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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, where 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 17, 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 had left behind.
See also: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) by Holly Black
I had high expectations for this book and I was not let down. I enjoyed reading this book so much that I could not stop thinking about the ending for hours after finishing it. In The Stolen Heir, Holly Back captures the true darkness of magic and how strong the craving for revenge can be.
This book is told from the perspective of a runaway queen who ends up on a quest with a prince to find her mum. In this book I liked seeing Jude and Carden (characters from the other books) in a new perspective that comes from different characters rather than themselves. I also liked the aspect of a different time period because it is set eight years into the future, which allowed me to see how a certain Prince had changed and how he isn't so sweet and small anymore.
This is the first book in a while that has made me gasp out loud and for that I thank you, Holly Black! So I recommend people buy this book as soon as they can - they will not regret it.
Suggested Reading Age 14+