By: Holly Black
Listening Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
Published: February 2nd 2018
By #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue. 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.
This is exactly how the title reads, The Cruel Prince. This was one story I felt came alive through the spoken words as the narration was phenomenal.
I felt a girl who wants to belong. The hurt after every fall and love that had become. There was something so very magical about this book.
The world building was vivid and lively, while dramatic but now overly done that it left no room for imagination. The characters were vast and they ranged in age and personalities each that were distinguished and unique.
The plot was creative and held my attention past the noise of my children and placed me front and center, like a fly on the wall type of experience. There where many what just happened moments through the novel.
This was one that even though I’ve listened in audiobook would be one I’d pick up and read just to see if I would have the same feeling towards the novel.