The Cruel Prince

by Holly Black

Teenager Jude and her sister Taryn were only seven when Madoc, a member of the high... read more

Teenager Jude and her sister Taryn were only seven when Madoc, a member of the high court of Faerieland, came to the human world in search of his daughter, their older half-sister, Vivi. After killing the girls’ parents Madoc kidnapped the twins along with Vivi and they’ve been raised in Faerieland as his children. While Taryn enjoys all the privileges and trappings of their life in Faerie and longs to make a romantic match, Jude is not only more wary but wants to prove herself as a knight. But no one can forget she is human, least of all her nemesis, Prince Cardan, youngest of the High King’s sons. Cardan, a bully with power, is only one of the many dangers Jude will face in this story full of political and emotional intrigue, plot twists and turns, acts of nobility and acts of betrayal. Nothing is simple, least of all the relationships among characters whose complexities bring them into full and messy relief. At the center of it all is Jude, a young woman of great intelligence, courage, and heart. (Age 12 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2019

show less