Book Review: The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

Updated: May 2, 2020


We have officially less than two weeks left in the year, and today I'm reviewing the last book I've finished reading, which means Tuesday I will either post a random topic blog post. Anyways, today I get to write about the last book in one of my favorite series, the Folk of the Air!

If you haven't read the first two books, I would recommend for you to stop because some of the text in this post might contain spoilers.

To get you started, you can read my review of the Cruel Prince, here, and my review of the Wicked King, here. If you don't mind the spoilers, continue reading.

The Queen of Nothing is my favorite book in this series, so keep reading to find out why.


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

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this 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 powerless and 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 dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…


Queen of Nothing begins with a prologue that focuses on Cardan and the prophecy of his birth. Now, I'm in love with prophecies because they're sneaky-always finding a way of becoming true- so that prologue is important in order to understand how Cardan began to turn into a cruel little creature and his future as a king.

The story begins with Jude, High Queen of Elfhame in exile, watching Oak play with mortal kids. This is right before she goes off do you an odd job that suits her personality: scaring off a redcap faerie from eating humans. When she comes back from her mission, she finds an excuse to go back to Elfhame because her twin sister, Taryn, needs her to switch places with her. Taryn confesses having done something I didn't see coming, but hey, at the end of the day she is Jude's sister and Madoc's daughter.

Few chapters in and we have that highly anticipated reencounter between Jude and Cardan. It is honestly better than I hoped for, and I'm grateful I got a sneak peak of the letters Cardan sent to Jude because they are mentioned, but their moment is interrupted by Madoc. I cannot state how uneasy I felt in the chapters that showed Jude staying with Madoc because of how afraid I was that she would get caught, and for all the plans unfolding to threaten Cardan's reign.

We get to see more of the Bomb and the Roach, even the Ghost gets to make a comeback that redeems his actions in the Wicked King, which I'm really happy with. I also need to say that I highly approve whatever is going on between Taryn and the Ghost. Cardan and Jude make a perfect power couple once they are back together, and I enjoyed their moments alone and their mechanics as a couple. They seem to really start making a real transition from enemies to lovers in a more organic way, considering their natures and personalities.

I was impressed by the plot twist based on Cardan's prophecy. It made me think about how spoilery the cover actually is. Like, seriously!

I remember thinking too how there is so much potential for a Vivi/Heather short story because of how their relationship evolved and the little deal they made in the middle of QofN. There is also potential for a whole new series around Oak because eventually he will come of age and take on his role as the High King.

The end of the book felt a little rushed, but I truly got to enjoy it. Madoc got exactly what he deserved and so did company, and the epilogue is cute and carries such a light, hopeful tone that made everything alright.

My rating:

Here is all the info for Queen of Nothing :

Reading Challenge No.: 33/45

Author: Holly Black

Publication Date: November 19, 2019

Format: Print/Ebook

Length: 320 pages

POV: First person, through Jude's POV.

Genre: #Fantasy #Romance #Faeries

Series or Standalone? Series - The Folk of the Air # 3 - Last book!!! :(

First Sentence:

"The Royal Astrologer, Baphen, squinted at the star chart and tried not to flinch when it seemed sure the youngest prince of Elfhame was about to be dropped on his royal head."

Favorite Character: Cardan, forever!

Add Queen of Nothing to your Goodreads, here.

Thank you so much for reading my review of Queen of Nothing. I'm a bit slow in my other readings, so definitely expect a random topic blog post coming next Tuesday.

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