Review: The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black


Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Title: The Queen of Nothing
Author: Holly Black
Series: The Folk of the Air #3
Genre: Fantasy
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Length: 300 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown
Release Date: November 19, 2019
Source: Personal library
Recommended for Fans of: fae fantasy


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.


I enjoyed this book, but it was too short to be the conclusion of this trilogy, and it ultimately left me wanting more.

This installment featured the series’s signature political intrigue, but not enough and not as successfully. The schemes didn’t feel as clever as they did in previous books, and there was not enough of the tension between Jude and Cardan that the series always thrived on.

I enjoyed the quick pace that kept the story moving, but I wish Holly Black had taken more time to go deeper into certain moments throughout the book. Several characters displayed significant growth in this book that could have been explored further. The only time the story really did slow down was the build up toward the final twist, which I saw coming from a mile away.

I really enjoyed this finale, but I expected it to blow me away like the previous two books in the series.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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