The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)

Children's, New & Recommended, Teenage & Young Adult
Paperback Published on: 26/07/2018
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The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Disappointing.
2,75/5 stars. After seeing this book everywhere for the last few months, I decided to finally read it for myself and see if the hype was real. And... I'm ... READ MORE
Chloe at Leicester
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Amazing! Holly Black is the Queen of Fairies!
When Jude Duarte was seven her mother and father were killed in front of her by a stranger, a stranger who turns out to be a Faerie and member of the High ... READ MORE
Alfie Rowland at Canterbury
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Fantastic Teen Fiction
Perfect for lovers of Cassandra Clare! Just the right amount of teen drama mixed with action in this fantasy universe. Finished this in under 24 hours a... READ MORE
Abigail
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Not a fan
I really wanted to love this book as I love fairy stories where the Fae are both light and dark, that they aren't all good guys that try to be good all the... READ MORE
dani harrogate

Synopsis

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.

  • Publisher: Hot Key Books
  • ISBN: 9781471407277
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 292g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm

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The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Dark and Enchanting
I've seen this book in many stores, but always thought that it would be one of those books that are well known just because of its author. But I was comple... READ MORE
Ellie Holland
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Faerie darkness and intrigue
Start with murder and then plunge into an alternate world of faerie where morals and kindness hold little value and mortals are scorned unless we have a pa... READ MORE
MEF
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
An honest review
To be honest I didn't get into this book as well as other books I have read. Don't get me wrong the book is good and the start interested me however it was... READ MORE
Ruth Tilt
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
I was surprised by how much I loved it.
This book was easy to love, it wasn’t mind blowing by any means, not enough to give it 5* anyway, but it was fun in that it didn’t require too much thought... READ MORE
Jemmima Hayes
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Dark, sumptuous and full of delights
I am very late to the party on this book, but I am so pleased that I finally got round to it. It tells the story of Jude and her sisters, who have been bro... READ MORE
Laura Newsholme
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Ok, sets the next book up well
The Cruel Prince may be the only re-read of this year… just gonna check my Goodreads… yup, The Cruel Prince is the only re-read I’ve done this year, I’ve n... READ MORE
Alana_booknerd
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Enjoyable read.
Whilst this was an enjoyable read I think I saw so many amazing reviews that I built it up in my head a little too much and overall was a little underwhelm... READ MORE
Chloe Parker-Smith
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Dark, delicious and unputdownable
Well, what a pleasant surprise this was! For a long time I told myself Holly Black and I were never going to see eye to eye. She’s always seemed like a lo... READ MORE
Jess Gofton
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Captivating Read.
I first encountered Holly Black's writing through her work with Cassandra Clare and knew that I would love her work just as I had that of the world of the ... READ MORE
Bee Curtis-Monro
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Loved it! Totally different from what I had expected
Although at first I expected a somewhat normal romance story disguised as a fantasy novel, which I must say I quite enjoy reading, I was surprised with the... READ MORE
Annemijn van Koten
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Light fantasy, not only for young adults!
I will start this review by saying I love fantasy books, especially about fairies and magical creatures therefore I knew this book will steal me away! Holl... READ MORE
Klaudia Ziembicka
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Beautifully crafted and gloriously bloodthirsty
Holly Black's book The Cruel Prince is a modern fairytale, and an instant YA classic. When three young girls witness the deaths of their parents and are w... READ MORE
Abbey Manning
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
i love this book!
i just read it for the second time and i think i love it even more now. i remember when i first saw this book (i know you are not supposed to judge a book ... READ MORE
Katrín Arnardóttir
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Amazing
I didn’t know what to expect going into this book. I’d barely read the blurb and when I asked around, some people either hated it or absolutely adored it. ... READ MORE
Malak El Souri
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
The BEST book I've read so far
This book in the world so far. It is magical, gripping from the beginning and shows the fey in a way that very few books touch on.
Mara
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
enjoyable
OK first of all i am not a young reader at 47yrs old, i am also not pompous nor am i stupid,i enjoyed the story and it was an enjoyable read,i am not going... READ MORE
karl harrison
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
A dark vengeance
The Cruel Prince has a violent beginning and makes promises of cruelty and deception that it definitely follows through on. Jude's character is first shown... READ MORE
Chloe Scoines
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
The main character is actually likeable!
When I picked up this book I hadn't expected to like it because it was so hyped up in the reader community (me and popular books don't normally vibe so wel... READ MORE
nancy deslivres
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Unbiased Review
This story starts off in the mortal world as we know it, this book is paranormal fantasy, not high Fantasy. Jude and her sisters are captured and taken to ... READ MORE
Leah Faust
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
A true enemies to lovers (maybe?)
To start with I loved that the book was set on a relatively modern time setting, so I could really imagine (and feel jealous of) the situation that Jude is... READ MORE
Isabella Romley
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Different to any other fae book I’ve read
This book drew me in because of its uniqueness, it’s so different to any other fae book I’ve read. However, I did feel that some parts were a little dull a... READ MORE
Evangeline  White
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
A great book
This book left me wanting more, I am ready and excited to read more. ‘The Cruel prince’ is one of the only YA fantasies that actually has a fairly sophisti... READ MORE
Zainab Dilpazir
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
incredible book
this quickly became one of my favourite books had had me hooked while reading it! it is an easy read and it really pulls you into the storyline and attache... READ MORE
elise clothier
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
favourite trilogy
I love the world created in this book, it makes it feel as though you are really part of it and I couldn't put it down as it absorbed me as I read on. I lo... READ MORE
erin hornby
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
LOVED SO MUCH
The Cruel Prince is a story of three sisters: Vivienne, Taryn, and Jude. Vivi, the eldest, is the half-blood daughter of a mortal mother and a fey father. ... READ MORE
Sarah Mancusi
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Absolutely loved it!
The story is about a mortal girl being raised into a faerie world and the struggles she faces as an outcast to survive. At first the title and the faerie w... READ MORE
Dhanesha Gungapersand
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Lives up to expectations
Obviously this book had been circulating booktok for Many months with some contrasting and mixed reviews. Personally I really enjoyed the trilogy and thoug... READ MORE
Mia Louise
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Consider me Intrigued!
I was already enthralled when reading the first few lines. It was mysterious and it kinds of draws you in. Jude appears a feisty little thing. I can't wait... READ MORE
Vaish navee
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Amazingg
I loved this book soo much!! The book was very well written and the cover is amazing!! I don’t really enjoy reading fantasy books, but this was amazing. It... READ MORE
Mimi Younes
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Not my usual cup of tea
I didn't really realise this was a Young Adult book until I started to read it. I saw it all over Instagram and had heard some amazing reviews so I knew I ... READ MORE
Imogen Ashford
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
incredible fae world!
This story follows a morally grey protagonist relentlessly fighting for her place in a world where she is told she doesn’t belong. The cruel prince has inc... READ MORE
Chloe Minteh
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
perfect y/a fantasy
y/a fantasy is easily my favourite genre because i find it so flexible and opens up so much room for beautiful description and interesting character arcs -... READ MORE
Eva Carroll
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
The best book I have read
I absolutly love this book, I couldn't put it down in fact I read it for hours. The writing was beautiful, even if english isn't my first language it was ... READ MORE
emma valiani
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
I can't wait to read more!
I wasn't sure whether I was going to enjoys this after reading the prologue which seemed a bit immature. But after reading the first few chapters I am left... READ MORE
Elizabeth Snell
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Amazing
So good, 10/10
Trishala  Ramkali
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Literally couldn’t put it down… no, really!
So I bought this a long time ago but forgot about it immediately after putting it on my shelf. I regret it deeply. I read this book in one sitting and to... READ MORE
Ella Hammond
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
╰•★★The Character Growth is Chefs Kiss★★•╯
This is a book about a modern-time fairy tale world. Our main character is Jude. She was kidnapped with her sisters to a land that was foreign and full of ... READ MORE
Tanya Belik
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Not worth the hype at all, unfortunately
Honestly, I was severely disappointed - it took me 3 attempts and a lot of struggling to finish this. The writing style, in my opinion, is extremely juv... READ MORE
Hazel the Bookworm
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
I loved this book
I really enjoyed the plot of the book because it’s different and unexpected however cardan having a tail did kind of put me off him so I just had to imagin... READ MORE
Lacie Howells
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Really really good
This might be one of my favourite books I’ve loved reading it I normally sit in a coffee shop after school and read it while I drink coffee and it was sooo... READ MORE
Isabella Rollinson
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Amazing
The cruel prince is one of the best books I have read. The story of Jude and her relationship with Carden is amazing to read. The type of writing is amazin... READ MORE
Lucianna White
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
BUY IT
i loved this book. If you’re just getting into YA / teen fantasy or books in general i recommend this book! it may feel a bit tween drama in the beginnin... READ MORE
Cassidy Chesters
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
wow
i love this book so much- so many twists and turns and i never know how to feel about so many of the characters! the whole plot was incredible and the endi... READ MORE
Lara  Buck
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
A book worth reading
This is a fantasy romance set in the faerie realm. This story follows Jude Duarte as she is stolen into the world of fey and thrown into the royal court. S... READ MORE
Ella Turner
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Good book
I have been wanting to read this book for so long and I finally read the preview. I was so excited to read this book as it is very popular on booktok and e... READ MORE
sarah squires
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Great book
Great first instalment of the Prince of the air series. Great twists and turns, was not expecting parts in the best way! Have read the whole series and def... READ MORE
Laura-Jane Diamond
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
I love this book
I have read this book about 50 times and it never gets old I recommend
Bella
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Plot twist
I think it was an amazing book and it is fantasy and slow burn enemies to lovers, I love how they go fork hating each other to wanting each other it was to... READ MORE
Quetzi Boother
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
3 stars at best.
Recently read this book, and sadly not good as it hyped up to be(Instagram videos). It was a bit of a disappointment; it took many attempts to read this bo... READ MORE
Victoria Blake
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Legit one of my favourite books
It’s a slow burning book but it’s so good especially once you read the rest of the trilogy. i am full on in love with this author and read all of her books... READ MORE
nusayba mughal
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Here for powerful Heroines/anti-heroes
Many good quotes and that famous line, "If I cannot be better than them, I will be so much worse." A story about a power-hungry human girl with enemies to ... READ MORE
Siofra K
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Amazing!!!
I loved this book, the whole trilogy has my heart i love holly black books. It’s a slow burning enemies to lovers romance but it’s stunning and will foreve... READ MORE
nusayba mughal
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
4 STARS
A bully romance re-read I didn’t expect to enjoy, but then I was ultimately impressed by the character arcs and growth of Jude and Cardan, the political te... READ MORE
Bethany Johannsen
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Love it!!!
After a long time, I decide to pick up a new and read for the joy of it. This book is so good!!! Highly recommended!!!!
Claire McAdam
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Love it!!!!
I bought this book because a friend of mine was hyping it up and I've been seeing it around everywhere. And honestly... I love it so much!!! I honestly can... READ MORE
Claire McAdam
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
When whimsy meets wicked...
Booktok convinced me to read this and I am glad I did, even though I had seen some spoilers in the fan art. It is considered YA so don't go expecting any g... READ MORE
Jessica Wootten
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
AMAZING
I love the folk of the air series it’s such and interesting fantasy series with lots of fae politics and a hint of romance.The character development of Jud... READ MORE
Hannah Alfarr
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Amazing Fantasy Series!
I finished this book in a day and I’m unsure how I went so long without reading it! I’m so glad that I decided to though because it was incredible. The s... READ MORE
Amy Challis
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Meh
Okay I first read this book last year & I was not impressed at all, I did not like any of the characters & I only enjoyed the last 50 or so pages of the bo... READ MORE
Emily  Russell
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
A great introduction !
A great introduction into an exciting new world of the fae! Holly Black has created a unique magic system with many questions posed at the start of the boo... READ MORE
Amita Hartney
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
excited
I have been dying to read this book along with the next in the series! The beginning has already grabbed my interest and I think the world building will be... READ MORE
Abby  Baxter
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Entertaining...but
The Cruel Prince was definitely entertaining, there was drama, intriguing characters and lots of tension between characters. I didn't enjoy the 'romance' a... READ MORE
Amy Hughes
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
I love this book
'The Cruel Prince' is an interesting book to say the least. As a feminist, the strong female leads such as Jude really felt empowering and even though she ... READ MORE
Book Worm
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
fairytale dream
I have seen so much about this book that I thought I had to start the series and I wasn’t disappointed from the very first book through to the last I loved... READ MORE
Abby Edwards
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Worth the all nighter I pulled
The story has twists and turns that keep you engaged. A strong female lead who stands up for herself and doesn’t take b*llsh*t from other. Her development ... READ MORE
Jade Dowsett
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Alright but overhyped for the wrong reasons
I’m not going to lie, i feel slightly lied to by booktok. Whilst Cruel Prince was a decent book, booktok severely overhypes the romance aspect of it. The f... READ MORE
Aaida Jaffary
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Better than expected
I first saw this book on Tik tok. There were mixed reviews about it and I was skeptical about getting it but man am I glad that i did. It was slow going at... READ MORE
Ariana Babichenko
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Now one of my favourites
I love this book so much. Just bought The Wicked King to read next :)
Ella Egerton
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Carden Greenbriar, My Love ♡
As well as it being an amazing book with a good plot, the characters are amazing! Cardan had my full heart, as well as Jude and Vivi :-)
charlotte  bullock
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Amazing!
Where to start? This book is an amazing read, a tale of a whimsical land spun with beautiful words and gorgeous descriptions. The writing style alone could... READ MORE
Jupleen Kaur
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Amazing read
I bought the book because it was all over TikTok and I actually didn't had high expectations but this book changed quite a lot for me. It got me back to re... READ MORE
bookloverlissy
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
A beautiful,unforgettable book
This book was the best book I have read so far.The plot slides in perfectly with the storyline and you always got a hint at what was coming but never reall... READ MORE
Amelie Cording
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Best fantasy book I have ever red
This story includes fairies and humans as well. The story takes place in the fairy world but also in the human world.
Ana Carolina  Ferreira
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
All time fav
I saw this book all over tiktok and gave it a try safe to say it didn’t disappoint. I love this book so so much i read all in the series and even have limi... READ MORE
nusayba mughal
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
Fav series
Enemies to lovers, strong fmc, royalty, fae, fantasy, romance, revenge, morally grey main characters, found family (small)
Fatima Akhtar Saleem