The Cruel Prince [ Book Review ]


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.




5.0 stars

5 screaming stars for the cruel prince. I seem to have lost my feelings in the forest of pages and still can’t find them…

My poor mortal heart *sobs*.

The Cruel Prince is a beautifully written book, crafted in magic and sprinkled with murderous pixie dust. And my heart is full from its murderous delight.


Faerie might be beautiful, but its beauty is like a golden stag’s carcass, crawling with maggots beneath his hide, ready to burst.

Screams apart, I absolutely loved Holly Black’s writing in The Cruel Prince. The writing was beautiful, plot well paced and her characters so well written and made out, my heart was about to burst out of its seams.

With spectacular world building and an ability to draw the reader in, and into the lives and emotions of its main character, The Cruel Prince was a wonderful book in this aspect.


“I am going to keep on defying you. I am going to shame you with my defiance. You remind me that I am a mere mortal and you are a prince of Faerie. Well, let me remind you that means you have much to lose and I have nothing. You may win in the end, you may ensorcell me and hurt me and humiliate me, but I will make sure you lose everything I can take from you on the way down. I promise you this”—I throw his own words back at him—“ this is the least of what I can do .”

Ok, so this is the part I scream. I love Jude and Cardan so much!!!! *heavy sobbing*


I absolutely love Jude with my entire soul (hearts aren’t nearly romantic), she’s my favourite character of the entire story. The gentry raised bastard daughter of a treacherous mortal wife, who defies the prince and craves power at almost any cost, sounds about right.*sighs*

Raised in the faery with her sisters by her parents murderer, and subjected to their cruel games, Jude craves power to free herself and her twin sister, Taryn, from the machinations of the Folk.

If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse

Fiery, loyal, with her raw emotions, twisted morals and stabby tendencies; Jude Duarte is definitely my favourite character.


The cruel prince — cruel, clever, morally debased, and an absolute train wreck — Cardan Greenbriar, seventh child of the Elfhame throne, raised to be impossibly is an evil delight to behold.

I love Cardan in that almost awkward way you love a contemptuous asshole, but you can’t seem to help it. To me he’s a smol little evil bean to cherish at arms length.


Redcap, general, strategist, war bringer — Madoc, foster father to Jude and Taryn, is perhaps the best written villain I’ve ever read.

Madoc is truly and unapologetically villainous, and with a twisted sense of honour and a dangerous love. He’s true to himself and he, like Jude, craves power, but for his own selfish purposes.

“Some are good with pipes or paint. Some haveskill in love,” he says finally. “My talent is in making war. The only thing that has ever kept me awake was denying it.”

Despite how evil Madoc is, he’s the type of villain you can’t truly despise but grudgingly admire or understand.

He’s one of those characters you hate to love.

The Cruel Prince has so many different characters, with their different roles. Some you can’t help but love, and some you love to hate


With morally grey characters, faeries, treachery, intrigue and stabby girls, The Cruel Prince is a book to love.


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