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The Cruel Prince

The Folk of the Air, Book 1
Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
Series: The Folk of the Air, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (419 ratings)

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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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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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good

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

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Love love love

The story is fantastic. The voicing is fantastic. I think being able to listen to the story made it even better.

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My new favourite series!

I have now finished all three books in the Folk of the Air series, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. I loved this book! Holly Black is an amazing author, and the book is read perfectly by Caitlin Kelly. Action, lust, betrayal, intrigue... you will be drawn into another world.

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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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AWESOME FEMALE PROTAGONIST!!

I loved the romance in this book! I loved how they didn't even like each other at the start but Cardan still protected her from death without realising why. I love how their romance is left on a cliff hanger at the end, not knowing what will happen between them next. I also loved the action in it and the plot twists. I Love This Book!!

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Decent story, a bit slow

This is a solid story, with good world building. The plot is a little uneven and the character motivations don’t always make a whole lot of sense. The narrator does a great job of distinguishing the different characters voices and injecting real emotion into them, but sometimes the main character comes across as a bit too breathy and anxious when it seems like she’s meant to be a bit more badass.

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A book I already loved, enjoyed anew

I have already read this book so I decided to listen to it for my second go 'round. The narrator was fantastic. Never once did the narrator's choices distract me from the story. Now onto her reading of The Wicked King!

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Absolutely thrilling!

I cannot praise this book enough, I’ve found myself in a particular niche of reading books with faeries as the main point but this is just next level. It’s thrilling and captivating, politically interesting and though I do love the slow burn and I mean the slowest of burn romance Im grateful that Jude and Cardan’s relationship isn’t rushed nor easily moved on from so to speak. This book makes you go through so many different feelings for so many different characters and the transition is seamless. I also particularly loved that Jude was written in a way were she was engaging and interesting rather than repetitive and annoying like so many female protagonists tend to be after the third chapter, Holly Black knows what’s she doing. I could hardly put this down which didn’t make for a great next day when I had to get up early for work, absolutely worth the read/listen.

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Draws you in

I like the main character, the performer was very good with voices. Fun world building. Some very good twists and turns to the story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 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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  • Birgitta
  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • Vicky Hemingway
  • 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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  • M T M
  • 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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  • 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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 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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  • paula
  • 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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  • 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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