I did it! I read the whole The Folk of the Air trilogy (in about a month I might add). For a notorious not-finishing-any-series reader that’s quite an accomplishment haha. Candyce and I already shared our buddyreviews for The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King. Today it’s finally time for my review of The Queen of Nothing! Did the conclusion of the trilogy live up to the first two books? Keep on reading to see my thoughts on it.
There will be spoilers for The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King so beware!
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.
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
Series: The Folk of the Air #3
At first as wasn’t that big of a fan of this cover but after reading the book I actually quite like it! After finishing The Wicked King I realized how perfect the title for this one was. I love when both title and cover come together with the story like this so I’m definitely happy. It also fits quite well with the previous two covers.
Tell me what I must slay, what I must steal, tell me the riddle I must solve or the hag I must trick. Only tell me the way, and I will do it, no matter the danger, no matter the hardship, no matter the cost.
We start the book with another epilogue and this might be my favorite! I loved the ominous feeling it gave off and it got me very excited for the rest of the story. The main story starts with a small time jump after the events of The Wicked King. Jude is back in the Mortal world and not happy about it. I liked seeing her make the best of everything she learned in Faerie and trying to balance Oak’s upbringing with love and caring while also teaching him to defend himself and beware of threats.
Pretty soon we get a reason for Jude to go back to Faerie. Part of me was extremely happy this happened and how it happened. But I really wish we could’ve seen it happening haha. It would be wonderfully if Holly ever decides to write a novella where we can see this evolve.
There is no banquet too abundant for a starving man.
I highly enjoyed all the action packed scenes that follow. One of my complaints for The Wicked King involved the lack of action in the first half of the book. That was definitely not the case in tQoN. The book is pretty fast paced and maybe even a bit too short. A lot of events unfold very quickly and I wouldn’t have minded another 100 pages or so!
For me this series has always been about Jude so I didn’t mind the ‘lack’ of screentime between her and Cardan. I really enjoyed the scenes we did get but I loved her conflict with Madoc so much more. This series got me to fall in love with this very disfunctional family and I’m extremely happy with how everything played out. I think Jude found peace Both with her family and with the family she created for herself.
I have been Madoc’s protégé and Dain’s creature. I don’t know how to win any other way but theirs. It is no recipe for being a hero, but it is a recipe for success.
The characters seemed a lot less horrible, cruel and awful in this installment. Maybe I just got used to them but it seemed like only a couple of the side characters were still very wicked. And this wickedness makes for a wonderful plottwist about 3/4 into the story. Even though I guessed how it needed to be resolved almost immediately (and kept yelling that at the characters) I loved what happened. I wouldn’t have minded for this all to have taken a bit longer though.
All in all this this book was lighter than I expected and I would’ve loved it if is was a bit longer. But it was a very worthy conclusion to this wonderful series. I highly enjoyed all three books and I’m so happy I finally picked them up. Now if Holly could go right ahead an write me a couple of novellas I’d be all set! I especially need one about Vivi’s quest 😉