The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) 1

by Holly Black

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 02/01/2018

4/5 Rating 1 Reviews

The start of a thrilling new fantasy series from bestselling author Holly Black about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a dangerous 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.

One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal. As Jude grows older, she realises that she will need to take part in the dangerous deceptions of the fey to ever truly belong.

But the stairway to power is fraught with shadows and betrayal. And looming over all is the infuriating, arrogant and charismatic Prince Cardan...

Dramatic and thrilling fantasy blends seamlessly with enthralling storytelling to create a fully realised and seductive world, brimful of magic and romance.

"Lush, dangerous, a dark jewel of a book... intoxicating" - Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows

Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
Hot Key Books
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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Holly Black

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.

She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of both an Andre Norton Award and a Newbery Honor. Her new books are The Darkest Part of the Forest, a return to faerie fiction, and The Iron Trial, the first book in a middle grade fantasy series, Magisterium, co-authored by Cassandra Clare. Holly currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.

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  • Reviewed by Olivia at Angus & Robertson Bookworld

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    The Cruel Prince is a lushly evocative story of murder and magic in true Holly Black style, in which mortals must scramble for survival in a treacherous faerie court. It begins with a tragedy - the mortal Jude and her two sisters witness the brutal murder of their parents and are abducted to the faerie court, where they come to realise that to survive in this court is to take part in its deadly machinations.
    Those who loved the dangerous intrigue of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas will find great company here - this is a story that glitters malevolently and never lets go of its hold on you. With The Cruel Prince, Holly Black proves yet again that she is a master of the dark fairytale, twisting this well-known genre into directions that are as delightful as they are terrifying. After all, what’s fantasy without a little bit of darkness?