The Cruel Prince- Book review

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)Title: The Cruel Prince

Series: The Folk of the Air

Author: Holly Black

My Rating: ★★★★

Genre: Young adult fantasy

Theme: Faerie


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 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.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal 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 Brain Juice

“If you hurt me, I wouldn’t cry. I would hurt you back.

-Jude, my kickass girl

Well, how can you say no to reading about a girl that is not afraid of giving back as good as she takes? She was amazing! She murders, she lies without guilt, she survives. She is strong and vulnerable, messed up and still perfect. What else could anyone want in a YA protagonist?

But that’s not what got me into this book. Guess what did?

Faerie. I love them. Give me the fairyland and I will devour it, in any book but Holly Black made the world come to life in an oddly pleasant, not so overwhelming way.

I also love schemes. Jade is one hell of a schemer but Cardan is even better at it. But if you are expecting Sarah J Mass kind of schemes, they’re not happening here. It is still interesting enough to keep you going.

So here’s what happens: Jude and Taryn are human twins, while their sister Vivi is fae. Turns out she was a faerie general’s daughter and her mom stole her away to the human world. The general ends up killing Jude’s mom and dad, so he takes the three sisters back to fairyland and while the twins settle, Vivi never does. Nor does Jude, though it does not appear that way. Jude is one that wants to prove to the smug, cruel prince (Cardan) and every other arrogant fae that she belongs there in Faerie.

And to prove herself, she has to find herself a place at the court. But before she gets there, she has to deal with her bullies (Including Cardan) and her twin’s odd tendencies.

I think I knew from moment one that Cardan would turn out good. The gut feeling from all the YA fantasies ever written.

The thing that surprised me was, well Taryn. I hated her character arc. Jude is the murderer but it is Taryn that is the betrayer. I kind of also wanted Jude to punch her in the face for everything that came out of her mouth. Too bad that did not happen.


AH. Loved it. Recommend it. And also all the best feeling elated that the next two books are already out (if you are late to the party, like me). 

It is good but not as astonishing as the hype would have you believe. So go in with lowered expectations 🙂

Yours truly,


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