Thanks for stopping by! I originally borrowed The Folk of the Air series from my local library. However I loved it that much I needed my own copies and luckily I received them for Christmas. You can guarantee I’ll be re-reading them as soon as I can. Let’s just say that I am eager to immerse myself in this fantasy world again!
You can read on for my review of The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the books…
About the books…
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)
One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal. As Jude grows older, she realises that she will need to take part in the dangerous deceptions of the fey to ever truly belong. But the stairway to power is fraught with shadows and betrayal. And looming over all is the infuriating, arrogant and charismatic Prince Cardan . .
The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2)
I have heard that for mortals, the feeling of falling in love is very like the feeling of fear. Jude has tricked Cardan onto the throne, binding him to her for a year and a day. But the new High King does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undimmed. Meanwhile, a traitor in the court is scheming against her. Jude must fight for her life and the lives of those she loves, all while battling her own complicated feelings for Cardan.
The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3):
After being pronounced Queen of Faerie and then abruptly exiled by the Wicked King Cardan, Jude finds herself unmoored, the queen of nothing. She spends her time with Vivi and Oak, watching reality television, and doing odd jobs, including squaring up to a cannibalistic faerie.When her twin sister Taryn shows up asking a favour, Jude jumps at the chance to return to the Faerie world, even if it means facing Cardan, who she loves despite his betrayal.
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories (The Folk of the Air #3.5):
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.
I’m not really sure where to start! In short I loved this series! However you can read on for my usual ramblings…
When I first started reading The Cruel Prince I had no idea what to expect. Well, one thing for sure was that I never realised how addictive this series would be. The opening to The Cruel Prince instantly grabbed my attention. Before I knew it I was caught up in Jude’s story and I was in for quite a journey. Jude is stuck in the middle of a dangerous world but is determined to stand her ground. There are political issues and danger that threaten Jude’s existence. Which makes everything even more compelling. Before I knew it I had come to the end of The Cruel Prince and I had to start The Wicked King. I was well and truly hooked and needed more! 😂
Well, it’s safe to say I wasn’t disappointed with the story of The Wicked King. It just drew me even further into Jude and Cardan’s dangerous world full of intrigue. There are twists that kept me on my toes and pulled me in even further. All the characters plot and plan to get their way. I loved that! The interactions between Jude and Cardan were written in a way that creates this strong pull between the two that was irresistible.
Then you have The Queen of Nothing which just cemented my love of this series. I was so eager to read it but also a little sad to say goodbye. Jude is dealing with the impacts of certain actions in The Wicked King but is soon back in the thick of it. I enjoyed all the little twists and turns which made this story move at a pretty quick pace. All heading towards an ending that made all the time spent with these characters worthwhile!
After finishing this trilogy I realised there was another wonderful addition to the collection, The King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories. I thought this book was a joy to read. Especially as I got to immerse myself once more in Carden and Jude’s world. Especially with the addition of the fairy tale aspect. This book also had the most wonderful illustrations that enhanced the story perfectly!
This entire series pulled me in like no other especially as I’m not a huge reader of fantasy. From the magical and mesmerising setting to characters that got right under my skin. I don’t think I’ll forget them in a hurry. Throughout the whole series there is also an interesting family dynamic and I enjoyed how it was explored in all the books. I think this just added an extra layer of drama that kept things even more interesting. Some of the characters actions were a surprise and I still don’t love a certain character! Sorry to be vague but I don’t want to ruin it for others. If you regularly read my reviews you will know I love a flawed character and Jude and Cardan are definitely flawed. They aren’t perfect, they do make mistakes and plenty of them. However they are definitely characters that burst to life from the pages. I’m so glad I took a chance and picked up this series. I have zero regrets!