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Publisher's Summary

Goodreads Best Fantasy YA 2020. 

The intoxicating and bloodthirsty finale to the New York Times best-selling The Cruel Prince, nominated for the Cilip Carnegie Medal 2019, and New York Times best seller The Wicked King.

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, watching reality television, and doing odd jobs, including squaring up to a cannibalistic faerie.

When her twin sister, Taryn, shows up asking a favour, Jude jumps at the chance to return to the Faerie world, even if it means facing Cardan, whom she loves despite his betrayal. When a dark curse is unveiled, Jude must become the first mortal Queen of Faerie and break the curse or risk upsetting the balance of the whole Faerie world.

©2019 Holly Black (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

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A dark and lovely fantasy

This book brings the perfect climax to the amazing Folk of the Air series. A perfect concoction of hate, love, murder, twists, lies, truths, betrayal and trust; this book is perfect for all fiction fans. Beautiful narration by Caitlin Kelly, and a mind-blowing killer plot by Holly Black.
The twists are perfect and the protagonist, Jude Duarte, is very lovable and can be related with. All the characters are very nicely portrayed and the word-building is excellent.

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A great conclusion

A satisfying conclusion to an incredibly entertaining series. I don't think I've liked any protagonist in the YA fantasy genre as much as I like Jude. The last leg of the book took a careening turn towards the bizarre but Holly Black has always been good at justifying her absurd plot twists.

I highly recommend the audiobook for this one! Also, please tell me where I can get a soft boi like Cardan. Asking for a friend.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-12-20

Wow! Epic tale. I wished the series would not end.

Holly, your imagination is endless. It is possible to blink my eyes, see Elfhame and believe. Kelly's voice is perfect for this epic series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-10-20

My favourite of the 3 in the series!

I loved book 3! It has a great pace, plot and fantastic narration. Everything about this book was great. Love love love loved it!

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  • Rebecca
  • 27-03-21

Amazing

listened to all 3 books in 1 week and loved every second just when you think there cant be anyone more twist to the story another happens

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  • stacy
  • 22-03-21

What a trilogy!

I haven't been engrossed I'm a series of books since I read a discovery of witches. This book for me surpassed that. The language coupled with the narrators ability to create authentic sounding characters just blew me away. Cardan's sultry voice especially. The perfect combination of suspense, action, betrayal, love and tension. 5 stars 🌟

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  • sybil_ann79
  • 06-02-21

What a phenomenal conclusion!

I can’t recommend this book and series enough. I lived and breathed every moment, every detail. My heart died a few times over- it was too much and not enough at the same time. These characters have grown so much and II feel so much a part of their journey
What an epic conclusion to the Folk of Air series.
Incredible narration.

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  • FENARETI
  • 21-08-20

Satisfying ending

I liked the series overall. I enjoyed the plot a d the characters and I would recomend this series for anyone looking for a light read. I listened to them all back to back and I will remember my brief time with them fondly.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-08-20

Excellent

Really enjoyed this trilogy.
It is narrated well and the story has good twists and turns.

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  • Catherine
  • 19-07-20

Excellent Trilogy

Excellend books!
I love that even though there may have been one or two predictable moments, there were so many moments that were not predictable. Loved it.

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  • mirella p
  • 25-06-20

Great ending!

Perfect ending for a great series!Enjoyed every moment of it!As soon as started impossibil to put down !

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  • 10-06-20

Sad to finish the series

I binge listened this and I'm so sad to say goodbye to Jude! The voice acting was on point. Very happy 😊

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  • Roni
  • 07-06-20

Dang it I really liked this book but...

Where the romance at? Yes there's some but I really wanted more of cardan and jude and I felt it was quite minimalistic. Shame because like I said I did love the series but I wish there was more romance rather than never ending suspence and yearning all over.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-02-21

Loved the entire series!

All 3 books were fantastic. And they just kept getting better and better as they go along.
The character development throughout the series is so natural and easy.
Also major props to Caitlin Kelly for her performance!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-20

Great right till the end!

I’ve loved Judes development and how bloody strong she is. If you’re looking for a powerful female lead this is it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-07-20

Amazing!

Totally a Holly Black fan. This final installment did not disappoint. I'm completely in love with all her characters especially Jude. Brilliant!

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  • Jess
  • 16-05-20

pleasantly surprised

so i listened you the last two books in the series very quickly and enjoyed them, but not nearly as much as i enjoyed this one. all the characters are completely fleshed out and wonderful (even the new ones some how?), the story progression is seamless and never leaves you bored and as per usual Jude ABSOLUTELY SLAYS! also the narrator does perfectly at speaking so thoroughly in character that you always know who’s talking and can almost picture their face while they say it, 10/10 will listen to her other performances as well.
no spoilers but definitely listen to this book, and then maybe listen again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-20

i love it so much!!!

I couldn't stop listening to it I finished it too quickly!!! GREAT story and fantastic performance by the narrator! amazing!!!

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  • Imee_B
  • 19-03-20

***Phenomenal Finally***

An unputdownable conclusion to this series. Bravo Holly Black I didn't think this series can get any better but I was proven wrong. It's a unforgettable series that I will be going back too again and again and I do hope there's another series coming. Caitlyn Kelly you are a brilliant narrator thank you for bringing this series to life.

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  • Melbee
  • 09-01-20

Love it! Highly recommend.

Great performance by Caitlin Kelly, I loved this whole series and will definitely read or listen to again in the future.

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  • Hayley, Escape Into YA Books
  • 05-01-20

Great conclusion to trilogy

December was a busy month for all, but to start off the new year on a high note here is a review for the popular book, Queen of Nothing by Holly Black. This conclusion to the epic The Folk of the Air series, will see Jude and Cardan in more danger than ever.

After the shocking events of The Wicked King, Jude may be the Queen of Faerie, but she is exiled to the human world. Now living with her sister, Vivy, and younger brother, Oak, Jude struggles with the peace and lack of purpose in her mortal life. After living almost her entire life in Faerie, it’s not surprising she feels out of place in the human world. And when an inquest into murder threatens her twin Taryn, Jude is almost keen to disguise herself as her sister and return to the court of Faerie.

Despite her understandable hate and sense of betrayal, Jude can’t help but be both nervous and excited to see her husband. And regardless of his cruel act, Cardan seems just as excited to see her. I really enjoyed how they kept up this intense love/ hate style relationship even during this final instalment (regardless of how unhealthy this is). Even when the pair can put aside their hate and anger for a few moments, the heightened emotions leads to a mix of love, lust and emotional pain, sometimes even physical. Still, this dysfunctional relationship withstands more than anyone could imagine and the two make for a fearsome pair – ready to charm, scheme and kill both friends and foes alike.

Finally, we get to see Jude versus Madoc in complicated battles of wits and blades. After his skill and experience being built up throughout the trilogy, I wasn’t sure if he would be a disappointment. Thankfully, he isn’t. He is an intelligent and cruel strategist and a fast and powerful swordsman. Some of my favourite scenes in this book was when Jude and Madoc would clash, they both have such fast, clever comebacks and are excellent fighters.

I loved the development of the world, court politics and legends that all came into play in this book. What seemed like an unrelated side comment could be foreshadowing a life-threatening challenge to overcome – which made theorising what was about to happen all the more fun. The climax was so absorbing, I had to hold my breath and wait. Cardan’s story arc was especially intriguing, and I loved seeing him be a true king of Faerie, more than capable of taking of any enemy. Tricky fae bargains, battles and ancient magic, everything you could want in a fae adventure.

I had the audiobook and the narrator paired with the beautiful language, made for a great listen so I’d definitely recommend getting it. Clearly, I loved this book, and give it 5/5. Though I’m sad the trilogy has ended, it has been one of my all-time favourite fey novels and am excited to see what Holly Black does next!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-20

loved it, couldn't stop listening!!

loved every second of it!!!! the story is amazing and the narrator was really good too!

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  • Ana PJ
  • 13-12-19

After listening to this had to listen to the trilogy again

Really enjoyed this book. Listening the second time was even better because I would hear details in the first books that ties to the third that I hadn’t remembered.