Book Review

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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I read the first few pages of The Cruel Prince last March. At the same time I picked up another book (that I can’t remember) but that I didn’t love. Then I spent the last 10 months not liking The Cruel Prince because I thought it was that other book.


I decided to pick up The Cruel Prince again because The Wicked King just came out and everyone seems to adore this series! I thought that I could give it another try and I am so glad I did!


The Cruel Prince follows a mortal girl, Jude, who’s taken from our world into the land of Faerie because her mother had run away from Faerie with Jude’s older sister. Jude then grows up in Faerie but is considered less because she’s a mortal.


I LOVED this book so much. Everyone is so morally grey and you hate them and love them all at the same time. The world was fascinating and I want to go to Faerie, even though it isn’t the greatest place for morals. But I still want to go 🙂


The Cruel Prince had me captivated from the very beginning. The main character Jude is one that you’ll love and also hate, and the same goes for Prince Cardan. I feel like I can’t say a lot about this book because I went in not knowing a lot and it made the story so much better! But I will say that there is death and murder and love and magic and all the best things you need for a fantasy novel.


I definitely recommend The Cruel Prince if you’ve been looking for a great fantasy world that you want to escape too. The Cruel Prince will pull at all of your emotions in the best (and worst) ways. And then you’ll run to pick up The Wicked King because you’ll need to know what happens next. I can’t wait to dive into The Wicked King.


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  1. Christa says:

    I’m an avid reader and am always on the lookout for book recommendations. I don’t usually read fantasy books, but this sounds like a great one to try!

    1. Taylor says:

      I just started reading more fantasy and I’ve found that I’m actually enjoying it! This one was dark and really well written! I definitely recommend it!

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