Book Review: The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

Updated: May 31, 2020

The Queen of Nothing

Author: Holly Black

Series: The Folk of the Air #3

Publisher: Little, Brown

Genre: Fantasty, YA

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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.

my review

This review has spoilers. You have been warned.

Okay, so I either I somehow read the wrong copy, but did we just get a happy ending?

Oh my god, we got a happy ending.

We got it.

We actually got it.

I'm going to cry.

There is such a popular concept where people believe tragedies equals good writing, and so if your story has a happy ending it's "cheesy" and hence "badly written". But I've been getting really, really sick of that. I read books, watch TV shows, and movies so that tI can escape reality. If I want pain, I can just to back to reality and stop reading. The reason I read is that I want to live through happy endings in the form of novels.

I cannot be happier with the ending of this series. This series has proved itself and to use readers that you can have the most tortuous and cruel storyline but still end up with a happy and satisfying ending. Although I feel like it is a bit rushed, and logically Cardan's bad tendencies should take a longer time to be fixed. The entire snake storyline was random and it was over before I knew it. I could see this being one of the biggest hated points in this entire series. However, because I just so goddam static that Cardan and Jude ended up in a happily ever after as High King and High Queen that I completely said "screw it" and threw all the problems this book has out the window.

Now, if you can excuse me, I'm going to go off in my little celebration 🎉.

Rating: 5/5

about the author

Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over thirty fantasy novels for kids and teens. She has been a finalist for an Eisner Award and the Lodestar Award, and the recipient of the Mythopoeic Award, a Nebula, and a Newbery Honor. Her books have been translated into 32 languages worldwide and adapted for film. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret library.


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My name is Anne and I read as much as I breathe. I started The Reading Life at the beginning of 2016 so I can share my love of reading and connect with other fellow bookworms. 

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