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The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince

Book - 2018 | First edition
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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 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. From #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black comes the first book in a stunning new trilogy filled with twists and enchantment, as one girl learns the meaning of true power when she finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue. -- From dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780316310277
Call Number: y BLACK 2018
Characteristics: 370 pages : map ; 24 cm


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Jun 18, 2021

I really enjoyed this. Can’t wait to finish the series!

pacl_teens Jun 17, 2021

"The Cruel Prince is book one of the Folk of Air series by New York Times Bestseller Holly Black. The story follows the Journey of seventeen-year-old Jude Duarte, who, along with her two sisters, are taken to the High Court of Faerie when her parents are murdered when she’s little. Because of her mortality, she is despised by the immortal and beautiful Fey. Having lived in the High Court of Faerie for ten years, Jude’s only goal is to belong there, to become one of them. Amongst the Fey who go out their way to make Jude’s life impossible, Prince Cardan Greenbriar is the worst of them all. In order to win her own place in the land of the fey, Jude was determined to become a Knight. As she gets involved deeper into the bloodshed of the Kingdom, and discovers secrets between the fight for power, Jude finds herself facing life-threatening decisions with desperate consequences, dealing with betrayals from trusted ones, and conflicts over love.

This book, and series, was one of the best magical books I've read. It balances perfectly between the story plot and relationships between characters. The plot twist in this book was very interesting. Not over the top, but definitely realistic to follow in terms of the plot. My favorite element of this book was the relationships between Jude and Cardan. It’s the perfect pick for anyone who enjoys a good enemies to lovers romance. The first book and last book in the series were the best. The second book was a bit boring, but it sets up the story well for the third book." -Kelly, Grade 11

Jun 16, 2021

The Cruel Prince was lowkey overhyped. I feel like if I had read this book without hearing about it from everyone (as in my friends) about how amazing it is, I would've been part of the people who thought this book was amazing. I mean don't get me wrong I loved this book, I just can't help thinking that it wasn't as good as how people described it. This story is told from the perspective of Jude Duarte. It begins with a prologue about how Jude, her twin Taryn and her older sister Vivi witnessed the murder of their parents by their mom's ex-lover, Madoc. He murdered them and then took them to where he's from Faerie. Vivi was his daughter with Jude's mother but her mother took Vivi and ran away to the mortal world so she's half-mortal, half-faerie. Jude and Taryn are completely mortal. Anyway, they all grow up in Faerie and the world of Faerie which isn't very nice and is like a whole patriarchal world, with like kings and courts and stuff. Oh and balls. Anyway, Taryn and Jude were young so Faerie is all they know. Vivi on the other hand is determined to go back to the mortal world. So as this story unfolds, we follow Jude's climb and fight for power (she doesn't have a lot cause Faeries don't like mortals). Anyway, I heard that she was fierce and just awesome. And she is, but idk sometimes I find myself annoyed with her decisions. I also don't like Taryn, she is literally the worst sister ever and Vivi seems nice, idk I don't really care for her. I did enjoy the way this story unfolded, there were a lot of plot twists and shocking elements where I held my breath cause it was so good. I also LOVE the love interest, Cardan. I mean this is an enemies-to-lovers story (my kind of romance). I literally can't wait to watch their love story unfold. Overall, I did love this book but was mildly disappointed since I felt it was a little overhyped.... I do recommend this book though. It's a nice fantasy read filled with a little action, a little bit of romance and politics.

Jun 13, 2021

Overall, a very well written book. It is very popular, but I wasn't a big fan. I would describe it as live action chess, with the character's political moves and actions being the centre of this book. Again, it was smart and well written, but I don't enjoy political books, I find them boring. If you like books with complicated planning and politics, this is for sure a great read.

JCLLaurelA Jun 05, 2021

Jude and her two sisters are reclaimed by the world of Faerie when Madoc murders Jude's parents before her seven-year-old eyes. Jude is a mortal forced to grow up in the land of the Faeries, which leads her to make some tough choices to protect the people she loves and some that she hates. A pretty solid teen fantasy book, but I had to knock a star off for a "romance" trope that I just cannot get behind. No spoilers, but if you read it, you'll maybe know what I'm talking about. That being said, I DO have book two on hold, and am excited to read more.

May 24, 2021

Basically, Jude, Vivi, and Taryn saw their parents get murdered and were taken to the land of Faerie. Jude and Taryn are mortals so they are constantly getting bullied by everyone, including Cardan who makes her life miserable. Eventually, Jude got tired of being powerless so she decided to become a knight which starts the whole journey… Overall, I really really enjoy the world-building and the plot twists, but I did get confused at some parts. Jude's character is also unique, strong, and fierce, which is refreshing.

SAPL_Teens Apr 10, 2021

I had quite high hopes for the Cruel Prince. Jude is a young girl who gets kidnapped and taken to the fairy kingdom with her sisters. In the kingdom, there is an evil Prince Cardan who wants to make Jude's life miserable. I personally loved the descriptions of the fairy kingdom and though that the world-building was excellent. I had a hard time keeping all the characters in my head at once and sometimes I would get confused a bit about what was going on. I didn't love that the sisters could travel back into the human world because that made me think, well why don't they just go home? There was a lot of action in this story and some scenes even made me gasp out loud! So it wasn't a bad book by any means. just don't think that it was the right book for me, but I believe that other teenagers who read more fantasy would really like it a lot. 3.5/5 stars - SAPL Read It & Review Contributor

LCPL_Krystyna Mar 09, 2021

An entertaining fantasy that takes place in the land of Faeire. It's about a human girl, that is raised in a fae world, and a cruel prince that despises her. This is packed full of deceit, lies, murder, and secrets. The beginning was a little bit slow, but push through and you'll be glad you did.

Mar 05, 2021


sjpl_rebekah Feb 13, 2021

I was never quick to pick up this book series for two reasons:

1. I read the Coldest Girl in Cold Town by this author and though I enjoyed it, I wasn’t terribly impressed.
2. The book synopsis for The Cruel Prince does not do it justice.

I have seen this book series mentioned enough times now that I finally decided to read it. As a result, I am going to do something I never do and review all three books together. Why you ask? Because I ripped through them so fast it doesn’t even make sense for me to review them individually. This was a book series that kept me reading late into the night and each book took me about 2 days to finish. I simply could not put them down. The romance is a slow burn (which I always appreciate), but it was the political intrigue and endless scheming that truly kept me glued to the pages. Jude is a very strongly written character, and it was fascinating to watch her turn her vulnerabilities into strengths. The pacing of this book series is excellent, and I was never once bored. Great cliffhangers and a great ending really cemented this as one of my favorite YA series of all time.

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May 27, 2021

"Do not aspire above your station." Oriana says.
'Of course, Cardan would say everything I've got is above my station.'

What could I become if I stopped worrying about death, about pain, about anything? If I stopped trying to belong?

Instead of being afraid, I could become something to fear.

nadia_89 Sep 29, 2020

" worrying about death, about pain, about anything? If I stopped trying to belong? Instead of being afraid, I could become something to fear. "
- Jude

Jan 23, 2018

What they don’t realize is this: Yes, they frighten me, but I have always been scared, since the day I got here. I was raised by the man who murdered my parents, reared in a land of monsters. I live with that fear, let it settle into my bones, and ignore it. If I didn’t pretend not to be scared, I would hide under my owl-down coverlets in Madoc’s estate forever. I would lie there and scream until there was nothing left of me. I refuse to do that. I will not do that.


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Jan 23, 2018

Seventeen-year-old Jude and her twin sister, Taryn, are mortals who have lived in Faerie since they were children, raised by the Faerie general who murdered their parents in order to retrieve his daughter, their half-sister Vivi. Despite this violent beginning, Jude longs to find her place in the High Court of King Eldred, and dreams of knighthood and acceptance. However, many of the high fey will never see a mortal as anything more than a servant, to be used and discarded at will. Worst among these is Prince Cardan, youngest of the High King’s sons, who seems to have a special hatred for Jude, and the way she had been raised as if she were part of the Gentry. When the High King announces that he will abdicate his throne, and pass the Blood Crown to one of his six children, Jude is caught up in political intrigues and violent betrayals, and is quickly reminded why the Faerie Court is no place for humans.


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