How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories, the new book pivots in focus to center on Elfhame's enigmatic high king, Cardan. But it's no straightforward origin story. Everything is told wholly from Cardan's perspective.


An irresistible return to the captivating world of Elfhame from bestselling Folk of the Air author Holly Black Once upon a time, there was a boy with a wicked tongue…

Before Cardan was a cruel prince or a wicked king, he was a faerie child with a heart of stone. In this sumptuously illustrated tale, Holly Black reveals a deeper look into the dramatic life of Elfhame’s enigmatic high king.

This tale includes delicious details of life before The Cruel Prince, an adventure beyond The Queen of Nothing, and familiar but pivotal moments from The Folk of the Air trilogy, told wholly from Cardan’s perspective.

This new instalment in the Folk of the Air series is a return to the heart-racing romance, danger, humour and drama that enchanted readers everywhere.

Each chapter is paired with lavish and luminous full-colour art, making this the perfect collector’s item to be enjoyed by audiences both new and old.



  • The B&N Exclusive features an alternate jacket + bonus art & sketches with commentary from Holly Black.
  • In an interview with  EW  Black said "I planned a novella to go with the Folk of the Air series centered on Cardan, but I realized I couldn’t do justice to his story until the trilogy was over. I am thrilled to finally get to tell you a bit more about the sullen, annoying, and enigmatic High King of Elfhame and I am especially excited to be partnering with Rovina Cai, whose artwork is witty and atmospheric and absolutely perfect to go with this tale." [1]


  1. —  EW on May 18, 2020
Main Series Novellas
The Cruel Prince The Lost Sisters
The Wicked King
The Queen of Nothing
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories
Extra content
A Visit to the Impossible Lands
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