Review: "The Queen of Nothing" (The Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

He will be 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.




And now that I have finally gathered my wits and emotions I can write this review.

*throws logic out of the window*

HOLY WOW THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING! I am so glad I didn't have to wait until 2020 to read QoN! There was action, treachery and romance! And lots of Jude and Cardan!

Let's take it from the beginning. Jude is exiled to the mortal lands and she does part-time works for the hiding Fae. When news about the war in Faerie arrives, Jude is uncertain if she should fight or not.
And then b*ch Tarryn appears, asking for Jude's help.

And then Jude trapeses back to the castle, posing as her sister but NO!!!!!!!!! CARDAN KNOWS WHO HE IS AND I LOVE HIS DIALOGUE AND ACCEPTANCE OF HIS FEELINGS! Not to mention that I love his style! And yes I was proved right when I had already guessed how Jude could have broken her exile and come back to Faerie. *applauses*

Now, the rest of the book passed to fast before my eyes (I enjoyed it very much). There are plotting and a floor scene and also cameos from other books by Holly Black. And the final chapters? Wow, they broke my heart only to mend it again.

The only part of the whole book that I didn't like was how fast Tarryn switched sides and had her redemption arc. After everything she did in the previous books, I haven't forgiven her and I don't think I'll ever will. Ghost, on the other hand, had a far better redemption plot which also led by the end of the book at him falling in love with Tarryn(?)

The mention to the other courts is also a good note and a nod to how masterfully Holly Black crafted this whole universe. Amazing descriptions, Fae both beautiful and terrifying with their trickery and plots. By the end of the book, I was left with the need to read more of Faerie and the mention of Oak and the wild princess makes me hope that he will too get his own story someday.

About the author:

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest, and her new series which begins with The Cruel Prince in January 2018.

She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.

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