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Review: The Queen Of Nothing by Holly Black

on November 22, 2019

The Queen Of Nothing (The Folk Of The Air #3)
Holly Black
Hot Key Books
2019, 306p
Purchased personal copy

Blurb {from the publisher/}:

After being pronounced Queen of Faerie and then abruptly exiled by the Wicked King Cardan, Jude finds herself unmoored, the queen of nothing. She spends her time with Vivi and Oak, watches her fair share of reality television, and does the odd job or two, including trying to convince a cannibalistic faerie from hunting her own in the mortal world.

When her twin sister Taryn shows up asking of a favour, Jude jumps at the chance to return to the Faerie world, even if it means facing Cardan, who she loves despite his betrayal.

When a dark curse is unveiled, Jude must become the first mortal Queen of Faerie and uncover how to break the curse, or risk upsetting the balance of the whole Faerie world.

This was my most anticipated book of 2019. After the shock endings of both The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King, I needed to know how this was all going to end. The first two books had so many unexpected and twisted moments. Jude was one of the most interesting character perspectives I’d read from in years. A human living in a world of fae, who had carefully honed her skills, gathered and cultivated power, elevated herself to a position where she controlled the King. That all came tumbling down around her at the conclusion of the second book and I was anxious to see how Jude was coping with her exile and how she planned to rid herself of it.

This book isn’t a thick one, it’s only 300p so it opens up right into action. Jude has been back in the mortal world a little while, taking odd jobs for some of the fae who occupy this realm. But it isn’t long before her sister Taryn appears to beg a favour from Jude – immune to glamour, she needs Jude to take her place at an inquest at Court. Jude will be able to answer truthfully what would be a lie for Taryn and even though Jude still has conflicted feelings about her twin, she can’t deny that she doesn’t want to return to the faerie world – and to Cardan, even though he made her trust him before betraying her and then banishing her.

This series has always been so clever – I knew the title of this book before I knew the ending of book 2, so it was such a moment where everything fell into place. There’s a moment like that in this book too, where the cover suddenly makes sense and everything kind of comes together. It’s good to see that actually, Jude and Cardan at not at each other’s throats here. They’ve spent the last two books alternating between hate, fascination and something else. He refused to acknowledge her as his Queen when she asked him to at the end of the previous book. He can’t lie but he can just not answer and so Jude doesn’t trust him when they come face to face again. But they have a common enemy who is getting ever closer to taking Cardan’s crown…..and therefore Jude’s as well.

Jude has always been really clever and sneaky and brave and has always used everything she has at her disposal but she’s still always felt inferior. I mean, she is inferior. Humans lack a lot of what the fae possess but she’s allowed that sometimes to overwhelm her, even as she’s manipulating and besting them. She’s not sure that they will ever accept her as a Queen, even if Cardan does. But she comes into herself in this book, she assumes her role and grows into it with strength and confidence and also fear and mistakes. Because she is human and she’s going to make them, she’s going to mess up sometimes, she’s going to be outplayed and outmanoeuvred. But she bounces back every single time, she regroups and thinks again and gets right back into it.

I raced through this, because I was so keen to get my answers and see how it ended. But I think I’d like the time to sit back and read all three books back to back, slowly this time and allow a lot of the game playing and strategy and the like to sink in. There’s a lot of cleverness going on that I think I mostly skimmed over but will be more absorbed in a second reading. I just wanted to find out what was next for Cardan and Jude, whether they were ever going to be able to salvage something from betraying each other because I am total trash for these two kids just working it all out and putting their heads together and scheming against the rest of the world. And I’ve read some reviews, some of which are highly critical of the ending. Which I won’t spoil but all I can say is…after the previous two endings, the drama and intrigue, the shocks and betrayal, I’m okay with something a little different. It’s a different tone, because things have changed. Moved on. And it might be a bit cheesy, but I don’t mind that. And I’m not ashamed to admit it!

I have really enjoyed this series. I’d love to see more from it again one day in the future, maybe from a different perspective or something, but if not, this has been a roller coaster reading experience.


Book #196 of 2019

One response to “Review: The Queen Of Nothing by Holly Black

  1. […] The Queen Of Nothing by Holly Black. Yasss. I love this whole series. My review. […]

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