How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories

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Cardan Greenbriar, High King of Elfhame, visits the mortal world to face the troll woman, Aslog of the West.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316540889
0316540889
Branch Call Number: TEEN FICTION Black Holly 11/2020
Characteristics: 173 pages :,illustrations (chiefly color) ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Cai, Rovina 1988-- Illustrator

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This novella is Holly Black’s long-awaited follow up to the Folk of the Air trilogy, this time told from Carden’s perspective. Though he changed throughout the last few books, becoming less cruel and more kind as he falls in love with Jude, this book goes back to his childhood and explains why h... Read More »

Donna Jo liked this YA fantasy, written by an author whose writing style reminded her of Neil Gaiman. She said it was a delightful fairy tale and a quick read. In the spirit of the holiday season, rated the book at 4 stars.

Cardan Greenbriar, High King of Elfhame, visits the mortal world to face the troll woman, Aslog of the West.


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This is such a fun little return to Elfhame, and the illustrations are absolutely STUNNING. I loved how the stories all intertwined with one another, how details from one fed into the next, and the last story draws everything together in a great way.

This is such a fun little return to Elfhame, and the illustrations are absolutely STUNNING.

After becoming King of Elfhame, alongside his Queen, Jude, Cardan reminisces about his past and what has brought him to this point in his life. Lots of villainy and general distaste for those around him colour these pages, but all the while, his obsession with Jude builds, and eventually, the two overcome their hatred for one another and embrace their love instead, keeping Faerie safe for all.

I don't know how a person doesn't read this book in one sitting. Like I said, the illustrations are just *heart eyes* and the story itself is simple enough but also engaging. I loved how the stories all intertwined with one another, how details from one fed into the next, and the last story draws everything together in a great way, with Aslog and her stories.

Cardan is one of those dark, twisted anti-heroes that always draws me in. Together with fierce Jude, they are one of my OTP's and ultimately what keep me coming back for more Holly Black. This novella was fun and sweet, and I can't ask for much more than that.

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Oct 25, 2020

So excited for this book! I loved the folk of the air trilogy

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It's absurd, sometimes, the thought that she loves him. He's grateful, of course, but it feels as though it's just another of the ridiculous, absurd, dangerous things she does. She wants to fight monsters, and she wants him for a lover, the same boy she fantasized about murdering. She likes nothing easy or safe or sure.
Nothing good for her.

It's absurd, sometimes, the thought that she loves him. He's grateful, of course, but it feels as though it's just another of the ridiculous, absurd, dangerous things she does. She wants to fight monsters, and she wants him for a lover, the same boy she fantasized about murdering. She likes nothing easy or safe or sure.
Nothing good for her.

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