So let me start by saying I nearly gave up on finishing this series.
I was so excited about reading this book, I even opted for a special edition by a very popular book box company. I was so excited, it was a gift from my husband for Christmas. As pre-orders go, I was really hoping this book would reach me in time, but I had peace that it’ll probably only reach me in the new year.
So when February came and there was still no book, I reached out. And instead of actually helping me, I was immediately refunded. Now don’t get me wrong. I am not ungrateful for the refund. I was just really excited about the book. And giving me my money back is not giving me the special edition I ordered.
To make matters worse, it was simply blamed on the local postal service. Fair enough, South Africa’s Postal Service is world renowned for losing your mail, but in this case the tracking shows my order is in the US. I felt cheated. I felt that as a new customer, my business was not valued. To not even take the time to read the query, was unacceptable. So when the refund came, I was devastated. And it kinda ruined the experience of the story world. I nearly didn’t finish it.
Why am I sharing this with you? Because I feel it is important to address that there is more to reading experiences than just the books. From the author to the seller, to the bookish artists, everyone contributes to the experience. And they way we treat people can have an impact on a franchise on a large scale.
So after 4 months of avoiding spoilers on social media, I finally managed to get a copy.
And I LOVED IT!
This book was everything I didn’t know I needed.I loved how the collection of stories flowed together to form this spectacular masterpiece. The Air of Folk series is definitely a favorite of mine and this version of Cardan’s story was an adventure in itself.
Definitely hoping we will get more from this series, @hollyblack is such an amazing writer and I can’t wait to get into the other books I have of hers. But if this is the last we see of Elfhame, I will be sorry to see the story end.
This magical world of Elfhame swallowed me whole, and the bookhangover I’m currently suffering has me contemplating a reread. If you haven’t read this series yet, I definitely recommend you do. Showing the wicked nature of the Faerie folk, this is a fantastic read.
About the book
Original Title How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories
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 . Revealing a deeper look into the dramatic life of Elfhame’s enigmatic high king, Cardan, his 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.