THE QUEEN OF NOTHING by Holly Black – double review!

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.


Title : The Queen of Nothing
Author : Holly Black
Series : Folk of the Air #3
Format : library ebook (overdrive)
Page Count : 300
Genre : YA fantasy
Publisher : Hot Key Books
Release Date : November 19, 2019

Reviewer : Micky / Hollis
Rating : ★ ★ ★ .5 / unrated


Micky’s 3.5 confused star review

First I’m going to give you my emotions – woop, oh, what, how, squeee, ffs, oh man, sigh, heart eyes, snake eyes, squirm, wtf. So yes, this is going to be a bit of a cluster of a review but it’s going to be spoiler-free and consequently, maybe vague.

THE QUEEN OF NOTHING started off really well for me, I felt back with the crew I loved rather quickly and into the current events. The pace of this final instalment moved fast and I liked it. Jude in the human world, life continuing in the faerie world but predictably, those worlds crossed. From there, I had some pacing issues, I would love a number of chapters, then feel a bit bored for a few.

I loved elements of this book but then I struggled with some plot developments. The bridle was a great plot device that…came to little. The snake was a great plot device that…I don’t know what that was. I loved the crown, I loved the throne and I loved Jude’s connection to the earth. So many exciting things but when that excitement didn’t come to fruition, I felt a bit disappointed.

Jude and Carden had a different dynamic in this book and I am going to leave it there even though I want to say so much more. There was a hole missing and I am grateful I got to see the letters from the Barnes & Noble edition because that filled the hole up. That leaves me thinking why wasn’t that part of the main body of the story; I just don’t get it.

I hope all that doesn’t sound too negative because overall this was read brought enjoyment and excitement with the frustration. I am happy with where the story ended up despite the fast wrap-up. I will look back at this series as a great one and a memorable one. I just wanted a bit more from this book.

How do people like us take off our armor?
One piece at a time.


Hollis’ unrated review

This is a book. And I read it.

Okay, but seriously, I don’t know how I feel about this one. THE QUEEN OF NOTHING frustrated me a hell of a lot less than THE WICKED KING but I mean.. at least the latter made me feel something? Because, to be honest, I felt pretty muted about this whole installment. There was a sense of unreality about it all because I was unsure why some things were happening, some things weren’t figured out, and also why there were literally no fireworks, no suspense, no sense of dread or urgency, or like, any kind of chemistry and intensity. N a d a. From anyone.

Also ARE YOU SERIOUSLY TELLING ME WE JUST FUCKING FORGIVE TARYN? WHAT THE HELL.

Ahem, okay, so I have like. One strong feeling about this story.

Anyway, we had some sweet moments, which I liked, but also.. I could’ve done with a lot less sweet moments because that would’ve felt truer to the characters. Again, I just missed the fire. For someone who didn’t even really like this series, that probably says a lot.

But ultimately I don’t even know how to feel about this story or this book. I don’t know what to rate. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great, and often it wasn’t even interesting. I was just passing the time. Not quite bored but far from immersed.

As a result, rating (likely never) to be determined.