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How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories - (Folk of the Air) by Holly Black (Hardcover)

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About the Book

Cardan Greenbriar, High King of Elfhame, visits the mortal world to face the troll woman, Aslog of the West.

Book Synopsis

Return to the captivating world of Elfhame with this illustrated addition to the New York Times bestselling Folk of Air trilogy that began with The Cruel Prince, from award-winning author Holly Black.
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.

Review Quotes

Praise for How The King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories:
Offers new delights along with familiar moments will rejoice in every dark, luscious moment.--Kirkus

Praise for The Cruel Prince:
Lush, dangerous, a dark jewel of a book. Black's world is intoxicating, imbued with a relentless sense of peril that kept me riveted through every chapter of Jude's journey. And Jude! She is a heroine to love--brave but pragmatic, utterly human. This delicious story will seduce you and leave you desperate for just one more page.--Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom

Praise for The Darkest Part of the Forest:
A Kids' Indie Next List Book of the Year

Praise for The Queen of Nothing:
*Whether you came for the lore or the love, perfection.
--Kirkus, starred review

Praise for The Wicked King:
*A stunning and compelling sequel.--SLJ, starred review

* [S]pellbinding.... Breathtaking set pieces, fully developed supporting characters, and a beguiling, tough-as-nails heroine enhance an intricate, intelligent plot that crescendos to a jaw-dropping third-act twist.--Publishers Weekly, starred review

* Another fantastic, deeply engaging, and all-consuming work from Black that belongs on all YA shelves.--School Library Journal, starred review

* Jude, who struggles with a world she both loves and hates and would rather be powerful and safe than good, is a compelling narrator. Whatever a reader is looking for--heart-in-throat action, deadly romance, double-crossing, moral complexity--this is one heck of a ride.--Booklist, starred review

*[A] dangerous journey filled with mystery, betrayal, intrigue, and romance.... Larger-than-life action in a kingdom packed with self-centered, evil, and manipulating characters also doles out real life issues.--VOYA, starred review

*A compelling final piece in a powerful set.--Booklist, starred review

*A heady blend of courtly double-crossing, Faerie lore, and toxic attraction swirls together in the sequel to THE CRUEL PRINCE.... Black's writing is both contemporary and classic; her world is, at this point, intensely well-realized, so that some plot twists seem almost inevitable.--Kirkus, starred review

*A rare second volume that surpasses the first, with, happily, more intrigue and passion still to come.--Booklist, starred review

*Black returns here to the dark faerie realm that spurred her initial success, and if anything, she's only gotten better, writing with an elegant, economical precision and wringing searing emotional resonance from the simplest of sentences. --The Bulletin, starred review

*Black returns to the realm of faerie for her latest novel, and the results, as any of her fans would expect, are terrific.--VOYA, starred review

Black's stark, eerie tone; propulsive pacing; and fulsome world building will certainly delight her legion of fans.--Booklist

I require book two immediately. Holly is the Faerie Queen.--Victoria Aveyard, #1 bestselling author of The Red Queen series

It's an enjoyable read with well-developed characters and genuine chills... --Publishers Weekly

Like a true fairy tale, Black's story weds blinding romance and dark terrors, but her worthy heroes are up to the challenge of both.--The Horn Book

This edgy, dark fantasy will be a hit with young adults who like their magical creatures to live in a recognizably contemporary world.--Library Media Connection

This is a heady blend of Faerie lore, high fantasy, and high school drama, dripping with description that brings the dangerous but tempting world of Faerie to life. Black is building a complex mythology; now is a great time to tune in.--Kirkus Reviews

We're being promised a 'jaw-dropping' finale...Based on the ride she's taken readers on so far, we'd expect nothing less.--Entertainment Weekly

About The Author

Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over thirty fantasy novels for kids and teens. She has been a finalist for an Eisner and a Lodestar Award, and the recipient of the Mythopoeic Award, a Nebula, and a Newbery Honor. Her books have been translated into thirty-two languages worldwide and adapted for film. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret library. Her website is
Dimensions (Overall): 9.1 Inches (H) x 6.2 Inch (W) x .9 Inch (D)
Weight: 1.1 Pounds
Suggested Age: 13-19 Years
Number of Pages: 192
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Sub-Genre: Fairy Tales & Folklore
Series Title: Folk of the Air
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Author: Holly Black
Book theme: Anthologies
Language: English
Street Date: November 24, 2020
TCIN: 80291266
UPC: 9780316540889
Item Number (DPCI): 059-12-7747
Origin: Made in the USA
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Q: is the book hardcover cause in the pictures it doesn’t look like one ?

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  • A: Hi, mikaela! Regarding your question about the How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories - (Folk of the Air) by Holly Black (Hardcover): This is the hardcover edition of the book. If you have additional questions or for more information, please give us a call at 1-800-591-3869.

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4.3 out of 5 stars with 19 reviews
100% would recommend
1 recommendations

Loved the book, hated the shipping and package.

3 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Kace - 9 months ago
I adored the story, yet the way this hardcover was packaged disappointed me. The story was easily a five star, but this thin hard cover was placed at the bottom of my package and came bent into oblivion. The hard cover is cursed with creases along the back and can’t stand on itself anymore. I was thoroughly disappointed with the organization of the package and care taken when shipped…
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4 out of 5 stars
Guest - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
I really liked the art in this book!
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Delightful, Fast Read

4 out of 5 stars
leah rose reads - 4 years ago
Look at Cardan trying to out charm Charming! He's so oddly pleasant here, I don't know what to make of it! These stories were genuinely so fun to read, and Cardan is my favorite character in this world, so I'm absolutely here for any stories surrounding him. Add in the stunning art of Rovina Cai that brought each story to life, and you have just a delightfully fun read.
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I really hope there's more like this!

4 out of 5 stars
Elizabeth - 4 years ago
I was just so dang excited for more of this world, and I enjoyed this a whole bunch. The art was very cool, and the story was fun. I hope this means there will be more in this universe, because I really enjoy it.
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