Heart-Dropping Book Recommendation : The Folk of the Air Series by Holly Black

I have seen this book being widely adored and eventually, they caught my eyes too! I was not even reading the blurb anymore but devour myself into the book directly.

The Folk of the Air series come in trilogy and three of the books offers an unputdownable, heart-sinking and action-packed adventures of a mortal who somehow ended up living in the world of Fae.

Be prepared to be swept in into the addictive chaos.

1. The Cruel Prince ( The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black

Genre : Fantasy, Young-Adult, Romance
Page : 370 pages
Published : 2nd January 2018

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”

M I N I   R E V I E W


This is one hell of book full of spites.

I have never read anything like this before.

Innocent children of mortal– Jude and his sisters are brought to High Court of Faerie after their parents were murdered. Although they somehow survived and surprisingly, living in the land of Faerie for a decade, many still despised them as mortal. Moreover, Jude seems to have her own kind of trouble.

Her crossing with the youngest and wickedest son of High King- Cardan. As well as Cardan’s group of friends that torments Jude in their own way.

Meanwhile staying true to herself by defying Cardan, Jude is also fighting for a place at the Court. However, somehow Jude got herself tangled with the complicated issues of the Court.

This book is full of menace and hatred I couldn’t imagine could happen in a story.

And it’s a compliment.

“If you hurt me, I wouldn’t cry. I would hurt you back.”

2. The Wicked King ( The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black

Genre : Fantasy, Young-Adult, Romance
Page : 336 pages
Published : 8th January 2019

Please do skip the summary if you haven’t read the first book and wouldn’t want any of the summary content spoiled the story (ɔ◔‿◔)ɔ ♥

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

“Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to.”

M I N I   R E V I E W

This is my favourite book out of the three.

It’s bloodier, much more intrigue, way more action and of course much more feels involved.

Anyhow, Jude has now involved deeper into the matter of throne alongside her sworn enemy- Cardan. Here, the so called Court of Shadows will also return and appears more frequently than before. What do I love about this book is it shows such complicated matters and those scheming after scheming are just epic!

Jude tried her best to maintain her new position as someone who matters in the Court. However, being alive as mortal with many enemies she had, it seems someone close to Jude has scheme to betray her. And so, aside from the complicated Court issues, Jude herself should find out the culprit before it harms her and endangering the many lives she loves.

The Wicked King is so full packed of action and when I think this book couldn’t give me more damaging heartbreak that it already transfix, it always managed prove me wrong and ended up wrenching my heart more and more. It’s not a sad book, but it is indeed full of heart-dropping moment. Also, not only to the characters, The Wicked King also caused me, the reader– fear.

However, despite all the risk-action, heart-wrenching moment and fear, I couldn’t stop reading. This book is one hell of a roller coaster emotional ride with lots and lots and lots of action and twist!

“Legends need not concern themselves with something as small as happiness”

3. The Queen of Nothing ( The Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black

Genre : Fantasy, Young-Adult, Romance
Page : 300 pages
Published : 19th November 2019

Please do skip the summary if you haven’t read the first book and wouldn’t want any of the summary content spoiled the story (ɔ◔‿◔)ɔ ♥

He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…

“By you, I am forever undone.”

M I N I   R E V I E W



In this third book, Jude somehow got a step back and the story clearly slows in a part- which dreads me, because I can’t wait to read all that glamorous adventures again!

Anyhow, things starting to get worse with many lives at stakes. However, because this is the final book in the trilogy, misunderstandings are starting to clear and there’s no one who could tell how relieved I am to read those parts. Still, Jude adventures alongside Cardan and Court of Shadows are not yet finished, but it’s clear that they’re getting to know each other better and starting to see each other differently.

Another surprising things I love from this book is the minor scenes of sister power in he book. You know– the girl gang. It’s not much but enough to show how close and how much they truly care for each other.

The politics play in book three is focusing more on who really deserve to stand the throne. And you guess it- war.

However, it’s the ending that makes me goes ASDJKLGJHKF

I must say, out of the three books, The Queen of Nothing has the most beautiful plot although it includes war an whatsoever.

“There is no banquet too abundant for a starving man.”

Let Me Convince You

1. The Plot

At first glance, it might seems ordinary. If you’re a reader that ought to read fairy-tales retellings and stuff, I bet you might even guess what’s this book about. Moreover, with a very convincing title. A mortal who somehow meet the most wickedest prince of all, hate each other but end up favouring each other instead.

Let me tell you- this book is way, way, waaaay more than that.

Another thing. I haven’t read any books that could describe in detail about modern human world that include modern TV and gummy worms and bloody Faerie world all in the same book. I’ve wonder and imagine something like that before but it’s the first time I’ve actually read it out from a book.

2. Jude

Another hella tough protagonist in bookish community and no damsel in distress. Like seriously- no damsel in distress. She’s not perfect, vulnerable at times but not someone who would lose her composure. If you’re waiting for a knight in shining armour moment– forget it. It won’t happen here.

3. Cardan

Whom is a character I’m excited for when he FIRST appears. Then all hell broke lose and I couldn’t shake out the word ‘jerk’ out of my mind whenever his name pop out. But along the adventure, I come to love him!


I don’t care. I’m not even sorry.

He deserved all the love exist in this world.

4. The Fae Lore

How I love the book goes on with the popular Fae Lore:

Fairies can’t lie.

And I’m surprised and again– excited because how difficult is that to write a book with a lot of hidden meaning sentence after sentence because the characters CAN’T lie? And I’m so giddy to read all those characters converse and try to guess to meaning myself. Which– some is extraordinary genius.

What To Expect More

—The Character Development—

Which I come to love very much. The characters are all raw and inexperience when introduced to readers. But little by little, scheming after scheming and betrayal after betrayal, I could notice the characters are growing and changing. I’m SO glad it’s not immediate chemistry but a slow burning and heartfelt changing.

Moreover, I love how this book begin the story with characters from their ground level before rising to their absolute power.

And it’s not just simply growing, but also their development in finding themselves along the way.

—The Heart-Dropping Moment—

Which appears to be quite often to my liking, because I hate to read with lumps in my throat and my uneven throbbing heartbeat for three days straight. Oh this book is SO good in making you feel miserable. Combine all feelings existed in this world, mix them, stir them, add a sprinkle of love but more heartbreak. Congratulations, The Folk of the Air series are now in your hand.

Seriously though, I DO NOT know the throbbing feeling and the fear could hold up for so long in my chest whilst reading this book. Again, it’s a compliment.

—The Court Intrigue—

It might seems hyperbole but these all court issues in this trilogy is like a TV-Series worth of 30 episodes being cramped in three books. Period.

More Personal Review of “The Folk of the Air” Series

1. Fast Paced

I mean- very wickedly, astonishingly, magically, wonderfully, bloodily  F A S T ( if that even make sense). Nothing else to say. Except it left no rooms for you to even blink. And me ended up skimming fast words instead of reading and savour them with my soul.

2. Romance?

This book has the tinniest hint of possible romance ever in bookish history. And OH MY GOSH. The amount of hate between the couples is no joke. But given to how little this book offers romance, It’s so satisfying to read how the romance comes as a full context that successfully overwhelm my heart. BUT IT’S NOT ENOUGH YOU GUYS. I NEED MOREEEE.




I expect it to be good. But I did not expect it on being SO GOOD.

In The Cruel Prince, I notice my reading pace has gotten faster and faster and the book promise a lot of exhilarating plot to come. And it did prove me right! In The Wicked Prince, I barely even know what I am reading exactly in the moment because SO MUCH is happening at the same time and it’s so nerve-wracking to even stop! You bet. I don’t even believe myself when I finish both The Wicked Prince and The Queen of Nothing in the exact same day! I don’t even know how did I do that.

But through out The Queen of Nothing, it’s quite noticeable that the pacing slows a bit but still manage to make me devour the whole book as fast as possible. And the romance. Honesty, my favourite part in the third book is the romance. It’s not much– but it’s definitely addictive and so full of love.

Despite how good this book does to me, there might be some endings I would love to change. You know- we all have that characters we dislike but somehow they got more of what they deserve. And I have several characters in mind that do just that in this series. But oh well, as much as I want to write my own ending, I still love this series.

For those who might be interested in reading this series:


Three days passed and I still haven’t read anything yet except re-flipping to my favourite scenes of all three books (especially some precious scenes from The Queen of Nothing) and read them again and again and again.

I even planned to re-read them right after finishing them all ( Although in the end I stopped myself)

And another side effects ⇒ I don’t even know what to do with my life now ( including what to read)


Author: Celine

8 thoughts on “Heart-Dropping Book Recommendation : The Folk of the Air Series by Holly Black

  1. That’s a heck of a recommendation, Celine! Your description reminds me of ‘Princeborn: Stolen’ by Jean Lee, first in a trilogy. I recently read the ARC of the second in the series, which should be out fairly soon. Really dark and imaginative fantasy.

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    1. OMG can I just say your comment TOTALLY made my night?! And I’m so happy to find someone who loves this trilogy like I do! It’s SO good and until today, I can’t stop obsessing over Cardan and Jude!

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      1. I KNOW RIGHT. I can’t put them down for long! Whenever I stop reading, Cardan and Jude comes to my mind again. The story keep on revolving inside my mind! I’m so glad I’m not the only one!

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