An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller!
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Return to the opulent world of Elfhame, filled with intrigue, betrayal, and dangerous desires, with this first book of a captivating new duology from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black.
A runaway queen. A reluctant prince. And a quest that may destroy them both.
Eight years have passed since the Battle of the Serpent. But in the icy north, Lady Nore of the Court of Teeth has reclaimed the Ice Needle Citadel. There, she is using an ancient relic to create monsters of stick and snow who will do her bidding and exact her revenge.
Suren, child queen of the Court of Teeth, and the one person with power over her mother, fled to the human world. There, she lives feral in the woods. Lonely, and still haunted by the merciless torments she endured in the Court of Teeth, she bides her time by releasing mortals from foolish bargains. She believes herself forgotten until the storm hag, Bogdana chases her through the night streets. Suren is saved by none other than Prince Oak, heir to Elfhame, to whom she was once promised in marriage and who she has resented for years.
Now seventeen, Oak is charming, beautiful, and manipulative. He’s on a mission that will lead him into the north, and he wants Suren’s help. But if she agrees, it will mean guarding her heart against the boy she once knew and a prince she cannot trust, as well as confronting all the horrors she thought she left behind.
A Great Addition to this Magical World
THIS WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
Holly Black’s decision to write this from the pov of Suren was unexpected and exciting. I loved learning about her background and the depth of her character. As another reviewer said, this is not like The Cruel Prince, and I must admit I felt disappointed reading this. It is still an excellent and captivating tale; however, it pales compared to its peers. Also, I felt as though Wren was overreacting once figuring out that Oak had kept that secret from her. She saw it as a betrayal, yet he never actually betrayed her. He even mentioned he had something important to tell her once the drama was over. After she became aware, she had a personality flip. It's interesting now that I think about it: she lived believing she was powerless, only to find she had an unimaginable amount of power within her. She was a lot like her Lady Nore in the end which is a compelling parallel. I am excited about book two. I hope it's written from Oak’s pov. I want a better glimpse at his past and more Jude and Cardan content of course.
Overall I like being brought to Elfhame again, Wrens and Oaks journey kept me up all night. Yet I can’t shake off the feeling of Stolen Heir was too rushed, I’d want more details and characters growth etc, too short of a story to make up a book. Minus one star for it. Minus another star for being literally short book that shouldn’t be priced $14.99. Cmon
Can’t Wait for Book Two
I really enjoyed this book. I think there are and will continue to be people who are disappointed that it’s not The Cruel Prince. And they’re right; it’s not. But it is a wonderful story with interesting characters and unexpected twists. I loved Wren and Oak. I loved seeing a glimpse of Oak’s dynamic with his family after all the time we spent in Jude’s POV. I hope to see everything work out for these characters in the next book, and I am excited to get in Oak’s head next time.