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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.

The Lost Sisters is a companion e-nove
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Kindle Edition, 50 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Hot Key Books
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Chaima ✨ شيماء
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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Melanie


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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Emily May
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 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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jessica
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
honestly, nothing hypes me up more for the desperately awaited sequel than the relief in knowing that the girl i cant stand (AKA taryn, AKA the worst, AKA a human pile of garbage) is still an absolute disaster of a person.

i mean, her ‘apology/explanation’ made her a little more complex and gave her some slight development, but i really cant wait to see how locke screws her over even more in ‘a wicked king.’ and im not even sorry about it. lol.

also, just your friendly reminder that its only 20 d
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MischaS_
I'm not sure what was the purpose of this "novella". Was it supposed to show that Taryn didn't do it to hurt her sister? That she's somehow brave? That she's an active player and not just a bystander?

It was written from her point of view! I expected that I would be a bit more convinced by what she was saying! But come on, any villain would do a better job trying to persuade us that his intentions are good than Tarny did.

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Taryn needs a smackdown in Blair Waldorf fashion! She's a pathetic little g
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Kai
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
how...just...how has nobody murdered Locke yet??
Helena of Sparta ✰
I didn’t sign up for 30+ pages of EXCUSES!!!

My goodness, Taryn, what an awful sister you are! It blows my mind that you and Jude are TWINS! Half of what she was subjected to...is entirely because of you! You just convinced yourself that it was okay because Jude was strong enough to fight back, rather than lying down and taking it like you. You’re absolute rubbish! You can imagine to be the lost princess in a faery tale all you like, but you can’t change the fact that all you are is a complete an
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chan ☆
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2018
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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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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Hillary
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Jiana
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taryn can throw herself and her so-called "apology" off a cliff.
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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Gaia
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
50% of me: wow the writing is so gorgeous, much love, Holly is so amazing

the other 50% of me: why the #&%&$(# did I just sit through 50 PAGES of this NONSENSE and when do I get to watch this stupid brat BURN
• Lindsey Dahling •
JUSTIFY YOUR ACTIONS HOWEVER YOU WANT, TARYN—YOU’RE STILL A DICK.

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alana ♡
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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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♆Hayley (TheVillainousReader)
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, 2018
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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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.
Riley
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kelly Brigid ♡
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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Jessica
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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Kat
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-3
This was a short novella from the perspective of Taryn set during the events of “The Cruel Prince” that shed some light on her actions with regard to Locke. Man, this just reminds me how deceptive and cruel the Faerie can be in this particular world. Well-written and heart-breaking. And now I need “The Wicked King”!

Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.
Angelica
I might have liked this more if I didn't kinda hate Taryn.

Can't wait for Queen of Nothing


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I was afraid that this short story would make me feel sorry for Taryn. IT DID NOT. I hate her even more now.



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Pre-Read Thoughts

A short story about Taryn?? Whyyyy 😲. Ugggh no. I don't want to feel sorry for her.
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My review for:

The Folk of the Air book #1 : Cruel Prince

The Folk of the Air book #2: The Wicked King
April (Aprilius Maximus)
1.) The Cruel Prince ★★★★
*.) The Lost Sisters ★★
2.) The Wicked King ★★★


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Well, this was pretty pointless and a waste of $3.99, but here we are.
Lindsay Bilgram
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, favorites
“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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The Girl Murdered by Her TBR
“And you’re going to forgive me. You have to. You’re my sister, my twin. You’ve got to understand. If I just explain it right, I know you’re going to understand.”

UHM OKAY... I've decided that this wasn't necessary. Why? Oh, because it made me hate Taryn more than I already do. Seriously, I hate her guts. She became a lovesick fool. The worst part of her obsession with Locke is she doesn't really know if the feeling is mutual, if her so-called love is even real. Also, Locke, that fox-like dude i
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Hamad
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads, e-books
This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription

Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

This short story is set between TCP and TWK and it is a message from Taryn to Jude and I know many hates Taryn, but unpopular opinion time, I feel sad for her and let’s be real, IRL we are closer in character to Taryn than Jude so let’s not pretend that we are all perfect and don’t make mistakes. I think that’s what Holly was trying to achieve in this short story which was well written!
Sh3lly
The Cruel Prince: ★★★★★

This was good! Although I do understand Taryn better now, I still don't like her. However, her actions are believable. Some young women/young adults are motivated by romance and status and appearances, etc. Not every female in a fantasy story has to use swords and wear pants. I personally find those characters more interesting, but it's nice to have a contrast.

I hate Locke. Hate him. He is despicable. A user, abuser, annoying, deceiver. While he does admit he is basically
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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

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“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.” 37 likes
“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.” 32 likes
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