Spoiler-Free Review of THE CRUEL PRINCE by Holly Black

#MediaGalReads spoiler-free review of Holly Black’s THE CRUEL PRINCE.

As THE WICKED KING comes out tomorrow, I decided to write a review of THE CRUEL PRINCE, the first of Holly Black’s The Folk of the Air trilogy. This post DOES NOT CONTAIN SPOILERS. If you would like to read the spoiler post click here. To begin, here is the summary and a quick review before the shortened review:

Summary: 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.

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Why I was interested: Before TCP, I had never read a book by Holly Black. You may be gasping at my revelation — I know, I can hear you. And while THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES were released when I was in elementary school, I never read them. The Boyfriend, however, had, and when I heard about TCP and so many authors raving about it, he encouraged me and I decided to give it a shot.

Judge a book by it’s cover: The cover is covered in gnarled tree branches and a gold crown. It’s hard to look away from — just like a certain faerie prince.

What to expect: A dark fantasy that is filled with knowledgeable (read: very knowledgeable) ideas about traditional fairies/fae that is related to Victorian English folklore; a couple you may love to ship; an (anti?) heroine who is a bold character in her own right.

Why you should pick this book up: If you love any of Black’s previous books, A COURT OF THORNS OF ROSES series by Sarah J. Maas, anything that has to do with fairies in the traditional sense with a modern twist — this book is for you.

Want more?: There is a short story, THE LOST SISTERS, which is from Taryn’s perspective. It’s a great transition into THE WICKED KING. Also, if you have read THE CRUEL PRINCE, continue reading the full review with spoilers here.

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