Yes, I’m looking for books that are similar to “The Cruel Prince.”
Assassinated father and mother. It’s a dangerous and deadly court of Faerie. Someone who is desperate to be accepted. The Cruel Prince’s central premise is straightforward, and it works. There are a lot of Twilight-style romances in the YA genre, so it’s refreshing to read books where the protagonist has some control over their own destiny.
Older readers may scoff at the story’s romantic overtones, but The Cruel Prince is an engaging YA novel with plenty of political intrigue. There are plenty of books like The Cruel Prince floating around for those who’ve already read it.
10 Books Like The Cruel Prince
Truthwitch, by Susan Dennard
Romance-heavy books like The Cruel Prince can be a problem. Truthwitch is an exception to this rule. Safiya and Iseult, two young witches, are chased by the Bloodwitch and must do everything they can to stay one step ahead of her.
What’s going on with them? If you’re looking for someone who can discern truth from deception, look no further than Safiya (Safi). As a result of her power, people are pursuing her.
Epic fantasy tales abound in this world of fierce conflict and vibrant color. Because it’s never placed at the center of the story and isn’t overt, it feels more authentic. As a result of Sarah J. Maas’ positive assessment of this book, it comes highly recommended for fans of young adult fiction.
House of Earth and Blood, by Sarah J. Maas
If you’re looking for books by Sarah J. Maas, it’s unlikely that you’ll come across The Cruel Prince without it appearing in your search. Despite the fact that the person responsible for the murders has been imprisoned, the crimes continue, and Bryce Quinlan finds himself at the center of an investigation.
An angel of death is assigned to assist Bryce in his search for the true perpetrator of the murders, which leads to a dangerous cat-and-mouse game and an ongoing romance. This is a solid fantasy that is both entertaining and educational.
House of Earth and Blood, a fantasy novel aimed at adults, takes place in a world where demons and angels are as common as petty thieves. The plot is more intricate than in Maas’s previous works, and despite a slow start that becomes tedious, the book quickly becomes engrossing.
Rebel of the Sands, by Alwyn Hamilton
Rebel of the Sands is a welcome change of pace from books like The Cruel Prince, which frequently takes place in the snowy Alps.
An adolescent sharpshooter who runs away from home to avoid an arranged marriage to her uncle is our 16-year-old heroine, Amani Al Hiza. In the course of events, Amani finds herself at the center of a rebellion against the sultan’s oppressive rule.
SFF nerds like this humble reader will be drawn to the story’s setting, which conjures images of dusty magic, Middle Eastern fairy tales, and legends. The combination of myth and fact in Rebel of the Sands creates a fresh and delightful fantasy that will appeal to fans of the genre as well as those who might not normally pick up a fantasy book.
The Shadows Between Us, by Tricia Levenseller
The Shadows Between Us, a gruesome fantasy romance, returns to the YA table. Nasty because the protagonist Alessandra is far from a nice person.
She wants to marry the Shadow King, kill him, and steal his kingdom. But she’s not the only one who wants him dead, and that’s where the difficulty lies for her.
Often in books like The Cruel Prince, the main character is drenched and in desperate need of help from a (typically supernatural) a**hole. Alessandra hasn’t been soaked. Alessandra has a lot of drive and determination, as well as a sharp tongue. Alessandra’s story didn’t need a romantic arc, and this is evident in Kallias’ lack of development.
Nonetheless, it’s refreshing to see a new take on the overused YA romance trope and a female protagonist who isn’t drippy or in need of rescuing.
Roar, by Cora Carmack
Like The Cruel Prince’s plot, many books like this one deal with arranged marriages, political upheaval and treachery as well as love and romance. Three of these criteria are met by Roar.
Despite being the sole heir to Pavan, Aurora Pavan hasn’t shown any signs of the magic she’s supposed to possess in order to protect the kingdom. What is a mother to do when she is worried? The solution is simple: marry her daughter off to a dark and brooding prince who has magic and is capable of protecting Pavan.
Stay with me here, because this isn’t going to sound like every other YA romance you’ve read. A black market for magic is discovered, and Aurora realizes that she doesn’t need to be married to a prince to get the magic she needs. Roar pleasantly surprised me by leading me to believe it was a story that it wasn’t.
From Blood and Ash, by Jennifer L. Armentrout
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer Armentrout will satisfy fans of The Cruel Prince’s “will they, or won’t they?” romantic suspense. Poppy, a girl born to usher in a new era, is the focus of our story.
Her life has never been her own, and she prefers to be with the guards fighting back evil rather than waiting for her godlike existence to arrive. We have now arrived at the fiery Hawke, here to make sure Poppy’s ascension is successful.
We all know what’s going to happen next, but that’s not what we’re really interested in talking about here. Anyone seeking a brief respite from reality will find plenty of enjoyment in this book. Romantic fantasy readers will enjoy this.
Red Rising, by Pierce Brown
History, myth, and science fiction are all mixed together in books like The Cruel Prince in an attempt to create something that is both delicious and enticing to the senses. Red Rising combines science fiction, history, and fantasy into a novel that’s both engrossing and accessible. Because of this well-crafted narrative, the boy’s rise from slave to the spark of rebellion he instills throughout the decadent future human empire is depicted in a well-written story.
Easy to read, like The Cruel Prince. The action and romance are well-balanced, and the prose is easy to read. Despite Darrow’s best efforts, his quest for vengeance quickly degenerates into something he cannot control. A satisfying conclusion to this phase of his journey sets him up well for the rest of the series.
If you’ve ever wanted an escape from the very real injustices of our world, Red Rising is your ticket to a future where the poorest members of society rise up to take on warlords, power brokers, and corrupt politicians in the way we all wish we could fight them.
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