Title: The Queen of Nothing
Author: Holly Black
I really don’t know what to say about this book! I’d been waiting for the resolution to the particularly painful cliffhanger since I read The Wicked King in January, and I was thrilled when the publishers decided to launch The Queen of Nothing ahead of schedule.
To recap, the series follows Jude – a mortal girl, brought up in Faerie. She fears for her life, her future, and her family, surrounded and threatened by the magic-wielding Folk of the Air. Madoc, the head of her household, teaches her that power is the only thing that will save her.
Jude’s obsession with power leads to a fascination with the Prince who leads the bullies – and to his fascination with her, a mortal who dares to fight back. The Cruel Prince sees this fascination take them both into danger, and in The Wicked King both the danger and the fascination expand.
I don’t want to spoil the series for anyone who has yet to read it, so there’s a lot I can’t say. I can say that The Queen of Nothing is a less dark book than both its prequels, and that the story wasn’t entirely what I was expecting. But the more I think about it, the more I realise how clever the story is, and how neatly the ending ties back to the beginning of the series. Both Jude and Cardan feel much more grown up in the final book, and both characters are starting to learn the lessons of their earlier experiences, mistakes, and failures.
And Jude remains an absolutely wonderful character. She is brought into Faerie at the beginning of The Cruel Prince, and has to fight for dignity, respect, and survival from the start. She is brave, strong, and determined, and willing to do whatever it takes to protect herself and her family. I loved reading her story, and I think these books are going to be my go-to reading when I need to feel brave and undefeated.
Extremely highly recommended.
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