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  • The Folk of the Air, Book 1
  • Written by: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (574 ratings)

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The Cruel Prince

Written by: Holly Black
Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
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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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  • Liz
  • 2019-02-04

Exciting Fantasy Story with Problematic Romances

Overall I think this is a really great audiobook: Holly Black did such an amazing job building the Faery world, that it was easy to get immersed. The plot was interesting, exciting, and full of twists. The narration was excellent. But the romance elements were problematic for me. I don't want to veer into spoiler territory, so I'll just say that the whole "boy is mean/abusive to girl, but only because he really likes her," is an outdated cliché, and that the young adult readers that this book is marketed towards deserve better.

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Decent book filler

This is a decent filler book, I didn't love it because it lacks what I love most (steamy/romance/magic). It is ultimately a love story with a twist but this book doesn't show any of it, there is no romance what so ever, I'll give it that there was one kiss but it wasnt legendary in any way, I loved the prince character, I understand the cruelty and where it comes from, I root for his sarcastic smile to be a shield for his feelings, and I definetly love a dark romance but while there is some good character development from the main protagonist, the love story seems a little forced or non existent. The magic doesn't get much attention, it is mentioned yes, but the most powerful magic shown is glamour... compulsion, there are other books that are better at that and more entertaining.

I didn't hate the book, but it wasnt memorable overall, as the title I gave it, I find it a good filler in between other great book finds.... The best characteristic it has, is the politics scheming.

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Enjoyable addictive listen

I’ve never heard of Holly Black before, but I picked this book up on a whim. At the beginning I really wasn’t sure what I was going to think as it starts off with a bang. But the world was described so well, the narration done so well, that it grew and grew on me. As the chapters wore on, the drama and action escalated, and I found myself needing to listen even when I wasn’t driving or doing something else. I just had to find out what happened.
It was compelling throughout, and I’m looking forward to the next installment.

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Not your Typical Supernatural Romance

I had no idea why I downloaded this. I've regarded the supernatural romance genre with the same distance I would a leper but this one surprised me. All romance elements are downplayed an in its place is a girl trying to survive the intrigue of fairy court who treat her like the mouse who won't take the cheese. She earns all her skills with sacrifice and her personality comes through. Worldbuilding is fantastic and I gobbled up the trilogy. Incredible.

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Not a fantastic story.

A bit childish to my taste. Maybe it was overrated, maybe I had too high expectations. Bad romance all over the place. The performance was good though ! She has a nice voice making it easy to listen to this audiobook.

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Mediocre, but entertaining

I decided to give this book a try after learning that many readers of Sarah J. Maas (who I HIGHLY recommend) also enjoy this author. I think the story and writing are good, and if you like SJM then I agree that you'll probably like this book as well, but don't expect it to be nearly as good as SJM. Not in writing or in plot. Though the general themes are very similar.

The overall plot is quite good. Plenty of unexpected plot twists I think. The romantic relationships in the book are problematic and at first I really didn't like that. But, I realized they are is SUPPOSED to be problematic because of the inherent cruel nature of the world and people of Faerie. So it makes sense in that regard. Just don't read this expecting beautiful romantic love stories, or you will be sorely disappointed. The writing style is decent, but I find there a lot to be desired. The author skips over certain scenes that make minor plot details somewhat jumpy and lacking continuity at times. It's a bit annoying but not enough for me to give up on it.

The story does take a while to get sucked into and the mediocre writing makes it somewhat difficult to want to stick it out, but I'm glad I did and I like it enough to want to read the second book. The first books in SJM's ACOTAR and TOG series' were also fairly mediocre in my opinion as well, but they got SOOOO much better with each subsequent book. So maybe this author will be the same. *fingers crossed*

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Bought as a 'daily deal' fill in

#Audible1 I had originally bought this as a fill in to read, awaiting my next credit purchase. Was pleasantly surprised that I found the story quite interesting, and enjoyed how the characters grew. Although based on fantasy, I still got drawn into everyone's plight, and always looked forward to the next chapter. The narrator was very good; clear and distinctive between each individual so I had no trouble following along.

In the end, even though it WAS a 'fill in' for me, I can see me possibly purchasing Book 2 as I would like to know how the story comes to conclusion.

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Great book

If someone told you that Cruel Prince has little to no romance is not paying enough attention. This is a slow burn series and the love in it takes your breath away.

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Really good just a little slow in the beginning

I really enjoyed this book I was worried at first because it was a little slow and more juvenile then I had expected it to be.

I’m disappointed in her twin sisters story I really wanted the sisters to always have each other’s backs especially after what happened to their parents.

The boys in this book are just that boys not men, a bunch of spoiled brats it’s annoying.

I like Jude her character development is pretty good and so is the world building.

I’m interested in seeing what happens next I’m going to start the next book right now

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One of the best books I’ve ever read

As a person who really enjoys action and fantasy I loved the book. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series

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