The Cruel Prince - Holly Black

The Cruel Prince

By Holly Black

  • Release Date: 2018-01-02
  • Genre: Fantasy
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,199 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

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

  • CONSUMED!!!❤️❤️❤️

    5
    By Acattermole
    If you liked “Throne of Glass” series by Sarah J Maas, you’ll love this book! I couldn’t put it down! The curve ball at the end brought me to tears. Awesome book! Can’t wait to keep reading!
  • The third book is amazing, u better read this one so u can read the third book!

    5
    By Katie 654
    Amazing!!!
  • So fun!

    5
    By andreacait007
    This was such a good read!!! It’s about so much more than you think and Holly Black so easily ropes you into it all!!! 10/10 would recommend! I wish I could read it again for the first time!
  • A driven character

    4
    By wordthrill
    Jude has been bullies and diminished for years. In that time, she quietly honed her skills as a fighter and paid attention to the subtle nuances in striking fairy deals. She uses her hard earned attributes to ascend in a culture and land that do not want her, finding the most unexpected love along the way. The book starts by recounting an early childhood experience. Although it helps to shape Jude from a weak to strong character, I wish the story could have started with Jude in her present time and later reflected on her early childhood trauma. Holly Black does an excellent job of weaving together plots and always providing an unexpected turn at the height of the excitement. The three book series is an enjoyable read. The thrills are well paced, making the books hard to put down.
  • Masterful

    4
    By Persypie
    Holly Black has dazzled me once again!
  • Entertaining easy read

    5
    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

    4
    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

    5
    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.

    5
    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

    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.