The Lost Sisters By Holly Black- The Folk of the Air, #1.5.

Sep 22, 2018
The Lost Sisters

By Holly Black

Release Date: 02 October 2018

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.


Genre: Teen & YA

Links: Purchase |  GoodReads


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.

My Review: 

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. 


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*Thank TheNovl for providing an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. All quotes on this review are subject to change*

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