The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
Published by Little, Brown and Company on November 19th, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
“By you, I am forever undone.”
Aloha from Honolulu! This was the first book I read while on vacation with my family in Hawaii. This was just one of many books I stuffed in my carry-on suitcase 🙂
In the finale of The Folk of the Air series, Jude is still left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, but is determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity happens to arrive in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.
Jude must risk everything 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.
As panic spreads throughout the land after a terrible curse is unleashed, Jude has to choose between her ambition and her humanity.
I’m going to be 100 percent honest here. I don’t know what it is about these books, but I just can’t get enough of them.
Every time I pre-order the books, I want to sit outside my mailbox and wait for them to arrive.
The thing is, this series isn’t perfect in any way. It’s not groundbreaking, it’s not unique, and it’s not even perfectly-plotted.
But goddamnit, I couldn’t put this down! I would take small swim breaks and then immediately want to dry off to finish this.
This book was such a great conclusion for Folk of the Air fans. We got a very satisfying ending with Jude and Cardan. And come on! Who doesn’t ship them?! There’s always such a pull toward the “Misunderstood Bad Guy Turned Good” trope.
What Black continues to surprise me with is her ability to portray complex relationships.
Jude is constantly battling her feelings for Cardan, her sisters, and her father. How can you love a father who became your father by killing your own? He love you, but he loves power more. I loved watching them play chess as they fought for power.
There’s a big war happening in Elfhame, but the biggest was the one Jude had to battle herself, her feelings for the Faerie world and the crown.
And can we talk about that hot scene between Jude and Cardan? It was A LOT. And you know… I could’ve done without the tail, but it was a great scene for shippers who’ve shipped them from the beginning!
I will miss these characters and the world of Elfhame, but I can’t wait to see what else Black puts out next! For now, I may have to read The Cruel Prince again to remember the “Will they won’t they” moments between Jude and Cardan again.