Have you discovered the seductive world of The Cruel Prince by Holly Black yet? In stores now, this enchanting book will have you rooting for characters of questionable moral standing – which brings to mind certain other cruel or villainous characters I’ve loved before.
To celebrate The Cruel Prince, I’ve put together my list of Top 5 Favorite Cruel Characters – plus keep reading for your chance to win an amazing prize pack courtesy of The NOVL, including a copy of The Cruel Prince.
There’s something endlessly intriguing about the villain who matched wits with the iconic Sherlock Holmes, and no incarnation of this criminal mastermind has captured my attention more than the one portrayed by Andrew Scott in BBC’s Sherlock series. “Honey, you should see me in a crown.” Indeed!
I know I am one of many who adore this iconic Marvel villain, who occasionally does something good to help us block out his tendency towards mass murder. He’s so charming in his wickedness.
Not everyone is going to recognize this name immediately, but if you do, consider us fast friends. This villain from The X-Files was probably the first character I ever consciously acknowledged loving to hate. I was truly sad when he finally met his end on the series, and I still futilely hope he’ll show up again somehow on one of the rebooted episodes.
I only finally read the Grisha books a couple months ago, but I immediately understood everyone’s obsession with the Darkling. I knew he was evil, but I still loved him. And I’m still bitter about that tryst that never happened in the first book because of [SPOILER]. I feel deeply as though I was deprived of an evil sex scene, and I want it still.
There’s a lot of love for many of Disney’s villains, but it seems none more so than Maleficent. There’s just something delicious in her elegant wickedness.
For the comments: Who are YOUR favorite cruel characters? Tell me below!
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.
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Join Holly Black, the Queen of Faerie! To get in the mood for a little magic and mayhem, one (1) winner receives:
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Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels, 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.