“‘Choose a future,’ Balekin had commanded him when he’d first brought Cardan to Hollow Hall. But no one chooses a future. You choose a path without being certain where it leads. Choose one way, and a monster tends your flesh. Choose another, and your heart turns to stone or fire or glass.”
This was a wonderful addition to the Folk of the Air series! It’s similar to The Lost Sisters in that we get significant backstory on one of the main characters of the series, this time Cardan. This book also serves as an epilogue to the trilogy, since we see Jude and Cardan after the events of The Queen of Nothing. We get a taste of what they’re up to and how they run things, as well as how things are going in the mortal world. We got to see a lot of Cardan in the series proper, but seeing his backstory from his perspective and getting into his head was fantastic. I didn’t feel like we needed it in the main three books, but having a novella that rounds out his character a little more is a very fun and welcome addition.
I think this may now be my favourite fairy tale!
If you read the series before reading this everything is easily related and understood. And yet it is still its own little story. I found this read to be very clever and overall very enjoyable!