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Publisher's Summary

The start of a thrilling new fantasy series from best-selling 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, brim-full of magic and romance.

©2018 Holly Black (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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The BEST book I have read in a long time

I’ll start by saying that if you’re looking for a lighthearted, happy story, then this book is not for you. This book is dark. It is dark and not particularly happy. That being said, I cannot love it enough. I was absolutely hooked from the first chapter and devoured the whole book in two days. I don’t want to give away any spoilers but what I will say is that the story is fast paced, with so many twists and turns in the plot that every time you think you know where the storyline is heading, something throws it into a whole new direction. The characters are brilliantly flawed and the descriptions are so beautifully done I could see every detail in my minds eye. I LOVED this story so much and I simply can not recommend it enough. I have not found a series I have loved this much since Harry Potter. If you have not already read The Cruel Prince do yourself a favor and pick it up ASAP! You can thank me later.

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great

i really enjoyed this book. It was faced paced and kept me on my totes. Downside I wanted more character development and romance.

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I tried...

I really wanted to like this book, and gave it a good six chapters. Unfortunately, the writing is just average and I couldn't stomach it anymore.

You lost me at the beastiality aspect, the way that Jude talks directly to the reader, the simplicity of the dialogue, the shallow descriptions, and Jude just accepting that people close to her are killed.

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More teen than young adult

Definitely a story aimed at younger listeners - it was disappointing and lacked much depth in terms of its characters and its descriptions. The narration maintained the same time whether it was a chill conversation or an attack on someone…made it very unexciting. It wasn’t bad, but IMO definitely not great either. If you want a relaxed story just to listen to in the background maybe this is a good option for you but I wouldn’t recommend it, especially not after reading exciting fantasy books such as a court of roses and thorns etc.

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was good but the music annoyed me during the prologue and epilog and at the beginning of book 2

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decent

Jude is annoying - she doesn't know what she wants. Overall a decent story, but not as good as everyone raves about it

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The performance was amazing!

The whole story is so much better as an audiobook, I’ve got to say. I loved it!

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Got my into reading!

This is my most beloved book I own, I’m reading it for the 4 time now and it still gives me shivers. I love the readers voice, she really gets into character. I’ve never been into audio books because I find it hard to concentrate to the book without getting distracted. But she is very expressive that I’ve just followed along the whole way through without getting lost track of time! Lots of love to the voice actor and writer!

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Absolutely amazing from start to finish.

One of the best narrations I have listened to. Great story, lots of twists and delicious mechanations. I'm off to read book 2 .

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I loved it

The world, the story. It's all so immersive. The narrative is amazing too. she does an amazing job at the inside of Jude's head. Although there were plot points I picked out, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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  • 04-10-2020

Star performance by Caitlin Kelly

Armed with a sharp wit and a heart both passionate and fierce, Jude's soul-searching journey to fit in a world where she doesn't belong; Holly Black's imaginative and lyrical prose; and Caitlin Kelly's lively narration together make The Cruel Prince as addictive as Faerie fruit itself.

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  • Chrisy
  • 12-12-2018

My Favourite Book of 2018

Princes, faeries, espionage, 11/10 writing, 11/10 narration. My favourite book this year. Extremely highly recommended.

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  • 11-02-2018

A bit slow - but worth it

The story was a slow burner for me, however in the end I cannot wait for the next one!!

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  • 13-06-2022

EPIC!!

I won’t lie, it was a slow but enjoyable start. However, the story picks up pace as you go along and by the end, it’s a full on sprint to the finish. There are a few plot twists that I did not see coming which just kept me glued to the story. I highly recommend if you’re into complex fairy kingdoms with a bit of confusion and a touch of violence. This is not for the romantics 😉

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  • 06-02-2021

just wow

I was debating for a while if i should read this book. I saw it recommended by a lot of people. And i have to admit...i loved it!! It was one wild ride. I cant wait for the next book!!

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  • 25-06-2018

Not What I Expected...

Reading the description of the story initially, I thought it just sounded like just another mortal girl in an immortal world that happened to be a love story. I was wrong. I fortunately caught sight of the word 'antihero' in another person's review of the book, and it was enough to intrigue me because I'm a sucker for a good antihero. And oh buddy, is the main character, Jude, a delightful type of antihero! I shall name my first born after her. Give it a listen - it's fun, it's dark, and it has some fantastic characters.

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  • 21-01-2018

A must read!

A brilliant story and a brilliant performance! I cannot recommend this book enough. Bring on book 2

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  • Stephanie Edwards
  • 23-07-2018

How voice acting can make or break a book

A typical YA novel that hits it story beats well with twists that keep you hooked through out.

Sadly the narrator some times makes it hard to tell which characters are speaking (as some of the male voices sound similar) and when it is Jude thinking, or Jude speaking.

It is an enjoyable listen and I will be looking over for the second in the series.

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  • Jamie
  • 30-10-2018

Fantastic twisty story - eventually

The last third of this book is excellent. Secrets, lies, politics, murder, betrayals and twists. If only it hadn't taken so long to get there.

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  • CurlyBR
  • 04-11-2018

The ending has me gagging for book 2!

basically I need the next book asap k thanks bye. no seriously. right right right now. Here's to spoiler free reviews 😉

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  • MM
  • 19-05-2018

Lots of twists

I loved this book. Although I found the narrator's voice a little distracting initially I did get used to it and the plot is superb. There are many twists and turns, only one or two of which I suspected. Very entertaining with a great lead character. In fact, the lead character and the plot decisions elevate this book above some of the well-worn fantasy tropes I was expecting which was extremely refreshing.

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  • 01-12-2018

Best book ever

Truly loved this book, found the narrative engaging and calming. I believe it for a teen market but enjoyable for all ages, very well written and intriguing story. Can't wait to see what awaits jude in the land of fairy.

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  • trog
  • 30-01-2018

Fabulous

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, the story draws you in, so you just have to carry on listening. Can't wait for the next book.

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  • Carrie-ann S
  • 15-01-2018

Love it

What an amazing story. This girl isn't the most beautiful or powerful but this doesn't deter. Really enjoyed, can't wait for the next!

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  • Lauren
  • 10-08-2018

Loved it

The fact that I have to wait for the next two parts of this series makes me want to cry. I am so in love with the characters, the setting and the story. The narration was perfect.

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