The Stolen Heir: A Novel of Elfhame

­Little, Brown. (The Stolen Heir: Bk. 1). Jan. 2023. 368p. Tr $20.99. ISBN 9780316592703.
Gr 9 Up–This spinoff of “The Folk of the Air” series has a ready-made fanbase eager to return to Elfhame. Readers met Suren, the abused child queen of the Court of Teeth, in The Queen of Nothing, and now she gets a novel of her own. Capricious and duplicitous, Oak has grown into a true Prince of Elfhame in the eight years since Jude and Cardan took the throne, but now he needs Suren’s help. Suren fled the Court of Teeth years ago and has been on the run ever since. Helping Oak’s quest is not in her best interest; she knows she can’t trust Oak despite his promises, but there are things Suren wants too—having a prince of Elfhame on her side might be the only way to get them. Black crafts two broken characters readers will long to unite even if they remember fae romances are never that simple. Even Black’s most experienced readers are in for a surprise.
VERDICT Flawlessly executed. This book belongs in all YA collections.

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