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How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories

Folk of the Air

Holly Black Rovina Cai



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02 February 2021
Once upon a time, there was a boy with a wicked tongue ...

Before Cardan was a cruel prince or a wicked king, he was a faerie child with a heart of stone. In this sumptuously illustrated tale, Holly Black reveals a deeper look into the dramatic life of Elfhame's enigmatic high king. This tale includes delicious details of life before The Cruel Prince, an adventure beyond The Queen of Nothing, and familiar but pivotal moments from The Folk of the Air trilogy, told wholly from Cardan's perspective.

This new instalment in the Folk of the Air series is a return to the heart-racing romance, danger, humour and drama that enchanted readers everywhere. Each chapter is paired with lavish and luminous full-colour art, making this the perfect collector's item to be enjoyed by audiences both new and old.
By:   Holly Black
Illustrated by:   Rovina Cai
Imprint:   Miscellaneous
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 160mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   665g
ISBN:   9781471409981
ISBN 10:   1471409988
Series:   The Folk of the Air
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   02 February 2021
Recommended Age:   From 14 to 19 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Her titles include the Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare) and the Folk of the Air series, which begins with The Cruel Prince in 2018, nominated for the CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019, and winner of the Silver Inky for best International YA book. She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door. Follow Holly at or @HollyBlack Rovina Cai is a freelance illustrator who works across a variety of genres. Her poetic imagery has served as book covers, posters and interior art for novels and picture books. She recently won the World Fantasy Award for best artist. Her work has also been recognised by organisations like the Society of Illustrators, and the Children's Book Council of Australia. Rovina works out of a cosy studio in Melbourne, Australia, in an old building that was once a convent and is possibly haunted.

Reviews for How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories (Folk of the Air)

Black continues to build an ever-expanding mythos with her Faerie stories [that] offers new delights along with familiar moments retold. Fans will rejoice in every dark, luscious moment. * Kirkus Reviews * What a decadently fun way to return to Elfhame. * Nerd Daily * Delightfully written, I savoured every line from the first line to the last. Holly Black just knows exactly what to say to break your heart * The Young Folks * Pair this with Rovina Cai's amazing illustrations and this is a jewel of a book. * LoveReading4Kids *

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