Book Review: The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

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Angus & Robertson:–holly-black/p/9781471408502


Australian RRP: $24.99

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Page Count: 336

Published in Australia on the 19th November, 2019 by Allen and Unwin.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Sypnosis from Allen and Unwin:

‘He will be the destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne’. In this thrilling conclusion to the Faerie fantasy Folk of the Air trilogy, Jude needs to harden her heart yet again and make the most difficult decision of all…’

The intoxicating and bloodthirsty finale to the New York Times bestselling The Cruel Prince, nominated for the CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019,and New York Times bestseller The Wicked King

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, watching reality television, and doing odd jobs, including squaring up to a cannibalistic faerie.

When her twin sister Taryn shows up asking 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 break the curse, or risk upsetting the balance of the whole Faerie world.

My Review:

I feel like there’s often a penultimate mix of emotions when it comes to reaching the end of a beloved series! Especially after the monster cliffhanger in The Wicked King, which I still hadn’t accepted! The Folk of the Air had longtime been one of my very favourite series, so to say this was one of my very most anticipated releases of 2019 would be an understatement!

As soon as I started reading this, at every turn I was like:

I just needed everything to be okay! I feel like this third installment in The Folk of the Air series was my utter favourite, right from where we picked up at the start brought back all those feelings from The Wicked King back! I definitely had my own hopes and wishes for what would go down in this book, which namely involved our hate-to-love pair Jude and Cardan being reuinted and being happy!

When I first started this book, I was hooked, I practically binged the first 85% in two days and then took another two days to finish it! I always procrastinate finishing beloved series, purely for wanting to live in Elfame for as long as I could before saying goodbye! I mean, naturally, I’ll reread these books but still, reading Queen of Nothing was an utterly phenomenal reading experience, I found myself putting the book down momentarily pretty much at every turn! Just when it seems like one thing is going down, the twists and turns had me reeling!

Especially 50 pages off the end, where one of our beloved main characters finds themselves trapped within a prophesied curse – I was honestly thinking how could that be resolved! It seemed to be such a final twist, with seemingly no curse but death itself!

This was pretty much me at those last 50 pages! I wanted to read the book but didn’t want to finish it! But now that I have I am completely satisfied and couldn’t have asked for a better finale!

Jude, amazing, amazing Jude. Where do I begin? She’s been a stand out favourite of mine since I first met her in The Cruel Prince and I just constantly admired, then and now, how ruthless and utterly brave she is! Coupled with Cardan, their love to hate quips right from the get go, to their passionate reveals to one another, to Jude’s fiercely warrior self, her steely determination that Cardan can surely be saved from the prophetic curse which has come to light, her fierce protective nature towards her family, sweet little Oak, and estranged twin sister Taryn, who frankly I loved to hate her but happily admit I respected her a smidge more after a reveal that she made upon her first appearance in Queen of Nothing!

Every aspect of this book was a sheer joy to read and as always, Holly Black will remain a stand out favourite author of mine! I’m yet to read her Fairie novellas, so I can’t wait to delve into those! But I also know I’ll be thinking about The Queen of Nothing for a good while yet!

Honestly, if you’re yet to feast your eyes on The Folk of The Air series, pick them up! They’ll pull you right into a world of dark magic and amazing banter and everything in between, and they won’t let go for a good while!

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