The Cruel Prince Book Review By Holly Black

I recently read the cruel prince by holly black, the first book in the folk of the air series, and I felt I would share my review of this beautiful book with you.


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.

My Thoughts on the cruel prince:

This was my first time picking up a fantasy book to read. And as someone stuck in the romance genre for the past couple of years, this felt like treading new waters.

I’m a big lover of fantasy movies. Vampire diaries. The originals. Game of Thrones. Chronicles of Narnia. I will binge-watch them all.

But it never occurred to me to pick up fantasy fiction books.

Thankfully, with the help of BookTok, I finally decided to jump into this genre.

The cruel prince is such an excellent read.

The world building. The characters. The plot twists. The suspense. Everything about this book kept me on my toes.

I had mixed feeling about Jude. Sometimes, I was in love with her tenacity, and other times she seemed a bit annoying.

I understand that she was trying hard to fit into the world of Faeries, but she went too far in her pursuit of power.

Regardless, I admire her bravery in confronting Cardan and his cohorts, given that she is a mortal without any powers.

I can’t say the same about feminine strength for Taryn. Compared to Jude, she seems like the weakest twin. And even though she gave her side of the story in the novella “The lost sisters,” it wasn’t enough to redeem her character.

Jude, herself, isn’t a saint. But Taryn’s betrayal and choice of lover spoke volumes about her frailness.

Overall, she was a compelling character to witness, and I honestly didn’t see the plot twist coming in the marriage proposal.

So far, this is a 5-star read for me, and I look forward to the wicked king.

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