How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories (The Folk of the Air series)

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories (The Folk of the Air series) : The perfect gift for fans of Fantasy Fiction

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 165 x 235 x 30mm | 655g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781471409981
  • 1,880

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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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About Holly Black

Holly Black (Author)
Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels, including the Novels of Elfhame, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Spiderwick Chronicles, and her adult debut, Book of Night. She has been a finalist for an Eisner Award and the Lodestar Award, and the recipient of the Mythopoeic Award, a Nebula, and a Newbery Honor. Her books have been translated into 32 languages worldwide and adapted for film. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret library.

Rovina Cai (Illustrator)
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.
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96,257 ratings
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2 2% (2,095)
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