The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black – Book Review

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*Please note there are some minor spoilers ahead!*


Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto and Jude is learning this lesson the hard way, as she releases her hold over the wicked King Cardan in exchange for power. 

Now as an exciled Queen of Elfhame (Faerie) Jude is left reeling after Cardan’s betrayal. She is determined, now more than ever, to reclaim everything he dared to take from her. And the perfect opportunity arises when her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, shows up with her life in peril. 

Jude must risk venturing back into the dangerous Faerie Court to not only confront her feelings for Cardan, but to also save her sister. But with war brewing in Elfhame, Jude finds herself quickly swept up into the political turmoil. 

And when a dormant but powerful curse is unleashed, Jude will be forced to choose between her ambition and humanity. 

Thoughts on the Plot

As per usual, the politics did not fail to disappoint in this book!

The intrigue is turned up so much by all of the other things going on in this book. We start out in the mortal lands and by the time we are in Elfhame, it’s clear Jude is not just turning around and going back. 

She is married to Cardan, she has been betrayed by her twin, she is the freaking Queen of Elfhame! 

The book moves pretty quickly, I read this book in a day I enjoyed it so much. 

The ending wrapped everything up nicely and while I did not enjoy the early parts of this trilogy, I absolutely enjoyed the ending of it. 

Thoughts on the Characters

As Jude and Cardan. Perhaps they finally have a love story? 

Despite Taryn needing to be thrown directly into a fire pit, Jude still helps her. Jude steps up, as per usual, and gets shit done. 

Jude has evolved so much since The Cruel Prince and I am here for it. 

Cardan has also grown quite a bit too. I think I actually liked Cardan is this book. 

This book is where Cardan and Jude actually start to feel like a love story. Two characters who have experienced quite a bit of growth. 

A male love interest who can take responsibility for his actions. A female lead who won’t stand for anymore of his bullshit. And a male lead who responds appropriately. 

By the end of the book I actually found myself falling in love with both Cardan and Jude.

And the fact that he writes LETTERS to Jude??!!!! MY HEART!

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I did like Vivi again in this book, she felt like she was back to being her badass older sister self. Taryn can go rot. 

And Grima Mog. I’m just gonna leave that there because what a fantastic addition. 

Red caps still freak me out. 

Overall Thoughts

This series was one I did not even want to continue after The Cruel Prince. I convinced myself there had to be something redeeming about this series and this book solidified my happiness for continuing on. 

By this point, I am still half hesitant to call Jude and Cardan a love story but there is a strong romance element to this book. Both Jude and Cardan feel a lot more mature by this point.

I mean, they’re literally married.

When Jude falls through the roof and Cardan calls her his wife. And his letters. 

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A solid 4.5 stars out of 5 stars for The Queen of Nothing and a solid 4 stars out of 5 stars for The Folk of Air series altogether. 

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