The Cruel Prince by Holly Black is 2018’s book for my 30 For 30 Readathon and I am so glad this came up. I had heard lots of good things about this book and I knew there was a second one coming out (The Wicked King) in January so I wanted to get to this book as soon as possible.


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.

One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal. As Jude grows older, she realises that she will need to take part in the dangerous deceptions of the fey to ever truly belong.

But the stairway to power is fraught with shadows and betrayal. And looming over all is the infuriating, arrogant and charismatic Prince Cardan . . .

Dramatic and thrilling fantasy blends seamlessly with enthralling storytelling to create a fully realised and seductive world, brimful of magic and romance.

My Review

I have absolutely no idea what I was expecting, but this wasn’t it… in the best way possible.

I breezed through The Cruel Prince so easily, listening to it on audible in one sitting at work. Followed by The Wicked King a few days later because I enjoyed it that much.

Jude is a clever, conniving little soul whom I adore. Unfortunately, Cardan is nasty, conniving little sh*t (not sorry) who constantly bullies Jude and one of her other sisters because they are human and not Faerie.

I loved the way Jude went from a slightly timid young girl, to a total Rockstar, thinking her way through everything and coming up with a plan towards the end. I don’t want to give too much away, but you also, eventually, end up falling for Cardan as well.

This is all down to Holly’s fantastic, manipulating writing style that I absolutely love and hate simultaneously. Making me feel things for certain characters that I should not be feeling, all the while, having an absolute blast with the storyline, Faerie and the characters.

I adored The Cruel Prince, and therefore rated it 5/5 stars.

Steph xoxo