|| Book Review || How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black || #BookReview #Novella #ThefolkOfTheAir #Fantasy #YoungAdult

|| Book Review || How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black ||

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Genre: Fantasy

Age category: Young Adult

Release Date: November 24th 2020

My Rating:✨✨✨

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An irresistible return to the captivating world of Elfhame.

Once upon a time, there was a boy with a wicked tongue.

Before he was a cruel prince or a wicked king, he was a faerie child with a heart of stone . Revealing a deeper look into the dramatic life of Elfhame’s enigmatic high king, Cardan, his tale includes delicious details of life before The Cruel Prince, an adventure beyond The Queen of Nothing, and familiar moments from The Folk of the Air trilogy, told wholly from Cardan’s perspective.

This new installment in the Folk of the Air series is a return to the heart-racing romance, danger, humor, and drama that enchanted readers everywhere. Each chapter is paired with lavish and luminous full-color art, making this the perfect collector’s item to be enjoyed by both new audiences and old.

I loved The Cruel Prince trilogy when I read it last year and so when I was looking for an audiobook to listen to and came across this on my library app I thought yeah. why not?

I typically don’t like Novellas (I think I may have mentioned that before!) so I wasn’t expecting much. I think because I wasn’t expecting much it meant that when I listened to this I wasn’t disappointed, which I guess is a good thing.

This collection of short stories is pretty cute but doesn’t add anything at all to the world or the series as a whole which is exactly the reason I don’t like books like this very much. It’s all very underwhelming and meh. I could have lived without reading this but I also don’t feel like it was a complete waste of time either.

The stories cover quick fire bursts of Carden’s life from his childhood through to his becoming king so obviously some parts are set before the main series, some after and some sort of in the middle of it.

The writing is good, easy to follow and the narrator was really nice to listen to as well.

Basically there is nothing at all wrong with this book but there is nothing particularly good or exciting about it either.

It all felt a bit random to me really and I found it quite easy to drift away and stop listening because I wasn’t all that interested so then I had to listen again!

If you are looking for something quick to read and you enjoyed The Folk of the Air then you might have fun with this. Just don’t go in with high expectations!


Read This if you like…


— The Folk of the Air series and you want more!

— Short stories




Favourite Quotes


“Having a heart is terrible, but you need one anyway.”


“You don’t think monster girls and wicked boys deserve love?”


“You didn’t get what you deserved, but you don’t have to live inside that one story forever. No one’s heart has to remain stone.”


“Because stories tell a truth, if not precisely the truth.”





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