The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

The Details

Publisher: Little, Brown
Published: November 19th, 2019
Genres: YA, Fantasy,  Romance
My Rating: 5 Stars

This is the 3rd book in the Folk of Air Series, the synopsis and my review likely have spoilers to the first two books. If you don’t wish to be spoiled, please do not continue.

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Goodreads Blurb

He will be the destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black comes the highly anticipated and jaw-dropping finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy. 

My Review

Wow, what an ending!

I distinctly remember when the first book came out I wasn’t sure if I would like these books because I’m not a big fan of Faerie books, and yet here was are having my mind blown by the amazing twists of this book.

I loved this book, I wasn’t sure how it was going to go and only one of my predictions was correct (Jude and Taryn switching places for a reason). I saw none of the rest of it coming. 

Series can be weird and hard to wrap, but I this one was so well crafted, every single loose end was tied, most neatly, some not so, but that’s how life is really, sometimes there’s a mess. 

I loved watching the arc of Jude and Cardan’s relationship. I’m a sucker for enemies to lovers stories to start– see my AO3 reading history– and I think this story showed that line between hate and love in an incredibly interesting way. I loved how we get to see Cardan work through his feelings and inward hatred throughout all three of these books. It’s just incredibly well done.

About halfway, maybe a little more through the book when the big twist happened, I did not expect anything even close to that. I finished my drive home listening to the next chapter with my hand over my mouth the whole way. I knew something was going to happen, but that wasn’t it. The twists in these books were just so perfect and lightly foreshadowed. Pure Brilliance.

I liked how Black deals with Madoc at the end, I think it’s incredibly fitting. Though I doubt there will be any more books involving these characters, the ending created the great jumping-off point needed for excellent fan fiction, and I appreciated that.

Overall I was incredibly pleased with the ending of this series– and the series in general– as I said earlier, I’m not really a faerie book person, but these books were the exception to that rule. Now I just have to get my Friend Jen to read them so I can discuss them at length with another person.

What did you think of the wrap up to Jude’s story? Did it have everything you wanted?

Until next time Internet,

Deanna

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