The Cruel Prince By Holly Black: A Great Beginner Fantasy Novel
The Cruel Prince was published in 2018 and was the talk of the town when it came out, I remember the book constantly being recommended to me by my friends and essentially anyone who read Young Adult Fiction and Fantasy. I, personally was never really a fan of the Fantasy genre back in High School, but I got to revisit the book last year! Here’s my take on it.
Tags: Fantasy, YA, Fiction, Romance
Adult Content: None, though there are violent depictions/killings in the novel
So as I mentioned earlier, I wasn’t really a big fan of Fantasy books. More specifically those that were based around fae and faeries. I found many of these to have an insane amount of detail in regards to the world, the lore etc. It also takes a lot of will to outsmart fae, because so many things are part of the lore, this can easily trigger someone because they play a lot of games and tricks. Also, if you aren’t used to reading lengthy novels (which sometimes is the norm for fae/faerie-based books), then I highly recommend giving the audiobook versions a try.
I borrowed the audiobook of The Cruel Prince via Libby/my local public library and found that I was surprisingly enthralled with the novel now that I can actually appreciate the world-building and lore in fantasy books. Despite that, I also had to take a lot of reading breaks for my own sake. The buildup for the novel had a lot of slow or fast moments that made for an exciting read. If you’re used to fae/faerie-themed novels or fantasy genre books, you’ll like The Cruel Prince.
Now onto my thoughts, without the spoilers of course. The Cruel Prince is actually a prime example of a great YA book, and there’s a bit more violence and gore in comparison to dystopian genre YA, but this is actually kind of normal for most fantasy books believe it or not. The plot of the novel can more or less be guessed, especially if you’ve been reading a lot of similar books. But for anyone who hasn’t read fae-fantasy books, then this is actually a great book for you to start with.
I totally forgot to mention, but if you enjoy books that have courts, royalty of hierarchies, then fae-genre books are totally for you but they’re kind of like the darker, more violent and supernatural version of that.
The world-building made it really easy to envision Faerie, and I thought the characters were really believable. Without giving any spoilers, I’ll be continuing the series after a bit of a break but I highly recommend this book so far!