The Queen of Nothing

The Queen of Nothing

Book - 2019 | First edition.
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"As the exiled Queen of Faerie, Jude must travel back to Elfhame to help her twin sister, Taryn, and uncover how to break a dark curse threatening the whole Faerie world"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316310420
0316310425
Branch Call Number: TEEN BLACK
Characteristics: 308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Jennings, Kathleen - Illustrator

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Linyarai
Feb 09, 2020

I read this for the "A Guilty Pleasure" part of my 2020 reading challenge. I loved every book in this trilogy, and this was no exception. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, and it was great how a lot of the characters came together at the end. It didn't end in tears or a panic attack, and I appreciate that.

LoganLib_Kirra Jan 30, 2020

After the rollercoaster of emotions in The Wicked King, we’ve come back to Faerie, to Jude, and to Cardan for the thrilling conclusion of The Folk of the Air series. I was actually expecting this book to be longer being the last in the series but Holly Black is the type of writer to keep everything fast-paced, to the point and not to waste time when there’s action waiting. I think the story of Jude and Cardan wrapped up well and I liked the way Jude’s journey ended but I’d love to learn more about the secondary characters such as Nicasia. As Princess of the Undersea I would love to know more about their kingdom and her mother’s role as Queen.

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kazmi_nida
Jan 26, 2020

I think this book is probably the weakest of the three, and the final battle feels too drawn out. But I was pleasantly surprised to see such positive growth between Jude and Cardan. Honestly didn’t expect a HEA but glad that there was.

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CourtneyEHK
Jan 21, 2020

An enjoyable experience, I gave it a 3.5/5.

The few things that brought the rating down for me was the predictability of the story and surprisingly Jude!

Throughout the first two books I really enjoyed reading about how ruthless and cunning Jude was but in this book I found her more to be annoying and a bit naive. Which to me doesn't follow the same character arc she was building in the first two books. So many times I was very disappointed with how Jude was portrayed.

What wasn't disappointing, surprisingly was Taryn. I have made it no secret about my dislike for her but she redeemed herself in my eyes. I will leave it at that since I don't want to give too much away!

I enjoyed reading about Cardan as well but he was very obviously in love and extremely predictable. He wasn't as wicked and mischievous as he was in the previous books which left me in times a bit disappointed in his character.

Even though it was by no means as great as the second book, The Wicked King, it was still enjoyable to see how the story unfolded. I just wish it wasn't so predictable lol I feel like a broken record but it really was!!!

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fantasyqueen
Jan 09, 2020

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caroette
Jan 07, 2020

This was a perfect ending for the series. The whole way through I was always a 4 star person for the previous books. This conclusion was a great way to end the story and wrap up the loose ends. This series will take you on a roller coaster ride full of intrigue, court drama, shocking plot twists, gut retching as well heart warming romance.

PimaLib_ChristineR Dec 19, 2019

You know how people overuse the word "satisfying" lately? It's right up there with "literally." But I was truly satisfied with the ending to The Cruel Prince trilogy. Black has a knack for blending modern life with the land of faerie in a way that often makes me laugh, like the girls trying to describe a gummy worm to Cardan. It's this blend that keeps Black's stories unique in a world loaded with YA faerie fantasies.

Once again Jude is thrown into Elfhame, even though she returns under the threat of death. But of course, we knew she would... Her father is ready to declare war on her husband. Where will her loyalties lie? I don't think I'll be giving anything away to say that Black ended the story the way most of her fans would want it, even if it is a bit tidy for a messy, realistic (as realistic as fantasy gets anyway) story.

So when I said "satisfying" I meant it. Satisfying doesn't quite push all the buttons. At the beginning of the story, Jude is once again stuck in her "Why let the facts get in the way of my paranoia?" mindset and it makes me a little crazy. To her benefit, she got out of it much more quickly than in the first book. I'm also less than thrilled that at least a couple of characters (okay, three off the top of my head) get no comeuppance for prior poor behavior. I mean, it doesn't have to be this realistic does it?!

Regardless, if you liked the first two in the trilogy, I think you'll be pleased with this conclusion. Its plot is clever and the burgeoning relationship between Jude and Cardan is sweet and funny. Check it out!

JCLStefanieE Dec 18, 2019

Super satisfying conclusion to this fabulous faerie trilogy. I love the complicated characters and magical world that Holly Black has created for this series and I am sorry to see them go.

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zlildemon
Dec 16, 2019

Had a hold on this book for basically an entire month and I ended up finishing it within 6 hours after it auto-checked out on my app. Entirely worth the wait, but now I'm left wanting more! The plot twists had me face-palming and mad at myself because they were so clever yet obvious at the same time! A fitting end for the series (but does that mean I'll stop hoping there will be more? NO! I need more!) Holly Black, by you I am completely undone.

AshleyF2008 Dec 10, 2019

Before I read this, I reread the first two books so they would be fresh on my mind. This series is probably my favorite from Holly Black. She has a knack for saying so much, so honestly, with very few words. She works well with complicated characters who make questionable decisions. I won't lie. The ending was a bit too neat. But there are so many good twists and turns that kept me on my toes that one negative doesn't make a dent in the overall appeal of the book. I will definitely miss Jude, but I look forward to what Holly Black will do next.

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Jan 26, 2020

By you, I am forever undone.

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