Book Review: The Queen of Nothing

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
Rating: 4 Stars
Series:  The Folk of the Air, #3
Length: 308 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

He will be the destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to. Jude learned that lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now, as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time, determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines, she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.

And when a terrible curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity….

After one thrilling ride of stories, The Folk of the Air series comes to a close with The Queen of Nothing. In the beginning, I wasn’t exactly sure if I really wanted to read the series at all, but after so many good reviews, I decided to see what everyone was raving about. Afterwards, I became an instant fan and the series became a favorite. I was really enjoying it so far. However, in the final book of the series, it felt like that thrilling ride slowed down way to much for my expectations. I was confused on what happened. I thought that since this was the final book, it was going to be intense, except it really wasn’t until the very end.

Don’t get me wrong, I still very much enjoyed the story. Instead of of the usual 5 star ratings I would give for the series, I still ending up giving this book 4 stars. I always felt like there was many plots involved in the series that gave the thrill as Jude had to figure out what was more important and better yet, how to survive and pull the moves so that everything would be in her favor, regardless if they succeed or not. In The Queen of Nothing, it just felt like there was only one plot line and that is to survive and win the upcoming war. What happened to the multiple forces that could change everything? Jude really only had one enemy in this story, where I felt she usually made a couple at one time? Instead this was just a one sided story at the end.

There was this excitement in the previous two books that stayed steady throughout from beginning to end. That excitement just felt sort of flat in this one. Perhaps I set my expectations a bit high on this one or I was just missing something. It was such a weird feeling of understanding what was going on, putting words to mind, but at the same time, wondering what in the world was going on at the same time because it was nothing like what you thought it would be.

Although it was still enjoyable and I was happy with how the story ended, I just wished The Queen of Nothing still had that exciting bits, where things happened that were shocking, the “OMG WHAT” moments, the nerves of founding what was going to happen. If the story had more of that, than this would have been the most perfect ending a series could ask for. This sort of felt like the middle book syndrome lost its way and found itself in this one instead. It’s good, but could be better. All I’m happy for is that this didn’t end the same way the Red Queen series ended where it just felt completely flat with unneeded info in it.

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