When Jude was seven, her parents were murdered and she and her sisters were stolen away to live in the High Court of Fairie.
Ten years later, Jude longs for a place in the world she now calls home but many of the inhabitants despise humans, especially the youngest prince, Cardan.
When Jude becomes entrenched in palace intrigue in her quest to become a spy, she uncovers betrayals that will destroy all she knows.
I always like to read books in which the fairies present are closer to those of the old fairytales. I knew there was a lot of hype surrounding this book so I was a little wary. I’d also never read a book by Holly Black before so this was new territory.
I really liked this book though. It pulled me in and spit me out the other end hungry for the sequel. I loved the main character and I loved the directions the story took. Many of them I really didn’t expect and that made it all the more a fun ride.
I think the character I liked the least was Jude’s sister Taryn, but not because she was a bad character, I just don’t like her as a person. She was a very well written rather selfish individual.
My favorite character is probably Cardan. He’s a terrible person and is perfectly fine with being a terrible person. That being said, he also has the tragic backstory required for romantic interests which appeals to the main character who thinks he’s just a shit person but still cannot deny her attraction to him.
But let me be clear, this is not a romance story, nor does it really have romance in it. This is the story of a girl who decides to become a badass spy and watches the world collapse around her.
I worried that I wasn’t going to like this book because I’ve read a number of books recently where the main character is a woman who pushes aside the traditionally feminine clothes and hobbies to become the best assassin ever or something like that and from the description of this book, I thought this might also be a book where the main character is full of themself and their amazing fighting skills.
Thankfully I was wrong. The main character in Cruel Prince is aware of exactly how small and powerless she is in the main scheme of things, and it’s that feeling of smallness that gives her what she needs to keep fighting against the enemies that pop up around her.
I loved this book and I can’t wait to read the sequel. I give it 5/5 stars.
Happy reading, friends!