Title: The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3)
Author: Holly Black
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.
This will be a spoiler free review.
And not “nope, I can’t deal with how it ended, omfg” but “nope, I don’t know why I wasted time reading this.”
Y’all I wasn’t impressed. Maybe I should have listened to the audiobook like I did with TWK, because that feeling of excitement and hype, I felt listening to TWK was gone. Like, utterly, completely gone.
I still don’t like Jude, there wasn’t enough Cardan to truly keep my interested and nothing fucking happened in this book. Don’t @ me.
Okay, yes, things happened, but the stakes didn’t feel high, the tension was lacking and there was never an “oh shit” moment.
I was just seriously underwhelmed with this one. Such a change from my last review for TWK.
I definitely didn’t expect it to end the way it did. Honestly, I expected something crueler, more wicked. I also, for the life of me, do not understand the title of this book and how it plays in. It really set my expectations up for a completely different ending. Actually, more I think about it, the more angry I am with this book. I just fell so freaking flat I’m annoyed.
I don’t know why I’m annoyed. I wasn’t a big fan of the first book, and I’m like 90% sure that the audiobook/narrator is what made me really enjoy the second, but read this one, ugh. People hype this series so damn much and insist that it’s the best thing out there. Yes, Holly Black is one hell of a writer and her characters are dynamic and interesting and often break the mold. But y’all this book just wasn’t it.
I’m just going to call it quits here, because I’m about to start rambling about specific aspects that I did not like, and I’m trying to avoid spoilers. If you liked the first two books, you should probably just read this to conclude the series, but if you haven’t picked up these books, honestly, I don’t think I’d recommend them. Personally, I find Cardan to be the most interesting character, and he’s second string to Jude, who is pretty annoying. Yeah, she’s badass, and clever and determined af – all qualities I admire in a female character, but I just cannot stand her. Though, I do appreciate her character growth from book 1 to now, but still can’t stand her.
Anyways, check out The Queen of Nothing if you’re interested in how this trilogy wraps up.
You can also check out my reviews for TCP and TWK if you’re interested.
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