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Book Series Review | The Folk of the Air Trilogy | A fun YA fantasy romance

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Book One: The Cruel Prince
Released: January 2018
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Genre: YA Fantasy
Length: 370 Pages
Source: Library Book
My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Book Two: The Wicked King
Released: January 2019
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Genre: YA Fantasy
Length: 336 Pages
Source: Library Book
My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Book Three: The Queen of Nothing
Released: November 2019
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Genre: YA Fantasy
Length: 300 Pages
Source: Library Book
My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

*Spoiler-Free Review. I’ll just be sharing my thoughts and opinions but won’t get specific

Hi Readers!

This is probably one of the most hyped series at the moment. I’ve seen people who don’t even read YA enjoying these books so how could that not intrigue me? I did try starting this series a couple of times before but I just was not a fan of it. But the hype kept building and then the final book came out and I decided to push through. I’m kind of glad I did?

I feel pretty much the same about all of the books. I didn’t love the writing (I’ve felt this before about a Holly Black book, I think she’s just not for me), I hated most of the characters but loved Jude enough to make up for that, and the plot was entertaining enough to keep me interest.

The Folk of the Air trilogy is about three sisters, Vivi, Taryn and her twin sister Jude whose POV we follow. Jude and her sisters grew up in the mortal world until a Fae turns up on their doorstep claiming to be Vivi’s father. He kills Jude’s parents and takes them to Faerie, seeing them as his responsibility now. We follow them years later as teenagers, where they now view Faerie as home.

It’s sounds messed up, because it is. And it really only gets more messed up from there. There’s a lot of political intrigue and twists that I kind of saw coming but not entirely. There was always something that surprised me.

The Faerie world was very whimsical and a little cooky. There are a lot of different creatures that I’ve never seen in a fantasy before. The feel of it kind of reminded me of that random Bratz Pixiez movie.

Our main character Jude is a force to be reckoned with. She knows that she wants. To not feel powerless or weak in a world where, being mortal, she has no power at all. The only advantage she really has is that she can lie while the Fae can’t. She works hard at her sword training and never backs down from a fight which makes her an exciting character to read about.

Her relationships with others though was super weird and I’m not sure I was entirely sold on some of the dynamics. For one thing I just can’t wrap my head around the fact they stay with their parents murderer and even come to see him as their father. I just don’t get how that works?

I feel like there are a lot of things that the characters do in this that just wouldn’t be forgiven in the real world and the only excuse they really have is, this is Faerie, the culture is different here. Fae are notorious for being tricksters and cruel and I just can’t read about someone like that and not hate them, even if you are supposed to love them. I’m looking at you Cardan.

I really wasn’t a fan of the writing. It really let the story down for me. The pacing felt off and the ending to the first and third books felt messy and rushed. I also felt there were a lot of inconsistances in characters and the actions or decisions they made.

The romance wasn’t as big a part of the books as I thought it was going to be. I’ve been seeing Cardan and Jude fanart all over my twitter timeline for years now so I was expecting to go into this and immediately hardcore ship them. But I didn’t.

It actually took two books for me to even tolerate Cardan, let alone ship him with a fiercely strong character like Jude. I’m honestly not sure I ever bought their romance but I do love the hate-to-love trope and there certainly was a lot of tension at times. I just wanted more of it!

Favourite Quote

“What could I become if I stopped worrying about death, about pain, about anything? If I stopped trying to belong? Instead of being afraid, I could become something to fear.”

– Jude, The Cruel Prince

Would I Read Again? No
Would I Recommend? Maybe? Give it a try at least.

Thanks For Reading
Jess X

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2 thoughts on “Book Series Review | The Folk of the Air Trilogy | A fun YA fantasy romance

  1. I DNF’ed it, I couldn’t get into it. I definitely feel like this series is one that doesn’t deserve the hype it got. Especially after what happened in regards to fan art, fan art is really what made this series what it is.

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