How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories

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By Holly Black

Illustrated by Rovina Cai

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$16.99 CAD

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.


  • 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."
  • Praise for The Queen of Nothing:
    *"Whether you came for the lore or the love, perfection."
    Kirkus, starred review
  • *"A compelling final piece in a powerful set."
    Booklist, starred review
  • "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
  • Praise for The Wicked King: *"A stunning and compelling sequel."
    SLJ, starred review

On Sale
May 7, 2024
Page Count
208 pages

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Holly Black

About the Author

Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy books, including the Novels of Elfhame, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Spiderwick Chronicles, her adult debut, Book of Night, as well as an Arthuriana picture book called Sir Morien. She has been a finalist for an Eisner Award and the Lodestar Award, and the recipient of the Mythopoeic Award, a Nebula, and a Newbery Honor. Her books have been translated into 32 languages worldwide and adapted for film. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret library. She invites you to visit her online at

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