The Folk of the Air by Holly Black// ft. my thoughts as answers to questions- Collab with ilsa!!

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Happy Saturday people!

I hope you’ve all been having a fabulous week! Today I am super excited to be posting a collab with the WONDERFUL ilsa on The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King! I’m super excited for this because Ilsa is really awesome and I love talking to her! We are both humongous fans of Jude and Cardan and decided to buddy read both books (you might have heard me casually screaming about this last month!).

We thought it would be really cool to give each other questions on the books and answer them as part of a collab! And this post was born! I hope you guys are ready for a whole bunch of fangirling and SCREAMING IN CAPS as I answer Ilsa’s questions!!

Make sure to check out Ilsa’s post!

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The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

The Cruel Prince:

 

Rating : 5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

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Who’s your favourite character in this book and your least favourite character, and why?

My absolute favourite character is Judan. You can’t make me choose okay? Jude is just so wonderful and I love how hard she works for everything! She is such a strong character and even when she breaks down, she always comes back stronger.

If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.

And Cardan may be completely evil at points but he is just such a sweet SINammon roll. (because he commits SINS get it?!) He tries so hard to act invincible, powerful and princely but is secretly so kind (okay i might be exaggerating but at least he’s not VALERIAN). The way he pretends to be uninterested while still being smart is awesome! 

My least favourite character without a doubt is Valerian (Madoc’s a close second). I just don’t get how people can be so cruel? He is so completely heartless and VILE.

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If you had to pick, what was your favourite scene from The Cruel prince?

I feel like this scene gets everyone but when Jude is ‘interrogating’ Cardan with a KNIFE!! TO HIS THROAT!! Ahhh!!!! It gets me every time. I literally live for this scene.

He leans in and closes his eyes. “Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It’s disgusting, and I can’t stop.”

The ending was also awesome. I would literally stick a whole bunch of quotes in here if it wasn’t for spoilers.

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What do you think of Jude and Cardan’s romance?

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On a more serious note, IT WAS BREATHTAKING. Every scene with them was so intense and wonderful. There was barely any kissing (the one kiss I can remember is like the best fictional kiss ever) but that made it so much more powerful. Cardan wants Jude so bad but he knows he can’t and Jude is just oblivious half the time asdfdfghfdjljdsfgh MY HEART.

Cardan’s gaze catches mine, and I can’t help the evil smile that pulls up the corners of my mouth. His eyes are bright as coals, his hatred a living thing, shimmering in the air between us like the air above black rocks on a blazing summer day.

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Jude talks a lot about the power imbalance between Faerie and Humans – what do you think of that and how it applies to our real lives?

I think that there is quite a lot of imbalance in our real lives. White people are often more privileged and given more opportunities than people with different cultural and racial backgrounds. There are people who try their hardest to make the world equal for everyone but it doesn’t always work.

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If you were any character from this book, which character would you be and why??

I would absolutely love to be Jude or Bomb. I just have a HUGE weakness for fierce girls who can fight and don’t take any nonsense! I love the way Jude started mithridatism, could sword fight and was a tactical GENIUS! Don’t even get me started on her spying and lock picking skills. To be fair, I probably wouldn’t be able to do any of those things unless I had been born and raised in Faerie, I probably wouldn’t be able to do any of those but it would still be AWESOME! In reality, I’m most likely Oriana because I would be pretty cautious and Taryn (except i would never betray Jude) because I’d just want to fit in.

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The Wicked King

The Wicked King:

 

Rating : 5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

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What do you think of the plot in The Wicked King?

I absolutely LOVED the plot for The Wicked King! There were so many plot twists and unexpected happenings! Most of my predictions ended up being wrong which is good because predictable is boring but I literally suffered from HEARTBREAK AFTER HEARTBREAK. There were also so many small details from The Cruel Prince that were explained in The Wicked Prince. It was literally mind blowing seeing all the connections!

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What were your thoughts about Jude and Cardan?

Jude grew SO much as a character in this book and she became so much more responsible and weary in this book. She is just so awesome and adsghsj please read this series because I just can’t explain how wonderful she is.

Of all the things he’s ever done to me, making me like him so much is by far the worst.

Cardan has so much depth to him and in TWK we got see his heartbreak, his tortured past, his wants, his needs, his cruelty, his snark. It was truly AMAZING and I can’t even explain it. From the start when he was lounging on the throne (ICONIC SCENE) to the end when he became so much more decisive and sly, Cardan has been my favourite.

“Kiss me again,” he says, drunk and foolish. “Kiss me until I am sick of it.”

All the Jude and Cardan scenes were brutal. The way they talk with each other and treat each other literally killed me so mANY TIMES.

“Tell me that you hate me.”

“I hate you,” I say, the words coming out like a caress. I say it again, over and over. A litany. An enchantment. A ward against what I really feel. “I hate you. I hate you. I hate you.”

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Do you have any major shifts in your opinion about something that occured because of The Wicked King? (e.g you liked a character in TCP but hate them in TWK)

HAH SO ILSA KNOWS ALL ABOUT THIS ONE. I loved the Ghost so much in TCP. I literally even shipped him with Jude (only if Cardan didn’t exist though) because he was so kind and the way he taught Jude the ropes of spying was really sweet. I thought he was a great friend but NOOO. He had to go and do some really stupid stuff and now he’s absolutely NOT awesome.

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Who’s your favourite side character in this book?

 Oooh this one’s not that hard. I’ve either forgotten most of the side characters or they’re evil! I love Bomb as much as ever because #GirlPower and how awesome she is. Blowing things up must be pretty fun too not gonna lie! She’s always there for Jude and super ready to take part in any sort of plan.

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Did you like this book better, or the first one? Why?

 Both books are awesome and I really can’t choose a favourite. The Wicked King was so well thought out and I loved how everything seemed to come together! The characters (and the Judan scenes!) were all awesome! However, The Cruel Prince was the first book of this series that I read and it was the first to transport me to Holly Black’s world. It also contains the ALL-IMPORTANT knife-to-Cardan’s-throat scene which is basically what I’m living for at the moment so I think I like The Cruel Prince slightly more. But the Judan scenes in The Wicked King get me too so… I don’t know.

‘If you’re the sickness, I suppose you can’t also be the cure.

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The Queen of Nothing:

WARNING WARNING WARNING WARNING WARNING WARNING WARNING WARNING THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FOR THE OTHER BOOKS IN THIS.

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Do you have any predictions for the Queen of Nothing?

I feel like since Cardan said Jude was exiled unless removed by ‘the crown’, Jude could remove her exile herself and then sneak in to Faerie and threaten Cardan to publicly declare her his wife. I would be so up for a stealth mission! Jude just needs to have a BRAINWAVE!! She knows Faeries use tricky wording so why isn’t she thinking?!?!

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One scene you’d love to see in The Queen of Nothing?

A POLITE LIST:

  • MORE JUDE AND CARDAN PLS.
  • ALSO SOME MORE DEATH.
  • PREFERABLY THAT OF LOCKE
  • ROACH AND THE BOMB GET TOGETHER!!

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On a scale of 1 to 10 how much are you dying for book 3, 10 being your already dead.

100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

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Thank you so much for reading this SUPER LONG post! I really enjoyed reading with Ilsa! We definitely need to do it again sometime! Make sure to check out Ilsa’s post!

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CHAT WITH ME! Have you read The Cruel Prince or The Wicked King? How much do you need The Queen of Nothing? Did you like this post? Should I do more collabs? DIVULGE YOUR SECRETS!!!

Hugs!

Kerys xx

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14 thoughts on “The Folk of the Air by Holly Black// ft. my thoughts as answers to questions- Collab with ilsa!!

  1. I loved both of these books, and I’m also sooo much dying for the third one. I love and hate Cardan at the same time 🤦‍♀️ but Judan is just the best, I so hope they will have their HEA 💖

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  2. OH MY YESSSSS.
    i’ve already read the cruel prince, and ahhh i need to buy the wicked king now. XD i absolutely agree with you on everything– especially judan. i love it and i swear i ship them harder than most 😂 loved this post so much kerys!! thanks for sharing your thoughts, and i will definitely be checking out ilsa’s post (:
    syd xx

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  3. I haven’t read these yet but I’ve been hearing quite a lot about them. Reading your review (love this format, by the way!) has made me really excited for them though and I’m definitely going to be checking them out soon!

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  4. YAAAS, BOMB is amazing and so underrated as a character. I can’t wait to see more of her in the next book. Locke needs to die in TQON. I will not be happy if he survives haha. Love your prediction about Jude’s exile – I cannot wait to see how Holly Black goes about dealing with this. I honestly screamed at that part in TWK. I cannot tell you how excited I am for TQON. Loved this post!

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