The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1)

Author(s): Holly Black

Young Adult & Teenage

An instant bestseller
By #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, 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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The start of a thrilling new fantasy series from bestselling author Holly Black about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a dangerous web of royal faerie intrigue."Lush, dangerous, a dark jewel of a book . . . intoxicating" - Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows

Luscious, dark and lovely, the Cruel Prince tells the tale of Jude, a human girl, who due to a violent fate, is forced to live with her sisters in the land of the fairies. It features wonderful switches between the mortal world and that of the fairies and a cast of antagonistic magical creatures who help build a wonderfully detailed magical fairyland. Utterly intoxicating, it's a must read for lovers of the Wintersong books, Leigh Badugo and The Throne of glass books! (Best for ages 14+).  A staff pick of Bernice at The Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop. 

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest, and her new series which begins with The Cruel Prince in 2018.She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door. Follow Holly at or on Twitter: @HollyBlack

General Fields

  • : 9781471407031
  • : Hot Key Books
  • : Hot Key Books
  • : 0.428
  • : October 2017
  • : January 2018
  • : March 2019
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Holly Black
  • : Paperback
  • : 118
  • : English
  • : 384
  • : YFH