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.
He will be the 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...
About the Author
Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children, including The Folk of the Air trilogy, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale and the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick series. She has been a finalist for the Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award and Mythopoeic Award. Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library. Her website is www.blackholly.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Queen of Nothing by Holly Black is a frustrating mix of satisfying and infuriating. Main character, Jude, remains strong and independent until Cardan enters any scene. It feels as though every few seconds we’re being told how insanely beautiful he is. Yes, we know he’s cute, Holly, we get it. And the use of his poor upbringing as a reason as to why he is abusive towards Jude, is enabling and dismissive. Just because his mother was needlessly negligent and his father cruel, that doesn’t give him the right to behave abusively to Jude. And making it out as though Jude’s strength comes from not just how much of his cruelty she can stand without breaking, but also how much she can dish back out, makes it sound as though victims should feel strong for continuing take abuse. As an adult, I can read these things and take them with a grain of salt, but also as an adult, I see how problematic this can be since it’s aimed at young adults and pre-teens. I can honestly say that I loved the ending, and enjoyed the series, but I would not recommend these books to anyone and will most likely be unloading them in the new year.
“Let me have everything I ever wanted, everything I ever dreamed, and eternal misery along with it.” I have been undone by each of the books of The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black, but Queen of Nothing might be the one that hit me the most. It was an intense ride. The book length looked disappointing when I received it, especially considering all that I felt Holly Black had to wrap up, but she used every one of those pages and the book fully lived up the story’s potential. I give it all my broken hearts and it is definitely a five star read. “By you, I am forever undone.”
“Come, let us charm and confound our subjects.” - Cardan This pretty much sums up this book. This and, “By you, I am forever undone.” From The Cruel Prince to the the last page, delicious. Make sure you read the letters at the very end from Cardan to Jude, they are like a cherry on top.