This is possibly my new favorite book! After finishing the amazing Curse Workers books, I decided to check out more of Holly Black's work, starting with The Cruel Prince. I was extremely glad I did! This book had realistic, complicated characters and fascinating relationships. I thought Madoc's relationship with Jude, as well as Cardan's relationship with her, especially stood out. And the plot was exciting and unpredictable, not to mention the brutal and engrossing world!