RELEASE DATE: November 19, 2019
AUTHOR: Holly Black
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Fae, Magic.
PUBLISHER: Hot Key Books
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.
“I spent much of my life guarding my heart. I guarded it so well that I could behave as though I didn’t have one at all.”
The Queen of Nothing is the final installment in the Folk of the Air trilogy. I’ve been eagerly waiting for this book, since I’ve finished the Wicked King which ended with a huge cliffhanger. It was really hard to write this review. Well, If I’m honest, I think this was an enjoyable finale but It wasn’t as amazing as I thought it would be. I’m not saying that I didn’t like it because I really did and that’s why I gave it a 4 stars, but the reason that It didn’t get full five stars because I expected more from it. There’s no intense battle scenes, power plays, epic revenge plans. And also I didn’t expect this book to be sooo short. So many things were rushed in the second half. What I’m trying to say is that this could’ve been even more better.
The story continues three months after Jude’s banishment to the mortal world. She currently lives in a dingy apartment with her sister. She survives by doing side jobs for fae by hunting troublesome creatures. While living in the mortal world, she couldn’t forget Cardan’s betrayal. She plans to take back her rightful place as the Queen of Elflame but she can’t go back without getting herself killed. Opportunity comes in the form of her Twin sister Taryn who desperately needs her help. In order to save her sister’s life, Jude disguises herself as Taryn and brings herself to the Faerie court and confronts her husband, King Cardan. Since she’s been gone so much had changed in Elflame and once again she gets tangled in the court politics. When a deadly curse brings chaos in Elflame, Jude gets torn between her heart and humanity.
I loved all the characters in this book! Jude was fierce and ruthless, as always. She never backs down even when things were hopeless. Her character development was the best. I really like Cardan, but in this book he seemed very different. He was too soft and I really missed the wicked side of him. We finally get his backstory and the prophecy about his birth. The romance was okay-ish for me but the missing letters from Cardan to Jude would’ve made the difference. It contains Cardan’s true feelings for Jude and we’ve been anticipating to hear his thoughts from book one. I’m really disappointed that it is limited to Barnes and Noble edition. I think it’s an important part of the story and I feel that it was totally unfair to the other readers. Thankfully, some kind readers posted them on the internet. The supporting characters were pretty good especially Grima Mogg. She was a total badass! I also loved Madoc. Even though he’s sort of a Villain who wanted to dethrone Cardan, I still loved his character. I always enjoyed the father and daughter relationship between him and Jude. Jude’s step-sister Vivi is pretty amazing too and her step brother Oak was adorable. Bomb and Ghost were also a good addition. Taryn is still my least favorite in the series.
The plot was very much entertaining with a fairytale twist but it wasn’t extraordinary. Although I enjoyed every minute of it, it was missing that wow factor. Honestly, the characters were the best part of this series. The curse was a nice twist but the riddle to break the curse was pretty easy to guess. The story moved in a fast pace, and because it’s a short read some major things happened offpage, and the ending was very much rushed. It was my major issue with this book. The author’s writing was captivating as always. It’s too bad that we didn’t get multiple POV’s. The setting was fascinating. I loved getting back into this world and exploring more of Elflame.
Overall, I liked it! Even though it didn’t meet my expectations, I still had lots of fun reading it and I’m sad that it was finally over. I hope we get a spin off series in the future.
I highly recommend this series if you like dark fantasy that has wicked fae, court politics, and a kickass heroine.
So, What do you think of this series? Have you read it yet? Do you Plan to read it?
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