Spoiler Free Book Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Book 1 of The Folk of The Air Series

Published in 2018 by Hot Key Books

370 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

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 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.

My Review:


Why yes, I am starting my review with a Sherlock gif, I feel like it matches perfectly with the dark hues of this book! This was such a unique, magical, WICKED, phenomenal and fantastic reading experience! This book was so dark, it was great! Throughout the story, I never knew who to trust and I was addicted to the writing, it felt like it was full of magic! I love how Holly Black portrayed the world of faerie, I felt like I could feel it’s magic! 

But of course, with betrayal possibly looming at every corner, and Jude, who hands down a character of epic proportions (so brave, fearless and bold), doing what she can to survive in such a cut throat environment! 

The supporting characters were so interesting and utterly wicked! I was constantly questioning everyone’s motives, and I was suspicious of everyone, but I loved every moment! Especially Cardan, I had so many questions about him being the way he is, and needed to know everything about him; and I loved the scenes he shared with Jude, it’s fabulous how the latter is unafraid to hold her own and I definitely cheered for her at certain moments! I am still in awe! 

The writing, as well as being full of wickedness and magic, was not an ounce predictable, and at the end, as well as throughout the book, there were moments when I was still processing what I had read! I was shook and I loved every minute, and need the next book already! 

I recommend this book to everyone, that’s for sure! Easily one of the best books I’ve read this year! 

Until next time, happy reading 📚

Brooklyn 🙂


  1. I haven’t been able to get to that one yet 😔😭
    I will for sure be reading it though!! Sounds amazing and right up my alley

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