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Publisher's Summary

Goodreads Best Fantasy YA 2020. 

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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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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Really enjoyable

I really enjoyed the last book of this series. I loved the twists and turns and especially loved the ending

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A Highly Entertaining Read

These books are my biggest guilty in pleasure. It was really satisfying to finally reap the rewards of Jude/Cardans romance that have been budding throughout the previous two books. While this is my first venture into audio books-so this review is probably slightly ignorant- I thought the narrator did a great job of helping to discern between an onslaught of confusing characters, especially for myself, as someone who had finished the previous book a half year ago. It was very enjoyable and enthralling.

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Awesome listen....but

My only problem is I wish someone told the author she repeats things too much like in the beginning of the book she repeats over and over again how stupid the protagonist is feeling about how things ended in the last book and it really took me out of story a few times, but I'm glad I kept listening because all in all it was a great series. x

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What a finale 👏

Absolutely loved it from start to finish. What a journey. I can't believe I waited this long to read this series. But I'm so glad I did. Highly recommended 👌

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Amazingly good -the 3rd book is as good as the 1st

I have loved the whole series and the third book does not disappoint. This series has captured and held my attention with the story line, characters, and intrigue throughout. I thoroughly recommend it.

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Great books hugely enjoyed these

Great story and Great narration. If you close your eyes you can immerse yourself and imagine all the different characters because Kelly’s character voices are so distinctive.
Even at my age I enjoyed being whisked away to fairyland in all 3 books. In fact listened to them all twice.

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Enjoyable listen

Great series and this novel didn't disappoint. The main character is a bit too reflective and it becomes repeataive and the story is a bit "I said" "she said" in a very mechanical automatic narrative but it was good overall

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suspense, action and romance !!

Did not want it to end loved and loathed everything about it in a good way of course ! please make this a movie and make it worth it ! narrator was awesome too

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Ahhhh

Amazing best thing ever!!! Loved it. Best book in the series. Jude and Cardan are the best ever. Cardan has so much growth in this book!

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  • Ricqui
  • 16-06-2022

Captivating

I completed this trilogy in 5 days and would definitely do it again. One of the best trilogies I’ve read/ listened to and I’m now officially a Holly Black fan. Looking forward to checking out some of her other work. Highly recommend!

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  • Thea
  • 28-12-2020

Wow! Epic tale. I wished the series would not end.

Holly, your imagination is endless. It is possible to blink my eyes, see Elfhame and believe. Kelly's voice is perfect for this epic series.

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  • CV
  • 10-10-2020

My favourite of the 3 in the series!

I loved book 3! It has a great pace, plot and fantastic narration. Everything about this book was great. Love love love loved it!

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  • Sean O'Reilly
  • 02-05-2020

Fantastic trilogy

Loved this set, really well written changes pace regularly to keep you interested and wanting to continue reading!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-2022

Amazing conclusion!

I absolutely loved the story as a whole it was quite slow but I feel as though the audio was quite distracting. I read the other two books in print and read them both in a day or two but this took my month, I found some of the voices off-putting especially Vivi’s voice, it kind of took me out of the story. But again, I love this series and had to finish it and a great ending.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-07-2022

I loved it

The surroundings where built well and I found you got a good mount of what characters where thinking but not to much to make it repetitive. I love jude she is so well written and OMG her and Cardon are amazing.

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  • Aileen
  • 23-06-2022

strong third act

I enjoyed this whole trilogy and part 3 did not let the series down at all.
Definitely worth a listen, a splash if romance, magic and stabbings. Something for everyone

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-2022

Love Caitlin Kelly

I have been so used to Caitlin Kelly's acting I'm so disappointed when I listen to other audio books. She is absolutely amazing! And this book like the others in the series did not disappoint. I'm so sad to be finishing it!

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  • Sista
  • 28-04-2022

💕

brilliaaanttttt❤️❤️❤️ the narrator is beyond amazing! thank you Kelly I really enjoyed. I had a splendid time listening!

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  • Anna
  • 23-04-2022

Fantastic!

The whole series is amazing and "The Queen of Nothing" is its perfect conclusion. Definitely worth reading!

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  • Jessika H.
  • 21-04-2022

a nice ending but needed more

it was a nice tide up for the story. but I felt it was lacking some excitement. I think the twist was kinda obvious but still kinda good. would recommend!

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  • Fluff
  • 04-04-2022

Magical

The Folk of the Air is one of my favourite series and The Queen of Nothing, despite leaving us with a few unanswered questions, wraps it up beautifully.
As to the audiobook - it would have been great to have at least 2 narrators , but Caitlin does a wonderful job :)

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