The Queen of Nothing

We return to the final installment of Holly Black’s trilogy to find out if power and ambition help us rise to the top, or if love and humanity ultimately persevere.

I feel like a constellation of wounds, held together with string and stubbornness.

— Holly Black

Synopsis:

As the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude Duarte is biding her time until she can return to Faerie and exact her revenge on those who betrayed and underestimated her. When she returns under the guise of her deceptive twin sister, Jude discovers a land on the brink of war. She must weigh her humanity against her ambition when a curse threatens the land and her love.

I think of his riddle.
How do people like us take off our armor? One piece at a time.

— Holly Black

Review:

Let’s be honest, I didn’t see the serpent coming. But then again, it’s a magical world of fairies and hobs and all sorts of magical creatures that, by the time I got to this book, I just go with it. Who am I to question the validity of a serpent-curse in this story? By all means, let’s see where this takes us. Should I look too far into why that happened? Nah.

While the second half of the book felt like it took off in a direction I didn’t see coming, I quite enjoyed it. I enjoyed the riddle that Jude was forced to solve, and the task with which she faced.

The Heather character in all three books was a bit of a detraction, but I guess she’s there to show the discord between what humans would normally expect, and what Jude has come to see as truth and commonplace.

I enjoyed this book as much as I did The Wicked King, and more than The Cruel Prince. While these aren’t books that I would buy or reread, I really had fun delving into such a rich magical world! Highly recommended to anyone who already loves this genre (but let’s be real, if that’s so then you’ve already read them), or anyone who is in a reading slump and needs a change of pace. Thank you Holly Black for your vividly wicked imagination!

By you, I am forever undone.

— Holly Black

The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3)
by Holly Black
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published November 19th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Summary

While these aren't books that I would buy or reread, I really had fun delving into such a rich magical world! Highly recommended to anyone who already loves this genre (but let's be real, if that's so then you've already read them), or anyone who is in a reading slump and needs a change of pace. Thank you Holly Black for your vividly wicked imagination!

— Cassie
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