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How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories

By Holly Black and Rovina Cai
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black and Rovina Cai digital book - Fable

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Publisher Description

Return to the captivating world of Elfhame with this illustrated addition to the New York Times bestselling Folk of Air trilogy that began with The Cruel Prince, from award-winning author 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. #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.

862 Reviews

Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“I loved it but I'm a little biased because I love the cruel prince series”
Multi-layered charactersDescriptive writing
Slightly Smiling Face“I could read a whole book just from Cardan's perspective and the romance between him and Jude! Holly Black don't you think that would be a good idea? 3.5/5 ⭐️”
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“PERFECT!!! Cardan I love you!!! Super quick to read and it was really cool to be able to see things from Cardan's point of view 🤍🌷”
Characters change and growRelatable charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to readBeautiful settingEnchantingMagical settingMysticalMemorable
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“I loved the short story style but wish there were more stories that went through some of the moments throughout the Cruel Prince series. But I enjoyed reading it nonetheless!”
Morally ambiguousBeautifully writtenMagical setting
Slightly Smiling Face“After I got Into it, I enjoyed this one! I would have loved to see more of Cardan’s POV like The Cruel Prince in his POV.”
Characters change and growLikable charactersEasy to read

About Holly Black

Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over thirty fantasy novels for kids and teens. She has been a finalist for an Eisner and a Lodestar Award, and the recipient of the Mythopoeic Award, a Nebula, and a Newbery Honor. Her books have been translated into thirty-two languages worldwide and adapted for film. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret library. Her website is www.blackholly.com.

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