Fantasy, Young Adult

Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

THE CRUEL PRINCEOf 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.

5 stars

Fantasy | Young Adult Fiction

Downright brilliant. Beyond epic, heart pounding, stunningly beautiful read. I cannot even see straight right now I want more – no I need more and I need it now. I am absolutely without a doubt enthralled with Holly Black from this day forward…

Ugh – OK I am done gushing, lets get onto the good stuff, like an actual review? 

I have never read a single Holly Black novel until The Cruel Prince and I will be quite honest I hadn’t heard of it until it was recommended to me by a close friend. I have heard in passing how amazing her writing style is but I haven’t take the plunge until now. I know, the shame. So imagine my disappointment when I realize that this novel really set the bar high for my favorite reads of 2018 and it is only January, hell for any other Holly Black novels that I am quickly adding to my shopping cart. That is how amazing it is. I promise I have read other 5 STAR books to which are my opinion good but this…. I mean, this book just broke me in all the right places.

First off the characters are some of my favorite! The main character Jude is just impressive. That is the best word I can give her, she is just hard to describe but nonetheless she is a force to be reckoned with and I wouldn’t have her any other way. From the beginning she is flawed and fearful yet drives that energy and well frankly she still dives in head first. And I do mean stands her ground like a damn champ and faces everything balls to the wall. Honestly that is what I loved about her, she was weak yet strong; she understood her place in her surroundings but strives to be more because she knows she is worthy of this. I honestly am looking forward to how she continues to grow and transform. 

The supporting cast is just as breathtaking, everyone has a presence, has a purpose – there is depth beyond every twist. My biggest book boner comes for Prince Cardan. I know you saw that one coming, didn’t you? He is the prickest of pricks while being traumatized of his own hell, being the Cruel Prince that he is known for (mostly because of his abuse towards Jude) is not without a cause and effect on his personal baggage. You hate to love him yet love him all the same. I found myself really yearning to know more and more about this prince as the story developed; the torture he seemed to be happy to place on Jude while still being widely aware there was more. I grew a softy for the guy my comrades, and I have some theories on how this may turn out. 

Everything from the characters to the plot to the overlay of the atmosphere, it was perfectly paced with the right amount of twists to leave my mouth gaping wanting to read the next chapter. The plot overall was just a maze of twists and turns that I am still not entirely emotionally over. It was a whirlwind at best if I were to place in words. The fantasy was absolutely enticing and the world was a masterpiece of all worlds. The are some extra sub-plots within the main overall that I hope to see overlap and grow in future novels, like the romance that I see. 

I am going to be quite forceful with you now – if you haven’t bought and read this book I do not understand your life choices and you should probably rethink things. Honestly this was hands down just a phenomenal read. I do not think there is one negative reaction or comment I can give. Perhaps if you need something to curb your thoughts I mean I did somewhat predict a plot twist or two but not that it was obvious but more so because I was so enamored I had several theories boiling over in my head, calculating what could happen next. So there, if you must know something that could be taken as a not so positive yet positive point – you can have that? 

Now, my master plan: how to get the ARC for the second book from this beautiful woman? I need more Holly Black, I need more I tell you! 

6 thoughts on “Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black”

  1. I just finished reading this! After having no luck with fantasy last year, I’m happy to have started this year with a great one. It met my expectations and was sooo immersive.

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