Review: The Cruel Prince

Title: The Cruel Prince

Author: Holly Black

Date of Publication: January 2nd, 2018


Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Review:

This is my first Holly Black book ever. However, my daughter has read the Spiderwick Chronicles and is a fan of those. I don’t know what I was expecting from this book. Maybe a little bit of darkness? Especially from the title. I’m not sure I got that exactly.

The opening Prologue was really good, but then things got pretty mundane for a while. The main character Jude, I really liked. She really wants to help the kingdom, even though she may have to betray some people in the process. I predicted a whole lot of things early on, and mainly because a certain character felt underdeveloped. I don’t want to give too much away, though.

Jude’s sister Vivi was my second favorite character, and Oak was so cute! Now as for Cardan, since the book is named the Cruel Prince after all, I was actually slightly disappointed in his character. I feel he was underdeveloped, too, but I’m hoping in book two he’s expanded upon. I think maybe because the book is from only one POV which I normally love, but here it would have been great to have been a few other character’s heads.


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As I said earlier, not much happened for a while until around maybe 66% (which is a long while). But when things finally started happening, I couldn’t put the book down. It definitely felt like an opening book of what’s to come. So, I didn’t love-love it, but I did really like it.



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21 thoughts on “Review: The Cruel Prince

  1. I just finished reading/reviewing it myself and I wasn’t impressed… with all the hype, I had my hopes too high and ended up finding a few things that rubbed me the wrong way…the ending was good but I won’t be continuing with the series… Great review!

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  3. I can’t decide on this book! It seems that all of you are liking it, and usually I like Black books, but I like better her books without faerie involved, and she loves them a lot, it seems. I think I would read it, sooner or later, because I’m curious, but I think also that I would wait for now 🙂 But I’m happy you enjoyed it 🙂

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  4. I read Holly Black’s Tithe series back in the day and really enjoyed it. However not really in the mood for a slow paced book right now, I think I might wait until the sequel is out before jumping into this series! But by gosh is that cover gorgeous! Nice review!

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    • I think this is the time where I wish I would have waited until the second book came out because it takes a while for things to happen, and when they do, it’s time for the second book!


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