Review: How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories (The Folk of the Air #3.5)

Title: How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories (The Folk of the Air #3.5)
Author: Holly Black
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Purchased from Owlcrate
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: November 24, 2020
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

An illustrated addition to the New York Times bestselling Folk of Air trilogy, that started with The Cruel Prince, from award-winning author Holly Black.

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. #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.


Cardan was a child with a heart of stone. He heard that story many times when he was a child from a troll woman named Aslog. He began to believe the story was true, until he learned to master it.

This story gives a glimpse into the world of The Folk of the Air before the series began and after it finished. There were a couple of chapters from when Cardan was a child, which showed how he was treated by his family. The story also took place in the present, when he visits the human world with Jude. I liked how this story expanded The Folk of the Air series by showing events before and after the series.

The folklore of fae also played an important role in this story. Faeries cannot tell lies, which can be complicated for sneaky fae like Cardan. However, they can tell stories if there is some truth to them. This is a clever way that some fae get away with telling stories that have some truth but are actually lies.

This is a beautiful book, with gorgeous illustrations! It’s a must have for fans of The Folk of the Air!

What to read next:

Tithe by Holly Black

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Other books in the series:

Have you read How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories? What did you think of it?

Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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