The Queen of Nothing

The Queen of Nothing

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"As the exiled Queen of Faerie, Jude must travel back to Elfhame to help her twin sister, Taryn, and uncover how to break a dark curse threatening the whole Faerie world"--
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. Opportunity to reclaim everything he took from her arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril. But war is brewing in Elfhame. And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, Jude must choose between her ambition and her humanity. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York ;, Boston :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2019
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780316310420
0316310425
Branch Call Number: TEEN FIC Bla
Characteristics: 308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Jennings, Kathleen

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penelopegomez
Jul 30, 2020

Ok, so even though I am giving this book a 5 star rating, this was still my least favorite book in the series, but for totally biased reasons, because this book series is beyond amazing. I want to say that unlike a lot of other cheesy Young Adult romance novels, this books romance is actually believable! Where most Young Adult romance novels span a few days or fall in love instantly after bumping shoulders in a hallway, the romance in this novel was actually YEARS in the making. Holly Black wrote an incredible background story of how Jude and Cardan's romance came to fruition. This romance feels so destined to be, without being incredibly EASY as many Young Adult novels tend to be. It was really refreshing to read. I hate to give any spoilers away but my big bias of why this was my least favorite book in the series is because Jude spent the majority of this novel in the "human world" and away from Cardan. I am obsessed with this couple so this plot line was just unacceptable! This book has seriously become one of my favorite reads. I think this is going to be my number 1 read for 2020, we'll see, but I don't think anything is going to top this series for me this year.

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dillonp81
Jul 01, 2020

I honestly was not expecting to fall in love with this series so quickly. Once I had read the ending to TCP I. Was. Hooked! I sped through TWK within the span of two days and the same with this book. I love surprises and unexpected turns within the plot and this series definitely delivered. I enjoyed the characters and their transformations throughout the series, especially Cardan's character development within The Queen of Nothing. To be honest, this book did feel slightly slower paced than the other two, but the action and drama were still there. You learn different sides to some of the characters you thought you knew. The tension never leaves as you yearn to discover what will happen on the next page, and one can never forget the very evident romance between Cardan and Jude. However, what I enjoyed most about The Queen of Nothing has to be the ending. I loved how it was so plain and simple after everything that occurred. To me, it showed a different and simpler side to the characters that we know and grew to love. All and all, this book is very good and I would rate it a "chef's kiss" on my scale.

I had such high expectations for the conclusion of this, one of my favourite series of all time, and they were mostly met. Mostly.

Our High Queen of Elfhame Jude Duarte has been exiled to the mortal world, where she picks up odd Faerie jobs and does a lot of hanging out. When a surprise visitor arrives and asks Jude to return to Elfhame, she doesn't hesitate - and, though she denies it, a part of her feels like she's going home. Back to the palace, and back to Cardan, who may or may not still want absolutely nothing to do with her.

I have such emotion surrounding this series. The first two books were so wildly unpredictable and swoony and vicious, and I really wanted this conclusion to be just as stabby and hot and twisty. In many ways, it was: I had to fan myself a few times, the tension between our two fave lover-enemies was so intense, and Jude is as vicious as ever. But I really wanted to be surprised again, and I feel like nothing here came as much of a shock. Even the final snake resolution was nothing I didn't see coming, and that's where Holly usually succeeds so well, in throwing something at me out of left field and leaving me reeling.

This time, that didn't happen.

Which isn't to say that this is a bad book, or that I hated it. I still loved it because how could I not? It's the conclusion of Jude and Cardan, the conclusion of this series, and the conclusion of this particular foray into Faerie. I love the atmosphere of this world so much, how Holly can weave such detail into her stories while still making the entire thing so accessible and easy to devour. Her language is simple yet perfect for Jude; these books just feel like her, like stepping into Jude's mind, and I love that so much. She remains utterly cunning and unrelenting and power-hungry. AKA perfect, and my fave MC pretty much ever.

My only other gripe with this is that it's SO SHORT. 305 pages?? I want a TOME of small moments where the High King and Queen exchange sneers in the courtroom, meet somewhere to tear each other's clothes off, are interrupted, and have to go back to work while being so frustrated with the other that they can't see straight. I want more moments of angst and torment and mischief. Everything just moved so fast, and I wanted more time to savour my fave characters.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 05, 2020

My expectations were high for this novel after reading Wicked King and I found myself very disappointed. I found the plot boring in this one, characters were ruined, and it seemed like this novel was rushed. The main thing I disliked was the reason for Jude’s exile. I expected it to be more than a misunderstanding. The biggest disappointment however was the relationship between Jude and Cardan. How did we got from Cardan who love-hates Jude so much to where Cardan wants to play the dotting husband? It was built up to quickly in this novel and I hated it. The ending was also too easy. I didn’t want everything to end up perfectly with no real consequences. Despite my disappoint, I read this book like an addict. I wish Holly put more effort into this one as there was too much missing. Rating – 2.5/5.
@Average_Bookworm of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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happycanuck
Mar 03, 2020

Excellent as usual.

I think this is my favorite of the three books because we actually got more character development from Cardan, and the stakes felt like they were much higher. I'm still not sure I ship Jude/Cardan, though. Their relationship just felt weird to me the entire time.

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Katiepronk
Feb 18, 2020

I was beyond excited for this book to come out as the last two I loved, but when i first got the book i was surprised. It was so small! i have nothing against small books but it was the shortest in the whole series and I just felt as thought the books were just getting shorter and shorter because maybe Holly Black was running out of ideas. I loved the series as a whole but the third book just fell flat for me. Of course I still read it because I loved the series and basically any fantasy YA book, but the third book was the worst in my opinion.

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Linyarai
Feb 09, 2020

I read this for the "A Guilty Pleasure" part of my 2020 reading challenge. I loved every book in this trilogy, and this was no exception. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, and it was great how a lot of the characters came together at the end. It didn't end in tears or a panic attack, and I appreciate that.

LoganLib_Kirra Jan 30, 2020

After the rollercoaster of emotions in The Wicked King, we’ve come back to Faerie, to Jude, and to Cardan for the thrilling conclusion of The Folk of the Air series. I was actually expecting this book to be longer being the last in the series but Holly Black is the type of writer to keep everything fast-paced, to the point and not to waste time when there’s action waiting. I think the story of Jude and Cardan wrapped up well and I liked the way Jude’s journey ended but I’d love to learn more about the secondary characters such as Nicasia. As Princess of the Undersea I would love to know more about their kingdom and her mother’s role as Queen.

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kazmi_nida
Jan 26, 2020

I think this book is probably the weakest of the three, and the final battle feels too drawn out. But I was pleasantly surprised to see such positive growth between Jude and Cardan. Honestly didn’t expect a HEA but glad that there was.

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