The King of Elfhame is back, for our wicked pleasure!

How the king of Elfhame learned to hate stories by Holly Black
Copy provided by HBG Canada
Pages: 192
Top 3 Genres:
Fantasy, Young Adult, Short Stories
My rating:
Set it on fire/ If you have nothing else to read/ you need to read it/Run and buy it.
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Hey bookdragons! I am SO excited to talk about today’s book: How the King of Elfhame learned to hate story. First, you must know I’m a big fan of The Cruel Prince trilogy, I love Jude, Cardan and this lush and dangerous fairy world that Holly Black created. But, I was not sure about short stories on Cardan, it felt a bit like milking the magical cow you know? How wrong was I! This book is a must read for all the fans of the trilogy!! As I find it hard to do reviews on short stories, I’m gonna do it a bit different today 😉

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.

How the King of Elfhame learned to hate stories in aesthetics

What I loved in How the King of Elfhame learned to hate stories

(+) the ART. From the first to the last page, Rovina Cai’s illustrations are whimsical with a touch of danger, and simply stunning!
(+) diving back into Elfhame, with its poisonous magic and wicked characters
(+) the wickiest of them all being Cardan, that we see as a princeling, through his teenage years, and finally as King and Jude’s husband
(+) the dark fairy tale of the boy with a heart of stone, that we follow through it’s different iterations and « lessons » through the book
(+) simply having more from Cardan’s perspective, and how he became this boy with a heart of stone himself
(+) this truly felt like a perfect addition to the trilogy, and a completely necessery one!

In a few words

I loved it! As a fan of the Fairy world and lore that Holly Black wove together, it was a must read for me, and if you love this world too, don’t hesitate, get this beauty! I know I will reread it with pleasure!

See you for a cup,


*Photo credits from Unsplash:
Photo by Alice Alinari
Photo by Maxx Gong
Photo by Patrick Untersee
Photo by Adam Przeniewski
Photo by Cristian Negraia

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