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release date: 2 January, 2018
page count: 384
my rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. 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 fearsome assassin abducts all three girls and brings them to the world of Faerie. Mocked and tormented for being merely mortal, Jude soon realises that to survive in the treacherous, dangerous world of the royal court, she needs to be as cunning and deceitful as the Fey themselves.

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


While I didn’t LOVE this book, I definitely enjoyed it. I get why many people don’t like this book. There are plenty of things certain characters do, which are inexcusable. The plot was good and the nature of certain relationships were interesting. It was fun to explore this world. I think it has great potential.

For the first few chapters, I am not gonna lie, Jude – the protagonist of the story, REALLY annoyed me. Chapter 6, is where I think the story starts to get slightly interesting and then Chapter 10 is where the real fun begins. 😈

This story has great character arcs and many unexpected moments. Overall, it was a good read.

I would recommend it to anyone interested in fantasy, faeries, polictics and a quick read.

|| Spoilers Ahead||

One of my favourite moments in the book is when Jude finally starts to lose control and becomes tired of bearing the humiliation.

“I cannot seem to contort myself back into the shape of a dutiful child.
I am coming unraveled. I am coming undone.”

Jude is a very interesting protaganist. Her insecurities, flaws, strengths, beliefs and especially her hunger for power is what makes her a very intriguing character. It was a wild journey following her story as she discovered herself and made herself.

And of course the jaw dropping moment when Cardan swore to serve Jude and the fight scene between Jude and her foster father Madoc.

This might be an unpopular opinion, but I didn’t like Taryn. I kind of despised her. Vivi on the other hand was fun to get to know. And although Cardan appears to be a despicable character, he had his moments too and I am excited to see more of him in the next book.

Tell me some of your thoughts on this book.


6 thoughts on “THE CRUEL PRINCE

  1. I agree, Taryn is awful! Her story does get more interesting as the series goes on but I still don’t like her very much. I think what I like about this series is that Jude is such a flawed heroine – she’s angry, clever and wants power at whatever cost even if she isn’t read to admit that to herself. You don’t read many morally grey characters in YA and I appreciated that! Jude and Cardan have a great dynamic as the story goes on too.

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  2. So many good opinions…now I am excited to finish reading this series ASAP! And yeah! Jude’s character is very interesting…And honestly I LOVE enemies to lovers trope..so if that’s what’s going to happen beween Cardan and Jude..I can’t wait!🤩

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  3. Ooo great review!! I love how you talk about Cardan (I mean YES) – I think it’s my favourite Fantasy at the moment. It’s so addictive! I didn’t want the world to end after this book, so I recently bought the cardan novella. I don’t know if you’ve heard of it, but I’d definitely recommend! Here’s my review of how the king learned to hate stories 🙂 https://hundredsandthousandsofbooks.blog/2020/12/06/how-the-king-of-elfhame-learned-to-hate-stories-review-and-my-fav-art/


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