I am super excited for todays review because it is for a book I was highly anticipating all year, Queen of Nothing by Holly Black! This is the last book in her Folk of the Air trilogy that started with the Cruel Prince. Finally we have reached the conclusion and I am excited to share my thoughts. Warning: There will be spoilers. You have been warned. Enjoy!
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…
I think Holly Black did a wonderful job closing out this series. Queen of Nothing was a mix of political intrigue and action and we saw so much development from all the characters. I loved seeing how Jude adjusted to the mortal world and how, obviously, she was pulled back into the drama of the courts. I really enjoyed seeing how the relationship between Jude and her sisters developed and the scenes with the three of them were truly my favorite.
One thing I was extremely surprised by was Locke’s Death.I just felt it came out of nowhere and as much as I hated the character, I did not imagine that ending for them.
The ending was extremely unexpected with Cardan’s transformation into a snake.While I think that is something Holly had been building towards, throughout the last few books, it was still strange seeing it happen. Overall I think Holly ended the series really well and every character truly got what they deserved!
What did you think of the final book in the Folk of Air series? Did you enjoy it or did it not live up the hype?
XOX Shelby Grace