by Holly Black
Series: The Folk of the Air #1.5
Published on October 2, 2018 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
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Returning to Faerie was quite the trip.
The Lost Sisters looks at the events from The Cruel Prince through the eyes of Taryn as she writes to her sister Jude. She tells her side of the story, her regrets, the decisions she made behind everyone’s back, all is revealed.
First, I don’t recommend reading this without reading The Cruel Prince first because it glosses over some events and details Taryn’s side of things for the rest, so it simply won’t make much sense. It might even spoil things depending on what you consider a spoiler. And this review may contain some spoilers for TCP so if you haven’t read it yet, STOP and close the window.
I mean it. No spoilers for you without TCP. Unless you want them. Then keep reading.
Having re-read The Cruel Prince right before this, everything was fresh in my mind which definitely helps. I didn’t like Taryn by the end of TCP but The Lost Sisters made me hate her a little less. Her choices make more sense and hearing how far back her deception went both made me hate her and love her a bit for hiding it so long (I’m all for a morally gray character and she seems to fit the bill). I could understand some of her views on her twin, Jude. They’re at the age here where they’re not always doing everything together, each looking for Faerie acceptance in some form or another. Ultimately, that clashes and seeing the strain between them felt real, especially as Taryn’s story gives everything an emotional edge. Jude never struck me as emotional in that she cared about those around her (beyond her family and even that relationship wasn’t as strong by the end of TCP).
Not to mention seeing Taryn and Locke’s relationship play out long before it becomes known in TCP was kind of. . . well, sad, really. Taryn is so desperate for attention and acceptance from the fae that she is the perfect victim for Locke and his twisted ideals about stories unfolding. Even her bargain with him and the acceptance of his terms seemed very one-sided.
That said, I’m even more excited for The Wicked King because Taryn’s life isn’t quite resolved at the end of The Cruel Prince and The Lost Sisters only covers a portion of TCP so I need to know how all these decisions, all these regrets, play out.
Black’s world is intricate, rich with life and detail, and her books never fail to delight and intrigue me. The Lost Sisters was no exception, despite being a short trip back to Faerie. But for anyone else desperate for the next book, you can read an excerpt at the end of this novella so definitely worth grabbing.
So. . . now we wait for a prince to become a king.