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How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories | Holly Black
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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 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.
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AroundTheBookWorld
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He certainly feels as though his head is swimming. But he smiles up at the trees, the looping electrical lines, the streaks of clouds.
“So long as you‘re begging,” he says.
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reading_rainbow
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For fans of the Folk of the Air trilogy, loved this little Novella 🖤 Now I‘m in a Holly Black mood
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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rachelinabook
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i really enjoyed reading this again! i love the approach to a fairytale book in the same vain of the brothers grimm rather than doing a short stories

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PageShifter
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I really adore characters in this series. I loved to get Cardan's POV and Cardan & Jude are so awesome together.

This felt like reading a dark fairytale and I loved that. The structure was quite clever, I loved how little stories from Cardan's past were intertwined with the present storyline where we got to see what happened after The Queen of Nothing.

#SeriesLove23

Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 8mo
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bookish6
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I love that we get a little bit of the series from Cardan's point of view.
The art in this book is beautiful as well.

#howthekingofelfhamelearnedtohatestories #withawhitecover

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len.a
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Belongs to the “Folk of the air” series. 5⭐️ out of 5.
I read this book in one night. Yes, it‘s a relative short book, but it had me hooked so much, I couldn‘t put it down. The illustrations were a really nice addition and helped the story come to life. I especially liked how it started with “random” stories from Cardan‘s childhood, but in the end came together to one big plot. A really good book from an unusual point of view.

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VioletMoonBooks
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Cailey_Mac
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Also finished this one in a few hours; cute little collection of stories, but I don‘t think the hype that surrounded it a few years ago was worth it; now I think I‘m going to get into The Stolen Heir and see if I love that one!

hannah-leeloo Love this cover 12mo
Cailey_Mac @hannah-leeloo same! It‘s the Owlcrate edition I bought eons ago😅 it even has a gorgeous reverse dust jacket 12mo
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roronoazoro
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Having a little bit of Cardan‘s side of the story was amazing, I wish it had more chapters, I think I could totally reread the whole trilogy in his pov.
Not him and Jude having bubble tea in the last chapter, that was quite something

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Redfae
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Mehso-so


For anyone needing more The Folk of Air!

The book starts with a young Cardan explaining how he came to be the cruel prince. We learn about his childhood, his romance with Nicasia, and why he was drawn to Jude.

Early Cardan is told a story. I wondered why it was important but by the end it made sense.

I didn‘t love this as much as the series. But, read it for more Folk of Air, backstory, and a satisfying ending.

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Liatrek
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Absolutely loved learning more about Cardan and the illustrations were beautiful.

dabbe Your adorable cat matches the book perfectly! 🐈‍⬛ 1y
Liatrek @dabbe Oh my he really does ❤️❤️ 1y
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MeatPiie
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📩 July 9th, 2022
While waiting to find the third and last book of the series, I read this illustrated one... wow! The drawings are beautiful, and I finished the book soooo quickly!
It was just what I needed to remember the characters and get off my reading slump :)

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VioletMoonBooks
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Pickpick

This was such an interesting short story. It was definitely interesting to see things through Cardan‘s point of view. It really expanded on what his life was like in the palace. I really enjoyed reading this book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Super_Jane
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emmalouise1
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Nice quick book only about 150 pages :) loved this return to elfhame and the background of carden , really changes the perspective of his character in book one . 5 stars love anything and everything with these characters and universe 🥰

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persephone1408
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I absolutely LOVE Cardan and Jude! This was a wonderful story and a beautiful book! I give it 5/5🍪

RosePressedPages The art is so beautiful and I loved getting more Cardan and Jude stories! 2y
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persephone1408
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#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl
"A prince of Faerie, nourished on cat milk and contempt, born into a family overburdened with heirs, with a nasty little prophecy hanging over his head --- since the hour of his birth, he has been alternately adored and despised".

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persephone1408
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#LCS #littlechristmasswap @ozma.of.oz
This is the exact book that I was hoping for! Thank you so much!

BookmarkTavern Yay! I hope you like it! 💙 2y
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TheReadingRaccoon
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I loved this beautifully written and illustrated backstory to Cardan‘s history. It contains the missing pieces from the rest of the series plus more Cardan and Jude cuteness. Like the rest of the series it has Holly Black‘s wit and creativity.

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Bookgirl
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This is a short story companion to the Cruel Prince trilogy. It‘s a sweet story…very young, fairy tale-like in essence. We learn a bit more about what makes Cardan who he is and Jude makes an appearance also. It really feels like a middle grade or even younger story with the help of illustrations that reminded me of the famous Garth Williams. It‘s cute.

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MollyLooby
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Pickpick

I could NOT stop reading this gorgeous book. Read it in one day. Perfect companion for one of my favourite trilogies, and the illustrations are beautiful 💕

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MollyLooby
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Starting this beautiful book 💕

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JELEIGH
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Great illustrated addition to The Folk of the Air series focusing on High King Cardan. Bonus: It will look pretty on my bookshelf ❤️

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ParkerFinn
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Loved this book more than I thought I did. I actually didn‘t think it was necessary to read this. But oh my goodness I loved it. This book, if possible, made me love Carden even more!

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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VioletMoonBooks
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“This?” he demands, looking down at the waves far beneath them. “This is how you traveled? What if the enchantment ended while Vivi wasn‘t with you?”
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wanderinglynn
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Panpan

I do love a book with a map. But I didn‘t enjoy the book . . . probably because I didn‘t know it came from her Folk of the Air series. Maybe had I read that series, I would have enjoyed this book more. But this book doesn‘t encourage me to read the series.

I will say the illustrations by Rovina Cai are gorgeous.

Book 5 for #awesomeApril
Also my April #bookspin book. First month of 2021 that I‘ve actually finished my #bookspin pick 🎉

Texreader That does look like a very cool map! 3y
Chrissyreadit I was just thinking about you. How are you these days? I need to make a bfc post but I‘ve just been surviving - just a month until graduation. 3y
wanderinglynn @Chrissyreadit I was thinking about you too. I am planning on trying to find that Japanese book this weekend! 👍🏻 Hang in there! You‘re so close!!! 🙌🏻 3y
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Chrissyreadit @wanderinglynn yay! Thank you! And let me know if PayPal ok or if you prefer a different method! 😘😘 3y
Chrissyreadit Also I opened my staycation swap in case you are interested. I‘m only doing sign ups for one week. 3y
wanderinglynn @Chrissyreadit I saw your swap was open. I‘m trying to decide where I want to (armchair) travel to. Too many choices! It‘s hard to choose. 3y
Chrissyreadit Yay!!! I‘m glad! 3y
TheAromaofBooks Argh, I hate it when books aren't clearly labeled that they are part of/connected to a series! 3y
wanderinglynn @TheAromaofBooks agreed. Of course had I looked on Goodreads, I could have discovered that. But the book itself does not indicate anything. 3y
Andrew65 A map! #Mapsoflitsy ❤️ 3y
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Ash.on.the.line
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Finished this in about an hour. I loved what I got and the illustrations were fantastic. I still wish we got more but I just love these characters and would have read the entire trilogy again in Cardan‘s POV.
My #bookspinbingo already is better than last month!

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Ash.on.the.line
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Oh how I want to read this but also dread it ending because then that‘s it! 🥺🤣 I will miss these characters so much!
#marchinthetitle21 #hateinthetitle
I‘m trying to reacquaint myself with my TBR while on a book buying ban for the month!

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Lol, I‘m like this with the Arc of a Scythe series right now. 😅 3y
TheBookHippie Just got your letter! Yes I sent you the boxes of books for the kiddos!!! 🤍🤍🤍enjoy! 3y
Ash.on.the.line @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm yes! I waited so long before I finished that series! 😂 it was so good!! 3y
Ash.on.the.line @TheBookHippie awesome thank you so much! They loved them!! Seriously they loved getting book mail! 😄😂🥰 3y
TheBookHippie @Ash.on.the.line yay!!! It‘s the best kind of mail! 3y
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Twainy
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🎧📚 illustrated beautifully. Good narration. Well written. Interesting addition which adds depth to this series, Cardan & Jude. Novella worth reading or listening to as you look through the pictures. It‘s a really pretty book. Library read/listen. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Emmybird01
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5/5 for this awesome illustrated book! This book was wonderful! The illustrations were so beautiful. I loved seeing things from Cardan‘s view. I love these books. I recommend this for those that also love this series.

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Pixiemelody
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Love this series, and this is a nice short story that adds some more seasoning to the story. The absolute best part of this book are the illustrations. They add so much to the overall series, I really enjoyed them.

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Branwen
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I held off on getting the tagged book when it first came out this past fall and opted to wait until it went down in price a little bit, which it finally did! It's a fun book, and BEAUTIFULLY illustrated. It explores more of Cardan's past and even leads up to the last two stories which are about him and Jude! 😍💕📚 I loved it so much, and really want to reread the whole series again! 😁

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Clare-Dragonfly
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January wrap-up: I finished 5 books but only 2 of them were on my #bookspin list and I didn‘t even get to my spin! Only one of them, Anne of the Island, was previously owned; Girl in Hyacinth Blue was actually BOTH a library book and a reread (I would never have reread it, but it was a book club pick and I knew it would be a good discussion), so my #PennyPerPage comes out to $7.87.

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Rbabyblue
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I finally received my signed copy of the Cardan novella! I‘m so excited to read it! But I‘m starting exams tomorrow so I‘ll have to wait until next weekend before I can start it 😞

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Meghan1
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Pickpick

I loved this one as much as the others and the illustrations were gorgeous! My only complaint is that I wish it had been longer! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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OneMoreChapterISwear
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This compilation of tales was fascinating and whimsical and done with as much imagery and artistry as we have come to expect from a Holly Black novel.The writing was alluring and robust without being flowery or verbose. The characters were gorgeously poignant and brilliantly emotive (as usual)! The world building was ethereal, folktale(esque), charming and idyllic. If you liked the Folk Of The Air series, you'll 100% love this short read!

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MartinaLove
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4/5 ⭐

I really enjoyed this. It was about reading the story from Cardan perspective and learning why he was so mean. I thought it was interesting. I enjoyed visiting Elfhame again and the drawings are outstanding.

Linsy LOVE the art! 3y
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Clare-Dragonfly
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I loved this, of course! Getting to see some of Cardan‘s youth as well as his perspective on some of the events of the trilogy was a lot of fun. I loved the ending! Holly Black sure can write—and the illustrator sure can illustrate.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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OK, I think the #fairytalereadingchallenge is stalking me.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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Yeah, I‘d say Cardan knows Jude pretty well! 😄

glamhobbit Just checked out The Cruel Prince! Excited to start ⚡️ 3y
Clare-Dragonfly @glamhobbit Ooh, enjoy! And, uh, sorry for the spoilers 😆 3y
glamhobbit @Clare-Dragonfly lol no worries 😂 3y
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Gnora
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😍😍😍

Holly Black has such a great way with creating fairytales I just want to sink into and get lost in for awhile. I really enjoyed these glimpses into Carden‘s head.

#fantasy #fairytale #ya #quotes

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StarDreams
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It finally arrived and it's stunning😍. Excited to read it.

hannah-leeloo Beautiful 3y
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cewilf
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That‘s a wrap on 2020... unless I get one more in tomorrow 🤪 I thoroughly enjoyed this return to Elfhame, especially the wonderful art. I might have to schedule a Cruel Prince reread for the next year.

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cewilf
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I‘m currently in the middle of at least 5 books - but this it it! This will be number 75 for the year. #2020readingchallenge

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