Series Review: The Folk of the Air

Series: The Folk of the Air

Author: Holly Black

Publisher: Little, Brown Books

Genre: YA Fantasy

Spoiler free overall review of the The Folk of the Air series.

The first time I read this series I absolutely adored everything about it. Jude is a scheming, deadly and strong main character. It was so great to have a heroine who doesn’t need a man to save, better yet, she does all of the saving. I loved her history and her complicated relationships with her family, each family member plays an important role and I enjoyed their tumultuous relationships, especially between Jude and Madoc. Jude changes greatly through the series, and yet she never loses her determination, ambition and will to survive. Its so great getting to see her go through so much but ultimately end up with the life she could’ve never even have imagined.

Cardan was a wonderfully entertaining character and his development, from a cruel villainous boy to a clever, strong true King, gave me everything I wanted. His development was one of the best I have ever read, and the enemies to lovers’ relationship was truly spectacular. Rarely do we get such actual enemies, who harbour true hate and then get to watch a mostly realistic changing of their relationship, a definite slow burn that’s worth the wait.

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories is the novella to accompany the series. It is full of beautiful illustrations to go with a series of short stories, written from Cardan’s point of view. I originally wasn’t sure how this would go with the series, but it was the perfect addition and gave us more insight into Cardan’s history as well as a chance to see a some of the events from his point of view. I adored Cardan and loved this book, this coupled with the letters Cardan sends to Jude (spoken about in Queen of Nothing) that are published really got me in the heart.

Aside from our main characters, the extensive cast of side characters were beautifully written to show a such a range of personalities each with their own desires and dreams. Seeing how these characters influenced the story made it more unpredictable and exciting.

The book is set in the fantasy land of Elfhame, a land full of creatures and courts and fae, and lesser fae, I loved being introduced to this world and learning all about its inner workings and rules. As a mortal, Jude has a harder time living in faerieland than the fae, and they certainly don’t make it easy for her. This makes Jude fight so much harder, though she still takes all of the burdens and secrets onto herself and her strength makes me live her all the more.

Overall, I loved the series, each book has its own wonderful story arc and they flow together perfectly. There are some great cliff-hangers, with a very entertaining story, but I think what is most special are the characters and their development over the trilogy. I would highly recommend the series for anyone who enjoys fae, fantasy worlds, scheming and the great game of kings and queens.

Rating: 5 Stars

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