2020 · fantasy

Book Review: How the King of Elhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black

Title: How the King of Elhame Learned to Hate Stories (The Folk of the Air, #3.5)

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.


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This review is going to be just like the book, short and sweet. As you may or may not know this is a new release collection of short stories about Cardan from The Folk of Air trilogy by Holly Black. These are stories told from Cardan’s perspective about his childhood, teenage years and life with his queen after they got together.

This book was so cute and I loved it but to be honest I was hoping for a bit more Cardan x Jude romance. There was a bit of it, but not enough for me. It was good to read everything from Cardan’s perspective and see that he actually isn’t an emotionless dirtbag he portrays himself to be.

I love the story of a boy with a stone heart and how it progressed. It is clearly about Cardan but it shows that even the most cruel and stone cold heart can be broken.

This book made me very happy and I enjoyed every page of it. I love all the illustrations although I wish I read the hardback and not the e-book because all the pictures are simply beautiful. That’s why I’ll ask some of my friends or family to buy me this, since it’s nearing my birthday. I just want this on my shelf, it’s a stunner!

I’ll be finishing this short review by writing down my favorite quote from the book which kind of summarizes the whole trilogy in a sentence:

“No?” Aslog inquired. “It’s simply this. A heart of stone can still be broken.”

I’m hoping there will be more of these in the future but in the meantime, I might reread the trilogy. I just can’t get enough of it!

Happy reading!

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