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  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1471410013
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1471410017
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.09 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.94 x 0.87 x 6.02 inches
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Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Addition To A Fantastic Series
By M. Krenzin on November 24, 2020
I don’t know what I was expecting this book to be, or what content it would contain—but let me tell you; I am thoroughly pleased I bought it. Not only does it include a few stories of moments we’ve already read through Judes POV (like the river scene) in Cardans POV, but it also gives a little more insight into Cardans character, more depth to his backstory, and a more fleshed out explanation for why he is the way he is. It also contains beautiful illustrations and art work of the characters/scenes scattered throughout the book.
All in all, it is beautifully and masterfully written with my only complaint being that it isn’t very long.
Thanks again Holly Black, for creating another masterpiece.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeously illustrated glimpses into Cardan’s head.
By Kera Marie on December 9, 2020
While I was hoping for a whole lot more of the secret declarations of love for Jude, this was such a wonderful jump back into the world of Elfhame and The Folk of the Air.

Told completely from Cardan's point of view, we get snapshots and moments throughout the series (and earlier in his childhood). This was a peek into his brain, and while it was wonderful while it lasted, it wasn't nearly enough. This has only made me love Cardan even more. And, along with his stories and memories, we get these gorgeous illustrations on just about every single page.

This more than I ever thought I'd get and not enough all at the same time. Reading it in one sitting took little over an hour. It is absolutely one I could read again and again.
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Thaysa C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Feito para os que amam a trigologia do povo do ar
Reviewed in Brazil on December 22, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feito para os que amam a trigologia do povo do ar
Reviewed in Brazil on December 22, 2020
Essa livro é pra todos que amam a trigologia do povo do ar. As ilustrações são perfeitas, assim como os contos e todos os detalhes. Saiba, não é uma continuação por assim dizer, mas vale muito a pena!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Collectors Item
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 8, 2021
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 8, 2021
This book is all about one character and that is Cardan, The High King of Elfhame. Although he wasn’t my favourite character in The Folk of the Air series, he is a main character. So, learning more about him was always something I was going to want to do. Especially when the series is that good! I actually really enjoyed getting a look into how Cardan came to be himself. Especially seeing him after the events following The Queen of Nothing. This character development almost builds more of the world for you, its almost like Cardan is the world. He forms such an imperative part in what makes Elfhame and so by being inside his mind you are also inside Elfhame and I love that.

The accompanying illustrations are beautiful and it was really nice to see the words depicted on the pages. Illustrator Rovina Ca did such an amazing job of capturing his likeness and personality in her work. Rovina’s art style was a perfect choice for this book, it really encapsulates the dark side of Cardan and his group bringing the stories to life.

Getting to see parts of the stories already written throughout The Folk of the Air from Cardan’s perspective adds so much more depth to the overarching plot lines. The main series is predominantly about Jude so I think a book from Cardan’s perspective was definitely necessary.

Although not pivotal to the main plot and story it gives it an edge that it didn’t have before reading this. Seeing all the background details to events that took place gives the reader such a better understanding almost like you’re in the mind of the character and nothing beats that! Getting to the end of this book feels like completing a journey with Cardan and I think it is a journey all fans of The Cruel Prince should embark on.
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Charlotte Watkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Exquisite - A Must Have For Fans Of Cardan
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 29, 2021
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Gabrielle F-A
1.0 out of 5 stars DNF
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 27, 2021
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Caitlyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful artwork and a charming story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 2, 2021
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