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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
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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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pleasantly surprised

so i listened you the last two books in the series very quickly and enjoyed them, but not nearly as much as i enjoyed this one. all the characters are completely fleshed out and wonderful (even the new ones some how?), the story progression is seamless and never leaves you bored and as per usual Jude ABSOLUTELY SLAYS! also the narrator does perfectly at speaking so thoroughly in character that you always know who’s talking and can almost picture their face while they say it, 10/10 will listen to her other performances as well.
no spoilers but definitely listen to this book, and then maybe listen again.

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i love it so much!!!

I couldn't stop listening to it I finished it too quickly!!! GREAT story and fantastic performance by the narrator! amazing!!!

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***Phenomenal Finally***

An unputdownable conclusion to this series. Bravo Holly Black I didn't think this series can get any better but I was proven wrong. It's a unforgettable series that I will be going back too again and again and I do hope there's another series coming. Caitlyn Kelly you are a brilliant narrator thank you for bringing this series to life.

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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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  • Airlie McCormick
  • 23-05-2020

Great

Great distraction, good plot, will make a great film with the right production. will listen to again.

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  • Leanne king
  • 22-05-2020

I did not like this book I like this app even less

awful voice , hated it... I've read the book but hated it on this app

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-05-2020

Absolutely besotted by The Folk of the Air

I need MORE!
I absolutely loved this trilogy and I'd love to have more of all of it please

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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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-04-2020

A satisfying ending

Have really enjoyed this series! Although at times I got frustrated with Jude towards the end! She was annoyingly dithery considering the type of person we’ve come to know her as in the previous books (decisive, confident) but still thoroughly enjoyed getting to the end of this. Plus wonderfully, wonderfully narrated! If for nothing else, I loved this book for Caitlin Kelly’s confident narration.

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  • Jackie Smith
  • 17-04-2020

thank you

really enjoyed this book. Even though it seemed like it should be in a children's section. will look for more.

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  • Ceecees
  • 21-03-2020

Is it possible for a story to be rushed yet drag at the same time?

Dragged on a bit compared to the previous books and got a little boring in parts. The constant back and forth between Jude and Madoc as he continued to scheme got tiring. Rather than get to the point, the book was padded out with unnecessary filler stuff which made for stupid character decisions, (e.g. what Taryan did). By the end of the book I just wanted it to finish.

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  • miss jh coles
  • 18-03-2020

best if the 3!!

listen and enjoy.....much more happens....much more peril and scheming... and blood....and glamour! I nearly didn't and glad I did!

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  • jackie Hammond
  • 02-03-2020

Loved them all

Loved all 3 books, the characters, the narrator and the story. Fast paced and not knowing what comes next in this Faerie world. Concluded well but perhaps open to a sequel trilogy one hopes.

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  • Emily
  • 29-02-2020

absolutely brilliant

loved this series and wish there was more, compelling all the was through it .