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The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
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The Queen of Nothing

by Holly Black

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The Queen of Faerie is back with a delicious, revenge-filled finale. Just make sure you've read the first two books.

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    Third in series

Why I love it

Juliann Nelson
Content Producer, Fortune

Like most kids who grew up with Harry Potter and the Pevensies, I longed for evidence of the fantastical, hoping that somewhere just around the corner was the magic I found in books. With The Queen of Nothing, the finale to the Folk of the Air trilogy, Holly Black has built a fantasy world so entangled with reality, blurred the line between human and creature so convincingly, I felt myself settling right back into that unwavering adolescent belief that there’s something more out there.

After being banished to the mortal world, Jude Duarte risks returning to Elfhame to help her twin, Taryn, and (who’s she kidding?) see Cardan again. But the tense political environment of the Faerie realm has only worsened in Jude’s absence, and she finds herself in a precarious position among the Folk as war approaches and an ancient curse is unleashed.

Holly Black has done something truly special with her Folk of the Air series, and The Queen of Nothing concludes the trilogy perfectly. For anyone looking for immersive world-building, cleverness unmatched, and complicated but entirely unforgettable characters, for all the dreamers out there still waiting to turn that corner: this is the book for you.

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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…

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  • Philmont , NY

    While tons of aspects of this book was predictable I enjoyed it nonetheless. I loved Jude and Cardan’s relationship and how far they’ve come with accepting each other. It was one of the best series.

  • Middle River, MD

    The Queen of Nothing was amazing! Holly Black grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let it go! The action, romance, intrigue and plot twists were fantasfic. :) I’d highly recommend this series to anyone!

  • Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I heard so much about this book from friends that when I saw it was BOTM I went out and bought the previous 2. I'm SO GLAD I did!! I loved every second of this trilogy and was glad I had all 3 at once

  • Alamo, CA

    “Come, let us charm and confound our subjects.” - Cardan. This pretty much sums it up. From The Cruel Prince to the the last page, delicious. Make sure to read the letters from Cardan at the end.

  • Orlando , FL

    Holly Black concluded the Folk of the air series in less than 300 pages! Not once sacrificing the unique storyline, world, and characters that we first fell in love with in the Cruel Prince. Amazing!

  • Willow Grove, PA

    This was a great end to the Folk of the Air! My sister suggested this series and I‘m glad she did. I loved every book and they each came with twists! This book made me laugh and cry. So worth it!!!

  • Norcross, GA

    Holly Black closes her Folk of the Air trilogy featuring Cardan and Jude with a strong and fascinating ending. It's a page turner I couldn't put down and loved. I was very satisfied with it. 5 stars.

  • Airway Heights, WA

    QoN is a fantastic finish to the Folk of the Air series. The ending was satisfying and happy! So many important conversations finally took place. This is a series I am going to read again and again.

  • Akron, OH

    Fantastic finale to the trilogy, probably my favorite book in the series, it keeps throwing twists at you! Jude is an excellent young heroine, and both she & Cardan have excellent character arcs!!

  • Rio Hondo, TX

    I didn’t know how I was going to feel about her next book in the series but it was just as good and probably one of my favorites. We see great developments in the characters and relationships.

  • Las Vegas, NV

    The end of an era! The enemies-to-lovers relationship between Jude and Cardan is to die for. Although the book could have been longer with more interaction between the two, this book was amazing.

  • Brighton , MA

    It was long awaited, and a little cheesy, but that didn't stop me from devouring this short book in a day. I really enjoyed my visit back in faerie, and I hope that there is more in the future.

  • La Porte , TX

    Although I wish it was longer... *To me it was more like a long epilogue to wicked king* it was still a perfecf ending to an amazind series that i’ll definitely be rereading in the future.

  • Naugatuck , CT

    This book marks the end of the Cruel Prince series, and what a spectacular ending it was. Full of Faerie intrigue, complicated romance, and life and death choices. It was an amazing read.

  • Plover, WI

    I am so sad to see this trilogy come to an end. To say I fell in love with the characters, the story, and the setting would be an understatement. What a magical and wonderful series!

  • Chico, CA

    She just keeps getting better. If you like her style full of faerie lore, strong and smart women, complex strategy and real danger spiced with confrontational romance, read this!

  • Cincinnati, OH

    Couldn’t put the book down. The author did an amazing job putting twists and turns in the book you didn’t really see certain things coming! A perfect way to end the series!

  • Union Bridge , MD

    This book was the perfect conclusion to the perfect series! Holly Black did a fantastic job wrapping this series up and giving the readers the ending we were all hoping for.

  • Indianola, IA

    This book tied the trilogy up with the bow I was hoping for! I love Holly Black and can’t wait for her next book to transport away from my life and into a brand new one!

  • Merced, CA

    I wish it was a little longer but it was an over all great ending to the series. Major character developments. And honestly the star of the show was Carden for me.

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