I know it’s only Wednesday, but so far this has been a great week for reading! One of the books I’ve had the opportunity to read this week was How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories, by Holly Black.
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories is a collection of short stories set in the same world as Holly Black’s fantastic The Folk of the Air trilogy (which includes the following books: The Cruel Prince, The Wicked King, and The Queen of Nothing).
Each story focuses on the character of Carden, and provides the reader with glimpses into his life, including formative moments from his past, as well as important events that take place during the trilogy. The book also includes a story that takes place after the events of The Queen of Nothing, featuring a journey into the mortal realm.
I thoroughly enjoyed all of the stories in this book! It was a tremendous amount of fun to read, and I really appreciated how each story revealed something about Carden’s character. It also made me want to go back and re-read the original trilogy.
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories was illustrated by Rovina Cai, and her work is absolutely beautiful. Most of her illustrations are in full color (the exception being those that correspond to stories told by the book’s characters), and they really add to the overall atmosphere of the book.
If you’re a fan of young adult fantasy, love Holly Black’s writing, or just enjoy good stories, I highly recommend reading How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories.
However, since the stories in this book not only take place before, but also during and after the events of trilogy, it does include some spoilers for all three books. So if you are interested in reading this book, I would recommend waiting until after you have finished the trilogy.