The Lost Sisters (The Folk of the Air, #1.5)
Sometimes the difference between a love story and a horror story is where the ending comes . . . While Jude fought for power in the Court of Elfhame against the cruel Prince Cardan, her sister Taryn began to fall in love with the trickster, Locke. Half-apology and half-explanation, it turns out that Taryn has some secrets of her own to reveal.The Lost Sisters is a companion e-novella to the New York Times bestselling novel The Cruel Prince by master writer Holly Black.

The Lost Sisters (The Folk of the Air, #1.5) Details

TitleThe Lost Sisters (The Folk of the Air, #1.5)
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ReleaseOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherNOVL
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Short Stories, Novella

The Lost Sisters (The Folk of the Air, #1.5) Review

  • Em
    January 1, 1970
    Actual footage of me reading Taryn’s half-baked justifications:This novella, which was kind of a letter written from Taryn to Jude, only reinforced the conviction I’ve settled into after reading The Cruel prince: That Locke is a curse in every language in which it is spoken and the guileful spinner of this dreadful web everyone is tangled in, carefully orchestrated so that he’s at the center of it all. To him, Taryn was a blank canvas and he poured into her, filling her empty spaces so completel Actual footage of me reading Taryn’s half-baked justifications:This novella, which was kind of a letter written from Taryn to Jude, only reinforced the conviction I’ve settled into after reading The Cruel prince: That Locke is a curse in every language in which it is spoken and the guileful spinner of this dreadful web everyone is tangled in, carefully orchestrated so that he’s at the center of it all. To him, Taryn was a blank canvas and he poured into her, filling her empty spaces so completely she didn’t even realize she’s become the wrong shape. This is what he does. He disarms people with the candy shell charm that’s hiding the thing lurking beneath it, coaxing them into feeding him their most hidden secrets and most guarded desires and giving him something new and shiny to play with. But I genuinely can’t tell you if his manipulations of Taryn are so deep she can’t even notice it lining her every seam, or if he glimpsed the fleeting slices and the jagged pieces—glittering and sharp and hungry—obfuscated beneath Taryn’s exterior and saw something he recognized.Because two are playing at this treacherous game.[puts my hand on Taryn’s shoulder and looks her directly in the eyes] Yeah. If you think you’re entitled to Jude’s understanding and forgiveness for not only betraying her but worst, being an accomplice in the pain and humiliation she’s been made to endure, all in order to earn the flimsy approval and affection of some crusty dude who’s treated you like shit and used you as a sponge that he can fill with his drama and ego and squeeze out when he pleases, then I hate to break it to you but you’re actually just an asshole! “You’re awful.” He [Cardan] said it as though he was delighted. “And the worst part is that you believe otherwise.” Cardan ain’t wrong.(4 stars for Cardan for being the only woke person in this entire book)
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    1.) The Cruel Prince ★★★★★2.) The Wicked King ★★★★★ “Fairy tales are full of girls who wait, who endure, who suffer. Good girls. Obedient girls. Girls who crush nettles until their hands bleed. Girls who haul water for witches. Girls who wander through deserts or sleep in ashes or make homes for transformed brothers in the woods. Girls without hands, without eyes, without the power of speech, without any power at all. But then a prince rides up and sees the girl and finds her beautiful. Beautif 1.) The Cruel Prince ★★★★★2.) The Wicked King ★★★★★ “Fairy tales are full of girls who wait, who endure, who suffer. Good girls. Obedient girls. Girls who crush nettles until their hands bleed. Girls who haul water for witches. Girls who wander through deserts or sleep in ashes or make homes for transformed brothers in the woods. Girls without hands, without eyes, without the power of speech, without any power at all. But then a prince rides up and sees the girl and finds her beautiful. Beautiful, not despite her suffering, but because of it.” No one weaves words and magic like Holly Black. No one. And I don’t even have words to express how amazing it feels to be back in this world. Not only did it make me appreciate The Cruel Prince more, it also made me emotional because of all the foreshadowing for The Wicked King. This is a pivotal short story that completely immersed me, captivated me, and reinforced that this is my favorite series of all-time. It was so smart to format this story in a letter, that Taryn is writing to Jude, but in second person. It is eerie, and haunting, and it makes the reading experience feels so much more intimate, real, and unforgettable. Every time I open a Holly Black book, I feel like I’ve stepped right into the realm of fae, and this short story was no different. “Faeries despise humans as liars, but there are different kinds of lying. Since you and I first came to Faerie, Jude, we’ve lied to each other plenty.” The Lost Sisters allows you to see small glimpses into important scenes of The Cruel Prince, but we get to see it all unfold from Taryn’s point of view. I see a lot of reviews say that it made them sympathize with her, but it made me feel worse for Jude. This isn’t a redemption arc. This isn’t a happy ending. This isn’t what you’re expecting. This is just an honest look at Taryn’s feelings; and if I’m being honest, they are still really selfish. “It’s terrible to be a girl trapped in a story. But you can be more than that. You can be the teller. You can shape the story. You can make all of Faerie love you.” But Taryn really is trying to carve out her own place in a world that she never asked to live in. Vivi, Jude, and Taryn didn’t ask to lose their mother, be ripped from their home, and forced to live among people who will never make them feel like they belong. But all three girls feel and handle things very differently. Vivi feels sadness and wishes to escape. Jude feels angry and wishes for revenge. Taryn feels inadequacy and wishes for love. And all of these things are valid, and none of things are lesser, they are just different. “His hair was bright in the moonlight, his face as handsome as heartbreak.” But this book also really shines a spotlight on Locke. And he truly is the gaslighting, manipulative, abusive, royal jerk. This book really shows how easy it for abusive people to be manipulative. How they can twist everything to make it feel like it is all your fault. How they can make you crave their attention. How easy it is to feel like you’re being loved, not abused. Honestly, the most interesting element of this book for me was the introduction of Edir, and the entire secret party and all the attendees. Again, it really reinforced (to me) that Locke is totally going to end up being the big bad of this entire story. Also, I just have a really soft spot in my heart for bard-like characters. And sometimes we really do need to listen to the songs of the mothers and women that came before us, to know how worthy of a new song we all really are. “But that night, a pebble struck my window and I saw the shape of a boy standing below, smiling up at me as though he already knew all my secrets.” My favorite part of the book? A whisper from Cardan. God, I’m so soft and weak and on brand. It’s really pathetic at this point. Seeing Cardan in this book was hard at first, really hard, I’m not going to lie, but seeing how far he’s come? How far him and Jude have both come? Lord, help me. It is almost funny to see them interact in this short story, knowing the storm that awaits them in The Wicked King.Overall, I loved this. I really was expecting to feel differently after turning that last page, but this was still such an atmospheric ride that I truly never wanted to end. This series, this world, these characters, everything is just a tier above the rest. This is the series of my heart and soul. And Holly Black never ceases to amaze me. I stan one fae queen, and it is her. It will always be her. “Let’s start with a love story. Or maybe it’s another horror story. It seems like the difference is mostly in where the ending comes.” Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch Content and trigger warnings for murder, death, self-harm, bullying, and grey area cheating.
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  • Mari
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve never been more excited about a novella in my entire life. I don’t even like Taryn and Locke.My obsession for this series is getting real bad, I guess.
  • Gaia
    January 1, 1970
    me: i can't believe i'm gonna read a novella about the characters i dislike the mostthem: you don't have to...me: no i'm gonna
  • chandler ainsley ❁
    January 1, 1970
    I might hate tarryn but sometimes u just gotta yolo & yeet & read the damn novella
  • ♆Hayley
    January 1, 1970
    WOW, I didn’t think it was possible for me to hate Taryn anymore than I already did but yep, it’s possible. I FUCKING HATE HER.Not going to lie, I think she is pathetic and weak. What I especially hate about her is that she is nasty and then tries to paint herself in a kind light. No honey, you’re just a bitch. Locke is awful as well, but I like it because he doesn’t pretend to be otherwise. Let’s start with a love story.Or maybe it’s another horror story. It seems like the difference is mostly WOW, I didn’t think it was possible for me to hate Taryn anymore than I already did but yep, it’s possible. I FUCKING HATE HER.Not going to lie, I think she is pathetic and weak. What I especially hate about her is that she is nasty and then tries to paint herself in a kind light. No honey, you’re just a bitch. Locke is awful as well, but I like it because he doesn’t pretend to be otherwise. Let’s start with a love story.Or maybe it’s another horror story. It seems like the difference is mostly in where the ending comes.This was beautifully written, as always, and I loved the other fairytales within this one. The world that Holly has crafted in this series is as beautiful as it is terrifying - I love it so much. It was interesting being in Taryn’s head, seeing her try and justify herself to Jude, and it was really fun to see interactions between Jude and the Folk (especially Jude and Cardan). *sigh* Hate Taryn, loved this story. ”You’re awful.” He [Cardan] said it as though he was delighted. “And the worst part is that you believe otherwise.”Sums Taryn up perfectly. She’s a trash human. ****I’m so fucking excited I can’t even. I hate Locke but I do admire his awfulness and Taryn.. is a cunt. Sorry not sorry. I can’t wait to crawl inside her backstabbing little mind because there is no way she can be as stupid as I think she is.
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  • Lindsay Bilgram
    January 1, 1970
    “I can show you a version of yourself, Taryn. One you’ve never imagined. It’s terrible to be a girl trapped in a story. But you can be more than that. You can be the teller. You can shape the story. You can make all of Faerie love you.”Please let it be known I do not want to read another book if it isn’t part of the Folk of the Air series. Have you ever fallen so completely and utterly in love with a story you find yourself unable to focus on anything else? That all you want to do is shout at st “I can show you a version of yourself, Taryn. One you’ve never imagined. It’s terrible to be a girl trapped in a story. But you can be more than that. You can be the teller. You can shape the story. You can make all of Faerie love you.”Please let it be known I do not want to read another book if it isn’t part of the Folk of the Air series. Have you ever fallen so completely and utterly in love with a story you find yourself unable to focus on anything else? That all you want to do is shout at strangers about how life changing it is and you feel like you will burst because no words or actions can capture how ardently you love this story and how you are a different person having read it? That’s me with The Folk of the Air books, and more specifically, The Lost Sisters. Connecting the gap between The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King, The Lost Sisters is an e-novella told in a letter from Taryn to Jude chronicling her love affair with Locke while revealing some secrets more delicious than faerie fruit. I was nervous, to say the least. I didn’t like Taryn, nor did I really want to. Going into this story, I was ready to unsheathe my own sword and defend Jude’s honor. The last thing I’d expected was to be completely sucked into the story, crying nine pages in (over Taryn of all people!), and finding myself sympathizing and rooting for her. “You were bold and daring and breathtakingly stupid. Be bold, be bold, but not too bold, lest that your heart’s blood should run cold.”Told in a letter to Jude, it’d be too easy to say The Lost Sisters is Taryn’s defense. It’s so much more than that—it’s an apology, a love story, a tragedy, a story of a mortal girl trapped in a fairytale-nightmare trying to control her own story and have a semblance of power. Taryn’s narrative has a way of doing what Taryn does best: holding up a mirror to Jude. Except this time the reader has access to that mirror and we are confronted with a very uncomfortable question: why do we love Jude, but hate Taryn who has the same motivations, desires, fears, and ambitions as her, and truly believes she is doing what she thinks to be best?“I never thought it would come to anything bad for anyone but me.”With a narrator as unreliable as Jude and with a story that delves so deeply into family dynamics, The Lost Sisters is necessary and completely changed my perception of Jude and Taryn’s relationship. After having read, I’m left with a much deeper appreciation of Jude and Taryn, their positions in Faerie, how they view one another in this land of monsters, and how much they ultimately love each other. Jude makes us believe Taryn is fine wherever she goes and that she’s adaptable, but Taryn is not fine, she’s arguably even more not fine than Jude is—something The Lost Sisters finally allows us to understand. I don’t necessarily agree with what Taryn did, but I get it, and after learning everything that led her to that point, I can’t say I wouldn’t do the same thing in her situation. Taryn might be one of the most complex and compelling characters I’ve ever encountered—her narrative was gripping and entirely un-put-downable. Locke famously tells Jude she is a story and he wants to see what she will do, but Taryn is a story too, and I want to be part of the unfolding of her tale. Be sure to pre-order The Lost Sisters (available OCTOBER 2) if you haven't already (https://www.thenovl.com/cruelprince), because this story is so completely entrancing and important to The Folk of the Air series!!! I've never been so grateful and in love with a novella before. Thank you so much Novl and Little Brown Books for Young Readers for an early copy in exchange for an honest review<3 All quotes are taken from an early copy and are subject to change upon publication.“’How does it feel?’ he asked. ‘To be stuck in a fairy tale?’”
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  • Alana • thebookishchick
    January 1, 1970
    Will this hold me over until The Wicked King? ABSOLUTELY NOTBut something is better than nothing for us sufferers to rejoice in.
  • Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Sooo they chose the cover I voted for, yaay! I do feel like this one fits the series better.-------------------------------I don't like Taryn. I'm mean, who actually does?But you can bet I'm damn excited to jump on this novella as soon as I can get my hands on it to find out what's her deal.
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  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    This was a pretty good read to get into Taryn's head about things. However, I still don't like her. But I mean, you don't really have to to like the book.I also was not a fan of the second person POV—it's always an odd feeling. Like as soon as the word "you" is used, I look down at myself, and point to my chest like "who, me?" But I will say I seriously love Holly's writing, and this was a great novella to get a little more of the world in between the books, along with a different character's PO This was a pretty good read to get into Taryn's head about things. However, I still don't like her. But I mean, you don't really have to to like the book.I also was not a fan of the second person POV—it's always an odd feeling. Like as soon as the word "you" is used, I look down at myself, and point to my chest like "who, me?" But I will say I seriously love Holly's writing, and this was a great novella to get a little more of the world in between the books, along with a different character's POV! Definitely recommend if you love the series!
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  • Solomon ~ TheBookishKing
    January 1, 1970
    You know what, Taryn is a disease on this world but oh well. I have just finished The Wicked King over the weekend and was really looking forward to this dropping. I waited and waited for it to load into my iBooks and when it finally did I just sped through it. And not only is Taryn an actual disease, Locke is as well. Two diseases plaguing this world, Holly Black why you do this to us?!This is going to be spoilery for The Cruel Prince so take caution! This little novel is all about Taryn and You know what, Taryn is a disease on this world but oh well. I have just finished The Wicked King over the weekend and was really looking forward to this dropping. I waited and waited for it to load into my iBooks and when it finally did I just sped through it. And not only is Taryn an actual disease, Locke is as well. Two diseases plaguing this world, Holly Black why you do this to us?!This is going to be spoilery for The Cruel Prince so take caution! This little novel is all about Taryn and her decisions and her story in The Cruel Prince. It's a really good lead way into The Wicked King and I feel like it is a perfect book. As much as I despise Taryn and everything she does, there were times in this where I kind of felt bad for her? The feelings only lasted a couple of seconds though because her attitude about everything just sucks big time. This novel is formatted as a letter to her twin sister Jude, explaining why she went through with so many things that happened to them in TCP. I did love being back in the The Cruel Prince though in a different perspective, even if it was in Trash Taryn's perspective. And we also got to see Locke and his freaking annoying self. He's trash. My boy Cardan was in this though and that made things so much better.Taryn: This girl just is something else. I despised her beyond words in Cruel Prince, then I despised her more in Wicked King, and then Holly Black was like "Here hate this girl more why don't ya." I feel like Jude put so much trust into her sister and Taryns there in la-La Land not giving a single heck. I do feel like she wanted to be accepted so much by the Faerie and she just wanted to be apart of the world in a different way than Jude did. "It’s terrible to be a girl trapped in a story. But you can be more than that. You can be the teller. You can shape the story. You can make all of Faerie love you.”As much as I do not like her though, this book changed my mindset on her a tad. I can see where she made her mistakes and where had room to change but she just wanted love and to be accepted. And then she made choices that were big "oof" and I can't really support her for that.Locke: This manipulative piece of crap just needs to go. I feel like he mentally played with both Jude and Taryn so hard and it ruined both of them. He just didn't care! I know the Fae are supposed to be cruel as heck but jeez boi calm down. I still don't know his true feelings though and I think that bugs me the most because I can't read him and see through him. It frustrates me!Love and The Writing: Love plays a big tricky piece in this whole series. Fae love is so intricate and so unlike normal human love. And I feel like Taryn and Locke do love each other, but it's just a very complicated type of love."Love is a noble cause,” Vivi reminded her. “How can anything done in the service of a noble cause be wrong?”"But love was also transforming. I knew that from fairy tales. It could turn you back from a cat or a frog or a beast. Probably it could turn you into those things, too."I feel like this whole series you could wrap up and tell your kids. Shorten it and it makes something complicated and lovely that a child would enjoy. Now actually reading these books I don't think should be for children but the moral of these books are Fairy Tale worthy."Fairy tales are full of girls who wait, who endure, who suffer. Good girls. Obedient girls. Girls who crush nettles until their hands bleed. Girls who haul water for witches. Girls who wander through deserts or sleep in ashes or make homes for transformed brothers in the woods. Girls without hands, without eyes, without the power of speech, without any power at all. But then a prince rides up and sees the girl and finds her beautiful. Beautiful, not despite her suffering, but because of it."Holly Black weaves her words so magically and you can't just help but love her books. They have this weird quality to them where it's light reading easy to blow through, but the writing still holds infinite amount of quality and the characters are beautifully intricate. This series is seriously so so good."Fairy tales have a moral: Stay on the path. Don’t trust wolves. Don’t steal things, not even things you think no normal person would care about. Share your food but don’t trust people who want to share their food with you; don’t eat their shiny red apples, nor their candy houses, nor any of it. Be nice, always nice, and polite to everyone: kings and beggars, witches and wounded bears. Don’t break a promise. Be bold, be bold, but not too bold. It’s important that we learn the lessons our mother didn’t."So I think I've turned into a big Holly Black fan because of this book and The Wicked King so this is new. I'm not like completely obsessed with Fae and want to be one buuut I do love this world and the political intrigue and the characters. Anyways, this review turned out to a whole lot longer than I expected so yikes.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    eBook provided by NOVL in exchange for an honest reivew.The Folk of the Air Reviews:Book 1: The Cruel Prince: ★★★★★Book 2: The Wicked King: ★★★★★ “Let’s start with a love story. Or maybe it’s another horror story. It seems like the difference is mostly in where the ending comes.” This little slice of faerie heaven was exactly what I needed to get a better understanding of Taryn, our not-so-favorite sister from The Cruel Prince. While I will take any story set in The Folk of the Air world, I wa eBook provided by NOVL in exchange for an honest reivew.The Folk of the Air Reviews:Book 1: The Cruel Prince: ★★★★★Book 2: The Wicked King: ★★★★★ “Let’s start with a love story. Or maybe it’s another horror story. It seems like the difference is mostly in where the ending comes.” This little slice of faerie heaven was exactly what I needed to get a better understanding of Taryn, our not-so-favorite sister from The Cruel Prince. While I will take any story set in The Folk of the Air world, I was a little apprehensive reading a novella from Taryn’s perspective. I wasn’t a huge fan of her, and I feel the need to protect my beloved Jude at all costs. But, please do yourself a favor and order this little book. You will feel every single emotion that you felt in The Cruel Prince all over again, but this time you’ll learn something deeper; that what we read in The Cruel Prince is really just the tip of the iceberg. “BE BOLD, BE BOLD, BUT NOT TOO BOLD, LEST THAT YOUR HEART’S BLOOD SHOULD RUN COLD.” The Lost Sisters is an e-novella that bridges the gap between The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King . This is solely Taryn’s story; a story we never got to experience. Told as a letter from Taryn to Jude, we are transported back to the events in The Cruel Prince. While her story recounts her romance with Locke, it is first and foremost an apology to Jude. And yet, it also showcases her fierce determination to have a voice and be heard. Taryn was always deemed the passive sister, but it shouldn’t be a surprise to us when we learn that Taryn is just like Jude, her twin. She wants to find her place in the world, she wants her own narrative, and above all, she wants love.It now makes sense to me why Taryn did the things she did (and I am not saying it is all okay, but I understand why.) All this time we’ve rooted for Jude, Taryn was on the sidelines playing her own game. But, that game was no different than Jude’s. After reading this novella, I have a much better understanding of their sisterhood and dynamic. On the surface it appears as if their relationship was broken over a boy, but Taryn’s feelings and actions are much more complex than that. “Us girls, taken across the sea to be raised by a monster. The three lost sisters. Doesn’t that sound just like another tale.” And despite how much she angered me in The Cruel Prince, I truly felt my heart wrenching for Taryn in this one. I just… really really want to hug her and protect her, too. I often forget that it wasn’t just Vivi and Jude that lost their parents and were dragged to Faerie, but Taryn also had to adjust to a brand new life while living under the roof of her parents’ murderer, feeling lost and alone. “You can be the teller. You can shape the story. You can make all of Faerie love you.” The Lost Sisters brings up the question: how far you would go to gain control over your life when you’re a mortal living in an immortal’s world? The themes of family bonds, sisterhood, love, and betrayal are all key in The Folk of the Air series, and my heart is having a moment while it tries to digest all of these emotions all over again. Holly Black brought us another immersive and beautifully written book. Her writing transported me right back to Faerie, and I absolutely loved the voice she gave to Taryn.I hope you pick up this beautiful e-novella come October 2nd, and you love it as much as I did! And if you’re wondering what the heck this review is even talking about, then I urge you to read The Cruel Prince , which is book 1 in The Folk of the Air series. It is full of political intrigue, morally ambiguous characters, family betrayals, and a slow burn romance.Thank you so much to NOVL for sending me this copy of The Lost Sisters for an honest, early review!Pre-order The Lost Sisters e-Book by Holly Black for $2.99Quotes taken may change upon final publication.Blog | Instagram | Twitter
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  • Beatrice in Bookland
    January 1, 1970
    "Be bold. Be bold. But not too bold."Taryn is still a dumbass but this little novella was so well written!I also miss Cardan and Jude so much and that little sneak peek of The wicked king was fucking amazing.
  • Ash
    January 1, 1970
    09-08-18 LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY!!Am I the only one who likes Locke's character? I can't be the only one...----And we have a cover! It's stunning!----I am fairly confident this novella will not change my opinion of Taryn.
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    I’m desperate for anything The Cruel Prince related. So even though this is about one of my least favorite characters, I’m going to give it a chance because maybe this novella will give Taryn some depth and redeeming qualities.
  • Ky
    January 1, 1970
    I hate Taryn and Locke with the force of ten thousand undying suns.That pretty much sums it. ANYWAY, I'M READING THIS ONE BECAUSE IT'S A COMPANION NOVELLA AND I'M SO EXCITED TO READ ABOUT MY FAVORITE SHIP (JURDAN) IN ANY WAY I CAN!!
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Taryn dear, from the bottom of my heart, I wish you the absolute worst, you spineless little worm. You’re selfish, whiny, weak and desperately need to grow a backbone. I hope Jude cuts you in half.So yeah, Taryn’s a bitch. I guess we all knew that but I’m surprised how she actually made me hate her even more in this novella than I already did. I could feel my resentment towards her growing with every page I turned. This was quite interesting to read even though it didn’t really provide any new i Taryn dear, from the bottom of my heart, I wish you the absolute worst, you spineless little worm. You’re selfish, whiny, weak and desperately need to grow a backbone. I hope Jude cuts you in half.So yeah, Taryn’s a bitch. I guess we all knew that but I’m surprised how she actually made me hate her even more in this novella than I already did. I could feel my resentment towards her growing with every page I turned. This was quite interesting to read even though it didn’t really provide any new information.
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  • Roxanne Ong
    January 1, 1970
    i actually don't even know how to feel about this book?rtc when my emotions are in check lmao
  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    I DON'T CARE IF YOU TRY TO APOLOGISE A THOUSAND TIMES! I still won't like you, you betraying b*ch.
  • Jordan (pagetravels)
    January 1, 1970
    This definitely provided interesting insight into Taryn's perspective, but it was so short!! Really hoping Holly Black decides to write another one of these following the events of the Wicked King.
  • emma
    January 1, 1970
    fuck taryn
  • Marianne
    January 1, 1970
    I still don't like Taryn...
  • claire
    January 1, 1970
    I think this book just made me hate Taryn more. LolPS. I NEED THE WICKED KING NOW.
  • Nèngath
    January 1, 1970
    It seems I'm the only one who actually loves Taryn. It bugs me that everyone understands Jude's motivations but despises her sister, when they both are trying to survive doing horrible things. Jude killed, manipulated and betrayed people to get power, so did Taryn to get love. (And personally I think love is more important than power, but feel free to call me a ninny.) The two sisters are both ruthless to achieve their goals. It's what I liked the most in the first book, when we discovered that It seems I'm the only one who actually loves Taryn. It bugs me that everyone understands Jude's motivations but despises her sister, when they both are trying to survive doing horrible things. Jude killed, manipulated and betrayed people to get power, so did Taryn to get love. (And personally I think love is more important than power, but feel free to call me a ninny.) The two sisters are both ruthless to achieve their goals. It's what I liked the most in the first book, when we discovered that sweet Taryn was not so sweet after all, that she was not the mere shadow of her twin sister, a paler reflection. I am not a warrior type of girl and I have always been more interested in quite, sly characters like Taryn. I also have three sisters and totally identify with Taryn. While I love Jude, she is too cliche for me, being the female badass and all. I really hope Taryn continues playing a role in the series, and the twins can find a new balance in their relationship. I understand how Taryn could have felt crushed by her twin and wanted something for herself for once. I just hope she will get somebody far more deserving of her than Locke. It should not be too difficult to find, since he is the biggest douche.For me, the best line of the first book was when Madoc told Taryn : "But I will not stand in front of your happiness. I will not even stand in front of misery that you choose for yourself." Here is the thing, Taryn AND Jude are both walking a path of misery. While people see Taryn as pitiful, so is Jude in my eyes. They both wish to belong to a racist world no matter the cost. So, it's okay if you don't like Taryn, but don't be unfair. The two sisters are far more alike than it appears to be.But it's only my opinion, so hate Taryn if you want, it's a free world!Seriously, I am waiting for this novella more that the wicked king. By the way, does anyone know if there will be a physical copy of the novella?UPDATE I READ THE THING : This novella was exactly what I was wishing for. It's not a redemption arc, but I never wanted it to be. As I already said above, everyone in this world has lied, deceived and even killed, in far worst measure than Taryn. I think people have interesting sets of morals when they justify every wicked thing Carden did but vilify Taryn. Let me guess, one is a hot dude with a tragic past, so it's okay if he physically and emotionally bullied the heroine and her sister for years, while the other is a mortal girl who dared to cross her sister, just like said sister has done with everyone else in the book to get what she wanted.I'm one of this minority who are not, but not at all, impressed by the cruel prince the wicked king the royal douche called Carden. But I love BOTH Jude and Taryn because they both embrace their darkness, pity jealousy and anxieties. It's not a novella about Taryn grovelling to get her sister forgiveness. If you have sisters like me, you know that in a fight, it's rarely one sister who is good and one who is bad, even if every fairytale wants to make us believe that. In fact I am amazed at how Jude knows her sister so little, whereas Taryn knows Jude and fer feelings for Carden even before Jude knows them herself. Jude in the end, never really cared for her sister, in the sense that she never wanted to see her sister as someone separate from herself with her own agenda, rather than a part of herself who off course, should have the same desires and objectives. Taryn is exactly the kind of soft spoken, vicious vixen I wanted her to be. We have an expression in French : Il faut se méfier de l'eau qui dort. You should not trust sleeping waters. The image of the still water is that you should not trust the quiet, soft ones, they are the more dangerous. Behind a mask of softness and shyness Taryn is in fact as, and even more, manipulative and desperate than her sister. Whereas Jude identifies with the knight of the fairytale, Taryn always identified with the princess and tries to play the part. She internalized through fairytales that women have to endure and be good to be loved and cared for, and I totally recognized myself in that. Girls are fed from childhood of fables that led them to believe love is the only way they can be happy, or matter to the eye of the world. I am so waiting for Taryn to find her own path, I certainly don't want her to come back to be the shadow of her sister. I'm so tired of this books where the heroine has sisters whose only purpose is to show who the heroine is the best compared to other women. Holly Black has managed to create three sisters who are ALL interesting, showing you can be a strong woman in different ways, and I think Jude the badass with her big sword is less interesting of them all. I want Vivi's point of view next, please!
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    Well, as far as apologies go, this one is pretty weak, Taryn.Also, Locke is still the filthy dirt under the sole of Jude's shoes, I hope she or Cardan crushes him like the irksome bug he is.I get what this book was trying to do. I do. And when it comes to explanation and clarification of Taryn's motives, I'm glad to have read this book, in a way. Because yes, Taryn has made some foolish mistakes - and she's paying for them (honestly, I'm not her fan but imagine being married to Locke).That being Well, as far as apologies go, this one is pretty weak, Taryn.Also, Locke is still the filthy dirt under the sole of Jude's shoes, I hope she or Cardan crushes him like the irksome bug he is.I get what this book was trying to do. I do. And when it comes to explanation and clarification of Taryn's motives, I'm glad to have read this book, in a way. Because yes, Taryn has made some foolish mistakes - and she's paying for them (honestly, I'm not her fan but imagine being married to Locke).That being sad, this book haven't made me like Taryn even one bit. She's still a selfish brat who sold out her sister for some cruel Faerie boy. And sure, SOME of her motives MIGHT be similar to Jude's as she's also trying to find her place at Faeries, tries to win their love/admiration while Jude strives for power and even fear. But there's one crucial difference between the two and Cardan said it best:(view spoiler)[“Oh, I see why Locke likes you.”For a moment I thought that might be almost a compliment.“You’re awful.” He said it as though he was delighted. “And the worst part is that you believe otherwise.”Jude might be a horrible human being, power-hungry and capable of even murder but what makes me love her as a character (at least one of the reasons) is how SELF-AWARE she is. In other words, she's awful and she owns it and she doesn't pretend to be anything else (apart from the times when she's busy deceiving people xD). Taryn is not like that. Until the very last moments when she actually managed to do something mildly interesting and kind of threatened Locke into marrying her (while also making the deal with him that resulted in the whole Jude-Locke disaster from TCP), all I got from her was lots of "you must understand this" and "made a foolish mistake".So all in all, I appreciate this book for the insight it offered on the events from "The Cruel Prince", but still, despite Holly Black's writing skills, this apology/explanation was a bit 'meh' to me, just like Taryn's character remains to be.In the end, Taryn surprisingly managed to put it into words best - "I hated the way he questioned me, as though you were so much more interesting than I was."Herein lies Taryn's worst offence as a character - NOT in her selfishness or "awfulness" - but in the fact, that despite now having her own pov, she still manages to bore me to death. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Michelle Lecumberry
    January 1, 1970
    The Lost Sisters is an e-novella that bridges the gap between The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King. It’s told in a letter from Taryn to Jude about how she fell in love with Locke. Mainly is an apology letter from Taryn to Jude. This e-novella brings us back to some key moments of The Cruel Prince from Taryn perspective and some adventures she lived on her own. “Be bold, be bold, but not too bold, lest that your heart’s blood should run cold.” – Holly Black, The Lost Sisters. In The Cruel Prince The Lost Sisters is an e-novella that bridges the gap between The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King. It’s told in a letter from Taryn to Jude about how she fell in love with Locke. Mainly is an apology letter from Taryn to Jude. This e-novella brings us back to some key moments of The Cruel Prince from Taryn perspective and some adventures she lived on her own. “Be bold, be bold, but not too bold, lest that your heart’s blood should run cold.” – Holly Black, The Lost Sisters. In The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, Jude and Cardan have a relationship that works because they are both equally strong, wicked and have their own agendas (I am not saying their relationship is a 100% healthy but it does make sense for the characters). They are both fighting for issues bigger than themselves and deep down considering the environment both grew up in is the best they know how to love. The book is centered in Jude’s perspective, full of her own emotions, actions and assumptions. The relationship between Taryn and Locke for me was in an imbalance relationship where Locke was in a clear advantage or at least that’s what I thought in The Cruel Prince. But Taryn has a few secrets of her own.“But what about all those girls, all those obedient girls who trusted and loved and wed and died? Weren’t they bold, too?” – Holly Black, The Lost Sisters.This e-novella, does bring a who new perspective on Taryn, who let’s not forget she is Jude’s sister. She had the same trauma, the same upbringing, suffer the same prejudice and hatred by the fairie folk and most importantly the same training. Taryn is just as strong Jude. “I suppose that’s one good thing about being obedient and faithful and good. People think you will never surprise them.” – Holly Black, The Lost Sisters. The novella brings all the emotions back from The Cruel Prince, I didn’t know how much I missed Holly Black distinct and magical writing style. The whole novella feels like you are reading a fairytale but not those how have a guarantee happy ending. Holly Black brings back the feel and darkness of The Grimm Fairy Tales where all you can do is hope for the best. In my eyes, Taryn is not redeem yet , but she is definitely in the right path. I have a feeling she has a few surprises in store for us. “Let’s start with a love story. Or maybe it’s another horror story. It seems like the difference is mostly in where the ending comes.” ”– Holly Black, The Lost Sisters. The Lost Sisters made me relate so much to Taryn, I grew up surrounded by fairytales in a world without happy endings. I like to think I am a strong, reckless, and dangerous flame like Jude but in real life, I am more like Taryn; a steady and fierce flame that may burn free when you least expect it. Tayrn just wants to have her voice heard, to find her place in the world, and to be loved. I can’t express how amazing and captivating this novella was, and how much you need you read it, because it opens your eyes with a whole new perspective. Don't miss out. BOOK STATS: Plot: ✰✰✰✰✰Characters: ✰✰✰✰✰Writing Style ✰✰✰✰✰Personal Experience ✰✰✰✰✰Overall: ✰✰✰✰✰ (5 Stars)
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  • Ada
    January 1, 1970
    Yes more Cruel Prince!!! I don’t even care that this is about Taryn.
  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Does Miss Black really think that reading this will change my mind about Taryn?? I can almost guarantee that I still won’t like her after I finish this.
  • Megan Hitch
    January 1, 1970
    Holly Black physically manifested in my house and punched me in the face
  • The Story Girl
    January 1, 1970
    "I think about that story a lot. I think about it all the time.It's the kind of thing you like. The wicked are slain, with swords no less. Vengeance is had. Boldness is rewarded. But what about all those girls, all those obedient girls who trusted and loved and wed and died? Weren't they bold, too?I bet you don't think so. I bet you think they were just stupid.That's your problem in a nutshell. You're judgmental. Everyone makes mistakes. They trust the wrong people. They fall in love. Not you, "I think about that story a lot. I think about it all the time.It's the kind of thing you like. The wicked are slain, with swords no less. Vengeance is had. Boldness is rewarded. But what about all those girls, all those obedient girls who trusted and loved and wed and died? Weren't they bold, too?I bet you don't think so. I bet you think they were just stupid.That's your problem in a nutshell. You're judgmental. Everyone makes mistakes. They trust the wrong people. They fall in love. Not you, though. And that's why it's so hard to ask for your forgiveness. But I am. Asking. I mean, I am going to ask. I am going to try to explain how it happened and how sorry I am." Okay, I'm already hooked and take back what I said earlier!Also, this reminds me how much I loved The Cruel Prince and what a book hangover it gave me, so if anyone has an ARC of The Wicked King they'd like to trade me, I'd be forever grateful![July 10] Excited to read this, even though I'm never a fan of all the annoying sisters so popular in YA fantasy these days (not even in ACOTAR. Like I'm not even sure I want to read the sequel series, that's how not interested I am in annoying little sisters).Blog: The Bookish Expedition and Instagram: @moonspree
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