Book Review: The Folk of the Air by Holly Black

I think it’s no surprise to anyone that I finally read this series. Ever since The Cruel Prince came out, people all over the internet raving about it. With the finale that came out in November 2019, I knew that was my chance to binge the series. My reviews have also been posted on Goodreads, if you want to check it out.

Book one (★★★):

The Cruel Prince was enjoyable and an overall quick read. The world building was mediocre; as the idea of faeries is nothing new. Although, I liked that Black mentioned faeries being evil pulled through with her statement. This book also surprisingly had more showing than telling. After finishing the entire series, I think it’s safe to safe this was the strongest and best developed book.

Book two (★★★):

This book wasn’t my cup of tea. After I finished this book I noticed that the book read very similarly to a journal entry. Confused? Let me explain. If you were the protagonist of a story (and you didn’t know you were) I don’t think you’d be saying stuff like “ok, here’s how this happened” in your head and this is very much what Jude was doing in many scenes in the book. The Wicked King also included and explored much more diverse characters. Nonetheless, Jude’s character was my least favorite as her actions were infuriating and annoying.

Book three (★★½):

The Queen of Nothing was very similar to book two. This book’s ending and politics were quickly and sloppily put together. I liked the idea of how the world was run, but Black didn’t explain anything past Cardan’s families throne. I would’ve liked to see what happened to the past throne holders and smaller kingdoms. Especially, Nicasia and her mother’s kingdom.

A plus side of this book though, was Grima Mog. I really enjoyed her character arc and would love to read a short novella about her. The last I would like to briefly touch on before I post this review is Cardan. Throughout book two and three Black tries really hard to redeem the “bad” things Cardan did. However, in the beginning of The Cruel Prince, Cardan is shown ripping a wing of a lower class faerie (or magical creature I am not entirely sure). It is never explained why Cardan did this in the books, which doesn’t really sit well with me.

Final thoughts:

Holly Black constructs an interesting world in her The Folk of the Air trilogy, but ultimately falls flat on almost every aspect of the book.

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Last edited on February 4, 2021 by Sarah Pereira

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