“That’s what mortal means…We die. Think of us like shooting stars, brief but bright.”
~ The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3), by Holly Black
Hello awesome nerds, happy Saturday everyone and welcome to the first review of 2020. 💜
I’m so excited to talk about this book because last year was packed with meh and mediocre novels and reviews (at least the majority of it was), that I had missed so very much these books that make you wish the characters were real and they send goosebumps down your spine and they make you cry and laugh and get angry, simply because they’re so well-written and so freaking AMAZING that you’re sure the Queen of Faerie either bewitched you or she truly wrote them.
Today I’m talking about non other than the epic finale of The Folk of the Air trilogy, The Queen of Nothing, by the QUEEN Holly Black! 💜
If you’ve been following me for the past year, you probably know that I loved The Cruel Prince, I fell in love with The Wicked King, so much that it ended up being my absolute favourite book of 2019, and it was only natural that I would fall head over heels with The Queen of Nothing, the third and final book in this Urban Fantasy series.
“He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.
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…
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, comes the highly anticipated and jaw-dropping finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy.”
It was jaw-dropping indeed.
Starting once again with the technicalities of this book, the writing, the pacing, the narration and the descriptions were absolutely magnificent! I loved how the story took place both in the real world and the Faerie realm, how the characters evolved and became so much more from what they were when we first met them, and how the plot twists came out of nowhere, but at the same time they made so much sense, considering everything that had occurred in the previous two novels.
And that’s all I can say before delving deeper into detail and spoilers. But since pretty much everyone has read The Queen of Nothing by now, I can freely talk about my thoughts and feelings.
Still, if you haven’t read the book yet and you don’t want to be spoiled, fair warning…
SPOILERS COMING AHEAD
With that being said, let me start with the two main protagonists of the book.
The sexual tension and the suspense between Jude and Cardan was absolutely EVERYTHING! I loved this whole love-hate relationship they had throughout the whole novel, how Jude thought that Cardan had tricked her and how he presented the other side of the coin, and story, when they met again. 💜
What I absolutely adored though was that… Locke finally got what he deserved! That son of a b*tch ended up dead! And Taryn was the one that killed him! That girl finally did something right, that I have to admit! 😅 Although, to be honest, I thought that she was trying to trick Jude in order to return to Faerie when she first went to Vivi’s house. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case and she proved to be quite helpful, considering that she’s Jude’s identical twin and Jude managed to trick Madoc, at least for a little while.
Madoc… I don’t know how I feel about this paternal figure. He’s an a$$, we all know that, but he’s not the only d***head character in this book. And yet, he was willing to kill his own foster daughter. 😱 What the actual f*ck, man?
You see, that’s what I love about Holly’s books. The relationships are so complex and the characters’ motives seem so very logical, seeing them from their points of view, that it’s almost impossible not to root for a certain character and hate another.
As for the finale… HOLY GUACAMOLE! 💜😱💜 It was almost equally shocking to The Wicked King finale, but I think I expected this more than the sequel’s finale.
Overall, I absolutely adored every single bit of The Queen of Nothing, ending up rating it with 5/5 stars! ✨
Have you guys read The Folk of the Air series? What did you think of the series’s finale?
Thank you all for being here once again. It means the world to me and I want you to know that I most certainly don’t take your presence here for granted!
Here’s to the beginning of a great reading year! 💜
Have a wonderful weekend, dearies.
Till next time… Toodles!