The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, 3)
Rating: 5 out of 5
"And I know how to win the day, provided I am willing to sacrifice everything good in me for it."
Power is 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 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 into enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict's bloody politics. When a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity.
As you may remember I was slightly reluctant about this series when I started it but quickly became addicted to the story and needing to know the outcome. So tell me why I drug this one out for as long as I did? Oh yeah, because Holly Black wouldn't quit playing with my emotions! This book had me on a roller coaster the entire time. Jude is banished to the human world and she isn't all that happy about it or about being tricked by Cardan. She is also a little full of self loathing for thinking that he actually liked her. But, once she learns of a plot against him and has an opportunity to return she leaps at it in true Jude fashion.
Jude was the same ferocious willing to do whatever it takes person that we have come to love. It was a wild ride to experience some of the emotional turmoil she was in with her... and honestly not knowing what it was she was going to decide. I will admit that with this one I assumed it would just start off with the action, but it took a couple chapters before Holly Black decided to destroy me in every way she could. Jude and Cardan are too much for me to handle. They are perfect for one another and the two of them broke my heart a lot during this book. This book really is a perfect culmination to the trilogy and will have you on the edge of your seat until it's over.
"By you, I am forever undone."