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The Queen of Nothing

The Folk of the Air, Book 3
Written by: Holly Black
Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
Series: The Folk of the Air, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
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From the number one New York Times best-selling author Holly Black comes the highly anticipated and jaw-dropping finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy.

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 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....

©2019 Holly Black (P)2019 Little, Brown Young Readers

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Encore Ending

I do not find a lot of series that can keep me on the edge of my seat with a well concluded ending.
Well done, Ms. Black. Well done.

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LOVE

I love the advancement of Jude and Cardon’s relationship, freaking adorable af. The voices were so easy to distinguish which can be harder with some other audiobooks but this was perfect loved it!!!

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written of nothing

love the Queen of nothing! probably my favorite on the series! go girl power! love

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Loved it!

Perfect ending to this series! I couldn't stop listening to it. The story kept me guessing and ended perfectly, I'm sad it's over

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Amazing, would read again and again...

I loved this series and I’m sad that it is over. I hope we see a spin-off series in the future. Caitlin Kelly does a remarkable job bringing this story to life. ❤️

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Exceptional

Another fantastic book, kept you guessing, on edge and hopeful. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

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very good

The series was exactly what I was looking for and I'm very sad it's over now ☹️

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Another amazing story!

I absolutely adored this book! Could not stop listening to it! So well-written and engaging. An amazing follow-up to The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King.
And can we talk about Caitlin Kelly for a minute? She’s so talented!!! All those voices, the consistency, the variation, slipping in and out so easily. Truly incredible. She brings the stories to a whole other level with her voice.
I’m so sad it’s over but what an amazing ride.

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  • K
  • 2019-12-07

It's good

I like the story more and more as the series went on. I liked the growth and well rounded characters. It's a nice fun read.

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amazing as always

I love Holly Black books and the narration was amazing. highly recommended the entire series!

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  • desirae
  • 2019-11-23

absolutely amazing

I love this book. it had everything I wanted! I wished it would never end

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  • Crystal C
  • 2019-11-22

Always a sad feeling when it all Ends

What a book. Never catching your breath just like jude. I never loved a series so wicked so cruel. What a masterpiece.

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  • Amber Smith
  • 2019-11-19

Amazing Ending to this Trilogy

I'm so sad this trilogy is over. The book was amazing. It was a rollercoaster ride of emotions. So many thing happened. I loved the whole thing! I will miss the characters. The narrator was perfect! I would listen to something else done by this narrator. I love Holly Black. She did not disappoint!

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  • SheWritesPublications
  • 2019-11-24

I wanted to love it...

The narration was great but the story lacked it's usual luster from the previous books. I wanted to love this ending but it really did fall flat for me.

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  • Lucy B.
  • 2020-01-27

Should be #1 reading list for everyone!

I loved this story more than the second or first. every book in the Folk od the Air series was magical on its own but collectively made the trilogy spectacular. for 22 years I've never fallen more in love with a series like this one where each book solo or collectively sparked something in me. usually most YA series theres one or two that flat line but The Folk of the Air series, the cruel prince book 1, the wicked king book 2, the queen of nothing book 3.. it's just marvelous. Must read if you're looking for a good book or series to fall in love and remember it for always.

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  • Beth Yacoub
  • 2020-01-07

SO good I wish I could start again... anew

Oh heck yeah!!!!

The One. The Only. Mrs. Holly Black. Has done it. AGAIN!! This isn't a drill! This powerhouse of a writer has consistently wowed me and I never tire of her voice. I don't know why I worry where these stories are going when they're in her exceedingly capable hands. This final installment in The Folk Of The Air series is everything I was hoping for, and even what I secretly wished for, in the wee hours, pleading to whichever deity would listen, asking for a satisfying ending AND did it work?? Again, HECK YEAH!!


Holly Black is a master wordsmith and it shows. She has a deliciously talented mind that has yet to disappoint. This book has it all!! It has courtly intrigue, war, betrayal, Love, hate, deviousness, devotion, selfishness and salvation, filial drama and siblings working together as one cohesive unit of badassery!... and really, what more can you ask for?? I don't want to ruin a single moment so I'll leave things as vague as I can but I must gush where gushing is due. Here's a brief, fanatical, rundown of the goods.

There is, of course, Jude Duarte who is an ultra kick ass heroine with major Daddy issues. If I could be any literary female character, she'd be in the top 3, maybe even #1... She is clever. She is devious. She is strong even when she doesn't believe herself to be and especially when others underestimate her fortitude. She is loyal. She is as fair as a human living in Faerie, cavorting with the Fair Folk can be. She is merciful(ish). She is Oh SO Human and a slew of other powerful adjectives. BUT most notably, in The Queen of Nothing, we see a new side of her, she is vulnerable in an incredibly realistic way. She does Vulnerable with a healthy serving of doubt, a dollop of self consciousness and all sorts of reticence and sublimation. I at once feel for her and want to be her. She is the backbone of this amazing tale and an inspiration for girls everywhere!


Naturally, afterJude we should mention, in the same breath, with the same reverence, King Cardan. Cardan who almost shares the spotlight equally with Jude AND who, in my (double heart eyes) opinion deserves to be given as many accolades as the girl/woman/queen of the hour. Cardan who I can't EVER get enough of even if I had a slow flowing IV drip of him inserted directly into my body, rationing out portions of him so I may enjoy his company longer (in a non-creeper way of course)... I would ask for it to be opened up to full throttle... I need MORE MORE MORE of him (again not in a creepy stalkerish way) especially QoN Cardan!! The Cardan we get in this hyper vivid finale exhibits many of the same qualities as Jude plus he can even be a (not so) little monster to deal with. Both he and Jude prove that wishing on the literary stars, hoping and praying with fingers crossed for perfectly concluded character arcs is not completely futile.


Now, speaking of futile, you'd naturally go straight to Taryn, Jude's morally questionable twin. In this book Taryn manages to crawl out of the Shitter, take her name off the Shit List and redeem herself. She elevates herself to proper sister material worthy of the freakishly amazing affection of her siblings. She now IS the shit BUT this review is taking a turn so enough shit talk for now.

Back to the book's ethereality...

Holly Black can frame a scene almost like no other. You'll believe yourself transported, living inside the story instead of watching it from on high. The World building is beautific but the Character Development is phenomenal. This cast is diverse and robust and fully tangible in all their flawed/awesome/majestic/magical glory. The writing style is typical Holly Black and by that I mean it's sublime. The Audible narrator was Caitlin Kelly who happens to breathe life into each and every character so completely that I no longer found myself passively listening while doing my chores. Instead I was in among the action or like a movie was being performed in my mind. Caitlin plays each character so distinctly and with such conviction, I could actually see the person's lips moving in my mind and the action was palpable. She is the perfect accompaniment to Mrs. Holly's brilliance. All of these factors put together create an overall experience that is intoxicating. At once I both craved for things to speed up so I can find out what's next and concurrently needed things to slow down so I could savour every moment. The epilogue was longer than most and Oh SO Good! I have been feeling rather blasé about books relating to the Fae this last year or so but Mrs. Black can (and did) make a converted zealot out of even the grouchiest of cynics.... aka Me.

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Here I am, the sole family member awake, in my eerily quiescent home, begging for just a little more time in this world... with these characters... with this author. This foray into the land and lives of the Fair Folk was enjoyable on a catastrophic level. I have been demolished (in an amazing way). I wish I could start this book over, with fresh eyes, and experience it anew as if it were my very first time. I envy you, sitting there perusing these reviews, debating on whether or not you should devote your time and emotions to this book. I envy your naiveté, your purity, your newness but most importantly I envy your innocence!! If you've read the first two books and are on the fence with regards to this last paragon then what are you waiting for?? You NEED this (audio)book in your life toot sweet! If you just tripped and blundered your way onto this scene by happenstance then you really need to read both proceeding books... you'll be lost in the sauce without them. Let me (hopefully) be the first to skip the slow clap and jump right into the rapid-fire hand slapping of utterly devoted fandom... it deserves... nay, it DEMANDS it and rightfully so! I'm in love! You will be too, I'm certain of it! Join me! You'll thank me later!!

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~ Enjoy


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  • Summer
  • 2019-12-15

loved it!

The narrator was amazing she really brought the story to life. This book was a great conclusion to a amazing trilogy. would highly recommend.

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  • Beth Boesch
  • 2019-12-14

Great Trilogy

The Cruel Prince, in my opinion, starts out slow. However once invested in the characters you crave to know what happens next. The trilogy keeps you on the edge of your seat, and the Queen of Nothing has you holding your breath.

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  • Mr Mellowguy
  • 2019-12-14

HOLY CRAP I loved this series!

After just stumbling on this series completely by chance and devouring all three audiobooks in as many days, I cannot reccomend it enough. Intricate and ornate without being treacly, with unique and complicated characters, a plot which both weaves elegantly through all three books but also leaves each volume satisfying in its own right, and most of all a masterfully crafted romance, I practically want to go back and listen to it all again. Also, an excellent performance of the voice actor to top it off!

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  • Sarah
  • 2019-11-23

What a performance..

I'm so sad that this is the end, my heart was destroyed, and rebuild, and then torn apart again, thank you for the ride.

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