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

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories (Folk of the Air, #3.5)

by Holly Black

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

Before Cardan was a cruel prince or a wicked king, he was a faerie child with a heart of stone. In this sumptuously illustrated tale, Holly Black reveals a deeper look into the dramatic life of Elfhame's enigmatic high king. This tale includes delicious details of life before The Cruel Prince, an adventure beyond The Queen of Nothing, and familiar but pivotal moments from The Folk of the Air trilogy, told wholly from Cardan's perspective.

This new instalment in the Folk of the Air series is a return to the heart-racing romance, danger, humour and drama that enchanted readers everywhere.

Reviewed by Charli G. on

4 of 5 stars

I was curious as to what this boom would entail. I wasn’t sure if it referred to Cardan or Eldred. I was intrigued when I started reading and it was, in fact, Cardan that learned to hate stories.

I appreciated that this book gave a glimpse of Cardan’s childhood. I’d long wondered about his childhood and why he is the arrogant jerk he is. Now I have a better idea. I also appreciated the glimpses we got from The Cruel Prince, which tied the books together.

This book is a super quick read! I read the book in just a couple of hours.

If you haven’t read the trilogy that comes before this book, you might be a tad confused, but it could also work as a stand alone book. I loved this book and recommend it to anyone who loved The Folk of the Air trilogy.

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