.
  • Amazing!!

    5
    By Ana.is.ita
    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

    4
    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

    5
    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.
  • Dark, twisty, enchanting

    5
    By Gaflabadaubs
    I picked this a book up about two months after its release, and let me tell you, I was not expecting to be thrown into a tale with so many twists. I’m afraid I may spoil the book if I go in too long, but if you’re having doubts, why? This book is so good that I finished in a day, and then I preordered the next one as quickly as I could. If you’re a fan of the Mortal Instruments, then I think you would like this, excuse me, love this book.
  • Pretty good

    4
    By Makoobi
    Pretty good.
  • Magical Adventurous Espionage 🤩 By Cincy Kid 68!

    5
    By JC Cincy Kid
    Super (5) Star Reading at its Best. Jude- You Go Girl! On to Book (2)- JB
  • The Cruel Prince

    5
    By just books
    Amazing
  • The best bad book of 2018. 👍

    4
    By ShootForTheEdit
    Its fascinating how good The Cruel Prince is, considering how many things are wrong with it. I mean... it... it's bad. Or... I mean... it should be. But... it's not. W-what? 🤔🙃 It seems to embrace every trope and stereotype, not just in fae fantasy, but in YA fantasy as a whole. (I would list them off, but just think of all the ones you can and, yeah, they're here). And that’s where this book somehow succeeds. It takes everything bad that a book shouldn’t do, and does them in a good way. And even more impressive, gets away with it. I was well aware how blatantly this book cheating my experience, it’s like Holly Black just took all the best concepts from a bunch of different sources and put them all into one book, but it was doing such great job of it that didn’t care. But I do want to quickly mention the 3 biggest flaws that would all but condemn any other book: - (As previously stated) Complete unoriginality to the point of borderline laziness. - Wildly inconsistent pacing. - And (yeah, I'm nitpicking here) an utterly nonsensical hierarchy. And in spite of all of this, it still manages to have an emense amount of entertainment value. Jude's journey from outcast to a... psuedo-queen type person (again, weird hierarchy) is actually pretty good, and turns into a sort of Game of Thrones-esque type suspense. Whose gonna die next? Whose gonna be king? As often as all its concepts have been done before, they still remain interesting. But that fact is that The Cruel Prince relies heavily on the tried and true of an already oversaturated genre, and has absolutely NO right to be good, yet somehow... it is.