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Review of The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

In this satisfying final book in the trilogy, Black's characters show darkly funny humor and trade biting remarks, and creatures of all types jostle for power, snipe, battle, and fall in love.

The Queen of Nothing is the final book in Black's Folk of the Air trilogy (I mentioned the series in the Greedy Reading List Six Royally Magical Young Adult Series).


Jude is the exiled Queen of Faerie, scrambling to make a living in the human world by freelancing, carrying out petty jobs of thievery and intimidation. She's furious at King Cardan's betrayal, and she's biding her time until she can exact her revenge.


When her twin sister Taryn arrives in the human world, fearing for her life, Jude finds herself drawn back into Elfhame, with its power struggles, backstabbing, and elaborate schemes--including those of her fickle, murderous father figure, Madoc.


As always, Black's characters show darkly funny humor and trade biting remarks, and creatures of all types interact, jostle for power, snipe, battle, and fall in love.


I loved having more time with my favorite character, the plain-speaking, tough, brutal but fair Grima Mog, and witnessing her ascendance. I feared any Vivi and Heather resolution would be unsatisfying, but it felt just right.


I love the tone of this trilogy: playful, otherworldly, and with faulted, greedy, scared, strong, angry, passionate, complex creatures. Black offers wonderfully twisted humor, various satisfying endings (including regarding Jude and Cardan) that did justice to the series, plus the ending I didn’t even know I wanted.

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Throughout the trilogy I enjoyed the forays back and forth from the human world to the faerie, the various things-aren’t-what-they-seem plot elements, and how things weren’t black-and-white. The dark humor was fantastic.


I mentioned this book in the Greedy Reading List Three Books I'm Reading Now, 3/17/21 Edition.