Fantasy, Reviews, Spoiler free, Young Adult

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories

This book review is spoiler free

Author: Holly Black

Series: folk of the air (3.5)

Audience: YA

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 


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 . Revealing a deeper look into the dramatic life of Elfhame’s enigmatic high king, Cardan, tis 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.

Plot / Storyline

There’s no real plot here. This novella has some stories that gives us an idea about Cardan’s past and his character development.

Writing Style

Third person. It’s written as short stories with some beautiful illustrations.



Cardan is our flamboyant faerie from the cruel prince series. He’s known for his charming and witty abilities which allow him to slyly escape danger and trouble.


There’s some hint of romance here and there.

What I liked the most

It’s a quick read and you can stop whenever you want. The illustrations are beautiful and sometimes I took a break to stare at them. I also enjoyed Cardan in the mortal world!


I’ve really enjoyed reading this book! It’s an easy read and has gorgeous illustrations. I liked getting to know Cardan better. I always thought that he was interesting when I read the trilogy and I’m glad that Holly gave us this novella. Now I understand Cardan better and honestly he turned out surprisingly well as a person. We also got to see him in the mortal world and that was fun as well. I’ll definitely reread this book!


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