Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Saturday, 6 January 2018

The Cruel Prince | Holly Black | Published January 2nd, 2018
Source: I received a copy from Readers First in exchange for an honest review.
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This was just fantastic.

There is nothing I love more than a fantasy that completely enraptures me from beginning to end. The Cruel Prince has a perfect balance of drama, twists, cruel yet charming characters and a plot that surprises. I loved every bit of it.

The world is vivid and intriguing. The characters are flawed and complex and the twisty, evil politics will keep you turning page after page. Our main character, Jude, is a mortal who has been raised in Faerie. She battles her desire to want to belong in a kingdom she has grown to love when her parents were ruthlessly murdered by the man who raised her and her sisters. She isn’t always likeable and it’s not easy to always get on board with her decisions but that’s what makes her all the more compelling.

As for the Cruel Prince himself, Cardan... he definitely lives up to the title. But if you have a fondness for charming villains (and who doesn’t?) then you’re going to want to pick this up.

This is my first read of 2018 and, honestly, it’s going to be a hard act to follow. The ending is sufficiently wrapped up after some surprises but has still left me begging for the follow up. I cannot wait for that release and in the meantime I’ll be devouring everything else Holly Black has written.

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  1. Yes! I'm so glad you loved this book, I can't wait to get to it!! Great review!

  2. Everyone keeps saying how brilliant this is! Once my TBR goes down a bit more I shall get it. I have been reading a lot of cotempiracy and crime books lately so I think it’s time to get myself into some fantasy once again! ☺️

  3. This book is on my TBR, I still haven't gotten to it :(

  4. I loved TCP, so glad you enjoyed it!

  5. I loved TCP, so glad you enjoyed it!