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The Queen of Nothing

(The Folk of the Air #3)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  222,228 ratings  ·  25,776 reviews
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 on to. Jude learned that 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 left reeling from Cardan's betrayal. She bides her time, determined to rec
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published November 19th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company
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MP What am I supposed to do without you?
Is it too late to pick the pieces up? (MAYBE NOT!! GO!!)
Too soon to let them go? (LET THEM GO? ARE YOU KIDDING?)
What am I supposed to do without you?
Is it too late to pick the pieces up? (MAYBE NOT!! GO!!)
Too soon to let them go? (LET THEM GO? ARE YOU KIDDING?)
Do you feel damaged just like I do? (OF COURSE SHE DOES!)
Your face, it makes my body ache
It won't leave me alone (SERVES YOU RIGHT!)

And this feels like drowning
Trouble sleeping
Restless dreaming

You're in my head
Always, always
Away, away
I'd rather choke on my bad decisions (YOU BETTER!!!)
Then just carry them to my grave
You're in my head
Always, always, always

Cracks won't fix and the scars won't fade away
I guess I should get used to this
The left side of my bed's an empty space
I remember we were strangers
So tell me what's the difference
Between then and now

And why does this feel like drowning?
Trouble sleeping
Restless dreaming

You're in my head
Always, always
I just got scared
Away, away
I'd rather choke on my bad decisions
Then just carry them to my grave
You're in my head
Always, always, always
Always, always

You're in my head
Always, always
I just got scared
Away, away
I know there's nothing left to cling to
But I'm still calling out your name
You're in my head

Always, always, always
Always, always, always

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1.) The Cruel Prince ★★★★★
1.5) The Lost Sisters ★★★★★
2.) The Wicked King ★★★★★

“By you, I am forever undone.”

I can’t believe it’s over. I feel like I’ve been in love with Holly Black’s fae stories my entire life and seeing this series finally close means more to me than I have words for, truly. This series, this world, these characters, have brought me so much unconditional happiness, and I truly am not ready to say goodbye, but I do think this was a very perfect ending.

Also, a coupl
Okay... excuse me if I make zero sense... I am somewhat sleep-deprived. (I may edit this review after I catch a quick nap! I kept thinking about what I wanted to write before I fell asleep and now I feel like I forgot half of it.)

Right away, I want to say that this was an amazing series, one I did not believe I would enjoy as much as I did. And I believe I will re-read it one day. But that said I had some issues with the finale.

Since I read the second book, I was making theories. I wondered wha
Miranda Reads
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: grchoice_round1

Just posted my Goodreads Choice 2020 Reaction Video on Booktube! Click the link to check it out!!

As a heads up, I got my copy from Owl Crate - a truly wonderful book subscription box. A favorite for special editions.*
Is it just me, or was the box particularly brilliant this round?
Because, wow. It was incredible. Especially the little spoons.
And the gorgeous beetle pin.
I just couldn't handle it.
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His eyes are black with desire.
"By you, I am fore
Emily May
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2019, fantasy
"By you, I am forever undone."

Was this series the most perfectly-plotted? The most unique? Did it break any new ground? No to all of the above. But I read every page of this with my heart pounding and a lump in my throat-- how many perfectly-plotted, unique and ground-breaking books can I say that about?

These books are a serious addiction for me. I have been obsessing over this conclusion for over a year and imagining so many wonderful and awful ways it could end. I wasn't disappointed. It w
Melissa (Ever So Mela)
I had the biggest knot in my throat throughout the entire story! Just so good, albeit predictable but awesome nonetheless!

This shit ain't even out and I'm already stressing
chai ♡
By now, most of you have probably heard that The Folk of the Air series will be a duology instead of a trilogy. No books will be coming out after The Wicked King. As you can imagine this has taken quite a toll on me. Please respect my privacy during this difficult time. Thank you.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A concept: a sitcom where Cardan moves to the human world and tries to adapt to its rules and lifestyle, Oak faces high school , Heather and Vivi fight constantly, all in one house, while Jude tries to handle them all.
amy ☂︎
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, 2019
am i a furry if i would smash cardan be honest :/
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
bad news: found out i DO NOT have the power to manifest dreams into reality.

good news: even though my ending is definitely better, i am wholly content with how this ends.


i had a dream last night that i snuck into the little brown publishing office, stole a copy of this, and read the final scene.

it was taryns funeral, with carden and jude laughing wickedly together in dark love over her casket.

never in my life have i wanted to manifest something into existence so
Helena Paris
Buddy read with Alison and Hamad!


This was SO SO GOOD and everything I wanted from the finale.

Jude, back with a vengeance: description
4.75/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf🐺

“Maybe it isn’t the worst thing to want to be loved, even if you’re not.”

This final book is all about love and being loved and who didn’t see or wanted to believe that, I have news – it is all true.

In this book, the action that was so vivid in the first volume and slowed a bit down in the second one starts to pick up the pace again. But there is something different about the action of this third book. It feels more twisty.

I persona
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“All power is cursed. The most terrible among us will do anything to get it, and those who’d wield power best don’t want it thrust upon them.”

Please tell me that the only reason why this books was so short is that Holly Black is planning an elaborate new Faerie series with equally backstabbing, ruthless characters and vaults filled with rotten magic. Because I don't think I can make myself accept this was the last we heard of Faerie.

The Folk of the Air books have easily become one of my favourit
Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LAST UPDATE: TATATATA! Added most of the very famous groveling letters of Cardan. You may find them hid inside my review!!!! You're welcome friends!

I did everything to finish these series slower. I did have so many coffee, snack, wine, lunch, brunch, happy hour, more happy hour, oh no I’m sooo drunk I cannot feel my legs but I still cannot help myself reading this last book hour breaks!

It didn’t work because the story already captivated my mind and I started scheming great schemes , biting my n
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
wow... i loved this so much & i’m so sad this series is over 😭🖤
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ok, the ending was pretty rushed and weak, BUT tbh i still had a lot of fun with this and i’m feeling generous

(but also the wicked king is superior)

(oh and jude could kill me and i’d say thanks)

(that’s all ok bye)
✨ A ✨
“Mortals are fragile,’ I say.

‘Not you,’ he says in a way that sounds a little like a lament. ‘You never break.”

⚠DO NOT continue if you HAVE NOT read book one (The Cruel Prince) and book two(The Wicked King) ⚠

Jude, the High Queen of faerie has been exiled by her busband Carden Greenbriar. Her father Madoc is still set on claiming the throne for himself through means of war and Jude is beyond frustrated with her uselessness of being stuck in the mortal world.

But when an opportunity to sneak back
alana ♡
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"For what we want most, we will take almost any chance."

Let me preface this by saying I've always been honest in my reviews and I'm not about to start sugar-coating things now. So, if you loved this book and are willing to down fighting tooth and nail over it, do you. You're entitled to your opinions and they're totally valid since we all have different reading experiences. If you loved this book, I'm happy for you but this just wasn't for me. And it's not that it was bad, I mean, I devoured
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Reread 2020. I’ve decided to unhaul these hardbacks. Maybe get them on kindle on sale. I’m just not feeling them like I used to

I spent much of my life guarding my heart. I guarded it so well that I could behave as though I didn’t have one at all. Even now, it is a shabby, worm-eaten, and scabrous thing. But it is yours.

Omg! That cover! I’m feeling all magical inside! 💕🌸🦄

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Jan 16, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cannot-wait, wishlist

EDIT: EHM... DID YOU SEE THAT COVER!????? Don't mind me, I'm just going to spend a couple of hours over-analysing it! (The broken crown! The ice! The crown in the ice?! The snake! (after reading other reactions, I'm happy that I'm not the only one who thought that it's the snake Taryn 😂) The purple thing which I thought was blood but it seems like some kind of berry or whatever!🙀)

EDIT: When her twi
Elle (ellexamines)
While I walked the path of daggers and poison, she walked the no less fraught path of desire.

everyone else: excitedly getting started on the Wicked King
me staring at Holly Black’s window and quoting the SNL Papyrus skit: I know what you did. I KNOW WHAT YOU DIIIIIID

Okay so YES this finale was great, though definitely not as good as the first two. I forgot how much this world and Jude—I originally said these characters but like. it’s mostly Jude—lived in my mind rent free.

When Taryn
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I gulped it down in a matter of a few hours (and some chapters *cough*21*cough* I may have read a few times), and while I am currently a little hazy on the details of The Queen of Nothing, I am left with a sense of satisfaction and peace. This series is a success, IMO.

I am not going to get into details of the plot. The fact that I couldn't stop reading/listening to this story speaks for itself (alternatively, I couldn't wait NOT to read The Toll anymore just a week ago). The biggest tr
chan ☆
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy, 2019
me reading the folk of the air trilogy in a day *spoilers*:

my fan theory was only SLIGHTLY wrong, holly black!!!

update 1/14: holly said my fan theory was cool but wrong

time to be sad and curious for a WHOLE year <333333


more like queen of cardan’s heart amirite 🤤😍


for those of you who want to envision jude as a queen and also like smutty smut:


~good shit guaranteed~
Jan 03, 2018 marked it as desperately-waiting-for  ·  review of another edition
[MARCH 25, 2019]


when you tryna analyze the title of this book because on one hand it could mean nothing, like, just nothing, but on the other hand in The Cruel Prince mortals are consistently referred to as "nothing," (ala " You were born from nothing," and stuff like that) so maybe Jude is going to be queen over the mortals OR maybe faerie, but on the other hand the title might not even be REFERRING to Ju

What a relief, to return to disliking Holly Black books.

For years, I was on a 100% lack of enjoyment streak. And then...suddenly...after I read The Wicked King mostly by mistake (can we just shout out the fact that that title reads like the title of the first book run through a thesaurus)...I caught myself in a dilemma.

I actually had fun while reading that one.

But not to worry. Clearly we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming. This was very meh for me.

I had a lot of fun with the se
I am not, contrary to the belief of many, a cold, heartless rock. Though sometimes I feel like one. To support my claim, I present to you my notes page, in its entirety.

"It's you I love," he says. "I spent much of my life guarding my heart. I guarded it so well that I could behave as though I didn't have one at all. Even now, it is a shabby, worm-eaten, and scabrous thing. But it is yours."

That's it. Those are my notes. You see? I'm capable of shipping a romance without tearing it into pieces s
Chelsea Humphrey
I started this last night, and although I listened at 2.5x speed, I still couldn't blow through quickly enough. Being late to the party and all that, I'll keep this brief, but what a satisfying ending to an epic series. It's clear I won't be the only one with these sentiments, but I truly cannot wait to see where Holly Black transports us in her next story. PS- highly recommend the audiobook!

Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
((me: crying all the tears))

It is done.

In this final installment of The Folk of the Air trilogy, we find Jude back in the mortal world, trying to recover from the events of The Wicked King.

Her heart is hurt, her alliances smashed to bits, but as our girl Jude is apt to do, she is solely focused on getting back what she has lost. Her strong will and strength of spirit are definitely characteristics we can get behind.

Unexpectedly, her annoying sister, Taryn arrives, pleading for Jude's help. She h
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“I am the Queen of Elfhame. Even though I am the queen in exile, I am still the queen.”

The Cruel Prince ★★★
The Wicked King ★★★★
The Queen of Nothing ★★★★ ½

★ There is no wonder that Holly Black created such a large ripple in the YA community with this series and it is over now! I don’t know if fans will ever get over it though! The series kept getting better and better and I enjoyed this journey! The book which has been released a couple of da
Whitney Atkinson
4.5 stars

King and queen on the page, king and queen of my heart. I love Jude & Cardan and I love that this book finally broke down the barriers between them. Jude continued to be a complex and smart character and I really enjoyed watching her scheme to do the best for the elf world, and the moments when she noticed her weaknesses were really powerful.

Although this book was fast and interesting, it just lacked a wow factor for me. For a finale, it wasn't super climactic. It seemed like the villa
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Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over thirty fantasy novels for kids and teens. She has been a finalist for an Eisner Award and the Lodestar Award, and the recipient of the Mythopoeic Award, a Nebula, and a Newbery Honor. Her books have been translated into 32 languages worldwide and adapted for film. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house ...more

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