Title: The Queen of Nothing
Series: The Folk of Air #3
Author: Holly Black
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…
Wow. Wow. Wow.
What an ending to an amazing trilogy.
I know it’s a hate it or love it kind of series and I’ve seen many who didn’t like this trilogy, but I can honestly say it’s one of my favourite! This might mainly be because I’m a huge sucker for the enemies-to-lovers trope. Give me any book with that trope in it and I can almost guarantee that I’ll like it more from the get-go.
I was captivated from the beginning of The Cruel Prince and it kept its hooks in me all the way through the three books. Starting The Queen of Nothing I was already on the edge of my seat, not knowing how it would all pan out for Jude. I was unsure whether to flat out hate on Cardan or cross my fingers for them to patch things up… who am I kidding, of course it was the second option.
The story kept me on my toes and I was never fully certain how things would end.
Cardan and Jude have definitely become one of my favourite enemies-to-lovers couple and I was rooting for them until the very end.
It’s a trilogy I can see myself reading over and over again.
The pacing of the story was solid, the language, as in the other two books, was easy to read so it didn’t take long to finish the book (sadly).
The world-building was overall very interesting and I would like to see more from it, from another perspective, which means I will definitely have to get my hands on Cardan’s How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories, which apparently is a set of children’s stories from Elfhame, but narrated by Cardan? I don’t know, but I will have to find out.
All in all I truly enjoyed this trilogy and this third and final book and I highly recommend it to any YA fantasy fans out there.
I apologise for the slightly shorter review than normal. I would like to ask you, what do you prefer to read – short reviews or longer, detailed reviews?