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The Lost Sisters

(The Folk of the Air #1.5)

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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.

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ebook, 50 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by NOVL
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Em (RunawayWithDreamthieves)
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Actual footage of me reading Taryn’s half-baked justifications:



This novella, which was kind of a letter written from Taryn to Jude, only reinforced the conviction I’ve settled into after reading The Cruel prince:

That Locke is a curse in every language in which it is spoken and the guileful spinner of this dreadful web everyone is tangled in, carefully orchestrated so that he’s at the center of it all. To him, Taryn was a blank canvas and he poured into her, filling her empty spaces so completel
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Emily May
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult, 2018
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.

Ah, I only wish this was longer!

The Lost Sisters is a tiny story and even tinier than it first appears because the last ten or so pages is an extract from The Wicked King. It's an apology - of sorts - from Taryn to Jude. I love that Black chose to have Taryn directly address Jude as she explains her actions and motivations. It made it a more emotional read. And, he
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Melanie
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing


1.) The Cruel Prince ★★★★★
2.) The Wicked King ★★★★★

“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. Beautif
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chandler ainsley ❁
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, fantasy
edit 10/7: i didn't like this :)

it could be that it's been too much time since i've read the cruel prince but i didn't really feel that this novella was necessary. i know i shouldn't assume anything about holly black's characters but i could have guessed that taryn was a dumb ass, naive, loved up, fool.

i think i would have preferred this more if she hadn't had any remorse for her actions. her weeping and "but i was in love" justification to all of her actions was just... not interesting to me.

i
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Mari
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novellas
I’ve never been more excited about a novella in my entire life. I don’t even like Taryn and Locke.
My obsession for this series is getting real bad, I guess.

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So, my thoughts on this novella. I think I sympathize with Taryn a bit more now, but I still don’t like her at all. I don’t understand her actions simply because her motives are dumb to me. While Jude is after something badass, tangible and personally highly rewarding, she’s just looking for someone to marry. Way to go Taryn, you have s
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Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Melanie
"We were mortals and we had no fixed future in Faerie. You were wondering about your place here, just like I was."

Can I just start by saying how surprised I am at how vital this itty bitty story is to the overall arc of The Cruel Prince? I went in wholly expecting to have wasted my $2.99 based on my overall lack of enjoyment of novellas in general, but this? This was superb. In fact, if this golden nugget had somehow been weaved into book one, even as an afterthought, wrap-up, or extended epilog
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Gaia
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
me: i can't believe i'm gonna read a novella about the characters i dislike the most
them: you don't have to...
me: no i'm gonna

*****

[21/10/18] novellas aren't really supposed to add anything to the main plotline, they're about developing characters and their backstories. so the only time i can actually rate them positively because i TRULY liked them is when i like the character they're about.

if anyone was wondering, i still don't care about taryn at all!

however i do love holly black's style and t
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C.G. Drews
I'm so desperate for The Wicked King and my silly little self was like "oohhh this will be a nice thing while we wait!" Actually it's TORTURE. And it also gives you a peek of TWK so like...no, no, it's fine, I wanted to be impaled by an ebook because of my intense need to know what happens next. 😭

I still don't like Taryn, but I liked getting to see her perspective. She is so desperately in need of being wanted, and I find that so sad that she can't get it from anywhere else but the cruelly mani
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Alana • thebookishchick
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, I was just expecting this to be something to placate us from having to wait another three months for The Wicked King, but much to my surprise this was so much more! Granted, I don't think this redeems Taryn's character in any way (especially now that I've read The Wicked King). But it was actually interesting to watch some really important parts of The Cruel Prince unravel in Taryn's eyes.

This novella is written as a letter from Taryn to Jude basically trying to explain why she did the
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Jiana
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Taryn can throw herself and her so-called "apology" off a cliff.
♆Hayley
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
WOW, I didn’t think it was possible for me to hate Taryn anymore than I already did but yep, it’s possible. I FUCKING HATE HER.

Not going to lie, I think she is pathetic and weak. What I especially hate about her is that she is nasty and then tries to paint herself in a kind light. No honey, you’re just a bitch.

Locke is awful as well, but I like it because he doesn’t pretend to be otherwise.

Let’s start with a love story.
Or maybe it’s another horror story. It seems like the difference is mostly
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amy
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, buddy-read
wow i almost forgot how much i hated taryn thanks for reminding me @holly black ily bad bitch 💅🏻💋💓💘

3.5 'idk how to rate novellas' stars

i mean, part of me really wishes mrs. black would've spent her time and energy on the wicked king instead of writing a kinda unnecessary companion novel, but hey, i'll take what i can get!

this novella only proved what we all already knew: taryn is a dumb bitch.
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i think holly black just wanted to erase every last shred of doubt that we still had about taryn's lo
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Kelly Brigid
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
1) The Cruel Prince ★★★★✰
“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 didn’t write the Disney tales you grew up, that much is certain. Despite how I wasn’t a huge fan of The Cruel Prince, I can in no way, overlook the sheer beauty of Black’s writing and world building. Her stories aren’t packed with sugar and glazed with icing. No, they’re wine that’s been laced with poison. Invigorating at f
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Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)
"Be bold. Be bold. But not too bold."


Interesting. I still think Taryn is awful, but she kind of knows that.

I guess that's what's engaging about these characters - they're not aspiring to be good people. They want and they take. They're selfish and cruel, and they go to great extents to get their wishes. Even if both Jude and Taryn are humans, they learned the ways of Faerie too well.
Jessica
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Taryn dear, from the bottom of my heart, I wish you the absolute worst, you spineless little worm. You’re selfish, whiny, weak and desperately need to grow a backbone. I hope Jude cuts you in half.

So yeah, Taryn’s a bitch. I guess we all knew that but I’m surprised how she actually made me hate her even more in this novella than I already did. I could feel my resentment towards her growing with every page I turned. This was quite interesting to read even though it didn’t really provide any new i
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Lindsay Bilgram
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
“I can show you a version of yourself, Taryn. One you’ve never imagined. It’s terrible to be a girl trapped in a story. But you can be more than that. You can be the teller. You can shape the story. You can make all of Faerie love you.”

Please let it be known I do not want to read another book if it isn’t part of the Folk of the Air series. Have you ever fallen so completely and utterly in love with a story you find yourself unable to focus on anything else? That all you want to do is shout at st
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Riley
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.


This was so good. Written as a letter from Taryn to Jude explaining her side of The Cruel Prince. I still hate Taryn but I loved seeing a bit more into what went on with Locke.
Tatiana
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Taryn and Jude seem to be more alike in this story than I'd previously thought. Essentially, they just want to matter, regardless of how much becoming important would cost them. Different tools, same goals.

Let's see if they are able to outplay the Faeries. Locke is total garbage, but I have to give it to him, he knows how to play this game and to stir high drama along the way.

I liked it, but the story is too short to warrant anything more than 3 stars.
Azrah
Nov 15, 2018 marked it as short-stories  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-release
A short story about Taryn?? Whyyyy 😲. Ugggh no. I don't want to feel sorry for her.
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
I still hate Taryn 😂
Candace Robinson
This was a pretty good read to get into Taryn's head about things. However, I still don't like her. But I mean, you don't really have to to like the book.

I also was not a fan of the second person POV—it's always an odd feeling. Like as soon as the word "you" is used, I look down at myself, and point to my chest like "who, me?" 

But I will say I seriously love Holly's writing, and this was a great novella to get a little more of the world in between the books, along with a different character's PO
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Sol ~ TheBookishKing
You know what, Taryn is a disease on this world but oh well.

I have just finished The Wicked King over the weekend and was really looking forward to this dropping. I waited and waited for it to load into my iBooks and when it finally did I just sped through it. And not only is Taryn an actual disease, Locke is as well. Two diseases plaguing this world, Holly Black why you do this to us?!

This is going to be spoilery for The Cruel Prince so take caution! This little novel is all about Taryn and
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joanna ☽ the little brown fairy
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-need
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Hollis
Taryn isn't my favourite of the sisters (does anyone actually like her?) but I enjoyed the format and how some of this backstory was told. I'm not really any more sympathetic to her plight as a result of this novella but I enjoy understanding how and why some of her choices her made.
☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
Ahhhh December can't come soon enough I'm gonna re-read The Cruel Prince as a Christmas treat. Beyond excited for the Wicked King💜💜

*intense eyebrow waggling*



P.S I will never like Taryn.
Sophia Triad
This is a letter written by a girl. She tells a story. Her story.
And it is a story about betrayal.
I am not sure if she asks for forgiveness or if she just brags about her achievements. The only sure thing is that she is full of jealously about her sister. Also that her happiness and acceptance by the fairies is more important than family ties and sisterly love.
ambsreads
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
wow taryn is the actual worst sister alive
ALEXA
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really, truly enjoyed how this was written, but I still really, truly despise Taryn. Still, it’s certainly fascinating to see an alternate side to the story I know well.
Ashlee » Library In The Country
This may make me feel some sympathy for Taryn because it gives me her side of the story?

HA. HA. HA.

No. This just makes me despise her more.
Sylvie
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5/5 Stars!

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Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest, and her new series which begins with The Cruel Prince in ...more

Other books in the series

The Folk of the Air (3 books)
  • The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)
  • The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2)
  • The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3)
“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.” 6 likes
“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.” 3 likes
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