There’s nothing I love more than a good series conclusion.
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black, the third book in the Folk of the Air series, picked up where The Wicked King left off. After Cardan exiled Jude to the human world, she takes up work running errands for the faeries who live there. When Jude’s sister arrived with some troubling news, Jude finds herself pulled back into Elfhame. When a devastating prophecy is revealed, Jude must decide how to save the crown, and Cardan, before it is too late.
While I have enjoyed all the books in the Folk of the Air series, there are some that I love more than others. After reading The Wicked King, which I preferred over The Cruel Prince, I went into The Queen of Nothing with high expectations. Although I wasn’t disappointed by The Queen of Nothing, it still ranks below The Wicked King for me.
My biggest gripe with The Queen of Nothing relies in the story’s beginning. Compared to The Wicked King, I felt that the beginning of this book moved a little slow for me. While I finished both The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King in one sitting, it took me a few days to read The Queen of Nothing because I continuously picked up and put down the book as I read the first half. Luckily, the second half was more interesting to me and I couldn’t put it down to see what twists and turns that Holly Black had up her sleeve.
My favorite aspect of the series as a whole are the twists and play on words that Holly Black comes up with. You never know whether to take her words figuratively or literally or there may be some little pieces of the puzzle that you may miss completely the first time around. This is especially true in the second half of this book.
Overall, The Queen of Nothing is a satisfying conclusion to an overall solid series. I give this book four out of five stars.