Book Review: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1) by Holly Black

You can’t fail to notice that the book, The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, is yet another scripted teen drama with the popular them “falling for the bad guy” or the YA favourite “Bully turned Lover” Exception only in the fact that this is taking place amidst Faeries and in a Fairie high school.

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black Official Synopsis

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.

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The Cruel Prince fascinates me and baffles me equally. What baffles me the most is the title and then the whole theme of the book. Lets just say that i was searching for the cruel prince that was mentioned in the title throughout my whole book journey. All i found was a killer dudette high on blood and emotions. Am i sounding to oppressive towards the book? No wait that was not what i meant to do.

Let us look at Things to look out in the Land of Cruel Prince. Aka what to expect from the book. The book takes place in the land of fairies and pixies and their court life. So if you are a huge fan of the fairies and their culture then you could pick this book for your collection. But lets be honest. The book basically boils down to a girl suffering through bullying and negligence and kindly finding a purpose for herself. So yes it is interesting but at the same time you can’t deny that the plot do tend to travel through a well worn out paths of YA romances to say the least

The book is not out of its way and completely enthralling but yes it is pretty good read since toward the second half (after the initial usual high school stuff…oops pardon..i meant fairie High school) the book goes on to become exciting and intriguing. Lots of things happens in the likes of one of other YA popular “Red Queen”, though not upto that capacity

The book highly fluctuates. It starts with a bombardment, then go on to become a bit lukewarm with all the pixie and fairie stuff mixed in average high school drama and then suddenly things go on to become very interesting with the sudden twist and after that it drops only to end in a very weird ending. I was kind of baffled with the ending as to whether it is leading to a sequel or is it stopping at this book … you will know this when you go through the book


In conclusion, i would say. why not. yes do go for the book. It has good thrills and turns along with the usual high teen drama, bullying, fairies and stuff. It does provide entertainment in well inspected and tight doses

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