The Queen of Nothing
The finale to the New York Times bestselling Folk of Air trilogy, that started with The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King, from award-winning author Holly Black.
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, watches her fair share of reality television, and does the odd job or two, including trying to convince a cannibalistic faerie from hunting her own in the mortal world.When her twin sister Taryn shows up asking of a favor, Jude jumps at the chance to return to the Faerie world, even if it means facing Cardan.When a dark curse is unveiled, Jude must become the first mortal Queen of Faerie and uncover how to break the curse, or risk upsetting the balance of the whole Faerie world.
Broken people, complicated families, magic, and Faerie politics: Black’s back. Whether you came for the lore or the love, perfection.
The Folk of the Air balances two disparate stories in one cohesive whole. It’s well-paced, sharp without being performatively cruel, sexy, and dynamic. Black’s taut prose serves the political intrigues and romantic tension equally, tugging the reader along through a break-neck narrative arc…
… Jude as a protagonist is also just so refreshing. She’s ruthless but vulnerable, unapologetic about defending herself and her throne unto death if necessary, even against her adoptive father. It’s not often I see young women written with both the emotional depth and the competent brutality that Jude balances inside herself, and even rarer to see those young women allowed to fall in love and negotiate a functional partnership with shared control. That’s the sort of thing that draws me to Black’s novels as a whole, and I wasn’t disappointed at any stage of the story.