The Cruel Prince - Holly Black

The Cruel Prince

By Holly Black

  • Release Date: 2018-01-02
  • Genre: Fantasy
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 723 Ratings)


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.


  • 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.
  • Dark, twisty, enchanting

    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

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

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

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

    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.
  • World building and court intrigue

    By CourtOfBooks
    This was fascinating! I stumbled upon this book because other recommended this from reading other books I’ve read and I was absolutely fascinated! I will say the start was a little slow for me but it was only the first few chapters, I was a little confused but I love fully understanding what I’m reading so I went back and reread them and got it. (I don’t think you’d have to do that to understand it!) I loved the idea of not knowing who to trust with the fairies because realistically you don’t know with them. The lead female is powerful and passionate and I love that she is solidly fighting for what she believes in throughout. The world building combined with court intrigue take the reader on one crazy journey that even they can’t be sure how to navigate. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was because of the slow/confusing start but I would say it’s more of a 4.5!
  • Omg

    By oofie1(&(8
    I’ve never actually read it, I’m just bored. I’m sure it’s great though.
  • Exciting Novel

    Amazing vocabulary, story and female heroine.
  • Uhmmm

    By super great app and service
    Left me wanting more so much more I cant wait to see what happens next 👌