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The Queen of Nothing

The Folk of the Air, Book 3
Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
Series: The Folk of the Air, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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The intoxicating and bloodthirsty finale to the New York Times best-selling The Cruel Prince, nominated for the Cilip Carnegie Medal 2019, and New York Times best seller The Wicked King.

After being pronounced Queen of Faerie and then abruptly exiled by the Wicked King Cardan, Jude finds herself unmoored, the queen of nothing. She spends her time with Vivi and Oak, watching reality television, and doing odd jobs, including squaring up to a cannibalistic faerie.

When her twin sister, Taryn, shows up asking a favour, Jude jumps at the chance to return to the Faerie world, even if it means facing Cardan, whom she loves despite his betrayal. When a dark curse is unveiled, Jude must become the first mortal Queen of Faerie and break the curse or risk upsetting the balance of the whole Faerie world.

©2019 Holly Black (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

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Love it! Highly recommend.

Great performance by Caitlin Kelly, I loved this whole series and will definitely read or listen to again in the future.

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Great conclusion to trilogy

December was a busy month for all, but to start off the new year on a high note here is a review for the popular book, Queen of Nothing by Holly Black. This conclusion to the epic The Folk of the Air series, will see Jude and Cardan in more danger than ever.

After the shocking events of The Wicked King, Jude may be the Queen of Faerie, but she is exiled to the human world. Now living with her sister, Vivy, and younger brother, Oak, Jude struggles with the peace and lack of purpose in her mortal life. After living almost her entire life in Faerie, it’s not surprising she feels out of place in the human world. And when an inquest into murder threatens her twin Taryn, Jude is almost keen to disguise herself as her sister and return to the court of Faerie.

Despite her understandable hate and sense of betrayal, Jude can’t help but be both nervous and excited to see her husband. And regardless of his cruel act, Cardan seems just as excited to see her. I really enjoyed how they kept up this intense love/ hate style relationship even during this final instalment (regardless of how unhealthy this is). Even when the pair can put aside their hate and anger for a few moments, the heightened emotions leads to a mix of love, lust and emotional pain, sometimes even physical. Still, this dysfunctional relationship withstands more than anyone could imagine and the two make for a fearsome pair – ready to charm, scheme and kill both friends and foes alike.

Finally, we get to see Jude versus Madoc in complicated battles of wits and blades. After his skill and experience being built up throughout the trilogy, I wasn’t sure if he would be a disappointment. Thankfully, he isn’t. He is an intelligent and cruel strategist and a fast and powerful swordsman. Some of my favourite scenes in this book was when Jude and Madoc would clash, they both have such fast, clever comebacks and are excellent fighters.

I loved the development of the world, court politics and legends that all came into play in this book. What seemed like an unrelated side comment could be foreshadowing a life-threatening challenge to overcome – which made theorising what was about to happen all the more fun. The climax was so absorbing, I had to hold my breath and wait. Cardan’s story arc was especially intriguing, and I loved seeing him be a true king of Faerie, more than capable of taking of any enemy. Tricky fae bargains, battles and ancient magic, everything you could want in a fae adventure.

I had the audiobook and the narrator paired with the beautiful language, made for a great listen so I’d definitely recommend getting it. Clearly, I loved this book, and give it 5/5. Though I’m sad the trilogy has ended, it has been one of my all-time favourite fey novels and am excited to see what Holly Black does next!

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loved it, couldn't stop listening!!

loved every second of it!!!! the story is amazing and the narrator was really good too!

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After listening to this had to listen to the trilogy again

Really enjoyed this book. Listening the second time was even better because I would hear details in the first books that ties to the third that I hadn’t remembered.

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Brilliant Conclusion to an Awesome Series

Been waiting for this since the I picked up Tithe in a corner bookshop 15 years ago. Buy it, listen to it and maybe cry a little. It's AWESOME and you won't regret it. Thank you Holly Black for bringing me back to a world I love so much 😘

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Best Story In a long time!!!!

Wow I have not enjoyed a series of books as much as I have loved this author’s Books. During every book there are moments of great heart stopping drama and heart warming moments. The Queen of Nothing is no exception! The Narrator also delivers these moments so well you feel so connected and drawn into the story.

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Couldn’t Stop listening

finished QoN and I’m so freaking glad I don’t have to squint my eyes while scrolling my newsfeed in case I see a spoiler 😂
I have never stretched out a book this long in my life before like this!!!!
Firstly, I listen to the book on audible, and does anyone else agree that the narrator is freaking amazing!!!!! I tried to read the actual book halfway through and missed hearing the way she read it so had to switch back to audible.
Secondly, I felt so complete by the end. Yes, there are a few loose ends I would love to know more about, but I actually felt that the ending left me feeling satisfied. This whole darn book felt satisfying from start to finish.
Last, but not least, I cannot say enough how incredibly talented Holly Black is, the way she writes, the way she makes you feel like you are a part of her world she has created and the character development throughout the series is astronomical. I’m in love with this series and have literally forced everyone in my life to read these books.

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SO GOOD

This book was awesome! Usually after a few books in a series, it gets dull or moves away from the overall theme of the series. BUT NOT THIS ONE! Third book was the perfect ending, loved the character growth and the story, tied the first two books together perfectly.

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Ever impressed

Wonderful. I loved this so much and it's a resounding conclusion to an enjoyable series.

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This series is In my favourites list

This was the ending I hoped for and needed. What a great series, never boring. Always entertaining . Love the character development of hate to love . Scheming, backstabbing and romance . Holly black did a great job

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  • Miss J McNally
  • 10-01-2020

a let down

it's not as good as the first book, it feels less passionate and less engaging

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-01-2020

Totally hooked

I was shocked at the ending of the last book... and this one doesn't disappoint.

Lots of twists and turns. Great finale.

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  • jason crocker
  • 31-12-2019

amazing

amazing, a must read! I will definitely be reading/listening to Holly's other books. so happy to have stumbled across this series

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-12-2019

if I could enter a world as creatively built as this I wouldn't turn back

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  • Emma (Star Crossed Reviews)
  • 26-12-2019

Disappointed

So I was late to the party for this series and I only read the first book at the end of last year just before the second book came out in January 2019. I have been so so excited about this third book and when the publication was brought forward I was beyond stoked!

I'm going, to be honest, and say I did not love this as much as the first two. I won't spoil it for those that haven't read it yet but the 'black moment' I did not get it! I know others loved it but then there are some out there like me who just did not understand.

I thought the whole story was rushed. The audio is 9 hours and I think the written version is about 300 pages or so. I expected so much more for the ending of this story.

Holly's usual writing style was there but I realised I was over halfway through and quite honestly nothing had really happened. I am so so disappointed with the ending but it wouldn't put me off reading more of Holly's work in the future because I know her writing can be so much more.

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  • Poppey
  • 16-12-2019

Naivety Can be a Real Bitch!

Jude has now been banished to the Mortal Lands where she hires herself out as a part time mercenary and she is not happy, especially after being betrayed by her twin, Taryn. Then Taryn shows up to ask a favour, one that could end up with her execution if she carries out the favour and is discovered.

Here she encounters Cardan and their love/hate relationship is reignited, but there is much more a stake. With conspiracies in the air, someone's death is sure to follow. Madoc wants the throne and he will stop at nothing to get it. Jude, although ruthless, is also vulnerable. Madoc sees Cardan as Jude's weakness, and he probably is. Both Cardan and Jude want to dominate, but also want to be dominated.

This is one of those trilogies which ends well, but with, perhaps, an opening to carry on at some stage if the author choses to do so.

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  • William
  • 12-12-2019

Amazing, absorbing and addictive!

Completely immersed in a wonderful yet cruel world of faery with schemes and plots,love and wry laughter.
I’ll miss this land until the next book(hopefully)
Adored the characters and the intrigue and especially the twisty love stories.

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  • K. Bridges
  • 10-12-2019

Perfect end to the trilogy

I loved this book, it finished off the trilogy beautifully and, although it was predictable, it held my interest all the way. I loved the new characters and the old. What a cast! Start at the beginning and love the listen.

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  • Ashling
  • 06-12-2019

wow!

I have read and love this series, I'm so sad it's over but the storyline line and characters were just amazing!

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  • Esther Wright
  • 02-12-2019

A fabulous trilogy

Characters that you end up caring about. A great story arc and a suitable ending, although I’m sad that it’s come to an end.