The Cruel Prince | book review

The Cruel Prince

Author: Holly Black
Series: The Folk of the Air, #1
Format: Audiobook
Length: 12.5 hours
Narrator: Caitlin Kelly
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Original Publication Date: 2018
Genre(s): Young adult, Fantasy

Jude and her sisters have lived in the world of Faerie ever since their parents were murdered in front of them in the human world. They’ve grown up with the murder, call him “father” — but Jude knows she’ll never be like him. Like the other fae. She’s mortal. And the fae don’t particularly like mortals. Especially Prince Cardan and his friends, who like to make Jude’s life miserable. But when a coronation goes awry, Jude finds herself in the middle of a scheme to save High Court of Faerie from a ruthless king. But she may betray everyone in the process.


I knew this series was popular, but didn’t know much else about it other than its an enemies-to-lovers tale. And after reading the Simon Snow series this year, I am ALL ABOUT enemies to lovers. I think it’s my new fave trope.

The Cruel Prince is told in first-person POV from Jude’s perspective. Jude is a mortal in the world of Faerie, which is dangerous and depressing most of the time. Her “father” may be the King’s general, but that doesn’t stop children of the High Court from terrorizing her constantly. But Jude is actually pretty tough, and maybe a little crazy, but at least no one can say she’s a coward. Jude is a heroine I love to hate and hate to love. Half of the time I’m rooting for her, half of the time I’m so dumbfounded by her decisions I want to scream. But she’s definitely stronger and more clever than I’d be in her position, so who am I to judge…

Though an enemies-to-lovers story, it’s really not about that. It’s not a romance or anything. It’s very much a twisty YA fantasy about faeries and royals and spies. I wish there would have been more romance. I was craving it. But I do love a slow burn, so I’m excited to see how things move along in book 2. And girl you know I have it borrowed and downloaded and ready to go.

I used to love books about faeries, so it was comforting to fall back into that type of story. If you’re like me and somehow haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend it based solely on this first book. It’s got my fave trope, it’s interesting and well written, and it’s fast-paced with fantastic characters. You don’t want to miss out like I have been!! Also, if you’re like me and have read The Darkest Part of the Forest, Black’s standalone fantasy in the same world, and you enjoyed that story, this series is right up your alley. Stay tuned for more gushing after I read The Wicked King.

My Rating

3 thoughts on “The Cruel Prince | book review

    1. Haha I am obsessed with these types of books! I don’t typically just read romance books, but I love when fantasy is filled with romance. Book 2 definitely upped the romance and left me screaming at the end. I start the third today, so if it’s your favorite I’m sure it’ll be mine too.

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