How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories (The Folk of the Air, #3.5) by Holly Black | Review

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. #1 New York Times bestselling author, Holly Black reveals a deeper look into the dramatic life of Elfhame’s enigmatic high king, Cardan. This 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.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

“So long as you’re begging,” he says.

YES I’m begging for more because THAT WAS TOO SHORT😭😭😭

This book was both everything and nothing at the same time. Everything because um it’s Cardan Greenbriar???πŸ₯°

Cardan’s inner thoughts.

Cardan in the mortal world.

Cardan drinking bubble tea.

Cardan eating dumplings.

Cardan just being Cardan.πŸ₯Ί

(by @noverantale)

But it also felt like nothing because the scenes I actually REALLY wanted to see weren’t there.😭

I mean who wants to see Cardan and Nicasia together?!?!?! I wanted more JURDAN moments.πŸ₯ΊπŸ˜­ Instead there were like about 2-3(?) short stories on them out of 11???

My heart is very sad.😞 But I’m hoping this is Holly’s secret way of telling us that there will be more Cardan short stories (WITH JUDE) in the future….?


(by @sallteas)

Ah yes but I LOVED the stories Aslog would tell Cardan.πŸ˜‚ The lessons at the end . . . ahahaha definitely what you should tell kids at nighttime. I actually really liked them.

“A sharp tongue is no match for a sharp tooth.”


at least we now know how he learned to hate stories

ℍ𝕒𝕧𝕖 π•ͺ𝕠𝕦 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕 π•₯π•™π•šπ•€ π•¨π•šπ•”π•œπ•–π••π•π•ͺ π•’π•žπ•’π•«π•šπ•Ÿπ•˜ β„‚π•’π•£π••π•’π•Ÿ π•Ÿπ• π•§π•–π•π•π•’? 𝔸𝕣𝕖 π•ͺ𝕠𝕦 π•¨π•šπ•π•π•šπ•Ÿπ•˜ π•₯𝕠 π•€π•šπ•˜π•Ÿ π•₯𝕙𝕖 𝕑𝕖π•₯π•šπ•₯π•šπ• π•Ÿ 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝔸ℕ𝕆𝕋ℍ𝔼ℝ 𝕃𝕆ℕ𝔾𝔼ℝ 𝕆ℕ𝔼?

𝕃𝕖π•₯ π•žπ•– π•œπ•Ÿπ• π•¨ 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!πŸ’•