The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
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.
Synopsis from Goodreads
I've really enjoyed this series from Holly Black and I love that she left us on such a great cliffhanger at the end of The Wicked King, so of course I was excited to read The Queen of Nothing. Did Cardan really betray Jude, or was it part of a plan? Will he remain king or will Madoc stage a coup? Will Jude ever get back to Faerie? The Queen of Nothing gives us answers to all of these questions and an overall satisfying ending.
Need More Jude and Cardan Time
Once again, my biggest complaint is the lack of time Cardan and Jude spend together. Although we get hints that her exile was all a part of Cardan's plans and that he tried to contact her while she was in the human world, they never really have a discussion about it. It's all well and good that they are clearly in love with each other, but they really need to have a conversation about it. I feel like we never fully get to see them be honest and open with each other, something that I've been waiting for since the first book, so that was a letdown.
Still Not a Fan of Taryn
Wow, I still could not care less about Taryn and her entire storyline. She literally shows up out of know where, seems surprised that Jude would be upset with her, and then throws down her announcement about why she needs Jude's help. I mean, I'm glad she found some courage and stood up to Locke, but I continue to find her incredibly boring and one dimensional. That said, it seems like Black is definitely leaving the door open for more Taryn novellas in the future since we don't know what happens to her and her baby...and were we seeing Ghost fall in love with her?? Maybe something interesting will finally happen to her...
Good Ending to the Series
Overall, I thought this was a good ending to this trilogy. Most characters are given the chance to develop (so the focus isn't solely on Jude) and the loose ends are nicely tied up. I did have an issue over how Locke reached his end; it would've been more cathartic to actually have some showdown between him and Cardan or him and Jude, but his death happens off scene which was a bit odd. Madoc's fight for the crown is well-thought out, but again, the final showdown was less than I was expecting. Still, I was really happen with how everything resolved itself.
Overall, this was a really quick and easy book to read and a satisfying ending to the series. Although I will always want more Cardan/Jude time, I thought Black did a good jump bringing this series to an end...although I wouldn't be surprised if we get some novellas in the future! I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the other books in the series, to those who like fantasy books about faeries, and to anyone who enjoys Cassandra Clare or other Holly Black books.
FINAL RATING: 3.5/5
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