The Cruel Prince

By Holly Black
Read by Caitlin Kelly

The Folk of the Air Series: Book 1

12.61 Hours 01/02/2018 unabridged
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By New York Times bestselling author Holly Black comes the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a 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.” 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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Summary

Summary

An Amazon Best Book of the Month

A New York Times bestseller in young adult hardcover fiction

A BookRiot Pick of Best Books We Read in January

A BuzzFeed Books Pick of 18 New YA Books

By New York Times bestselling author Holly Black comes the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a 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.”

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Black is a master at world-building…Jude, who possesses just enough badness that you really root for her…will have fans eager to follow her. Good thing the book kicks off a trilogy.” New York Times
“This splendidly wicked and richly created story is one you won’t want to miss.” BuzzFeed
“Heart-in-throat action, deadly romance, double-crossing, moral complexity—this is one heck of a ride.” Booklist (starred review)
“Spellbinding…Breathtaking set pieces, fully developed supporting characters, and a beguiling, tough-as-nails heroine enhance an intricate, intelligent plot that crescendos to a jaw-dropping third-act twist.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Another fantastic, deeply engaging, and all-consuming work from Black that belongs on all YA shelves.” School Library Journal (starred review)
“Spins a tale of court intrigue, bloodshed, and a truly messed-up relationship…This is a heady blend of Faerie lore, high fantasy, and high-school drama, dripping with description that brings the dangerous but tempting world of Faerie to life.” Kirkus Reviews
“This story reveals greater depth and detail of Faerie than ever before. Black’s characters are no longer playing the game without knowing the consequences…Black unfolds this sweeping, twisting narrative with the fine-tuned understanding of someone who’s spent nearly her whole life poking around the depths of Faerie.” BookPage

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Author

Author Bio: Holly Black

Holly Black, acclaimed author of contemporary fantasy novels, she is the author of the Newbery Honor-winning novel Doll Bones and the coauthor, with Tony DiTerlizzi, of the New York Times bestseller The Spiderwick Cronicles. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and the Eisner Award and a recipient of the Andre Norton Award.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Fantasy
Runtime: 12.61
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English