Book Review: The Stolen Heir by Holly Black


My book review of The Stolen Heir by Holly Black. A runaway queen. A reluctant prince. And a quest that may destroy them both.

Title: The Stolen Heir

By: Holly Black

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 356

Release Date: January 3rd, 2023

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

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.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black returns to the opulent world of Elfhame in the first book in a thrilling new duology, following Jude's brother Oak, and the changeling queen, Suren.


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I've not read the previous books in this world, so I went into this story with fresh eyes not knowing a whole lot about the characters or the world I was stepping into.

I found the characters to be easy to fall in love with and the story to be entertaining. This world is wonderful, but sadly unmemorable. Although I enjoyed the read, It's been hard for me to recall the details on the pages as I'm writing this review.

Maybe I should read the first books in this world and see how they make me fee.

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