- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Hot Key Books (19 November 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1471408507
- ISBN-13: 978-1471408502
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
- Customer Reviews: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,09,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Her titles include the Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare) and the Folk of the Air series, which begins with The Cruel Prince in 2018, nominated for the CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019, and winner of the Silver Inky for best International YA book. She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door. Follow Holly at blackholly.com or @HollyBlack
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Holly Black raised the bar in her second book only to let us fall in the third but still, it was good and the best, in terms of romance.
A major part of the book was filler and honestly, she could have just finished the series in two books. I only read this series because Jude and Cardan memes are hilarious. You’d be surprised.
Speaking about surprise, Oh, Cardan! How could someone not love a sad drunk loser? Apparently, no one because he’s become even more witty, humorous and compassionate.
Jude is just a....nah for me. I couldn’t empathise with her throughout the book and Madoc, god, he’s the most 2D villain I’ve ever read.
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Now exiled from the land of Faerie, despite being its High Queen, Jude is attempting to live her life in the mortal world with her older sister, Vivi, and their little brother Oak, taking on some odd jobs for other fae who dwell in the mortal world. When her sister Taryn turns up on their doorstep with some surprising news requesting Jude’s help, she can’t help but be pulled back towards Faerie and the place she considers home.
Naturally, because it’s Jude, chaos ensues.
It was so satisfying to see Taryn finally come into her own in this book, and for Jude, Taryn and Vivi to be a supportive little coven of sisters. I did spend a lot of the novel, much like Jude, nervous that Taryn might betray her again, but Taryn has finally found her own voice in this third and final book and no longer needs Locke and Madoc to make her decisions for her by using her. Seeing the three sisters finally working together was one of my favourite things about this book.
But I can’t deny that I also loved all the scenes that Jude and Cardan shared. I don’t know what it is about this series that works for me because Cardan should be the kind of YA love interest I hate, but he and Jude are like two sides of the same coin and they just work. Cardan is a lot softer in this book than he’s been in the previous books, but given the glimpse into his past we’re given right at the beginning of this novel I think that makes sense and, to be honest, Cardan is the softer character out of him and Jude.
That’s probably hard to believe in The Cruel Prince, when he and his friends are so darn mean, but Jude straight-up murders people throughout this series (and it’s awesome) whereas a lot of Cardan’s behaviour is a kind of armour he’s had to build up because of the world and family he’s been born into. I find him really interesting – he reminds me a little of Baz from Carry On, who’s also a secret soft mess under his layers of venom – and I enjoyed all of his scenes a lot.
That doesn’t mean this book isn’t without its problems and I have a feeling it’s going to be a fairly polarising finale not because of its ending or anything, but because of the way we get to that ending. Like the other books in this trilogy, The Queen of Nothing moves along at quite a fast pace and there are plenty of moments that could have been drawn out or questions that could have been answered.
For example, I thought we might learn a bit more about Jude’s parents, particularly her mother, and I’m surprised Cardan’s mother didn’t play a bigger part in the book. Then again, their stories have never really been the point of this trilogy. We can dive into the kinds of mothers they were all we like, but what really matters is how their parenting has left Jude and Cardan the way they are. Not only that but, in Jude’s case, the parent who’s had the most impact on her is Madoc; it’s Madoc who, for better or worse, has turned Jude into the scheming Slytherin queen she is.
In a way I quite liked that Cardan’s mother teased Jude with the stories she could tell Jude about her own mother’s behaviour, but Jude never rises to that bait. Maybe one day she’ll learn more about her mother in her own time but, ultimately, Jude has got to where she is through her own blood, sweat and tears, and she doesn’t need stories about anyone who’s come before her to validate her. I kind of love that.
I could see where the plot was going from fairly early on and I could guess the solution to the novel’s major problem straight away, but, honestly, I didn’t care. This series is just so much fun to read; these books are like popcorn, sweet and salty and moreish, and I’ve read this whole trilogy this year purely and simply to be swept away somewhere else and entertained. This final book continued to do that for me, and I really enjoyed it!
I can’t even say I’m sad this series has now come to an end because a story arc has come to a close and it felt like a fitting ending, even if we did get to that ending a lot more easily than I expected, but I would love to see Holly Black write more books set in the world of Faerie because her world-building in this trilogy is one of my favourite things about it.
But there wasn’t enough Cardan for me. And I found the moments they were together a little less satisfying than I had hoped for. For some reason Cardan had changed immeasurably since Jude’s time in the mortal world. I found it strange how he was willing to be so honest and open with her virtually immediately after they had spent the first two books lying and twisting their words.
Saying that I really enjoyed the ending and certainly didn’t see it coming. And it was a very satisfying conclusion to the end of the series.
THE QUEEN OF NOTHING started off really well for me, I felt back with the crew I loved rather quickly and into the current events. The pace of this final instalment moved fast and I liked it. Jude in the human world, life continuing in the faerie world but predictably, those worlds crossed. From there, I had some pacing issues, I would love a number of chapters, then feel a bit bored for a few.
I loved elements of this book but then I struggled with some plot developments. The bridle was a great plot device that…came to little. The snake was a great plot device that…I don’t know what that was. I loved the crown, I loved the throne and I loved Jude’s connection to the earth. So many exciting things but when that excitement didn’t come to fruition, I felt a bit disappointed.
Jude and Carden had a different dynamic in this book and I am going to leave it there even though I want to say so much more. There was a hole missing and I am grateful I got to see the letters from the Barnes & Noble edition because that filled the hole up. That leaves me thinking why wasn’t that part of the main body of the story; I just don’t get it.
I hope all that doesn’t sound too negative because overall this was read brought enjoyment and excitement with the frustration. I am happy with where the story ended up despite the fast wrap-up. I will look back at this series as a great one and a memorable one. I just wanted a bit more from this book.
"How do people like us take off our armor?
One piece at a time."
This book continues from where the Wicked King left off, with Jude in exile and Cardan being out of her grasp and taking charge of the realm of Elfhame. From the first pages, we get to know more about Cardan’s past and the prophecy foretold at his birth, which explained why he was treated so badly by his father, siblings and even his own mother. Meanwhile, Jude is trying to readapt to living with her sister Vivi and little brother Oak, in the mortal world but her heart is full of longing for the faerie realm. Still reeling from Cardan’s betrayal, in her mind she’s plotting how to get back to Elfhame. And when her twin sister Taryn comes begging for her help, she decides to go back to Faerie and confront everything head-on, including her feelings for the High King.
I absolutely enjoyed how this book developed. Things get really intense, a war is brewing and everyone involved lays their cards on the table but it doesn’t mean that there is no more scheming involved. We get to see the true nature of every character in this book and how they ended up in the position they were in.
Cardan has been my favorite starting from book one and it was such a delight to see his character arc evolve so beautifully. The way he expresses his feelings for Jude without waiting for her to profess it back had my heart melting. He has become a true king of Faerie, one that cares about more than the crown, one that wants his people to truly love and respect him.
Jude has also grown a lot throughout the series. I didn’t quite like her in the beginning but by the end, I loved her strength and ability to adapt to any hard situation and emerge a victor. The tender moments between her and Cardan were sizzling with chemistry and passion and I was deeply happy to see them come undone in each other's arms.
I tried not to race through this book because I didn’t want it to be over too quickly, I didn’t want to part ways with these characters just yet. The ending was perfect for a trilogy that kept my heart racing through each chapter. I could finally take a moment and breath and enjoy how things turned out. So overall, I enjoyed this series, it was a rollercoaster of emotions and I would love if the author would make a spin-off, maybe about Jude’s sisters or her brother Oak.
Also, the author is very good at writing about intrigue & backstabbing, but she is terrible writing about battle. Some of the scenes felt so minimalistic and rushed over.
Some of the character development feels unearned, and the most important, pivotal moment in this book (when Jude has to make a decision) is decided by whether or not she loves Carden.
But there are so few scenes with Jude and Carden, that it is impossible to conclude anything from them. The central relationship, even though it decides the outcome of the plots/ book/ kingdom, at times feels like a side plot.
Also, the premise of the opening few chapters is based around Jude’s exile. Yet we are supposed to believe that she is incredibly intelligent (more so than other characters) yet cannot solve an obvious “riddle”? Not even a riddle as it is phrased literally.
Still, many of the scenes and dialogue were mesmerising, e.g. “I didn’t know I COULD hurt you” sums up a lot of character motivation/ dynamic.
I agree with other reviewers that pacing feels off. Some of the chapters feel a bit light, and maybe the author could have spent more time developing the integrity and believability of the central relationship.
Don’t even get me started on the ending... it is almost the equivalent of a story that ends with “and it was all a dream.” The author builds a convincing, compelling dark fairy tale for 3 books, only to end it in such a ridiculous and unearned way. It is an ending transplanted from a different book, a different story.
So many plot points were unresolved. I agree with another reviewer that the book could have benefitted from dual perspective. Mainly it needed more scenes between Jude and Carden to make sense. The author isn’t writing a romance, but it feels fake to base a plot resolution on the romance without a strong relationship between the characters.
One version of the novel was published with Carden’s letters to Jude, these are worth Googling as they fill in some blanks!
I loved every single moment. It was everything I hoped for and more. I adore Jude, she has the perfect amount of strength, weakness, vulnerability, intelligence and bravery and loyalty. She is everything I would love to be and Cardan? what a wickedly wonderful little faery that I hate and love equally.
Every page was a delight and this is a series that will sit right next to all my Sarah J maas and Cassandra Clare books as ones that I will repeatedly read!
Great job! amazing writer and can't wait to see what other little treatures Holly Black writes in the future
Also that one scene? God, how I wish the book had a slightly older audience! it could have been much hotter, though it was very sweet and wonderful.
All in all I feel like this book held so much promise, and there were places where the writing was so lovely I was inclined to forgive the lazy plot devices, but ultimately the entire story fell short and, subsequently, ended the Folk of the Air trilogy on a bit of a low note.
Anyway, slow burn got me in the first 2 books that were for me near to perfection, this one is a bit meh, many very fortunate coincidences, from the synopsis i was expecting a duality between mortal and immortal decision making that it really was no where, and btw should expect a 4th book were we get to see what amazing powers come with being high king and queen as we saw very little... thanks for not murdering the story and the romance as many other series tend to do in theirs finale. God knows why!
Main Character: Jude. If you’ve not read my reviews of The Nevernight Chronicles (I recommend you do, not to toot my own horn!) you might not know how deep my love for strong, stabby women is. Jude is such an interesting character and seeing her development has been so incredible. Even from the beginning of QoN to the end she changed so much and Holly treats her with such respect and love that she is definitely one of my favourite characters.
Side Characters: You can tell how much time and love Holly puts into her books from how natural and real each of her characters feel. Each of them started in such different places to how they end and yet it seems like such a natural progression.
Cardan is obviously the biggest player other than Jude in the books and I just can’t get over how fantastic he is in this book!
Taryn and Vivi also feature regularly in this story and I always love seeing them interact not just with Jude but also with others. Their relationship truly does reflect true siblings, even if it may be slightly more extreme in regards to the betrayals.
We’re also introduced to several new characters who I truly enjoyed getting to know. Jude outwitting some of them was truly one of my favourite parts of the book!
Plot: With Jude’s banishment in place and unable to return to Elfhame we start by finding Jude learning how to live in the mortal world. She’s using her skills to make some cash on the side till a surprise return of her sister, she’s roped her into returning to Elfhame. Things obviously don’t go quite to plan, when do they ever quite for Jude?
We get sweet moments, moments of fear, shocks, and twists, and turns. We get fights and feelings. It’s a true conclusion to an epic story. Jude finally steps into her role as Queen, having to choose between fighting for what she believes in or fighting for the power she’s worked all her life to acquire. There’s a lot to unpack with this book though it moves quickly from point to point it never feels rushed.
Genre: Firmly sat in the YA Fantasy box. It’s probably the epitome of YA Fantasy. It has moments that are more risqué but they’re none to graphic and brief.
Strength: If I say everything is that too vague? I couldn’t really fault anything with this book. I enjoyed it so much I read it in about 6 hours.
Weakness: It was too short! I want more! I want more of Jude and Cardan! I want more of Madoc! I want more of Jude and her sisters! I just want more of everything! I could literally read random one-shots of this book till the cows come home!
My Opinion: I really can’t describe to you how much I love this book! It has everything I love in it and Holly Black executes it in such a phenomenal way that from the first page I was entranced! I was sucked in and was instantly along side these incredible characters as they fought for love and for power. I’ve had the tendency recently to be slightly disappointed by the ending of books, I have felt a lot of them didn’t feel right in terms of the story, almost as if they were payoffs to fans instead of the ending that would have actually happened. I thankfully didn’t feel like that with Queen of Nothing. I couldn’t have been happier with how it ending and how it brought the trilogy to a conclusion.
Star Rating: 5🌟
This book delivered on its promise and proved itself worth the wait, transporting me for several hours to a fantastic and alluring world I didn't want to leave. I will be re-reading this trilogy (and re-listening to the fantastic audiobooks) for many years to come.
But boy oh boy.. what a huge let down! This book felt like Holly Black gave up on this as she was writing it. The first half of the book reminded you why you were rooting for Jude so far. The second half however, made you feel like you didn't know Jude and Cardan at all!
Half way through the book, I felt that may be there was a bridging novella or something that I had missed surely because otherwise the plot was taking unexplainable turns out of nowhere!! What happened Holly Black?? What happened??