BE BOLD, BE BOLD, BUT NOT TOO BOLD, LEST THAT YOUR HEART’S BLOOD SHOULD RUN COLD.
My Rating: 5 Stars
Published October, 2nd 2018
Format: E-book, 50 pages
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.
There is absolutely no other magic like the writing of Holly Black, and oh man did it feel good to be back in her wondrous faerie world, even if for just a few pages. This smart and creative little novella was brilliantly told in the second person format of a letter from Taryn to Jude that gives you some insight to the events that unfolded in The Cruel Prince between the twins. The story really gave me an even greater appreciation of the Cruel Prince and built even more future excitement for the Folk of the Air Series!
Once upon a time, there was a girl named Taryn and she had a faerie lover who came to her at night. He was generous and adoring, but visited only in the dark. He asked for two things: one, for her to keep their meetings secret, and two, never to look upon his face fully. And so, night after night she took delight in him but, after some time had passed, wondered what his secret could be.…
Ok so now let’s talk Taryn, I absolutely despise her and I think hate isn’t even a strong enough word for my feelings for her. The whole time I am reading I am thinking you and Locke 100% deserve each other and all the future misery that will be bestowed upon you. Just how selfish can she be? ugh…
Now that I got that rant out of the way, this little novella lets you take a good look at Taryn and Locke and their relationship through Taryn’s eyes. You get to see just how manipulative and cruel Locke really is and how he spins these webs of treachery and deceit and actually gets enjoyment out seeing them unfold and wreck the lives around him. This story also paints a good picture on how love can be cruel and wicked and often blinding us to others and our surroundings.
Fairy tales are full of girls who wait, who endure, who suffer. Good girls. Obedient girls. Girls who crush nettles until their hands bleed. Girls who haul water for witches. Girls who wander through deserts or sleep in ashes or make homes for transformed brothers in the woods. Girls without hands, without eyes, without the power of speech, without any power at all. But then a prince rides up and sees the girl and finds her beautiful. Beautiful, not despite her suffering, but because of it.
It’s a short treacherous and completely haunting experience that left me feeling inky all over, but wanting more at the same time. Just like The Cruel Prince this story makes you feel like you have opened a doorway and walked right into the faerie realm that is among the pages. It’s amazing how even in just a little novella Holly’s writing really drives you as a reader drawing you in the entire time reading.
Such a pleasent tease this was and will definitely not hold me over until The Wicked King releases.