The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – A Book Review

“I have lied and I have betrayed and I have triumphed. If only there was someone to congratulate me.”  ― Holly Black, The Cruel Prince


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.



Title: The Cruel Prince

Author: Holly Black

Avg. Goodreads Rating: 4.3/5 stars

My rating: 5/5 stars




Overview. We are introduced to Jude, Taryn and Vivi, three sisters who have to witness a murder that they should never have to, their own mother’s. The girls are taken from the human world to Faerie by their mother’s ex (also Vivi’s real father), who takes care of them as if they were all his own. Jude and Taryn have a rough time since they are 100% human without a trace of Fae in their blood, which brings a lot of torment.

Jude is a fiery character who finally decides that she does not want to put up with the torment that other kids her age are giving her, so she decides to fight back. Prince Cardan is one of her biggest tormentors, so she decides to try to get even with him. Their prank war turns life-threatening and Jude has to figure out how she is going to survive in Faerie.

Pros. Our protagonist is bad-ass. I loved Jude so much. She was dark and light and had such a great voice throughout the novel. I really felt like I was seeing her grow up and gain understanding of the world around her more.

Family. The family dynamic in this book was phenomenal. It would have been so easy for Jude and Taryn to be treated so poorly by the whole family and that wasn’t the case (besides the evil step-mother) they were treated as if they were no different than the other people in the family.

Prince Cardan. Black did a fantastic job with this character. I was constantly intrigued by him and always wanted to find out more of him. Once we really got to know Cardan, I really enjoyed him as a character.

Court politics. I really enjoyed the way that Black incorporated the politics into this book. I was never bored with figuring out how the politics system worked and it was easy to follow. I loved the court drama and definitely the ending!

Black’s writing. I totally 100% understand why they call Black the Faerie Queen. The world is so fully immersed and I loved every minute of it. This is the first faerie book that I have read outside of the Maas realm, so it was really nice to see that there are other fantastic fae books!

Cons. I honestly cannot think of a single negative against this book. The only thing I don’t like is that I have to wait for the next one.

Overall. I obviously loved this book. Definitely a 5/5 stars for me! It threw so much at you and everything stuck. I loved every aspect of this book and can’t wait to get deeper into this faerie realm that Black is building for us.

3 thoughts on “The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – A Book Review

  1. I loved this book as well. Holly Black is known for her fae stories. I am currently trying to read The Darkest Part of the Forest, but I’m not really digging it so far. :/ I can’t wait for the next instalment of this series though.


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