eBook provided by NOVL in exchange for an honest review
Title: The Lost Sisters
Series: The Folk of the Air, #1.5
Author: Holly Black
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
My Rating: ★★★★★
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 Folk of the Air Reviews:
“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.
Quotes taken may change upon final publication.