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How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories

Book - 2020 | First edition
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Cardan Greenbriar, High King of Elfhame, visits the mortal world to face the troll woman, Aslog of the West.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2020
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316540889
0316540889
Call Number: y BLACK 2020
Characteristics: 173 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Cai, Rovina 1988-- Illustrator

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Dogwood2021
Jun 02, 2021

They are two people who ought to have, by all rights, remained enemies forever.

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Dogwood2021
Jun 02, 2021

It's not as though he doesn't enjoy a little danger, just that he doesn't gorge himself on it, unlike some people.

It's absurd, sometimes, the thought that she loves him. He's grateful, of course, but it feels as though it's just another of the ridiculous, absurd, dangerous things she does. She wants to fight monsters, and she wants him for a lover, the same boy she fantasized about murdering. She likes nothing easy or safe or sure.
Nothing good for her.

It's absurd, sometimes, the thought that she loves him. He's grateful, of course, but it feels as though it's just another of the ridiculous, absurd, dangerous things she does. She wants to fight monsters, and she wants him for a lover, the same boy she fantasized about murdering. She likes nothing easy or safe or sure.
Nothing good for her.

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This is such a fun little return to Elfhame, and the illustrations are absolutely STUNNING. I loved how the stories all intertwined with one another, how details from one fed into the next, and the last story draws everything together in a great way.

This is such a fun little return to Elfhame, and the illustrations are absolutely STUNNING.

After becoming King of Elfhame, alongside his Queen, Jude, Cardan reminisces about his past and what has brought him to this point in his life. Lots of villainy and general distaste for those around him colour these pages, but all the while, his obsession with Jude builds, and eventually, the two overcome their hatred for one another and embrace their love instead, keeping Faerie safe for all.

I don't know how a person doesn't read this book in one sitting. Like I said, the illustrations are just *heart eyes* and the story itself is simple enough but also engaging. I loved how the stories all intertwined with one another, how details from one fed into the next, and the last story draws everything together in a great way, with Aslog and her stories.

Cardan is one of those dark, twisted anti-heroes that always draws me in. Together with fierce Jude, they are one of my OTP's and ultimately what keep me coming back for more Holly Black. This novella was fun and sweet, and I can't ask for much more than that.

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red_wolf_4443
Oct 25, 2020

So excited for this book! I loved the folk of the air trilogy

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