If you loved The Folk of the Air series, you’re going to want to jump back into the world and read this short and adorable story about our favorite High King Cardan.
Title: How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories
Author: Holly Black; Rovina Cai (illustrator)
Series: The Folk of the Air
If you were wondering if you should pick up How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories – my suggestion would be yes. It’s six short stories with gorgeous illustrations by Rovina Cai throughout the book. It adds just a little extra to the Folk of the Air world and I think its a nice finishing touch.
These stories range from present time, set in the modern world, to when Cardan was a child in Elfhame. These were a delight to read and learn just a little more about Cardan and why he is the way he is – and how he grows up to change. These stories are all from his POV, rather than Jude’s we see in Folk of the Air, which was a nice change of pace.
I liked seeing how Nacasia first came to the land and into Cardan’s life. Her backstory fascinates me and we get to see the real her in this, from Cardan’s POV, rather than a hateful Nacasia that Jude saw.
The real treat of these stories for me was the illustrations – the gorgeous drawings help bring this story life. The Barnes & Noble edition of the book has a behind the scenes look including sketches, character studies, and other drawings that did not make it into this book. As an art person myself, I love seeing drawings in the sketch stage, before they are finalized.
I really enjoyed listening to The Folk of the Air as an audiobook, and decided to continue and listen to this as well – I adore Caitlin Kelly’s voice! As I mentioned, this book is also illustratred, so I litened and read along with the physical book which I would recommend. You need to see this book in print/ebook format!
If you’ve come this far in your Folk of the Air journey, you might as well finish it off! You need to have finished Queen of Nothing, the last book of the trilogy, in order to fully appreciate this. Its short and sweet and oh so much fun!