How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black & Illustrated by Rovina Cai – Review

Synopsis from Waterstones

Brimming with Black’s customary faerie magic, this atmospheric prequel to the events of The Folk of the Air trilogy digs deep into Cardan’s past to unearth some incredible revelations.

Exclusive edition – includes a black cover and sixteen extra pages of Rovina Cai’s art, from original sketches through the draft stages to final artwork that isn’t in the book, with discussion 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.

REVIEW

Not sure I can actually name this a review because is just gonna be me saying how much I love this series, how much I love Cardan and how glad I am that in such a sh*tty year I was able to get some joy!

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black it’s a really good add-on to the series, as it tells short stories from Cardan’s perspective from before The Folk of the Air trilogy timeline and also little snippets that we didn’t get to read in the trilogy and some that go beyond the last book.

It’s a fairly quick read with beautiful illustrations from Rovina Cai to accompany the stories. Just look at them! They are absolutely stunning and really envision the Jude and Cardan I had in my mind.

Everyone who knows me, knows that I am a bit trash for Cardan. Thankfully, I only seem to crush on questionable fictional men and seem to have a better sense in real life! But I do love this handsome bad boy character development and redemption. He isn’t that bad after all.

I think the only complaint I have about How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories, it’s that I kinda wanted more! That’s the thing with novellas, they are always too short. I don’t think I will ever get enough of Elfhame, Cardan and Jude. I will always be excited to come back to this world and I kinda hope we get to do it again in the future.

If you haven’t read The Folk of the Air trilogy, I would definitely recommend reading it before the novella as not only you would get spoilers but also miss out on a lot of the connections to the trilogy.

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black is a perfect gift for the fans of The Folk of the Air trilogy. If you do have the extra money I would suggest getting the Waterstones exclusive edition (as seen in my photos above) as I love the black cover and also comes with a bonus chapter with art concepts from Rovina Cai.

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍🍍

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