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The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) (CD-Audio)

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By Holly Black, Caitlin Kelly (Read by)
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One of the few humans in the Faerie Court, Jude Duarte must learn to adapt to their ways or risk falling victim to those who wish her dead. This tale filled with magic and trickery will intrigue you, and just like Jude, you won’t be able to help falling for the beautiful darkness of Faerie.

— Kate


By #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a 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.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him--and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

About the Author

Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children, including Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale and the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and the Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library. Her website is

Product Details
ISBN: 9781478923732
ISBN-10: 1478923733
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2018
Language: English
Series: The Folk of the Air