REVIEW: 'The Queen of Nothing' Marks the End of a Great Series, How Will I Cope?
Hello Fellow Readerholics,
I’m back, already! I’ve come to the conclusion that I might actually be a little bit proactive these school holidays and get some reviewing done before my schedule is all out of whack again. If you aren’t already familiar with my shenanigans, I’ve been doing this thing where I’ll individually review all of the books in a series and my most recent series (technically a trilogy but shhh) is ‘The Folk Of The Air’ series by Holly Black. The Queen of Nothing is the final book in the series and this review is spoiler free but I have no guarantees regarding the rest of the series. If you want to read my previous reviews on The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King (which I recommend you do) you can click on the links provided.
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…
‘The Queen Of Nothing’ was a thrilling conclusion to a thrilling series. A series I honestly can’t believe is over. I have so much love for the world and characters Black has created and I am truly sad to see it end. I don’t think I’ll ever be truly ready to see it finished but I must say, I’m pleased with how it ended.
I have started all of my reviews of this series talking about the characters and I’m starting to feel like a broken record because I’ve said that they’re brilliant a million times already. So… I have decided to tell you about the characters again. My feelings on Jude and Cardan haven’t changed and they probably never will, I really like both of them and I think they might be some of my favourite characters of all time. I still don’t love Nicasia but she definitely improved here and that’s what counts. I still hate Taryn but I was really proud of her in this. I said this was a spoiler free review but my OTP happened!!
My OTP being Locke and a tragic death :)) But seriously, he had it coming
I also think that the relationships portrayed in Queen of Nothing specifically are the best parts of the book/series. Jude and Cardan’s relationship has been killing me since the dawn of time but the changes in structure and power imbalance and Jude’s revelation about JUST how important it was for them to be equals was just… wow. I loved the dynamic between Jude and her sisters while I wish that some YA books would learn that it is in fact OK to distance yourself from biological relatives I’m not all that mad about it. The relationship between Jude and Madoc was so beautiful and I don’t think I can express my adoration for the complexity that it was. I found it so heartbreaking and I felt so empathetic for Jude because I can’t imagine how it would feel to love a father that is only your father because he killed your biological father. Or how it feels to have a father that loves you so much but loves power more? Chills, literal chills.
I loved ‘The Queen Of Nothing’ so much but I feel that in regards to the other books in the series it just fell a bit short. It was great but it just wasn’t the breathtakingly epic conclusion I had dreamed of. I feel like the plot was a little bit dry and I think it was because so much of it was dedicated to tying up loose ends. The first half of the book was incredible but I feel like the last half (and epilogue) let me down a little bit though. I do have hope for more in the series, whether it be novellas or some kind of spinoff as I feel like something was missing and I think that it could be fixed by that.
MY THOUGHTS ON THE SERIES
I loved this whole series. It was definitely my favourite of 2019 and it was just so well written. ‘The Folk Of The Air Series’ will always have a special place in my heart as I just absolutely adored them. I loved all of the books in the series but I connected the most with ‘The Wicked King’ as I felt that it had the richest plot and was the best developed. I highly recommend the series to all of you if you haven’t read it. I am rating ‘The Queen Of Nothing’ 4.1/5 and I am rating the whole series 4.7/5 and I’m adding it to my favourites shelf!
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