The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black – A Review

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black – A Review

He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne...

From the Number 1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, comes the highly anticipated and jaw-dropping finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy, Queen of Nothing. This is going to be a spoiler-free account of my experience reading this book.

The Characters and World Building

The character development in this final instalment was everything. The Wicked King seriously lacked depth for me in terms of the characters. I feel like there wasn’t much, if any, development from The Cruel Prince. However, I feel that lack of development in character is what makes Queen of Nothing so good? It’s like finally getting to itch a scratch you have been dying for. It was so satisfying to see the relationships grow and change following the events from the previous book.

The world felt different, it felt like it was teetering on the edge of impending disaster at all times. You’re constantly at the edge of your seat wondering how this is all going to end. Who will be King and Queen? Who will rule and what will they do?

The Story Progression and Plot

The story progression broke me. I could not put this book down. It was everything I could have ever asked for and so much more. I was living for every plot twist, every dialogue, every lingering moment between Jude and Cardan. It was action packed from start to finish, constantly leaving you needing to know what is going to happen next.

I know because shortly after is when I came into power, and I’m the one who changed nothing…

This book was also YA first for me in the sense that it was the first time I have ever read a sex scene in YA. I’m not spoiling who did the deed or any of the steamy details (those are for you to read). But It just made the relationship seem so much more real. It left a really lasting impact on my feelings towards the characters and their relationship that the scene just fading to black could have never done? While there is much debate on sex in YA and whether it is appropriate, I was living for it and i’d definitely appreciate it being more openly written about.

The Ending, My Rating and Final Thoughts

The ending was phenomenal. I didn’t see it coming at all. I thought I had this story all figured out and Holly just came out of nowhere and shook me to the core. Everything about this book gave me everything I wanted and so much more. I pre-ordered the Waterstones special edition that featured some letters from Cardan to Jude after he exiled her. They were a really nice touch to the end of the book, it felt worth it to pay the extra to see those and get that little extra nugget of information. Holly is an incredible writer and I am deeply saddened that the series is over. Five stars!

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


  1. 20th November 2019 / 7:18 PM

    I don’t remember the last time I read a 300+ paged book from start to finish all in one sitting, but I just had to keep going. Now that it’s over, I’m especially sad that I didn’t know about the Waterstones special edition. I’ve seen a few of the letters posted online, but I’m not sure if I’ve read them all (how many pages of letters are there?). If I’d known about the letters, it’s definitely the edition I would have sprung for. Maybe I still will (especially since I have an autographed first edition of The Cruel Prince). Thanks for sharing your review, Dominique!

    • Dominique
      20th November 2019 / 7:20 PM

      Same, it was just so good! I took pictures for a friend who also didnt get the special edition so I can send them onto you if you like? There are 7 in total if I remember correctly!

      • 20th November 2019 / 7:24 PM

        That would be incredibly helpful! Do you want to message them to me on Twitter? Or do you need my email? Let me know what’s easiest for you.

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