Review: The Cruel Prince


Title: The Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Purchased
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

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.


I enjoyed this story! It’s my first story in the world of fairies, or Fae.

For some reason, I couldn’t focus during the beginning of the story. I think it was just me getting distracted. But I thought I’d mention it anyway in case anyone else felt the same way.

One of my favourite parts was the prologue. I loved the fairy tale voice of the narrator. I was a little disappointed when Jude became the narrator starting in Chapter 1. However, she’s a great and crazy girl to narrate this story.

At about three quarters of the way through the book I was so hooked! I really had no idea where the story was going. The major event that happens at the end of Book 1 hooked me, and it surprised me so much that I fell in love with the story.

There was so much packed into this novel, it felt like a whole series. I can’t wait to see what happens in the rest of the series.

Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

12 thoughts on “Review: The Cruel Prince”

  1. I heard about it a lot …
    anyway, if you did not really like the storyteller coming to chapter 1 … you did not like almost anything! haha joke.
    Anyway, it’s an interesting book … thanks for the review.
    I’m really curious to know more about the book 🙂

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  2. I was hooked immediately reading this book, but I did struggle a little with all the different creatures. I didn’t know what they all were and we weren’t always given descriptions. I was worried that it would make it hard to read, but later it doesn’t really matter what everybody was, and it because easier to follow. Could that have been part of the reason you couldn’t focus at the beginning? Especially if this was your first experience with the world of Fae?

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