The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) 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.

The Cruel Prince – Holly Black


The Cruel Prince – Holly Black


The Cruel Prince

by Holly Black

(The Folk of the Air Series)

Hardcover, 370 pages
Published January 2nd 2018

The Cruel Prince – Holly Black



**4.5 Beautifully Cruel and Fascinating STARS**


It’s not often that I read a book that catches my completely off guard, but this beauty certainly did.

Murder, intrigue, faerie magic, lies, and plot twists. All this and more make this one of the most impressive books I’ve read this year. Man oh man, not only is the book gorgeous, but the story was unputdownable. I was entirely and completely enthralled from cover to cover.

“Delight in murder…delight in spectacle…”

That pretty much describes my view of this book. It was pure delight filled with murder and intriguing spectacle. The deceit and treachery that I expected, but still didn’t see coming was STUNNING! I was speechless.

Jude Duarte not only has a badass name, she is unexpected, unpredictable, and well —a BADASS!! Prince Cardan is sure to be one my most favorite misunderstood characters.

The only reason I couldn’t 5 star it was the early part of the book. I was a bit bored after the initially shocking opening events. Thankfully, things worked out. The countdown is on for the next book!

Audiobook Review: The audiobook is narrated by Caitlyn Kelly. Overall, I enjoyed her performance. I felt she picked up the pace and became more animated in book 2. Subsequently, I loved that book most. Her timing and pace were spot on.

The Cruel Prince – 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 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.

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Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest, and her new series which begins with The Cruel Prince in January 2018.

She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.

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11 thoughts on “The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black

  1. I’m contemplating reading this book since it came out but the hype surronding it scares me. Most of the time when there is such a big hype surronding an essentially YA book I start them too big expectations and end up dissapointed.

  2. This book was awesome, I always enjoy when writers let their main characters do unlikable things, have defects and such (real ones, not the ‘oops, I’m clumsy’ type). A lot of people agree with you about the slow start, and I need to give it a reread because I honestly canot remember if I noticed that or not! Anyway, I’m so looking forward to The Wicked King 🙂

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