[Series Synopses] The Folk of the Air #1: The Cruel Prince & #1.5: The Lost Sisters

I’ve known for months that I wanted to create this set of posts, since one of my reading goals for this year is to finish off all the book series I’ve started — and in so many cases it’s been a long while and I don’t remember the characters or plot. Based on all the TCP rereads I saw leading up to the release of The Wicked King, a lot of people are in the same boat too! (I know many people have already finished rereading TCP, and read TWK as well, but since The Queen of Nothing doesn’t come out until next year these posts will hopefully still be helpful.)

And so you may have noticed The Cruel Prince hanging out on my Currently Reading shelf since January as I slowly reread and took notes. (I’ve also included The Lost Sisters in this post since it covers the same time period and events as The Cruel Prince.) I hadn’t accounted for the sheer amount of detail I wanted to record, and it took a while to figure out how exactly I wanted to format it all. While I still don’t have it completely figured out — I’m definitely open to feedback and suggestions — I’m more or less happy with how this post turned out … and here it finally is!

“Series Synopses” was created for those times when you’re ready to read the next book but can’t remember what happened previously, or forgot the characters involved, or need a quick reference for a derivative work, or anything else you want to use it for!

Hopefully obviously, herein lie SPOILERS.

The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black

1) The Cruel Prince | Goodreads | My Review 

1.5) The Lost Sisters | Goodreads | My Review

2) The Wicked King | Goodreads | My Review | Synopsis

3) The Queen of Nothing | Goodreads

The Cruel Prince Goodreads Synopsis

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him — and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.


The Lost Sisters Goodreads Synopsis

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.

Table of Contents

Each item number corresponds with the page number where you can find that section.

  1. Overview
  2.  The Cruel Prince Summary
  3. The Lost Sisters Summary
  4. Cast of Characters
  5. Worldbuilding & Vocabulary
  6. Notable Quotes

16 thoughts on “[Series Synopses] The Folk of the Air #1: The Cruel Prince & #1.5: The Lost Sisters

  1. I have sooo much appreciation for this post because as a person who read TCP months ago and still hasn’t read TWK, having a refresher on all the events that occurred within the first book is a major help!

    I’m planning on reading TWK soon, my only problem is that since I loved TCP so much I want to savour TWK and reading it now would mean I’d have to wait a whole nother year until the Queen of Nothing comes out!! Aghhh

    Anyways, great post!! Your summarizing skills are excellent 😂😂❤

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    1. ah I’m so glad this was helpful for you! I’ve been putting off TWK for the same reason, I love binging series and don’t have the time to keep rereading the same books over and over to remember what happened! and I’m also terrible at remembering characters, so that was a really important section for me to include 😅

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  2. I’ve saved this under my helpful blog posts bookmark because I haven’t gotten to this series yet and I usually try to avoid reading too many reviews but yours seems soooo helpful, plus I can follow along with your reviews as I read the books. You know, when I get to them ten years from now! Love this!

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  3. I am pretty good at finishing the series I start actually! Not that I do it quickly but ideally I have a few weeks break between each sequel because I don’t like to read them back to back at all. So I get around to them all eventually as long as I am enjoying the series. I hope finishing all the series goes well for you ^.^

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    1. thank you! I prefer binging a series if possible because I love the feeling of immersion and it’s so much fun when there are little parallels and callbacks that I remember and pick up on, but at the same time I hate waiting for the next book (or the whole series) to be published, so it’s definitely a struggle 😅

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