Oh, how excited I was to get my hands on this one. I read it the minute I received my special edition copy from Fairy Loot, it just took me a while to write a review. Anyways, let’s have a little chat, shall we?
The Plot (as found on Goodreads):
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…
I loved it. I loved it all the way through.
After devouring the first two books I couldn’t wait to find out how the story would end.
Let me get this straight: The Queen of Nothing is by no means flawless. There actually is something I have to criticize but we’ll get to that in a moment.
First of all, I was excited that we got to return to Faerie. What Holly Black did in terms of world building is wonderful and magical.
Furthermore, Jude is one of my all-time favorite characters, so any book about her can only make me happy.
The dynamic between her and Cardan is absolutely transfixing and I was really curious as to how things would play out in the final book.
Anyway, here’s the one thing that irked me: is everybody in Faerie a little daft? We all know by now how important (and how literal) words/promises and prophecies are. How is it possible that nobody figures out the answers to the riddles? To be honest as reader you will pick up pretty fast were Black is going with this. I didn’t mind all that much though. Even though some aspects of the plot were a bit obvious the book is very well written and intriguing.
If you liked the first two novels, you will absolutely devour this one as well. It’s a fitting end for the story and I’m sad to say goodbye to Jude and Faerie.
Did you read this book? Let me know in the comments what you think!