Holly Black’s FOLK OF THE AIR series just gets better and better. This final novel, The Queen of Nothing (2019) is a thrilling conclusion. You need to read the first two books, The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King, first. There will be spoilers here for those books. You may also want to read The Lost Sisters, a novella that follows The Cruel Prince and provides another perspective on the events of that book.
When we left Jude at the end of The Wicked King, she had been exiled to the mortal world. There she sits stewing, in her older sister’s house, unable to get back to faerie. (If I were her, I wouldn’t be so eager to return to that awful place.)
Then her twin sister Taryn shows up and needs help back in faerie. So Jude returns, under cover, to try to get Taryn out of trouble. When she arrives, she discovers that Cardan is also in trouble, but he doesn’t know it yet. Though she’s disgusted with herself, Jude still has feelings for Cardan and she can’t stop herself from getting involved in the political machinations that threaten him. This involves a war and a really nasty curse.
Anyone who enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy will be eager to read The Queen of Nothing. It does not disappoint. It moves fast, is exciting, provides several important revelations, and gives us a satisfying conclusion to each character’s story. Holly Black even convinced me to like a particular character that I had previously disliked.
I feel like that’s all I need to say about The Queen of Nothing. Fans of this trilogy don’t need any more, I’m sure. They just want to know that Black doesn’t let us down. She doesn’t.
I love Hachette Audio’s editions of the FOLK OF THE AIR trilogy. They’re performed by Caitlin Kelly. The Queen of Nothing is almost 10 hours long.