Lit Coven Review – The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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***This review was written by Margaret as an admin of The Lit Coven. It is based on the overall views of those who participated in The Lit Coven discussion of The Cruel Prince.***

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What better time to share our review of The Cruel Prince than right before we get read to dive in and read The Wicked King in February. We are all very anxious to get back into the world of Faerie.

Synopsis: “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.O

Jude was seven 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.”

Release date: January 2, 2018

Coven Rating: 5/5


Our  girl. She’s vicious. She’s a survivor. And she wasn’t playing around, waiting for someone else to make things happen for her.

(Between you and us, Jude gave us major Kate feels from This Savage Song. The land of Faerie is monstrous and so, Jude wants to be monstrous.)

We found it Interesting that she felt such loyalty for this place, one where she didn’t fit in and she wasn’t wanted. Was it pure stubbornness? Was she so changed from the events of her early life that she didn’t know how to go back to the human world? Was there a bit of Stockholm syndrome?

Well, we’ll leave that up to you.

One of the fascinating aspects of her character was her fear. Genuine and authentic, she hid it from the world, but it was her constant companion.

Madoc was another of our favorite characters, albeit a bit hated as well. Jude met Madoc through an event of great violence, one that changed her life forever, but he’s also the only father she’s ever known. Their relationship is forever entwined with violence and bloodshed, and they’ll never be able to separate the two.

Now…in the Coven we appreciate the sacred bond of Sisterhood. What Jude, Taryn, and Vivi shared, was not exactly what we would call the usual loving bond. They each found their ways to deal. Some of those we were on board with and some felt more like a knife in the back.

The World of Faerie

So close, yet so far from our human realm. 

Faerie was arguably the strongest character in The Cruel Prince.The world had its own spirit, its own soul. It lived and breathed on the page! The cruelty, the intrigue, the monstrosity, the immortality, the different laws and reality. Fairie brought so much flavor and personality into the story. 

Sounds like our perfect vacation spot. ; )

That Plot, Though.

It was all about that intrigue. Everyone had a secret agenda. No one could be trusted. And even when you thought you knew the plan, someone was playing all the players.

All around…The Cruel Prince killed it. Read it. Or else


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