The Cruel Prince - Holly Black

The Cruel Prince

By Holly Black

  • Release Date: 2018-01-02
  • Genre: Fantasy
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,917 Ratings)


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.


  • Meh

    By mmarcone912
    I heard a lot about this series so I gave it a shot. I like Jude a lot, I thought her growth & journey throughout the book and series was compelling, but I thought the romance was dull. Cardan is not a great male love interest....not really much to like about him. This book tried to do the “enemies to lovers” trope but it just wasn’t well done. The “enemies” have to have actual redeeming qualities and there needs to be sexual tension. There was none to be found here.
  • YES

    By Tory Brennan
    I liked it!! It wasn’t the best book ever but worth reading if u like fantasy! I read this basically because I wanted another book like Red Queen. I Read this in less then a day.
  • A slow burn that builds

    By CaraleighJane
    It took me a couple tries to get through the first bit of this book, but once the story started to take shape, I couldn’t put it down.
  • Wow

    By Da Ultimate Frog
    This book is great! It has the the regular YA things which a lot of the time make books boring, but somehow this was great! 100% recommend.
  • Loved it!

    By MontanaLaRoche
    Read the book in a day! Couldn’t put it down.
  • 😍😍

    By gatcha galaxy girl
    Dude this is by far my favorite book of the year, I love Holly blacks writing style and all of the characters in general this book series always had me on the balls of my feet and I am constantly re-reading it you should definitely go read this it’s totally worth it 💯

    By 123452783
    I haven’t been able to find any great books that really keep me captivated, but I literally just finished the final book of this series after starting it THREE DAYS AGO!!! You will not regret reading this!! It sort of reminds me of The Red Queen but written in a more fairytale setting (and obviously a different plot)! Pls read!!
  • Great read!!

    By ronniee_b
    This book had a slow start for me, but half way through I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to finish this series.
  • Pretty Cool!

    By GhibliPendragon
    The hype was real with this one!. 1) Plot: Has heavy mystery elements, and the plot twists were dramatic and satisfying. 2) Characters: Strong female lead and some of the more complex relationships I’ve read in YA. All the characters bordered on genuine uniqueness and were a pleasure to read. They were clever and flawed in realistic ways. Cardan bordered on clichê but the author handled him really well. 3) World: I’m not well versed in anything to do with Faerie but this book is great at immersing you in the world and culture without info-dumping. 4) Romance! This book had about 4 pages worth of actual romance, because it’s slow burn. As far as the content of those 4 pages: spicy. - Recommend for anyone who doesn’t mind slow burn romances, likes fantasy and drama, and a flawed but strong-willed lead.
  • Read it.

    By abby-bash-lor
    It’s the best. Slow romance burn. Character individuality and growth. Minor predictability with a twist. I can’t wait to start book 2.