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.
The Lost Sisters is a companion e-novella to the New York Times bestselling novel The Cruel Prince by master writer Holly Black.
While most of the (short story) book is Taryn going all ‘woe is me’ and ‘you are so stupid, Jude’, it also tells the story of a girl trying to make the best of her circumstances (“be bold but not too bold”). I don’t agree with Taryn’s choices in the least, primarily because she betrayed Jude to do so, but I can’t help but admire her tenacity and the way she eventually got what she wanted. She starts off as a pathetic girl wanting to get the fae’s approval by bending over backwards, and growing a spine by the end of it. You also regain the desire to strangle Locke for manipulating her, so it is a plus seeing his reaction to her terms.
Also, the audiobook narrator is pretty good – her vocalization was on point, the voices she gave for the other characters were also good, and she brought out Taryn’s emotional anguish, anger, and hurt very well. This story won’t make you forgive or love Taryn but it definitely is a good one to know heading into The Wicked King.
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