The Stolen Heir: A Novel of Elfhame (Volume 1)

The Stolen Heir: A Novel of Elfhame (Volume 1)
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January 03, 2023
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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.

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Holly Black has returned to the beloved world of Elfhame, with a fantastic companion duology, with Prince Oak now the central character. It has been a minute since I read the original series and while I am sure rereading would have been a pleasure it wasn’t strictly necessary to enjoy this new story. It is told from Wren’s perspective.
Wren’s character is completely enthralling throughout. She has endured so much tragedy and abuse at the hands of her parents once they pulled her from the mortal world as a child. We find her living a small ghostlike existence in the wild. She is swept up in Oak’s latest quest to travel to her home and save his father, Madoc from imprisonment. She is so love-starved and Oak is so charming that it is hard for her to trust their budding friendship and possible romance as being a true event and not a trick.
Oak and Wren both are coming to terms with their pasts and there is growth in both their characters during their journey. I am all for their relationship so the ending was a complete surprise in how she reacted to discovering the truth about her power.
Overall, I could not put this book down. I read it in under 24 hours and lost so much sleep because I was completely immersed in the world Holly Black had created and rooting so much for these characters. I loved returning to the world of Elfhame and am so glad there are new engaging stories to read. I am thankful the wait is over for the next book.
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