The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince

eBook - 2018
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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 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 in doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. As civil war threatens, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316310307
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: text file
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Additional Contributors: Cloud Library


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A human raised in the world of faeries, 17-year-old Jude does whatever is necessary to rise to the top, even if it means going against her own values. As she cuts her path into the dangerous world of Faerie court, she also must make choices concerning not only her family, but also her heart.

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Jun 07, 2019

Was a bit tentative in choosing this book. It was slow going at first but then it became gradually more and more interesting until it was hard to put down.

May 28, 2019

Kinda nice

May 25, 2019


May 06, 2019

Read the whole book in one night, couldn't stop myself. Great book :)

Feb 21, 2019

Excellent writing and world building but unlikeable protagonist and irritating romance. Not recommended.

Feb 12, 2019

Most of the book was a little lackluster for me. The writing's great, but for me the story was a typical dark faerie story. Dunno if I've just overspent my interest in YA fantasy, but everything felt quite tropey and nothing surprised me. That said, the ending shifted everything around enough that we're left with *quite* the ethical and political chessboard. I'd like to see the next move.

Jan 13, 2019

Loved it!!! Didn’t want to put it down. Well written and just enough research to make the story seems real. Good and Evil. Deceit and Love. Sword fighting! The main character is an awesome chick! Solid Fantasy novel!! Really Fun!

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jan 02, 2019

Before I read this, I thought to myself: do we really need more faerie books? And apparently my answer is, in fact, yes, because I really enjoyed this. Part of what makes faerie books interesting is the way the fae are typically presented as being similar enough to humans for readers to relate to, and to project their desires onto, but at the heart of it they are terrifying and cruel and very, very not-human, and all of that comes across wonderfully in this book. I don’t think this was particularly groundbreaking, per se, but Holly Black took all the familiar elements of these sorts of books and executed them exceptionally well, with a cast of incredibly memorable characters. I finished reading and found myself immediately impatient for book two.

Nov 27, 2018

The Cruel Prince is written in an easy style that keeps the reader totally immersed in the story from page one. It is one of those page-turners that makes the reader sad when they come to the last page - even after racing through to see how the story would turn out. Thankfully the second installment in the series is due out in January 2019 and is already available for holds in the SFPL catalog. :-)

Nov 06, 2018

First off, the imagery and world building in this book is amazing. Most books I read, they usually throw all of that information at you in one section of the book and fail to mention it again as if they just wanted to get it out of the way. I'm pleased to say that this is not one of those books. Black kept it consistent and spread it throughout the entirety of The Cruel Prince. It's absolutely magical, in a hauntingly dark way. She created these characters so that they leave us (well at least me) very conflicted. It just goes to show that people aren't created evil, and that it is not a 24/7 job. They are all complex with their own sets of flaws that make them, well, human despite the fact that they (the fairies) are the superior beings. The book is fast paced, the plot well written, and the romance has just enough tension in the love/hate department that it leaves you wanting more.

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Jan 23, 2018

Seventeen-year-old Jude and her twin sister, Taryn, are mortals who have lived in Faerie since they were children, raised by the Faerie general who murdered their parents in order to retrieve his daughter, their half-sister Vivi. Despite this violent beginning, Jude longs to find her place in the High Court of King Eldred, and dreams of knighthood and acceptance. However, many of the high fey will never see a mortal as anything more than a servant, to be used and discarded at will. Worst among these is Prince Cardan, youngest of the High King’s sons, who seems to have a special hatred for Jude, and the way she had been raised as if she were part of the Gentry. When the High King announces that he will abdicate his throne, and pass the Blood Crown to one of his six children, Jude is caught up in political intrigues and violent betrayals, and is quickly reminded why the Faerie Court is no place for humans.


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Jan 23, 2018

What they don’t realize is this: Yes, they frighten me, but I have always been scared, since the day I got here. I was raised by the man who murdered my parents, reared in a land of monsters. I live with that fear, let it settle into my bones, and ignore it. If I didn’t pretend not to be scared, I would hide under my owl-down coverlets in Madoc’s estate forever. I would lie there and scream until there was nothing left of me. I refuse to do that. I will not do that.


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