Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black


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.

Favorite Lines:

“Nice things don’t happen in storybooks. Or when they do happen, something bad happens next. Because otherwise the story would be boring, and no one would read it.”

“That’s what comes of hungering for something; you forget to check if it’s rotten before you gobble it down”

“Desire is an odd thing. As soon as it’s sated, it transmutes. If we receive golden thread, we desire the golden needle.”

My Opinion:

I had seen this book around a few times on both social media and in the online store when I’m looking for other books. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I have never really read any of Black’s books before, I think I tried to read her The Spiderwick Chronicles once when I was younger but clearly it left a lasting impression if I don’t remember it much. When I read the synopsis for this book I knew I had to read it. I know we aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover but the cover art was so simple but intriguing that it really sealed the deal.

The story follows Jude, a human girl in an immortal world.Her parents were murdered when she was young and she has to survive in a home with their murderer. She faces constant discrimination due to the fact that she is human and we experience the problems she must face and overcome along the way.

I almost finished this book in one night but stopped myself with 100 pages left because it was 4 am and I had class the next day. But I quickly finished it the next night. It had a story that flowed very well, I haven’t quite figured out the dynamic of some of the characters but there is another book coming out next year that I hope will give more insight into the world that Black has created.

I was pleasantly surprised about the plot twist that was put in towards the end of the story. Black had semi-hinted at what was going to happen and I had thought that perhaps it would but then she throws you for a loop and sends you in a different direction for how the story is going to end.By the time we got to the end, I didn’t see it coming (I guess that is what makes it a plot twist, right?).

I will say that I do wish there was more romance. The synopsis made it seem like something was going to happen with Jude and Caden,and I suppose it does, but not as much as I would have liked. I am crossing my fingers that Black pulls a Maas move in her series A Court of Thorns and Roses (if you know what I am talking about you know) and in the book that comes out next year for this series, maybe I will be pleasantly surprised.


Overall, this was an interesting book. I think there is a lot of potential for the series and I am excited to see where it goes. I am still crossing my fingers for there to be more of my ship and for romance to play a bigger part in the next book because I’m a total sucker.  Happy reading, everyone!

The Cruel Prince

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