Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.
I'm just trying to light up the world as much as I can one SciFi/paranormal/fantasy/space opera/time travel book at a time.
-- WOW!! CUE RUN-ON, ADJECTIVE LADEN FANGIRLING RANT--
It was amazing to be back in the head of the (not so old yet) venerable Mrs Holly Black and her delectable world of Folk Of The Air series! YES, I ate, nay consumed this book in one sitting and it was scrumptious!! I absolutely LOVE Cardan... I am not shy admitting this! He's such a naughty/impossible to abhor / Fae King that may seem like a guilty pleasure to fantasize about BUT is 1000% worth all of the fanatic, reveling at his (unfortunately fictional) altar... and then there's Jude... an undisputed, kick ass Queen to Cardan's King of Elfhame. She's the resident, magnificent, Female bad ass, rebellious adrenaline junkie with an unapologetic Saviour Complex... together they are formidable and I just adore them to teeny weeny smithereens. I ate up every last beautiful word Mrs Black has generously gifted us and I need more more more. My main complaint, you guessed it, was that it was way WAAAAAY too short!! I revere Holly's unique/ sacrosanct mind and can never get enough of her literate Brain Babies!!
The writing was poignant and enticing without being flowery or verbose. The characters were gorgeously poignant and brilliantly emotive (as usual)! The world building was ethereal, folktale(esque), charming, idyllic and picturesque. Adjectives adjectives everywhere and every last one true... and more.
This compilation of tales was fascinating and whimsical and done with as much imagery and artistry as what we have come to expect from a Holly Black novel. I am hoping with all my heart that there will be more installments to this World although I believe I am wishing in vain BUT I will vehemently wish until Mrs. Black pops that radiantly multihued bubble.
If you liked Holly Black's Folk Of The Air series, you'll DEFINITELY love this short read!