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A powerful curse forces the exiled Queen of Faerie to choose between ambition and humanity in this highly anticipated and jaw-dropping finale to the Folk of the Air trilogy from a number one New York Times best-selling author.

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 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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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, who she loves despite his betrayal.

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.

The final book readers, and what a glorious conclusion it was. This book was intense and absolutely satisfying. I said at the beginning of The Cruel Prince review that I was not a fan of books about faerie, well I have been converted. The next series that I will be reviewing is the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire. My love for this series is first and foremost due to Holly Black's stellar world building and character development. This is evident through out the series and the Queen of Nothing is the crown jewel. The reader is once again transported to Elfhame and the Machiavellian goings on of the High court. Jude is now the wife of Cardan. This was the twister from The Wicked King book. Yeah I kept that out of my review, SURPRISE LOL. The further surprise is that she gave up her control of Cardan and the power that came with it to rule at his side. Well that didn't go as planned when she was banished from Elfhame leaving Cardan firmly in control of the throne. To make things worse, her sister Taryn stabs Jude in the back and marries a disguising fey lord that Jude used to be attracted to. Got to say, I am not a fan of Taryn.

Jude is now back in the mortal world living with her gay fey sister, Vivienne and her lover. This is complicated since Vivienne is keeping faerie secret from her partner. The one going right for Jude is that her brother, Ash, is now safe from from harm now that he is living in the mortal world. Even though they are far away from Elfhame, the courtly intrigue begins to up Jude back into the thick of it. Jude makes the difficult decision to return to Elfhame when Taryn gets herself into trouble and is to stand trial. Taryn runs to Jude to get her out of the bind she finds herself in. Jude decides to go back and impersonate Taryn but that comes with its own set of problems, one being seeing Cardan again.

Death, that is what is awaiting Jude if she is discovered. Jude is also torn between the appealing need to see Cardan again against the overwhelming need for payback since she felt the sting of his betrayal. The Queen of Nothing is non-stop surprises and Holly Black finally closes out some of the open plots that where created throughout the series.

I was impressed by the arc of the relationship between Jude and Cardan. It didn't happen in the usual way which was very refreshing. I think it ruined me for other romantic pairings, damn. Their relationship has its ups and downs like many "real" world relationship. The fact that it wasn't a typical scripted relationship is why this series was so enjoyable to read.

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Better than the first two

while this book was much better than the first two its still not amazing. It's very juvenile (even for YA) and the descriptive writing is a way too much, half the book is just descriptions of what people look like and what they're wearing. But there is much more action in this book and it moves much faster than the first two. All in all not a must read but a fun light read.

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Wow! Now thats an ending

I love how Holly Black tied everything up at the end. in most stories it's up to you to decide how things unravel after the plot ends. I loved the speed of this book and how both characters have grown throughout the series, and most of all I love that Jude finally started to trust and how it grew her story. I loved how independent she was throughout the series, and this was less of a love story and more of a story about family and the support of friends.

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it was a good fairy tale

I enjoyed Holly Boacks conclusion the the folk of air. it was a good story, quick and fun, full of beautiful mystic and mirth, cruelty and strength.

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Im in a love/hate relationship with this one

I wanted to like this book soo much but I can't. The male lead is the perfect dark romance protagonist and the female lead has the right amount of courage, self sacrifice and wits but it doesn't feel right. I LOVED THE FULFILLMENT OF THE PROPHECY! and is the only reason im giving it 4 stars; the transition of a prince to a king who is fair, beloved and chosen(the whole king's speach before the storm was flawless, damn I would've pledge myself to his court!). I understand the author needed to give the female lead as much protagonism so that it would be clear that they were equals, so she needed her 15 minutes of fame... but I think she doesn't fulfill this role, she doesn't quite proof herself worthy to be queen, she was defeated and it seems like a fluke the fact that she won at the end, it doesnt feel earned but granted, so I think this could have been better.

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Great

Absolutely loved it. It just kept me hooked from the first few chapters. Normally, I don't like stories that contain modern world inclusions, but they were well done here.

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  • Liv
  • 2020-07-24

Couldn’t put it down

It took me a while to get into the first book... I enjoyed it and as the story went on, I become more and more engrossed. With this book... I couldn’t put it down! It had me engaged every step of the way and I loved the twists and turns the author took me on. Really enjoyed the character development too.

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Very pleased

I am very pleased by this book and I really enjoyed how it ended. I truly enjoyed this series.

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Mixed Fellings

I really started to get into it and then something happened and it lost me. Performance of the audiobook was fantastic though!

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Wonderful story

I love this book and truly believe it to be the best in the series. It’s beautifully written and the narration was animated and engaging.

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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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  • Ashlee E.
  • 2020-05-21

The end of Trilogy?

To start with my feelings on the ending, I felt it was tied up very nicely. A sweet happy ending, but still leaves a few open endings. I would have enjoyed one last scene between Jude and Cardan, but maybe we will get another book?

My biggest issue with this book is how obtuse Jude is in the beginning. I came to believe I was mistaken about the loop hole I saw in Cardan proclamation because she was so adamant about her exile. In reality, she was really that busy licking her self inflicted wounds to see it, which felt very unlike her to me.

I do also wish overall there had been a few more scenes with Jude and Cardan alone, but I suppose that was the point of the story.

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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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  • Mayar
  • 2020-06-10

It feels off

This is not a good final book to end what was an amazing trilogy I was really disappointed. None of the characters felt real or like they were in previous books. It was way too short and it felt like the author skipped over important moments. I was really disappointed cause I loved the first and second book so much.

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  • Tanya
  • 2020-05-10

Love it!

It was getting close to the end and I didn't see how it would end well within 3 chapters. I was worried it'd be rushed, but it was perfect. There were a couple of climaxes in the last 30% or so. Just when you think everything's going to be great, something happens and my heart was breaking. Just when I thought there was hope, my heart broke again. But it all ended well and my heart swelled with happiness.

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  • Zoie
  • 2020-03-29

Didn't have the closure of a finale

I really loved this series, and I really expected another book to follow! I looked it up and it said this was the last one, which I found rather surprising as it has a lot of loose ends and I don't really feel satisfied. I mean, I usually am not when a series I love ends, but this was different. Also the reader didn't do as great of a job with this book as she did the others. Like a lot of scenes were read in the wrong tone/voice and it was super obvious. She read most of the scenes as tense/fast paced even when they were not and it came across as a little 1 note. Not her best, but I still love the voices she makes.

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  • Nicki C.
  • 2020-02-27

Redeemed!

So I was really bummed after book 2, but this one lifted my spirit. All 3 books were well written and performed. I do wish the series would be longer, but I throughly enjoyed them even if it didn’t always work out like I had hoped.

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