The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black — Review

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black.jpgSummary:

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.

Review: 4 Stars

I finally had the opportunity to read The Queen of Nothing, the long awaited conclusion to The Folk of Air series, and I really enjoyed it. I had forgotten just how much I love Holly Black’s writing and plotting, but it’s her characters that I love the most. In my opinion Holly Back’s books about faeries are the best faerie books out there, I just love the way she depicts these magical cunning folk.

And if it stings a little that he admires me primarily for my ruthlessness, well, I suppose there should be some comfort that he admires me at all.

All of the characters that we grew to love in the previous two installments return for this extremely satisfying conclusion to the series. I had forgotten just how much I love Jude and Cardan. Their enemies to lovers relationship is one of the few romances that I truly adore. Their banter makes me smirk and the dialogue Holly Black writes is extremely witty and always puts a smile on my face. I am hopeful that Holly Black isn’t done writing books in the world of faerie, holding out hope for another spin-off because I want more of this wonderful world. I am also glad that I can go back and finish her first series set in faerie, called Modern Faerie Tales.

“In the mortal world, when I thought you were my enemy, I still missed you.”
“My sweet nemesis, how glad I am that you returned.”

While I did absolutely love The Queen of Nothing, I have to admit that it didn’t outshine the plotting of The Wicked King. I actually guessed the ending to this installment, where preciously Holly Black has completely shocked me with her plot twists. The Queen of Nothing also felt too short to me. I found myself at the end in no time even though I felt like I had just started reading, but that just shows that Holly Black’s writing is truly addicting. I can’t get enough of these characters and I wished that the story was longer. The plotting just didn’t compare to previous installments and I would have liked at least another 50 pages, but probably would read about these characters for another 500. I do have to admit that the ending was satisfying and exactly what these characters deserved.

“Mock me all you like. Whatever I imagined then, now it is I who would beg and grovel for a kind word from your lips.” His eyes are black with desire. “By you, I am forever undone.”

Overall I think this was a great conclusion to one of my favorite series. I love Holly Black’s writing and characters, but expected a bit more from the plot because of the previous installments. I finished this book in a day and I am glad to be reminded just how much I love Holly Black’s stories because it had been far too long since I had read one of her books. I have many unread titles by Holly Black on my TBR and hope to slowly make my way through her backlist. If you love lighter fantasy novels I would highly recommend this series or anything by Holly Black because her books never disappoint.



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