The Cruel Prince

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The Cruel Prince
The Cruel Prince cover.jpg
The cover art of The Cruel Prince
AuthorHolly Black
CountryUnited States
SeriesThe Folk of the Air
PublisherLittle Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date
January 2, 2018

The Cruel Prince is a young adult fantasy novel by Holly Black, published on January 2, 2018 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers.[1] It is the first book in The Folk of the Air trilogy, and follows Jude, who is a human and lives in a world with faeries who despise her kind.

In June 2017, it was announced that The Cruel Prince had been opted for a film adaptation produced by Universal Pictures and Michael De Luca.[2]

The book features appearances by characters from Black's previous Modern Tale of Faerie trilogy, as well as characters from her standalone novel The Darkest Part of the Forest, establishing that those books take place in the same universe as The Cruel Prince.

The Folk of the Air trilogy[edit]

The Wicked King is the second book in The Folk of the Air trilogy by Holly Black. The story continues where The Cruel Prince left off, with Jude and her newfound position in the faerie world. The sequel was released on January 8, 2019 and published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers.[3]

The Queen of Nothing is the third book and finale planned for the trilogy. It is expected to be released in 2020.[4]

The Lost Sisters is an companion novella in the same universe, taking place in the same time frame as the first book. It focuses on Jude's twin sister Taryn. It was released October 2, 2018 and is only available as an e-book.[5]


  1. ^ Serrao, Nivea (April 24, 2017). "Holly Black is back for a new series — see the cover now". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  2. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (June 28, 2017). "Universal, Mike De Luca Win 'Spiderwick Chronicles' Holly Black Novel 'The Cruel Prince'". Deadline. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "The Wicked King - Holly Black". Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  4. ^ "The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3)". Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  5. ^ "The Lost Sisters - Holly Black". Retrieved 2019-03-18.

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