Review: The Queen of Nothing (Folk of Air #3)
Title: The Queen of Nothing (Folk of Air #3)
Author: Holly Black
Published: 19 November 2019
Format: e-audio book on Libby
Length: 9 hours and 41 minutes
Memorable Quote: “By you, I am forever undone.”
Synopsis (from Goodreads): “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….”
I never thought I would enjoy this series so much. Jude and Cardan are both wonderfully awful, though in different ways. In this final installment of The Air of Folk series, I found that Cardan was more reflective and thoughtful in regards to his actions, while Jude remained conflicted in her wants versus what the consequences would cause her to sacrifice.
My biggest issue, however, is that I feel like they needed more time together to grow as characters. Their moments were so fast and fleeting that I felt like the ending was rushed between them. While I loved the fast-paced plot and nonstop action, it just felt like Jude and Cardan’s development was lacking.
I could say the same for the other characters. I think The Queen of Nothing was much more driven by plot than the cast of characters.
Despite this, the writing and imagery was stunning. I could picture every little detail in my mind, and the force of Black’s word choice was fantastic. She really made me feel all the feels in every chapter, which is why I really, really want more. So much happened and while the ending was solid and wrapped up with a nice bow, I feel like there’s more to be said, which is probably going back to my issue with the characters. If there had just been more interaction and development, then the ending would have been very satisfying.
Also…I wanted to be mad about the snake on the cover, but after finishing the book….I really can’t be.
Finally, I’ll say that I enjoyed this book on audio, and I thought it was great. The voice acting was really well done and I would definitely listen to the entire series on audio next time.