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The Cruel Prince

The Folk of the Air, Book 1
Written by: Holly Black
Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
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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territory, so I'll just say that the whole "boy is mean/abusive to girl, but only because he really likes her," is an outdated cliché, and that the young adult readers that this book is marketed towards deserve better.

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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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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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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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surprised good

Got this book as a deal book. What a wonderful fast paced book. Love the characters. The narrator of the story did an awesome job. Can't wait to get book two.

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Entertaining

As far as Teen Litrature goes I found the characters to be really normal. If you like Chick-lit and Anne Rice this book is for you. (Not that I would out right compare the authors work to Anne Rice but the author shares the humanistic and romantic take on the supernatural)

Surprisingly entertaining. Definitely excited to see how the author sticks the landing in the series.

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Love this one

This story sucked me in right away. Loved the characters and the dark romance happening. Awesome narration!

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Surprising in every way!

This is my first Holly Black novel and I must say I’m hooked. I followed along with the book and I truly enjoyed the experience. Caitlin Kelly did a fantastic job with the characters. This book is full of many dark surprises and twists and I can’t wait to read and listen to the Wicked King!

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Better than I thought.

At first it had the sounding of another teen drama, however once I was halfway through I was starting to get interested in the characters and story. By the time the end came I was thoroughly enjoying the story. I think I may have to get the second book.

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very enjoy and riveting

I enjoyed all except for a few male voices could have been a bit better but befenately didnt distract from the performance.

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  • Chrisy
  • 2018-12-12

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
  • 2018-02-11

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!!