Title: The Queen of Nothing
By: Holly Black
Series: The Folk of the Air #3
Published: November 19th, 2019
By: Little, Brown and Company
Genre: YA | Fantasy | Romance
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He will be the destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.
Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to. Jude learned that 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 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 terrible curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity….
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“Mock me all you like. Whatever I imagined then, now it is I who would beg and grovel for a kind word from your lips.” His eyes are black with desire. “By you, I am forever undone.”
This was a great journey for me, starting to read the author with this trilogy was a very good idea, now I feel even more eager to read her other works. I enjoyed the book a lot, is a fairly solid ending and a very entertaining book in general that you can’t stop reading until the end, I’d have liked it to be a little longer just so it wouldn’t end so soon. As I’ve said of the previous books, this has a wonderful political intrigue, unforgettable gray characters, and a captivating and breathtaking plot.
Things in The Queen of Nothing begin with Jude, now Queen of Faerie, living in the mortal world after being exiled from the fairy world by Cardan. Even there Jude has never renounced the desire to recover what is hers and take revenge for Cardan’s treason, and the opportunity comes to her in an unexpected way from the hand of her twin sister Taryn, who needs Jude’s help in order to save her own life after committing a crime, and that’s how she returns to a different Elfhame than she remembered. With a war in preparation and danger in every corner, Jude must pretend and hide in order to survive, recover her throne and save those she loves.
I found the plot super entertaining, I honestly didn’t remember how much I love this world and its characters until I came back to it and started reading them again, it’s very captivating and catches you from the very first page. I loved seeing the dynamic of Jude living in the mortal world and taking a kind of dangerous job related to fairies that live there, I think that was very entertaining and I also think it helps us to understand that Jude hasn’t changed and remains as the powerful and risky women we love. But I think the best part comes when she returns to Elfhame because we can see how everything has changed and also she returns pretending to be someone she isn’t, so she has the possibility to hide and find out what’s happening and get information from both sides. For me, all this political intrigue is very powerful in this book and is one of my favorite things. And of course, this book has those scenes to which this story has accustomed us full of action, risk, betrayals, and secrets.
It’s breathtaking, powerful, dark and intense, and I just loved it.
The world is still great although, in this book we don’t see much of it we focus more than anything on the war between the main characters, that would be Madoc and his army on one side and on the other side, Prince Cardan and his people. It’s so crazy because I didn’t know which side to root for, you know that Jude is my queen, I love her so whatever she decides I’ll follow her, but even then a piece of my heart will always be with Madoc, I think he’s a character that stands out a lot, it’s bright and deep, in fact, one of the best I’ve read about, so it was very difficult but I certainly enjoyed it very much, especially their interactions.
“That’s what mortal means,” I say with a sigh that I don’t have to fake. “We die. Think of us like shooting stars, brief but bright.”
The way in which the author has been able to create these characters is wonderful for me, it’s incredible the growth that each one of them has had, from the main ones to the secondary ones. In addition, the personalities of each one are very well marked, which makes you can even guess what they will do or say. I want to talk only briefly about each one, but since my feels are a bit messy about this book, I’ll try to be very brief. Jude is magnificent, one of the best female characters I’ve read, I love how she has shown that despite having all the forecasts against her and despite being human in a world of cruel fairies she has been able to break with all the paradigms and reign over them. She’s brilliant, and I admire a lot how her mind works, so smart. Then Madoc, who I think is also amazing, many of what Jude knows, he has taught her and it shows. He’s a cruel and calculating character at times, but the way he treats his family with so much protection makes me soft on him at times, I know that he’s a morally gray character, but I’m here rooting for him every time and his relationship with Jude It was way more interesting for me than Jude’s with Cardan, don’t kill me, I’m just said it lol. I’ve never been Cardan‘s biggest fan, being honest I could only connect a little in the second book, knowing his childhood and stuff, and although I enjoyed the romance in this book a lot, I don’t know, it will never be a character that it stands out for me, even though I recognize that he has had impressive scenes, has been part of great plot twists and wonderful dialogues. I’ve always had a weird relationship with Taryn, it’s still like that, I’ve never liked her for all the betrayals, but in this book, I felt she was a different character, much more focused and risking for her family which she hadn’t done until now. In addition, there’s a decision she makes that made my mind change as well as her future looks interesting. I really enjoyed the interaction between siblings, I think they have grown a lot as a family and it’s something Jude needed after being so long fighting alone without trusting anyone. Despite being a secondary character, I love the incorporation of Grima Mog, which makes me remember Brienne de Tarth from GOT and for some reason, I felt affection for her and I really liked her loyal and true support for Jude as Queen.
Although I enjoyed most of the book, I think that the outcome (not the ending as such, but the outcome to a huge main problem) was something convenient and quick to solve, I didn’t like it, but I guess the author had to put something else beyond the war to be able to extend the ending a bit, even so, enjoy the scenes where this situation takes place. I can’t tell much because of spoilers, but the situation is very intense and makes Jude been through a hard moment for her and her mental health. I really admire her and her passion for duty before her feelings and herself, my poor baby deserves a break.
The romance was fine for me, it has very sexy scenes that I really ADORED them and I repeat… the dialogues are gold, they’re the best thing in the whole book, besides the chemistry between Jude and Cardan is undoubted, just with looking at them gave me goosebumps, so I fully understand why people love this couple, beyond that, if you’re a big fan of this romance, you may not find much of that in this particular book. For my personal taste, it was well done and more focused on the politics and destinies of each character than on the romance, which I appreciate. In addition, the author has done a great job in giving each character an ending and leaving no random destination.
“Come home and shout at me. Come home and fight with me. Come home and break my heart, if you must.”
Although I expected more from the Madoc’s ending, I think everyone has had a fair outcome and even much happier than I imagined, I don’t want to give clues, but at one point the ending came and nothing was resolute, so I panicked a little lol, but everything is resolved quite appropriately and I’m proud of where Jude has ended and especially of her closest friends destiny, those who have been in her most difficult moments because they have had the place they deserve by their side.
I would love this wasn’t the ending of this story, I still feel that much more could be done, but hey, I guess it’s better finished it while it’s still good, right? I highly recommend this trilogy if you want a very good political intrigue, a plot of highly addictive fantasy, magical creatures everywhere, an incredible world construction and last but not least, unforgettable characters that will stay with you forever.
There are no good and bad ones in this story, I believe that each side has its valid intentions and I believe that power and ambition are great protagonists, so don’t be fooled, not everything that glitters is gold, and enjoy the story, because it has so much to offer and it’s really worth it.
PS: I’m so sorry if my review is all over the place, I really know that it’s not how I usually like to organize myself, but it was difficult for me to talk about this book for some reason, sometimes I don’t find the words when it comes to an ending and everything is nostalgia, but I can assure you that I love this book and the story is wonderful, I’m sure of that.