The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

4.5 / 5 stars
Read in November 2019
Book #3 in The Folk of the Air trilogy

I was hooked on this book from page one. Beware – light spoilers ahead!

As I’ve mentioned, the first halves of The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King dragged on for me. I didn’t feel invested in either book until the sudden plot twists and turns at the very end.

In The Queen of Nothing, however, the characters and world felt just so familiar. Diving back in for the finale was like falling into my own comfortable bed at the end of a long day. I loved seeing the fae and mortal worlds collide, with the fearsome Grima Mog becoming my new favorite character from book #3. The story offered just enough political intrigue without the book feeling bogged down, and enough action to keep the pages turning even when I started getting tired at night.

I was happy with where Jude and Cardan ended, and how they got there. Their scenes together were delightful and always left me wanting more, eager for them to meet again. Although Cardan wasn’t acting his typical cruel self, I appreciated how his relationship with Jude and his role as king helped him overcome his wickedness to show a softer side of him, though only to those he truly loves.

My one critique and hence the 4.5-star rating: this book was much too short! The stakes were definitely high, but each scenario, from Jude’s return to Elfhame disguised as Taryn, to her acting as high queen while trying to figure out how to rescue Cardan from his snake form, could have been dragged out a bit longer to elevate the tension and emotional impact.

Overall, this series was a blast to read in November, especially since everyone else seems to be reading it and therefore I have are plenty of people with whom I can compare my thoughts. This will likely be my last YA Fantasy series of 2019, and so to that I say, Thank you, Holly Black.

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