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The Cruel Prince

The Folk of the Air, Book 1
Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (190 ratings)
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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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A must read!

A brilliant story and a brilliant performance! I cannot recommend this book enough. Bring on book 2

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  • katrina
  • hook, United Kingdom
  • 30-01-18

Fabulous

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, the story draws you in, so you just have to carry on listening. Can't wait for the next book.

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Lots of twists

I loved this book. Although I found the narrator's voice a little distracting initially I did get used to it and the plot is superb. There are many twists and turns, only one or two of which I suspected. Very entertaining with a great lead character. In fact, the lead character and the plot decisions elevate this book above some of the well-worn fantasy tropes I was expecting which was extremely refreshing.

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Well Crafted and surprising

This is well read and well written with some surprising twists. The overall pace is quite slow, but builds to an explosive finale. Unlike most of these series, this feels like a complete story in itself. Nonetheless I can't wait for book two!

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Best book ever<br />

Truly loved this book, found the narrative engaging and calming. I believe it for a teen market but enjoyable for all ages, very well written and intriguing story. Can't wait to see what awaits jude in the land of fairy.

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The ending has me gagging for book 2!

basically I need the next book asap k thanks bye. no seriously. right right right now. Here's to spoiler free reviews 😉

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Fantastic twisty story - eventually

The last third of this book is excellent. Secrets, lies, politics, murder, betrayals and twists. If only it hadn't taken so long to get there.

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just started.

I have to say that I love the music and rhythm at the start. It drew me in immediately. Looking forward to this. Hope it's good.

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Awful

This book was recommended by audible based on previously read books, but this is aimed more for a young teen instead of an adult. Probably good for a young teen but I don’t recommend for anyone older than 14.

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Loved it

The fact that I have to wait for the next two parts of this series makes me want to cry. I am so in love with the characters, the setting and the story. The narration was perfect.

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  • Chrisy
  • 12-12-18

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
  • 11-02-18

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!!