The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black
Published November 19th, 2019 by Little, Brown
Genres YA Fantasy
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 always have a hard time writing spoiler free reviews when they are from my favorite books and series. I love this series and I really enjoyed The Queen of Nothing. I’m a big fan of Jude and Cardan so I was eager to see where this story went after the conclusion of The Wicked King. I am going to keep this review spoiler free so there is a lot I’m not going to mention. I was surprised with the reason that Jude returns to Elfhame and I was actually quite surprised by the ending. I spent the last quarter of the book trying to figure out how it would end and I wasn’t even close. I’ve read some reviews where people were disappointed with this book and the ending and most have valid, understandable points. But I really loved it, probably because it turned out much different from what I expected. I love a lot of the characters in these books and it was great to see them wrap things up by the end of the book. I will say, I totally wouldn’t be mad if one day Holly Black decided to write an epilogue to this story because I’m curious about what will happen a few years down the road. Overall, a great ending to a great series where we got to see a lot of change and growth in some of these characters over the course of the books.